2011 Minnesota Twins season

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2011 Minnesota Twins
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 63–99 (.389)
Divisional place 5th
Other information
Owner(s) Jim Pohlad
General manager(s) Bill Smith
Manager(s) Ron Gardenhire
Local television Fox Sports North
(Dick Bremer, Bert Blyleven)
Local radio 1500 AM ESPN Radio Twin Cities (KSTP-AM)
(John Gordon, Dan Gladden, Jack Morris, Kris Atteberry, Ted Robinson, Bob Kurtz)
Stats ESPN.com
BB-reference
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The 2011 Minnesota Twins season was the 51st season for the franchise in Minnesota, and the 111th overall in the American League. The team drew 3,168,107 fans during the year. The Twins had a poor season, falling from first place the year before to last in 2011.

Regular season[edit]

Longtime Twins pitcher and broadcaster Bert Blyleven was elected to the Hall of Fame on January 5, and inducted on July 24.

On May 3, on a 42-degree Chicago Tuesday night, Francisco Liriano hurled the Twins' fifth no-hitter, closing down the White Sox. He struck out two and walked six on 123 pitches, but won 1-0.[1] Liriano's gem follows previous no-hitters by Jack Kralick (1962), Dean Chance (1967), Scott Erickson (1994) and Eric Milton (1999). To date, the Twins have been no-hit four times in their history.

The Twins opened their June 21 game against the San Francisco Giants and Madison Bumgarner with four singles and four doubles.[2] The eight consecutive hits to open a game tied a major league record. After Ben Revere collected his second hit of the inning, Bumgarner was lifted.

Only Michael Cuddyer represented the Twins at the All-Star Game. As a reserve outfielder, he was inserted at first base for two innings and went 0 for 1.[3]

Slugger Jim Thome belted career homers number 599 and 600 on August 15.[4] He was just the eighth player in history to reach 600. Six days later at Target Field, Thome on the diamond with New York's Alex Rodriguez marked the first time since July 17, 1973 that two 600-home-run club members squared off—on that date it was Willie Mays and Hank Aaron.

A Twins first happened on September 6, when Chris Parmelee, Joe Benson and Liam Hendriks each made their major league debut in the same game. Starting pitcher Hendiks took the loss, striking out 4 but giving up four hits and all three Chicago White Sox runs. Parmelee's 2-for-4 night topped Benson's 0-for 3.[5]

At season's end, closer Joe Nathan finished with 260 Minnesota saves, topping Rick Aguilera's club record of 254. Nathan signed as a free agent with the Texas Rangers in November.

Season standings[edit]

AL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Detroit Tigers 95 67 0.586 50–31 45–36
Cleveland Indians 80 82 0.494 15 44–37 36–45
Chicago White Sox 79 83 0.488 16 36–45 43–38
Kansas City Royals 71 91 0.438 24 40–41 31–50
Minnesota Twins 63 99 0.389 32 33–48 30–51


Roster[edit]

2011 Minnesota Twins
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Designated hitters

Manager

Coaches

Game log[edit]

Legend
Twins Win Twins Loss Postponed
2011 Game Log

No Hitter

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG SB
Scott Baker 2 5 0 2 1 0 0 0 .400 0
Joe Benson 21 71 3 17 6 1 0 2 .239 2
Nick Blackburn 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Alex Burnett 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Drew Butera 93 234 19 39 9 1 2 23 .167 0
Matt Capps 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Alexi Casilla 97 323 52 84 21 4 2 21 .260 15
Michael Cuddyer 139 529 70 150 29 2 20 70 .284 11
Brian Dinkelman 23 73 5 22 1 0 0 4 .301 2
Brian Duensing 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Phil Dumatrait 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jim Hoey 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Steve Holm 6 17 1 2 1 0 0 0 .118 0
Dusty Hughes 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Luke Hughes 96 287 31 64 12 0 7 30 .223 3
Jason Kubel 99 366 37 100 21 1 12 58 .273 1
Francisco Liriano 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 .500 0
Joe Mauer 82 296 38 85 15 0 3 30 .287 0
José Mijares 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Justin Morneau 69 264 19 60 16 0 4 30 .227 0
Joe Nathan 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tsuyoshi Nishioka 68 221 14 50 5 0 0 19 .226 2
Chris Parmelee 21 76 8 27 6 0 4 14 .355 0
Carl Pavano 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Glen Perkins 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Trevor Plouffe 81 286 47 68 18 1 8 31 .238 3
Jason Repko 67 133 21 30 2 0 2 11 .226 7
Ben Revere 117 450 56 120 9 5 0 30 .267 34
René Rivera 45 104 9 15 3 0 1 5 .144 0
Kevin Slowey 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Denard Span 70 284 37 75 11 5 2 16 .264 6
Anthony Swarzak 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jim Thome 71 206 21 50 12 0 12 40 .243 0
Matt Tolbert 87 207 22 41 10 2 0 11 .198 3
Rene Tosoni 60 172 20 35 7 1 5 22 .203 0
Danny Valencia 154 564 63 139 28 2 15 72 .246 2
Delmon Young 84 305 26 81 16 0 4 32 .266 1
Totals 162 5487 619 1357 259 25 103 572 .247 92

Pitching[edit]

Player W L ERA G GS SV IP R ER BB K
Scott Baker 8 6 3.14 23 21 0 134.2 50 47 32 123
Nick Blackburn 7 10 4.49 26 26 0 148.1 91 74 54 76
Alex Burnett 2 5 5.51 66 0 0 50.2 32 31 21 33
Matt Capps 4 7 4.25 69 0 15 65.2 31 31 13 34
Michael Cuddyer 0 0 0.00 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 1 0
Scott Diamond 1 5 5.08 7 7 0 39.0 25 22 17 19
Brian Duensing 9 14 5.23 32 28 0 161.2 102 94 52 115
Phil Dumatrait 1 3 3.92 45 0 1 41.1 22 18 25 29
Eric Hacker 0 0 0.00 2 0 0 5.1 1 0 4 2
Liam Hendriks 0 2 6.17 4 4 0 23.1 16 16 6 16
Jim Hoey 1 2 5.47 26 0 0 24.2 20 15 13 14
Dusty Hughes 1 0 9.95 15 0 0 12.2 14 14 8 11
Chuck James 0 0 6.10 8 0 0 10.1 7 7 4 8
Francisco Liriano 9 10 5.09 26 24 0 134.1 81 76 75 112
Jeff Manship 0 0 8.10 5 0 0 3.1 3 3 4 2
José Mijares 0 2 4.59 58 0 0 49.0 31 25 30 30
Joe Nathan 2 1 4.84 48 0 13 44.2 26 24 14 43
Lester Oliveros 0 0 4.05 10 0 0 13.1 6 6 7 9
Carl Pavano 9 13 4.30 33 33 0 222.0 123 106 40 102
Glen Perkins 4 4 2.48 65 0 2 61.2 19 17 21 65
Anthony Slama 0 0 0.00 2 0 0 2.1 0 0 2 3
Kevin Slowey 0 8 6.67 14 8 0 59.1 44 44 5 34
Anthony Swarzak 4 7 4.32 27 11 0 102.0 53 49 26 55
Kyle Waldrop 1 0 5.73 7 0 0 11.0 7 7 6 5
Totals 63 99 4.58 162 162 32 1421.2 804 724 480 940

Other post-season awards[edit]

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 Ramon Borrego

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Twins 1, White Sox 0". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-02-17.
  2. ^ "Twins 9, Giants 2". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-02-17.
  3. ^ "2011 All-Star Game". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-02-19.
  4. ^ "Jim Thome Hits 600th". ESPN.com.
  5. ^ "3 Twins Make Debuts". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-02-18.