The good life in Minnesota: A 12-step plan to greatness in the Midwest
The controversial charter school was more than just a First Amendment fiasco
Joe Nathan is officially heading for a warmer climate. Nathan, who turns 37 today, is signing with the Texas Rangers for a two-year, $14.5 million contract with a 2014 option. That brings to an end seven years of Nathan pitching, during which time he set the record for all-time most team saves. ... More >>
Michael Cuddyer might have played his last game as a Twin.The Minnesota Twins awful season is finally, mercifully, over. Now the Twins have to make the hard decisions of which players they want to bring back next year -- and some of those players need to make the hard decision of whether it's wor ... More >>
There was a lot of fun at Target Field this weekend, from bizarre bobbleheads to championship reunions to kids running the bases on perhaps the nicest day of the summer. Too bad the game on the field was so damn bad. The Twins were swept by the formerly reeling Chicago White Sox, dropping the h ... More >>
Five games under, five games back. On June 1, when they were 20 games under and 16.5 behind of the Cleveland Indians, would you have thought it possible the Twins could close the gap this much? I certainly didn't, though I was having a blast trying to figure out a way to conveniently pigeonhole ... More >>
Screen grab via FSNTicket please.Ordinarily when you wheel a rollerbag up to your gate at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and you you see a crowd and commotion, you brace for the worst. Is it a canceled flight? A last-minute gate-change? But not yesterday at Gates F9 and 10.
Nathan's been demoted.The anticipated return of the Twins' closer extraordinaire has taken a turn for the worse: Joe Nathan blew yet another save to the resurgent Tampa Bay Rays, and now he's done in that role, at least for the time being. Matt Capps gets to wear that cap, and Nathan, poor ... More >>
But how long can the big train churn with spare parts?
Three reasons why the Twins' superb start will only gain momentum.
Where does Rauch's unique stature and ink place him in the long line of closer characteristics?
Who's the top threat to unseat the Twins as Central Division champs? Welcome back to baseball!
The surgery, named for the former L.A. Dodgers pitching great on whom it was first performed, will sideline Nathan for a year.
Smoltz gave us hell back in 1991. Could he offer the same sizzle for our side 20 years later?
If only the reliever had more opportunity to hold leads . . .
Which Twin-mannerisms do you most enjoy (or abhor) over the course of the season?
How does your favorite Twin grade out at mid-season?
Where the Twins land in baseball's most unpredictable division.
State law quirk requires educators to sit on school board
The aging Mariners slugger is batting .538 against the Twins this year. For the love of the heavens, please stop pitching to him.
Well, I think it's safe to say that Carlos Silva won't be winning the Cy Young award this year, either. With a 2-1 score going into the sixth inning, it looked as if the Twins were heading into yet another close loss, and another tough break for Mr. Silva, who would be having a good year were it not ... More >>
So the Minnesota Twins lost their third game in a row to the division leading Detroit Tigers. What now? 9 games out at this point, pretty much the same as last year. Unfortunately, the optimists' club is looking at one year ago, when the Twins were still 9 games behind the Tigers. Of course, they we ... More >>
This hapless Devil Rays franchise, "celebrating" their tenth anniversary (and what memories those must be), must have some kid, somewhere in the bay area, cheering for 'em. But today, there's a brief burst of joy when his Rays split a four-game series against the heralded Twins, winning game four ... More >>
Twins Director of Scouting Mike Radcliff herds the bird dogs and keeps the information flowing
On the brink of what will likely be make-or-break matchups against Chicago and Detroit, a main question mark for the Twins is--surprise!--their starting rotation.
1. Ruben Sierra is enormous. Has he always been that big? 2. The Twins have now beaten the top two closers in the American league: Mariano Rivera on Saturday, and now K-Rod. The only other pitcher who compares to those guys is Joe Nathan. That's a really good feeling. Man, what a game.
Snapshots of a long-shot season to come
THE LINEUP Shannon Stewart, LF: Like his new teammate Rondell White, he's a pretty good player on the downhill side of a career marked by extraordinary physical wear and tear. Stewart's 32 now, and last year he dropped 60 points apiece from his on-base (.380-.323) and slugging (.447-.388) percenta ... More >>
Freddie Garcia hung a breaking ball to Jacques Jones leading off the Twins' half of the 8th inning and that was the ballgame. And what a ballgame. Minnesota managed one total hit, Jones's homer to dead center. Garcia kept them off balance all night, often getting ahead by throwing his slow curve o ... More >>
Can the up-and-down Twins deliver another division title?
Right-wingers divine new education standards
A Minneapolis school gets results with electrical sensors and exercise mats
Minneapolis public school officials make some hard budget-trimming choices
A tiny St. Paul high school throws off the shackles of state regulation--including those cumbersome rules about teacher certification
Wonder what your child's school will look like in the next millennium? Here's a peek.
Like Wendell Maddox, African Americans and Latinos increasingly support vouchers as a viable alternative to schools that fail them. Opponents say minorities are being used as pawns in an ideological battle.