2010 Minnesota Twins season

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2010 Minnesota Twins
AL Central Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Jim Pohlad
Manager(s) Ron Gardenhire
Local television Fox Sports North
WFTC (My 29)
(Dick Bremer, Bert Blyleven)
Local radio 1500 AM ESPN Radio Twin Cities (KSTP-AM)
(John Gordon, Dan Gladden, Jack Morris, Kris Atteberry)
Stats ESPN.com
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The 2010 Minnesota Twins season was the 50th season for the franchise in Minnesota, and the 110th overall in the American League.

It was their first season in their new stadium, Target Field, which made its regular-season debut on April 12 as the Twins defeated the Boston Red Sox 5–2. This marked the return of outdoor professional baseball to the state of Minnesota for the first time since the end of the 1981 season, the last played at Metropolitan Stadium. 3,223,640 fans attended Twins games, setting a new franchise record.

The Twins clinched their sixth AL Central division championship in nine seasons on September 21 after a win against the Cleveland Indians and a Chicago White Sox loss. They were again swept by the New York Yankees in the American League Division Series to end the season.

Offseason[edit]

New uniforms[edit]

The Twins altered their uniforms for the 2010 season. Their new home outfits as well as their alternate uniforms feature a redesigned primary wordmark that was shown for the first time as a sign was hoisted into place atop the scoreboard at Target Field in May 2009. The team's colors remained unchanged (Red, navy and white) but the nameplate that had been in use since the 1980s on the uniforms was eliminated. The new road uniforms discards the navy pinstripes for a gray uniform with a script "Minnesota" on the front in navy with red and white trim. The franchise also wore a 1961 throwback uniform as part of the team's 50th season on Opening Day and all Saturday dates. The team donned a special Inaugural Season patch for Target Field on all home uniforms, and a Golden Anniversary season patch on their road outfits.

Roster moves[edit]

Before spring training, the Twins parted ways with 2009 trade deadline acquisition Orlando Cabrera, who would go on to sign a free agent deal with the Cincinnati Reds.[1] Also leaving the team was backup catcher Mike Redmond.[2] With Cabrera leaving, there were questions about the Twins infield.[3] General Manager Bill Smith addressed these questions by trading center fielder Carlos Gómez to the Milwaukee Brewers for shortstop J.J. Hardy,[4] and signing free agent second baseman Orlando Hudson.[5] Smith also added some power to the bench by acquiring free agent and former White Sox and Indians designated hitter Jim Thome.[6] With regular closer Joe Nathan out for the season after elbow surgery, Gardenhire named Jon Rauch the closer to begin the season. Later, the Twins traded catcher Wilson Ramos and Joe Testa to the Washington Nationals to acquire Matt Capps to bolster the bullpen. Other pitching changes included the late additions of Brian Fuentes and Randy Flores.

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

AL Central
W L Pct. GB Home Road
Minnesota Twins 94 68 .580 53–28 41–40
Chicago White Sox 88 74 .543 6 45–36 43–38
Detroit Tigers 81 81 .500 13 52–29 29–52
Cleveland Indians 69 93 .426 25 38–43 31–50
Kansas City Royals 67 95 .414 27 38–43 29–52


Detailed record[edit]

Team Home Away Total
AL East
Baltimore Orioles 2–2 3–1 5–3
Boston Red Sox 2–1 0–2 2–3
New York Yankees 1–2 1–2 2–4
Tampa Bay Rays 1–3 2–2 3–5
Toronto Blue Jays 1–3 2–3 3–6
7–10 8–10 15–21
AL Central
Chicago White Sox 6–3 7–2 13–5
Cleveland Indians 6–3 6–3 12–6
Detroit Tigers 7–2 2–7 9–9
Kansas City Royals 7–2 6–3 13–5
26–10 21–15 47–25
AL West
Los Angeles Angels 2–1 3–1 5–2
Oakland Athletics 4–2 2–1 6–3
Seattle Mariners 3–0 3–4 6–4
Texas Rangers 6–0 1–3 4–3
15–3 9–9 25–12
National League
Atlanta Braves 1–2 N/A 1–2
Colorado Rockies 2–1 N/A 2–1
Milwaukee Brewers 2–1 0–3 2–4
New York Mets N/A 1–2 1–2
Philadelphia Phillies N/A 2–1 2–1
5–4 3–6 8–10
Month Games Won Lost
April 23 15 8
May 28 16 12
June 27 12 15
July 26 15 11
August 28 18 10
September 27 17 10
October 3 1 2
162 94 68

Roster[edit]

2010 Minnesota Twins
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Designated Hitter

Manager

Coaches

Game log[edit]

2010 Game Log

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; AVG = Batting average; SB = Stolen bases

Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG SB
Baker, ScottScott Baker 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Blackburn, NickNick Blackburn 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Burnett, AlexAlex Burnett 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Butera, DrewDrew Butera 49 142 12 28 6 1 2 13 .197 0
Casilla, AlexiAlexi Casilla 69 152 26 42 7 4 1 20 .276 6
Crain, JesseJesse Crain 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Cuddyer, MichaelMichael Cuddyer 157 609 93 165 37 5 14 81 .271 7
Duensing, BrianBrian Duensing 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Guerrier, MattMatt Guerrier 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hardy, J.J.J.J. Hardy 101 340 44 91 19 3 6 38 .268 1
Harris, BrendanBrendan Harris 43 108 11 17 3 0 1 4 .157 0
Hudson, OrlandoOrlando Hudson 126 497 80 133 24 5 6 37 .268 10
Hughes, LukeLuke Hughes 2 7 1 2 0 0 1 1 .286 0
Kubel, JasonJason Kubel 143 518 68 129 23 3 21 92 .249 0
Liriano, FranciscoFrancisco Liriano 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Mahay, RonRon Mahay 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Manship, JeffJeff Manship 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Mauer, JoeJoe Mauer 137 510 88 167 43 1 9 75 .327 1
Mijares, JoseJose Mijares 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Morales, JoséJosé Morales 19 36 4 7 2 0 0 7 .194 0
Morneau, JustinJustin Morneau 81 296 53 102 25 1 18 56 .345 0
Pavano, CarlCarl Pavano 2 6 0 3 0 0 0 0 .500 0
Plouffe, TrevorTrevor Plouffe 22 41 7 6 1 0 2 6 .146 0
Punto, NickNick Punto 88 252 24 60 11 1 1 20 .238 6
Ramos, WilsonWilson Ramos 7 27 2 8 3 0 0 1 .296 0
Rauch, JonJon Rauch 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Repko, JasonJason Repko 58 127 19 29 6 0 3 9 .228 3
Revere, BenBen Revere 13 28 1 5 0 0 0 2 .179 0
Slowey, KevinKevin Slowey 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Span, DenardDenard Span 153 629 85 166 24 10 3 58 .264 26
Thome, JimJim Thome 108 276 48 76 16 2 25 59 .283 0
Tolbert, MattMatt Tolbert 48 87 8 20 4 3 1 18 .230 1
Valencia, DannyDanny Valencia 85 299 30 93 18 1 7 40 .311 2
Young, DelmonDelmon Young 153 570 77 170 46 1 21 112 .298 5
Totals 162 5568 781 1521 318 41 142 749 .273 68

Pitching[edit]

Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; HR = Home runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts

Player W L ERA G GS SV IP HR ER BB K
Baker, ScottScott Baker 12 9 4.49 29 29 0 170.1 23 85 43 148
Blackburn, NickNick Blackburn 10 12 5.42 28 26 0 161 25 97 40 68
Burnett, AlexAlex Burnett 2 2 5.29 41 0 0 47.2 6 28 23 37
Capps, MattMatt Capps 2 0 2.00 27 0 16 27 1 6 8 21
Crain, JesseJesse Crain 1 1 3.04 71 0 1 68 5 23 27 62
Delaney, RobRob Delaney 0 0 9.00 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 0
Duensing, BrianBrian Duensing 10 3 2.62 53 13 0 130.2 11 38 35 78
Flores, RandyRandy Flores 0 0 4.91 11 0 0 3.2 2 2 2 2
Fuentes, BrianBrian Fuentes 0 0 0.00 9 0 1 9.2 0 0 2 8
Guerrier, MattMatt Guerrier 5 7 3.17 74 0 1 71 7 25 22 42
Liriano, FranciscoFrancisco Liriano 14 10 3.62 31 31 0 191.2 9 77 58 201
Mahay, RonRon Mahay 1 1 3.44 41 0 0 34 5 13 8 25
Manship, JeffJeff Manship 2 1 5.28 13 1 0 29 3 17 6 21
Mijares, JoseJose Mijares 1 1 3.31 47 0 0 32.2 4 12 9 28
Neshek, PatPat Neshek 0 1 5.00 11 0 0 9 1 5 8 9
Pavano, CarlCarl Pavano 17 11 3.75 32 32 0 221 24 92 37 117
Perkins, GlenGlen Perkins 1 1 5.82 13 1 0 21.2 3 14 5 14
Rauch, JonJon Rauch 3 1 3.12 59 0 21 57.2 3 20 14 46
Slama, AnthonyAnthony Slama 0 1 7.71 5 0 0 4.2 1 4 5 5
Slowey, KevinKevin Slowey 13 6 4.45 30 28 0 155.2 21 77 29 116
Totals 94 68 3.95 162 162 40 1452.2 155 638 383 1048

Playoffs[edit]

The Twins were swept in three games by the New York Yankees in the Division Series.

Game 1, October 6[edit]

8:30 p.m. (EDT) at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 6 9 0
Minnesota 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 8 0
WP: CC Sabathia (1–0)   LP: Jesse Crain (0–1)   Sv: Mariano Rivera (1)
Home runs:
NYY: Mark Teixeira (1)
MIN: Michael Cuddyer (1)

Game 2, October 7[edit]

6:00 p.m. (EDT) at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 5 12 0
Minnesota 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 6 0
WP: Andy Pettitte (1–0)   LP: Carl Pavano (0–1)   Sv: Mariano Rivera (2)
Home runs:
NYY: Lance Berkman (1)
MIN: Orlando Hudson (1)

Game 3, October 9[edit]

8:30 p.m. (EDT) at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 7 1
New York 0 1 1 3 0 0 1 0 X 6 12 0
WP: Phil Hughes (1–0)   LP: Brian Duensing (0–1)
Home runs:
MIN: None
NYY: Marcus Thames (1), Nick Swisher (1)


Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Rochester Red Wings International League Tom Nieto
AA New Britain Rock Cats Eastern League Jeff Smith
A Fort Myers Miracle Florida State League Jake Mauer
A Beloit Snappers Midwest League Nelson Prada
Rookie Elizabethton Twins Appalachian League Ray Smith
Rookie GCL Twins Gulf Coast League Chris Heintz and Ramon Borrego

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reds formalize deal with Cabrera". MLB.com. February 1, 2010. Retrieved February 14, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Tribe inks Redmond to one-year deal". MLB.com. January 15, 2010. Retrieved February 14, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Twins mull options for infield holes". MLB.com. February 1, 2010. Archived from the original on February 6, 2010. Retrieved February 14, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Brewers trade Hardy to Twins for Gómez". MLB.com. November 6, 2009. Retrieved February 14, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Twins, Hudson agree on one-year deal". MLB.com. February 4, 2010. Archived from the original on February 13, 2010. Retrieved February 14, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Twins agree to terms with Jim Thome on a one-year contract". MLB.com. February 5, 2010. Retrieved February 14, 2010.