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Trevor Plouffe underwent surgery Monday to repair a fractured left forearm.

Plouffe injured his forearm last Wednesday and was told by one doctor that surgery wasn't necessary, but he apparently went through with the procedure after getting a second opinion. Either way, it's expected that he'll be ready for spring training.
Sep 29 - 4:35 PM

Patrick Reusse of 1500 ESPN reports that the Twins have fired manager Ron Gardenhire.

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick was first to imply that Gardenhire was likely finished, and LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune now adds that the entire coaching staff has been let go. It's what typically happens after four consecutive seasons of 90-plus losses. Gardenhire guided the Twins to American League Central championships in four of his first five years on the job -- he was hired in 2002 -- but the club is now in the middle of a forced rebuild and they'll find a new skipper to lead the rapidly-changing roster. Gardenhire managed the Twins for 13 seasons.
Sep 29 - 1:07 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick is hearing that "the word is not good" on Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.

It sounds like the longtime Twins skipper is about to be let go. Gardenhire had tremendous success in his early years in Minnesota -- winning the American League Central in 2002, 2003, and 2004 -- but he has now managed the club to four straight 90-loss seasons. There may be a new captain leading the youth movement in 2015.
Sep 29 - 12:53 PM

Kyle Gibson yielded three runs and four hits in 7 1/3 innings Sunday in a loss to the Tigers.

Gibson was nearly flawless through seven, giving up a homer to Ian Kinsler but only two singles and one walk. In the eighth, he waked two and gave up an RBI single before being pulled. Another run came around to score afterwards. Gibson, the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of AL starters this year, ends the season 13-12 with a 4.47 ERA. He had eight starts of zero runs allowed, tied for the most among AL starters, but he also had 11 starts in which he gave up at least five runs. He'll aim for more consistency next year, but we don't suspect that a breakthrough is on the way.
Sep 28 - 4:39 PM

Aaron Hicks had a double and a terrific catch in center field Sunday in the loss to the Tigers.

Hicks went hard into the wall to deny Miguel Cabrera an RBI double in the eighth inning today. It was a nice finish for a guy who was initially being treated as a part-time left fielder and right fielder at the beginning of the spring. He didn't really get his chance in center until the last week, when the Twins put Danny Santana at shortstop. How Hicks figures into the Twins' plans next year will hinge on what the team decides about Santana. If Santana is a shortstop, Hicks will probably get a chance to win the center field job.
Sep 28 - 4:27 PM

Tommy Milone threw a scoreless relief inning in his return to action Saturday.

Milone's previous appearance was on September 2, as he's been dealing with shoulder fatigue and a neck injury. Being able to make it back even for just a one-inning showing has to make him feel better going into the offseason.
Sep 28 - 4:54 AM

Eduardo Escobar went 4-for-5 with a homer and six RBI in Saturday's 12-3 rout of the Tigers.

Escobar grounded out to third in his first at-bat, but he singled twice in the Twins' six-run fifth inning, hit an RBI single in the seventh inning, and then slugged a three-run shot in the eighth inning. Escobar is batting .277/.317/.409 with six home runs and 37 RBI in 132 games this season for Minnesota.
Sep 27 - 11:05 PM

Ricky Nolasco held the Tigers to two runs over six innings Saturday to earn his sixth victory.

Nolasco gave up a solo homer to Nick Castellanos in the bottom of the second inning but was otherwise pretty sharp, yielding only five hits in all while striking out six. Minnesota's offense gave him 16 hits and 12 runs of support. Nolasco finishes his first year of a four-year, $49 million contract with a 6-12 record, 5.38 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, and 115/38 K/BB ratio in 159 innings.
Sep 27 - 10:43 PM

Josmil Pinto left Saturday's game against the Tigers due to illness.

Pinto was lifted before he even had a chance to hit and will presumably be held out of Sunday afternoon's season finale. Eric Fryer replaced him at catcher.
Sep 27 - 7:35 PM

Brian Dozier had a huge night at the dish as the Twins routed the Tigers 11-4 in Detroit on Friday.

Dozier went 3-for-5 with a homer, three runs scored and three RBI in the triumph. Despite hitting just .243 on the season, he has been one of the top all around performers in the middle infield from a fantasy perspective by clobbering 22 home runs, plating 69 and swiping 21 bases.
Sep 26 - 11:08 PM

Oswaldo Arcia blasted his 20th home run of the season and plated three runs in Friday's victory over the Tigers.

Arcia also drew a walk, reaching base safely three times in the ballgame. While he has showed impressive power with 20 bombs and 57 RBI, he's hitting just .231/.302/.457 on the season.
Sep 26 - 11:02 PM

Anthony Swarzak was hit hard in a no-decision against the Tigers on Friday, allowing three runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings.

Swarzak walked one and struck out one on the evening. He was staked to an early 6-0 lead, but couldn't fight his way through trouble in the fifth inning to hang around for the victory. He wraps up his season with a 4.60 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 47/28 K/BB ratio over his 86 innings.
Sep 26 - 10:58 PM

Jordan Schafer was available only to pinch-run Thursday due to a nerve issue in left elbow.

It's actually been an issue for him for about 10 days. Schafer likely won't start any over the weekend.
Sep 25 - 10:31 PM

Trevor May notched a quality start but took the loss on Thursday, allowing three runs in six innings, as the Twins fell to the Tigers.

All of the damage came on two home runs: a two-run shot by Victor Martinez, and a Miguel Cabrera solo blast. You can hardly fault the rookie for getting beat by two of the game's best. Overall, he gave up five hits and a walk while striking out seven. May finishes his season at 3-6 with a 7.88 ERA, a 1.77 WHIP, and a 44/22 K/BB ratio. There were a few bright spots despite the ugly stats, and he'll hope to build on that when spring training resumes on February.
Sep 25 - 10:17 PM

Trevor Plouffe will get a second opinion on his fractured left forearm.

Plouffe was already told by one doctor that surgery isn't necessary, but he just wants to be certain. Either way, it sounds like he should be fine by spring training.
Sep 25 - 5:21 PM


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