Second baseman Brian Dozier, an All-Star for the first time in 2015, has developed into a clubhouse leader for the Twins, and it shows in his actions.
After dominant performances in Thursday’s 8-2 win over the Red Sox, Twins right-handers Ervin Santana and Jose Berrios struggled on Monday against the organization’s Minor Leaguers.
Tommy Milone is making a strong case to be included in the Twins’ starting rotation, especially after his latest outing Monday.
Making his second start of the spring on Monday, Mike Leake showed why the Cardinals signed him in the offseason by striking out six Minnesota batters in four scoreless innings. His counterpart, Tommy Milone, nearly went pitch-for-pitch with Leake as the Twins won, 5-3, at Roger Dean Stadium.
The Twins further trimmed their roster before Monday’s 5-3 Grapefruit League win over the Cardinals with a dozen players either optioned or assigned to the Minors, but manager Paul Molitor was impressed with what he saw while those players were in Major League camp this spring.
At a certain point in Spring Training, the days start to run together. The routine develops a degree of monotony. Players are itching for something different. So, the timing of the NCAA basketball tournament is just about right.
Trevor Plouffe led the offensive attack in the Twins’ 14-5 win over the Orioles on Sunday afternoon. His three-run home run, his first of the spring, keyed the four-run second inning. After the game, though, it wasn’t his offense that was on the third baseman’s mind.
Pedro Alvarez gave a glimpse of what he can do for his new team in his Orioles debut, but it wasn’t enough as the Twins’ bats erupted for a 14-5 win.
As Minnesota manager Paul Molitor put it, there’s no reason for Baltimore to see more of Twins starter Phil Hughes, especially considering that the teams meet for a three-game series to start the year.
Manny Machado doubled twice and drove in a run, as the Orioles finally put one in the win column on Saturday afternoon, beating the Twins 8-1 at Ed Smith Stadium. Baltimore had been off to an 0-10-2 start in Grapefruit League play.
Competing for a spot in the Minnesota starting rotation, Saturday was not the kind of day, from at least a statistics perspective, that Trevor May had in mind.