Twins decline option on Baker, Blackburn has elbow surgery
The Twins declined to pick up the $9.25 million option on Scott Baker's contract, but the right-hander says there is mutual interest in him returning to the Twins. Meanwhile, Nick Blackburn had surgery last week to remove a bone chip in his elbow, but the Twins expect him to be ready for spring training.
Blackburn says he's 'very aware' Twins could release him
Twins pitcher Nick Blackburn doesn't like his chances of remaining with the club after this season, reports the Pioneer Press. The struggling right-hander, who was booted from the Twins' 40-man roster last month, admits he's "been terrible."
Blackburn, Nishioka booted from Twins' 40-man roster
Two of the Twins' most disappointing players are off the major league roster, but will stay with the organization in the minors. Tsuyoshi Nishioka has spent most of the season with Rochester, anyway. The Twins will name a replacement for Blackburn Tuesday.
Twins examine options for struggling Blackburn
Trying to figure out a solution for struggling pitcher Nick Blackburn, the Twins are reportedly weighing options for the righthander, including a trip to Class AAA Rochester, having him skip a start or moving him to the bullpen. Blackburn, who hasn't won since June 22, lost to the Seattle Mariners Friday night to drop his record to 4-9.
Blackburn, Twins aim to complete sweep at Fenway
The Minnesota Twins have a chance to complete a four-game sweep against the Boston Red Sox for the first time in 21 years Sunday afternoon. Joe Mauer's three-run homer in the ninth inning helped the the Twins secure a thrilling 6-4 victory Saturday night. Minnesota will send Nick Blackburn to the hill for the series finale.
Twins GM: No player is off limits
Twins GM Terry Ryan tells the Pioneer Press that contrary to popular belief, the Twins offense isn’t very good. He says averaging 4 runs a game "is not enough in the American League, by any stretch." With the trade deadline fast approaching, Ryan says no player is off limits.
Twins send Blackburn to AAA Rochester, call up reliever Fien
After giving up six earned runs on eight hits and a walk Tuesday night, struggling Twins right-hander Nick Blackburn is on his way to Class AAA Rochester, the club said Wednesday. Taking Blackburn's place on the active roster will be reliever Casey Fien.
Twins take series with 4-2 win over Royals
The Twins beat the Royals, 4-2 Wednesday night to win the series in Kansas City. Nick Blackburn returned from the disabled list and overcame a rough first inning to earn the win. He allowed a two-run homer in the first before settling down over his final four innings.
Blackburn returns, with confidence
The disabled list behind him, Nick Blackburn returns to the Twins starting rotation tonight in Kansas City. Blackburn is coming back from a quad injury. He tells the Pioneer Press he’s confident and ready to start. While Blackburn was sharp in spring training, he’s had a rough year so far, compiling a 1-4 record over seven starts.
Twins' bats come alive in 11-7 win over Tigers
The Twins' bats came alive in a 11-7 win over the Tigers Wednesday night in Detroit. Brian Dozier and Trevor Plouffe homered and Josh Willingham drove in three-runs with a pair of doubles. Nick Blackburn's ERA blossomed to 8.37 after he allowed six runs in just two innings.
Mastroianni's 3 RBI lead Twins past Toronto, 7-6
Four runs in the fifth inning sparked the Twins past Toronto, 7-6 at Target Field Friday night. Darin Mastroianni collected his first major league hit and led the Twins with three RBI. Nick Blackburn struggled in five innings but the bullpen was fantastic as Alex Burnett, Jared Burton, Glen Perkins and Matt Capps held the Blue Jays to one run over the final four innings.
Twins' rally falls short, Angels win 4-3
The Angels beat the Twins, 4-3 in the series opener in Anaheim last night. Torii Hunter hit a two-run homer to give the Angels a 3-0 lead against his former team. The Twins rallied for three runs in the eighth inning but left the tying run on second base.
Blackburn seeks first win in L.A.
Nick Blackburn will try to bounce back from getting drilled by the Red Sox last week, when he gave up five runs in just three innings. Tonight, he’s on the hill in Los Angeles, still looking for his first win of the season. The Twins are on a six-game West Coast road trip.
Boston boots Blackburn early, crushes Twins, 11-2
Nick Blackburn's first start back from shoulder stiffness didn't last very long Tuesday night. Boston booted Blackburn from the game after three innings, en route to a 11-2 win at Target Field. Blackburn allowed five runs on eight hits before being yanked from the game.
Blackburn on track to start Tuesday
Nick Blackburn threw another bullpen session Friday and felt great afterward. That means the right-hander will likely rejoin the Twins’ rotation on Tuesday. If he does it will likely push Anthony Swarzak back into the bullpen. Swarzak was roughed up by the Yankees Thursday night.
Mystery injury gone, Blackburn ready to resume pitching again
Nobody can figure out why Nick Blackburn's shoulder flared up during his last start on Saturday. He says it's something the trainers have "never seen and I've never dealt with it." But Blackburn felt great throwing a bullpen session on Wednesday and is expected to make his next start on Tuesday.
Liriano, Baker and Blackburn discuss success and struggles with Twins
Francisco Liriano, Scott Baker and Nick Blackburn have seen their ups and downs with the Twins. The Pioneer Press caught up with the three pitchers to talk about what has held them back over the last few years.
Terry Ryan: 'We don't have a whole heck of a lot of problems'
The Twins are a little over a week away from flying to Baltimore for the start of the 2012 season. It's fair to say the team is more optimistic about it's chances after last season's 99 loss effort. The biggest reason for the optimism is because the majority of the team is healthy. Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Nick Blackburn and Denard Span all look ready for improvements this season.