Twins infielder Marwin Gonzalez brought his wife and three children up from Houston to the Twin Cities last week, but some of his teammates elected to

Twins players forced to make difficult family choices during pandemic

Some have left their families for the next few months, while others have decided to bring them up to the Twin Cities for the shortened season.

Versatile bullpen should give Twins an edge

July 10
Twins pitcher Trevor May worked out with weights last week at Target Field.
Relievers expect to be used in different roles throughout the season.

Souhan: Twins are back at Target Field but nothing feels normal

July 10
Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson celebrated after hitting a home run in a scrimmage at Target Field
The crack of the bat is supposed to be accompanied by cheers or gasps, not resolute silence. The final words spoken on the loudspeaker should not be "Attendance: Zero."
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July 10
Joe Shallenberger laughed with teammate Mike Davis, left, before a Minnetonka Millers game on July 6.

Reusse: 'Town team' wins with guys who'll remind you of Puckett, Ripken

Led by three star players, the Minnetonka Millers are shooting for their 15th state championship among amateur teams that are based in the metro area.
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July 10
Twins reliever Jorge Alacala threw during live batting practice Monday evening. The team started training camp last week.

Tracking the sports schedule: Latest on what's returning and when

Here are the latest updates on sports cancellations and postponements, and when the games may begin again.
St. Paul Saints pitcher Mark Hamburger handed out gum to kids after Education Day at a St. Paul Saints exhibition game in St. Paul, Minn., on Tuesday,
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July 10

Photos: Twins scrimmage in an empty Target Field

The Twins held a scrimmage Thursday evening at Target Field.
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July 10
Luis Arraez of the Twins turned a double play against the Yankees during last year’s playoff series.

Border Battle with Brewers will open 2021 regular season for Twins

The home opener is Thursday, April 8, against the Seattle Mariners, part of a seven-game homestand that includes four games against the Red Sox.
Twins
July 10
Twins advance scout Colby Suggs relayed a strike call from the automated umpire during Thursday's scrimmage.

Twins experiment with 'robot umpires' (and don't like them much)

After getting a look at automated ball-and-strike calls, none of the Twins sounded in a hurry to get rid of the humans who are normally behind the plate.

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  • AL Central w l pct gb home away last 10
    Minnesota 101 61 .623 0 46-35 55-26 8-2
    Cleveland 93 69 .574 8 49-32 44-37 4-6
    Chicago White Sox 72 89 .447 28.5 39-41 33-48 7-3
    Kansas City 59 103 .364 42 31-50 28-53 3-7
    Detroit 47 114 .292 53.5 22-59 25-55 2-8
  • AL East w l pct gb home away last 10
    NY Yankees 103 59 .636 0 57-24 46-35 4-6
    Tampa Bay 96 66 .593 7 48-33 48-33 7-3
    Boston 84 78 .519 19 38-43 46-35 4-6
    Toronto 67 95 .414 36 35-46 32-49 6-4
    Baltimore 54 108 .333 49 25-56 29-52 5-5
  • AL West w l pct gb home away last 10
    Houston 107 55 .660 0 60-21 47-34 8-2
    Oakland 97 65 .599 10 52-29 45-36 6-4
    Texas 78 84 .481 29 45-36 33-48 4-6
    LA Angels 72 90 .444 35 38-43 34-47 3-7
    Seattle 68 94 .420 39 35-46 33-48 4-6
  • NL Central w l pct gb home away last 10
    St. Louis 91 71 .562 0 50-31 41-40 6-4
    Milwaukee 89 73 .549 2 49-32 40-41 7-3
    Chicago Cubs 84 78 .519 7 51-30 33-48 2-8
    Cincinnati 75 87 .463 16 41-40 34-47 4-6
    Pittsburgh 69 93 .426 22 35-46 34-47 4-6
  • NL East w l pct gb home away last 10
    Atlanta 97 65 .599 0 50-31 47-34 4-6
    Washington 93 69 .574 4 50-31 43-38 9-1
    NY Mets 86 76 .531 11 48-33 38-43 7-3
    Philadelphia 81 81 .500 16 45-36 36-45 3-7
    Miami 57 105 .352 40 30-51 27-54 4-6
  • NL West w l pct gb home away last 10
    LA Dodgers 106 56 .654 0 59-22 47-34 8-2
    Arizona 85 77 .525 21 44-37 41-40 8-2
    San Francisco 77 85 .475 29 35-46 42-39 3-7
    Colorado 71 91 .438 35 43-38 28-53 5-5
    San Diego 70 92 .432 36 36-45 34-47 1-9
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July 9
Twins center fielder Byron Buxton caught the ball during a team scrimmage at Target Field. “His defense is like no other. The best I’ve ever seen,

Buxton is back to provide coverage in center field — without collisions

Byron Buxton missed the final two months of last season, and was easing back into regular work this spring when the pandemic shut down training camps. Now, there's no mistaking his readiness.
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July 9
Twins pitcher Devin Smeltzer

Smeltzer's workouts led to improved slider

Twins rotation hopeful Devin Smeltzer said working on his slider was a top priority during the layoff, and away from the competition, he felt a lot of improvement.
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July 9
Minnesota Twins pitcher Devin Smeltzer and teammates during a workout at Target Field earlier this week.

Schafer: How major league teams can still make money in front of empty stands

Is this the year that sports moves closer to completing its transition from an in-person experience to a reality TV show?
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July 8
Berrios, Dobnak dominate Twins informal intrasquad game

Berrios, Dobnak dominate Twins informal intrasquad game

'They had fun with it,' said manager Rocco Baldelli as Target Field finally saw players running the bases.
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July 8
Twins pitcher Rich Hill (44) touched gloves with catcher Mitch Garver (8) after throwing live batting practice Monday evening.

Twins' Hill doesn't shy away from World Series aspirations

Rich Hill, a contender for the rotation after offseason elbow surgery at age 40, chose to come to the Twins because of their potential.
Twins
July 7
Twins pitcher José Berríos walked with pitching coach Wes Johnson as he took the field during practice last Friday.

Disjointed seasons come naturally for Twins pitching coach Johnson

Wes Johnson's college coaching experience, with interruptions for holidays and finals, have prepared him to be ready for anything in this 60-game dash to the finish line.
Twins
July 7
Five things to know about the Twins' 60-game schedule

Five things to know about the Twins' 60-game schedule

From way less travel to a strange edge over Cleveland, here are a bunch of things to know about Monday's schedule release.
Twins
July 7
Target Field will be empty this season for Twins home games. On Sunday, pitcher Devin Smeltzer warmed up in the outfield.

Twins will open season in Chicago vs. White Sox on July 24

Seven of the Twins' 10 games against Cleveland will be at Target Field.
Twins
July 6
Twins manager Rocco Baldelli checked his notes while walking to the field during workouts Sunday evening. Baldelli plans to stage the first intrasquad

Twins will turn up the dial with intrasquad game Wednesday

The team knows it has to push the pace with the shortened season rapidly approaching.
Twins
July 6
The Twins’ Rich Hill touched gloves with catcher Mitch Garver after throwing live batting practice Monday night.

Twins' Garver says players going ahead without feeling completely safe

MLB's initial round of testing has run into glitches.
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July 6

Twins summer workout, day 4

The Twins held their fourth day of workouts Monday afternoon and evening at Target Field.
Twins
July 6

Key MLB 2020 season dates

The 60-game season will open Aug. 13, with the Cardinals playing the White Sox next to the "Field of Dreams" cornfield outside Dyersville, Iowa.
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July 6
Jake Odorizzi and catcher Mitch Garver talked with pitching coach Wes Johnson during practice Saturday.

Twins pitcher Odorizzi can only control what he can

The All-Star righthander deferred his first multiyear contract for an extra 12 months in hopes of compounding its value, not knowing the coronavirus pandemic would delay the season.
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July 6
Nats' Sean Doolittle: 'Sports are like the reward of a functional society'

Nats' Sean Doolittle: 'Sports are like the reward of a functional society'

Some of the most thoughtful commentary to come out of Washington on COVID-19 is arriving from a left-handed relief pitcher.
Twins
July 5
Slimmed-down Twins pitcher Randy Dobnak threw some batting practice at Target Field on Friday.

Twins pitcher Dobnak lost 'about 15-20 pounds' during shutdown

Dobnak is not guaranteed a spot in the 2020 rotation, but his success last season — he went 2-1 with a 1.59 ERA in nine games, five starts, after being promoted from Class AAA Rochester — gives him a strong foundation to build off.
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