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Twins place RHP Baker on 15-day DL (AP): Twins right-hander Scott Baker was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with shoulder stiffness and will miss his scheduled opening day start. Left-hander Francisco Liriano will instead take the mound for Minnesota on Monday against Seattle, but pitching coach Rick Anderson said the move -- made retroactively to last Saturday, making Baker eligible to return April 12 -- was precautionary...
Liriano impressing Twins on, off mound: Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson would never bring himself to say that an injury is a good thing for a pitcher. But he comes pretty close when talking about the effect that Francisco Liriano's elbow surgery and subsequent comeback have had on the left-hander.
Slowey helps Twins keep pace with ChiSox (AP):
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The Minnesota Twins have stayed in contention all season on the strength of a young, thriving rotation -- and their tutelage from pitching coach Rick Anderson. He's taught them so well, it seems, they hardly need him now. Kevin Slowey allowed four hits over seven innings and kept Minnesota in step with the Chicago White Sox in the AL Central, pitching the Twins past the Kansas City Royals 7-1 on...
Morneau, Liriano lead Twins past Tigers (AP):
"Cruddy." That's how Minnesota pitching coach Rick Anderson described Francisco Liriano's warmup before Friday night's game against Detroit. But it was a good omen, he added. "You warm up cruddy, and it makes you focus a little more," Anderson said after watching Liriano throw seven solid innings in the Twins' 10-2 win over the Tigers.
Twins' Liriano looks good in first outing in 18 months: Francisco Liriano faced a major-league team for the first time in 18 months, gave up no runs and felt no pain. He even made Manny Ramirez look silly on a changeup that the Red Sox slugger flailed at for a third strike. And he made Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson smile.
Twins' Anderson making name for self: Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson has been there to help develop Johan Santana. Now he gets the chance to help do the same for Philip Humber, one of the players acquired in the Santana deal. Anderson has a big job ahead of him this season with a young staff.
Status of Twins' Santana still in limbo (AP): The Minnesota Twins can't escape the attention, not until the status of Johan Santana is resolved. Pitching coach Rick Anderson was targeted twice by strangers during some Friday morning errands, posed the biggest question in baseball this winter not related to the Mitchell Report: "What's going to happen with Santana?" This is life at the moment for anyone associated with the Twins, as long as...
Catchers, coach get Rolexes from Santana: BOSTON - Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson received a new Rolex watch Friday, courtesy of Johan Santana. Catchers Joe Mauer, Mike Redmond and Matthew LeCroy each got one, too. Santana had them inscribed on the back with references to his two Cy Young Awards, from 2004 and '06. Anderson's says, "Andy, I couldn't have done it without you."How about that?" Anderson said. "That's first class," Mauer said. Santana just shrugged. His plan had been in place for months, and he was just glad LeCroy, who was behind the plate for Santana's first major league game
Santana's pitch count won't change: NEW YORK - Johan Santana will face the same pitch-count restrictions he always has faced when he returns to the mound tonight against the New York Mets. Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson spoke to Santana after the two-time Cy Young Award winner voiced his displeasure over being pulled from Thursday's start against Atlanta. Manager Ron Gardenhire removed Santana with the Twins down 2-0 after the seventh inning. Santana had thrown 108 pitches. The Twins rallied for three runs in the ninth and won 3-2. Santana's career record is 84-37, but he is 6-6 this year, despite a 3
Pain, no gain, no Crain: CLEVELAND - Ramon Ortiz might need fixing, but Jesse Crain has broken down. Crain, a key righthanded setup man, is headed to the disabled list because of a recurring sore shoulder. He's headed back to the Twin Cites, where he's expected to undergo an magnetic resonance imaging exam. It was the worst news out of the Twins clubhouse after being pounded 15-7 by the Indians at Jacobs Field on Tuesday night. "He says the pain in there is affecting his ability to finish pitches," Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson said. Righthander Julio DePaula will be called up from Class AAA Rochester to take
Twins: Various pains take back seat to victory: The Twins emerged from a nine-inning percolator Saturday with a 2-1 victory over Boston. It was one of those nights when a postgame shower wasn't enough to cool off. Their injury-depleted lineup came up with only four hits. Their ace lefthander, Johan Santana, was done after five innings because of seemingly never-ending battles with dangerous Red Sox hitters. Twins relievers Matt Guerrier, Jesse Crain, Pat Neshek and Joe Nathan took over -- and none wanted to be the one to throw the fatal pitch.. "You were on your edge on every seat," Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson said. "You know what
Twins arms have Anderson to thank: New Twins acquisition Ramon Ortiz is just the latest in what is becoming a long line of pitchers to credit pitching coach Rick Anderson with their success. And with a rotation full of question marks, Anderson has his work cut out for him this year.
Ortiz helps Twins to sweep of Orioles (AP): Ramon Ortiz came to Minnesota in need of a makeover. He signed with the Twins in hopes that highly regarded pitching coach Rick Anderson could clean him up after three straight disappointing seasons. One start into 2007, Ortiz looks like a new man. He allowed two runs in seven innings in his Twins debut, helping Minnesota complete a three-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles with a 7-2 victory...
Perkins making decision tough: FORT MYERS, FLA. - Ask Twins manager Ron Gardenhire if the team plans to start the season with Glen Perkins in the bullpen and he'll dismiss it out of hand. But that doesn't mean Gardenhire can't dream. Perkins continued to tantalize Gardenhire and pitching coach Rick Anderson on Thursday, throwing two perfect innings of relief with three strikeouts in a 4-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. "Perkins was yowser. Yowser." Gardenhire said. "He threw the ball really good. It came out of his hand with good snap, the ball diving down, good breaking ball." Perkins has made four appearances thi
Notes: Ortiz's game plan working: The Twins signed veteran pitcher Ramon Ortiz with the hope that pitching coach Rick Anderson could help get the right-hander back to the form he had early in his career as a starter. So far, it appears that the plan is working.
Live from fort Myers: A daily update by our staffers: Ortiz arrives, will catch up with staff Righthander Ramon Ortiz, who was held back in the Dominican Republic because of visa problems, reported to camp on Friday after missing the first five workouts. Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson has scheduled a bullpen session for Ortiz today so he can begin to catch up to the rest of the Twins pitchers. Anderson said Ortiz, who signed a $3.1 million contract, has a reputation for being in good shape, so he wasn't worried about the righthander being behind. Jones switched With the Twins hoping that Justin Morneau will man first base for several year
Anderson asked to work magic again: FORT MYERS, FLA. Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson walked through the clubhouse on Friday morning and smiled when he found righthander Sidney Ponson's stall. Ponson's stall at the Twins' spring training facility is located next to those of Carlos Silva and Johan Santana -- two hard-working pitchers who manage to have fun on the job. It's exactly where Anderson wanted Ponson's locker situated. It's a little thing, but part of his plan to turn around the wayward pitcher, who has been arrested in separate incidents for drunk driving and shoving an Aruban official. Anderson, 50, is also
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