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January 26, 2008
Former American League Most Valuable Player Justin Morneau received the most lucrative contract in Minnesota Twins history, a six-year, $80 million deal announced yesterday along with a three-year, $24 million agreement for right fielder Michael Cuddyer. The Twins have explored trading two-time AL Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana, but general manager Bill Smith said the Morneau and Cuddyer contracts do not affect any other players. Morneau agreed to a one-year, $7.4 million contract last week, but both sides wanted to go longer.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2013
We learned late last night that the Orioles were the team that claimed Minnesota Twins outfielder Josh Willingham off trade waivers . So does that mean Willingham will be an Oriole? Not necessarily. It just means the Orioles are attempting to work out a deal with the Twins, and have until about noon Friday to do so. If not, the Twins would pull Willingham back. And that will be the end of that. If the Twins attempted to put Willingham through trade waivers a second time and he gets claimed, then he would be gone from Minnesota.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,Sun Reporter | April 3, 2007
MINNEAPOLIS -- Three times yesterday, the left-hander who is probably Canada's best major league pitcher faced the slugger who is probably Canada's best hitter. All three times, the hitter, the American League's reigning Most Valuable Player, won. Consequently, so did the Minnesota Twins, as they rode Justin Morneau's two RBIs, including a bases-empty home run in the second inning for the game's first run, to a 7-4 victory over the Orioles in the season opener for both clubs. It continued the dominance that Morneau has had against his fellow countryman and World Baseball Classic teammate, Erik Bedard, the Orioles' ace. After three hits in three at-bats, Morneau is now 8-for-14 with two homers and eight RBIs against Bedard.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2013
We're closing in on three hours until the end of the nonwaiver trade deadline, and the best we can tell here is that the Orioles are active. One source confirmed that the Orioles are actively pursuing right-handed hitting outfielder-first baseman Michael Morse and left-handed reliever Oliver Perez from the Seattle Mariners. Morse, whom the Orioles have liked for years, would fill the open DH role -- but he's coming off a lengthy stay on the disabled list after injuring his quad. Perez would add to the club's strength: the bullpen.
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By Compiled from interviews and other newspapers' reports | October 1, 2006
Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire didn't hesitate recently when asked his definition of a league Most Valuable Player. "Justin Morneau," he said. The Twins' 25-year-old first baseman isn't just making a name for himself in his fourth big league season and true breakout year. He also is emerging as perhaps the top MVP candidate, since there are flaws surrounding his chief competition: Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz (doesn't play the field, no playoffs); New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (lack of power, star-studded lineup)
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By DAN CONNOLLY and DAN CONNOLLY,SUN REPORTER | June 10, 2006
MINNEAPOLIS -- They came eight innings apart, but Minnesota's Justin Morneau walloped two long homers and the Twins beat the Orioles, 7-5, last night in a 12-inning marathon. Facing Orioles reliever Bruce Chen (0-6) with two outs in the 12th, Morneau crushed a 437-foot, two-run homer to right-center for the game-winner in a contest of near misses and crazy base running. Orioles@Twins Tonight, 7:10, Ch. 13, 1090 AM Starters: Orioles' Daniel Cabrera (3-2, 4.66) vs. Twins' Carlos Silva (2-7, 7.76)
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September 19, 2004
It's a fact Roger Clemens (17-4) of the Astros has three starts left and could notch his seventh 20-win season. Milestone Miguel Cabrera of the Marlins is the sixth active player to reach 100 RBIs in a season before age 22. The number 49: RBIs for Twins rookie Justin Morneau since the All-Star break.
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By Jeff Zrebiec | March 16, 2007
Four in a row Down two runs, the Orioles loaded the bases with one out in the ninth inning, but Jon Knott grounded into a game-ending double play, securing a 4-2 defeat, the team's fourth straight loss. The Twins broke a 2-2 eighth-inning tie on Garrett Jones' two-run double off Orioles reliever Jim Hoey, who gave up for two hits and walked two in one inning. Loewen shines In his third exhibition start, Adam Loewen went four strong innings, striking out four and allowing two hits and one run on Michael Cuddyer's home run in the fourth inning.
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By JEFF ZREBIEC | May 6, 2009
The Twins have been up and down this year, but they're certainly glad to have Joe Mauer back. After missing the spring and the start of the season with inflammation in his right sacroiliac joint, the All-Star catcher hit a homer in his first at-bat Friday and is 7-for-17 with three RBIs since returning. Michael Cuddyer is also starting to heat up with two hits in three straight games heading into Tuesday. Former American League Most Valuable Player Justin Morneau has four homers and 11 RBIs during his past 11 games.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | July 26, 2004
Sure, the Orioles were spoiled. They were so used to seeing Daniel Cabrera pitch like a 10-year veteran, they had a hard time masking their disappointment yesterday when he finally pitched like a rookie again. Cabrera turned in his worst major league performance, as the Minnesota Twins pounded him for eight runs in five-plus innings and held on for an 8-4 victory before 41,833 at Camden Yards. "You forget how young he is," said Ray Miller, who had seen nothing but good things from Cabrera, 23, since he took over as the Orioles' pitching coach June 26. "They have a little bit of success, and you forget how little experience they have."
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 27, 2013
After adding starting pitcher Scott Feldman and reliever Francisco Rodriguez this month, the Orioles have filled two needs before July 31's non-waiver trade deadline, but that doesn't mean they aren't still looking. One of the Orioles top scouts has been in Seattle this week watching the Mariners and the Minnesota Twins. Minnesota's former MVP Justin Morneau is on the trade block, and so may be several Mariners' hitters including Raul Ibanez and Kendrys Morales. Seattle slugger Mike Morse, whom the Orioles have liked for years, is currently rehabbing from a quadriceps injury in Triple-A.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 5, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- While first base remains a question mark for the Orioles, the team has not made pushes toward acquiring veterans Justin Morneau and Kevin Youkilis. The Twins have been gauging trade interest in Morneau, who will receive $14 million in 2013 in the final year of his contract. The Orioles have had no serious discussions about trading for Morneau and would be unwilling to take on his salary unless Minnesota paid a significant chunk. Also, the Orioles have had no dialogue with the representatives for Youkilis, who is now at free agent.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2012
Just a few hours before last Friday's season opener at Camden Yards, two close friends -- Brian Roberts and Justin Morneau -- caught up in the tunnel connecting the home and visitors clubhouses. Roberts and the Morneau have become friends because they are among the few who truly understand what each other has been through. Roberts, the Orioles second baseman, is trying to come back from multiple concussions. And Morneau, a former AL MVP with the Twins, has gradually made that comeback.
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By La Velle E. Neal III, Star Tribune | April 18, 2011
First baseman Justin Morneau on Monday missed a second straight game with the flu, remaining at the team hotel during the afternoon while the Twins prepared to play Baltimore. Sound familiar? Catcher Joe Mauer just spent the weekend laid up in a St. Petersburg hotel with what turned out to be a viral infection. Morneau was supposed to arrive at Camden Yards by game time to be examined by doctors. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire had no idea when he might have Morneau available to insert into the lineup.
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By Phil Rogers | January 24, 2011
The Twins breathed a sigh of relief that the Pirates were the only other team to offer Carl Pavano a two-year deal, allowing them to re-sign him and partially salvage a shaky offseason. But catcher Joe Mauer's raise from $12.5 million to $23 million has cut into the team's depth, with the rebuilt bullpen a major concern. The Twins are suddenly a fragile team, with much invested in successful returns by Justin Morneau (concussion) and Joe Nathan (elbow surgery). … Infielder Nick Punto is a good signing for the Cardinals.
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By JEFF ZREBIEC | May 6, 2009
The Twins have been up and down this year, but they're certainly glad to have Joe Mauer back. After missing the spring and the start of the season with inflammation in his right sacroiliac joint, the All-Star catcher hit a homer in his first at-bat Friday and is 7-for-17 with three RBIs since returning. Michael Cuddyer is also starting to heat up with two hits in three straight games heading into Tuesday. Former American League Most Valuable Player Justin Morneau has four homers and 11 RBIs during his past 11 games.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,Sun reporter | April 4, 2007
MINNEAPOLIS -- When Orioles left-handed reliever John Parrish completed 1 2/3 scoreless innings on Monday night, it represented his first major league action since June 11, 2005. "It was a long time ago," said Parrish, who missed the entire 2006 season after having ligament-transplant surgery in July 2005. "It all erases after you get back and you're healthy." It also represented the first step for Parrish in not only proving to Sam Perlozzo that he could be a reliable member of the bullpen, but also a guy the Orioles manager can trust in later innings.
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January 26, 2008
Former American League Most Valuable Player Justin Morneau received the most lucrative contract in Minnesota Twins history, a six-year, $80 million deal announced yesterday along with a three-year, $24 million agreement for right fielder Michael Cuddyer. The Twins have explored trading two-time AL Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana, but general manager Bill Smith said the Morneau and Cuddyer contracts do not affect any other players. Morneau agreed to a one-year, $7.4 million contract last week, but both sides wanted to go longer.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,Sun reporter | April 4, 2007
MINNEAPOLIS -- When Orioles left-handed reliever John Parrish completed 1 2/3 scoreless innings on Monday night, it represented his first major league action since June 11, 2005. "It was a long time ago," said Parrish, who missed the entire 2006 season after having ligament-transplant surgery in July 2005. "It all erases after you get back and you're healthy." It also represented the first step for Parrish in not only proving to Sam Perlozzo that he could be a reliable member of the bullpen, but also a guy the Orioles manager can trust in later innings.
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