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Twins shutdown Pavano

The Twins pitching has struggled all season long, and now it’s going to take another shot (I’m not sure if it’s a positive or negative shot just yet).

Carl Pavano had an MRI a month ago and it was deemed he had a shoulder strain. Continue reading

Blackburn has no structural damage

The Minnesota Twins are off to a rough start this year. It only continued the other day when Blackburn went out for a brief start against the Rangers on Saturday afternoon before feeling discomfort in his throwing shoulder.

After an MRI on the shoulder, it has been determined that there is no structural damage is his shoulder, just inflammation. It seems unlikely that Blackburn will find himself on the DL and it seems as though he may not even miss a start in the rotation.

Blackburn hasn’t been a phenomenal pitcher by any standards, but he’s been solid for the Twins over the last few years. So this should come as great news for the team and its fans.

Liriano has strong second outing

Minnesota Twins pitcher Fransico Liriano had a strong second appearance in his second spring ball game today. The Twins pitcher pitched 3 solid innings striking out 5 of the 10 batters he faced.  He only allowed 1 hit and still hasn’t allowed a run this spring.  It might be too early to tell but perhaps it looks like the twins pitching staff in general is off to a good start as Baker, Pavano, and Blackburn all had at least acceptable or better starts so far this spring.

Tsuyoshi Nishioka has been battling oblique soreness for a few weeks now and attempted to play through soreness this past week but the team has announced he will be shut down for the rest of the season. After tonights game Ron Gardenhire said trainers have shut Nishioka down for the season and are giving him a program to get healthy first from this injury and also his offseason program for the winter.

Jason Kubel left tonights game early with left foot pain. That is the same foot that has been bothering him for most of the season. He could be out for the rest of the season as well.

It is looking more and more likely that Denard Span and Justin Morneau also may not return this season as both player battle lingering concussion symptoms.

Joe Mauer and Nick Blackburn are also already on the list of players not returning this season. Scott Baker and Alexi Casilla have also been out about a month now and their return is still unknown. They could be the next names added to the list.

Nick Blackburn will be shut down for the rest of the season because of a lateral forearm strain. He has been moved to the 60-day DL to open up a roster spot on the 40-man roster. Right-hander Kyle Waldrop and infielder Brian Dinkleman will be called up in time for Monday’s double header against the White Sox. Right-hander Liam Hendriks and infielder Matt Tolbert will be called up in time for Tuesday’s game against the White Sox. Hendriks will start for the Twins Tuesday in his major league debut.

Twins blast Giants

The Twins have a monster first inning to get by Giants. They managed 8 straight hits and 8 total runs in the first inning. From there it was smooth sailing for Pavano as he went 8 innings allowing only 2 runs on 9 hits. It was a lot of firsts in a while for Minnesota as they had 8 straight hits, first time since 1990, and had their first 8 batters score for the first team since 2003. All the Twins regular hitters had a hit in this game besides Pavano. Pavano was one strikeout shy of the infamous golden sombrero but more than made up for it with his pitching. No real big hitters in this one as the RBIs were spread out among everyone. It is worth mentioning that Alexi Casilla had a home run in his second straight game for his second of the year. He also had an amazing play to end the 4th inning. Check it out here.  Also, get a full look at the Yahoo! box score here. The Twins will look to take the series tomorrow when Blackburn takes the mound versus Vogelsong.

Twins keep rolling, sweep White Sox

It may have been a rain shortened series with the Sox but that doesn’t change the fact that the Twins swept them out of Minnesota. The Twins have continued their June pitching dominance (best in the league for the month) and had Blackburn go 8 strong innings before Capps came on for his 9th save of the year. The series featured the 2 starters pitching 17 of a possible 18 innings. Many of the losses have been because of a poor bullpen but, lately, the starters have been going so deep in games that hasn’t even been an issue. Also, today marked the return of Nishioka and Gardenhire had him batting 3rd and playing shortstop and moving Casilla to 2nd base. Michael Cuddyer provided the Twins only offense with a solo bomb in the bottom of the second which can be seen here. Cuddyer has been on a real tear this month to go along with the great pitching. The home run was his 10th of the year. Check here for the full Yahoo! box score. Tomorrow will be the much-anticipated return of Joe Mauer when Minnesota starts a 3 game series against the San Diego Padres.