2020 Minnesota Twins
American League Central Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record36–24 (.600)
Divisional place1st
Other information
Owner(s)Jim Pohlad
President of Baseball OperationsDerek Falvey
General manager(s)Thad Levine
Manager(s)Rocco Baldelli
Local televisionFox Sports North
(Dick Bremer, Bert Blyleven, Justin Morneau) (Marney Gellner) (Audra Martin)
Local radioWCCO, KMNB
(Cory Provus, Dan Gladden)
StatsESPN.com
BB-reference
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The 2020 Minnesota Twins season was the 60th season for the Minnesota Twins franchise in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, their 11th season at Target Field and the 120th overall in the American League. It was the team's second year under manager Rocco Baldelli.

On March 12, 2020, MLB announced that because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the start of the regular season would be delayed by at least two weeks in addition to the remainder of spring training being cancelled.[1] Four days later, it was announced that the start of the season would be pushed back indefinitely due to the recommendation made by the CDC to restrict events of more than 50 people for eight weeks.[2] On June 23, commissioner Rob Manfred unilaterally implemented a 60-game season. Players reported to training camps on July 1 in order to resume spring training and prepare for a July 24 Opening Day.[3] On the last day of the shortened 2020 season, the Twins clinched the American League Central division title for the second year in a row thanks to a loss by the Chicago White Sox.[4] On September 29, the Twins lost Game One of the 2020 American League Wild Card Series to the Houston Astros. The game was their seventeenth consecutive postseason loss, which broke the record for the longest postseason losing streak in North American sports, passing the 1975-79 Chicago Blackhawks.[5] The Twins were ultimately swept two games to zero in the best-of-three series, extending their record-breaking losing streak to eighteen games.

Season standings

AL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Minnesota Twins 36 24 0.600 24–7 12–17
Cleveland Indians 35 25 0.583 1 18–12 17–13
Chicago White Sox 35 25 0.583 1 18–12 17–13
Kansas City Royals 26 34 0.433 10 15–15 11–19
Detroit Tigers 23 35 0.397 12 12–15 11–20


Division Leaders W L Pct.
Tampa Bay Rays 40 20 0.667
Oakland Athletics 36 24 0.600
Minnesota Twins 36 24 0.600


Division 2nd Place W L Pct.
Cleveland Indians 35 25 0.583
New York Yankees 33 27 0.550
Houston Astros 29 31 0.483


Wild Card teams
(Top two qualify for postseason)
W L Pct. GB
Chicago White Sox 35 25 0.583 +3
Toronto Blue Jays 32 28 0.533
Seattle Mariners 27 33 0.450 5
Los Angeles Angels 26 34 0.433 6
Kansas City Royals 26 34 0.433 6
Baltimore Orioles 25 35 0.417 7
Boston Red Sox 24 36 0.400 8
Detroit Tigers 23 35 0.397 8
Texas Rangers 22 38 0.367 10


Records vs. Opponents

Source: AL Standings Head-to-head

Team CWS CLE DET KC MIN NL
Chicago 2–8 9–1 9–1 5–5 10–10
Cleveland 8–2 7–3 5–5 3–7 12–8
Detroit 1–9 3–7 4–6 4–6 11–7
Kansas City 1–9 5–5 6–4 5–5 9–11
Minnesota 5–5 7–3 6–4 5–5 13–7

Game log

Regular season

2020 game log: 36–24 (Home: 24–7 ; Away: 12–17)
July: 5–2 (Home: 3–1 ; Away: 2–1)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Record Streak
1 July 24 @ White Sox 10–5 May (1–0) Giolito (0–1) 1–0 W1
2 July 25 @ White Sox 3–10 Keuchel (1–0) Dobnak (0–1) 1–1 L1
3 July 26 @ White Sox 14–2 Maeda (1–0) López (0–1) 2–1 W1
4 July 28 Cardinals 6–3 Bailey (1–0) Martínez (0–1) Romo (1) 3–1 W2
5 July 29 Cardinals 3–0 Hill (1–0) Ponce de Leon (0–1) Rogers (1) 4–1 W3
6 July 30 Indians 0–2 Bieber (2–0) Berríos (0–1) Karinchak (1) 4–2 L1
7 July 31 Indians 4–1 Dobnak (1–1) Clevinger (0–1) Rogers (2) 5–2 W1
August: 15–14 (Home: 9–3 ; Away: 6–11)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Record Streak
8 August 1 Indians 3–0 Maeda (2–0) Carrasco (1–1) Rogers (3) 6–2 W2
9 August 2 Indians 3–1 Smeltzer (1–0) Civale (1–1) Romo (2) 7–2 W3
10 August 3 Pirates 5–4 Rogers (1–0) Burdi (0–1) 8–2 W4
11 August 4 Pirates 7–3 Berríos (1–1) Musgrove (0–3) May (1) 9–2 W5
12 August 5 @ Pirates 5–2 Dobnak (2–1) Williams (0–3) 10–2 W6
13 August 6 @ Pirates 5–6 Howard (1–0) Rogers (1–1) 10–3 L1
14 August 7 @ Royals 2–3 Holland (2–0) Wisler (0–1) Rosenthal (2) 10–4 L2
15 August 8 @ Royals 6–9 Zuber (1–1) Thorpe (0–1) Rosenthal (3) 10–5 L3
16 August 9 @ Royals 2–4 Singer (1–1) Berríos (1–2) Barlow (1) 10–6 L4
17 August 10 @ Brewers 4–2 Dobnak (3–1) Houser (1–1) Rogers (4) 11–6 W1
18 August 11 @ Brewers 4–6 Williams (1–1) Rogers (1–2) Hader (3) 11–7 L1
19 August 12 @ Brewers 12–2 Maeda (3–0) Lauer (0–2) 12–7 W1
20 August 15 (1) Royals 4–2 (7) Duffey (1–0) Speier (0–1) Rogers (5) 13–7 W2
21 August 15 (2) Royals 2–4 (7) Duffy (1–2) Berríos (1–3) Rosenthal (5) 13–8 L1
22 August 16 Royals 4–2 Dobnak (4–1) Singer (1–2) Romo (3) 14–8 W1
23 August 17 Royals 4–1 Smeltzer (2–0) Bubic (0–3) 15–8 W2
24 August 18 Brewers 4–3 (12) Alcalá (1–0) Phelps (2–2) 16–8 W3
25 August 19 Brewers 3–9 Anderson (1–2) Hill (1–1) 16–9 L1
26 August 20 Brewers 7–1 Berríos (2–3) Woodruff (1–2) 17–9 W1
27 August 21 @ Royals 2–7 Duffy (2–2) Odorizzi (0–1) 17–10 L1
28 August 22 @ Royals 7–2 Dobnak (5–1) Singer (1–3) 18–10 W1
29 August 23 @ Royals 5–4 Clippard (1–0) Bubic (0–4) Rogers (6) 19–10 W2
30 August 24 @ Indians 3–2 Maeda (4–0) Civale (3–3) Rogers (7) 20–10 W3
31 August 25 @ Indians 2–4 Bieber (6–0) Alcalá (1–1) Hand (8) 20–11 L1
32 August 26 @ Indians 3–6 Maton (2–0) Romo (0–1) Hand (9) 20–12 L2
August 27 @ Tigers Postponed (strikes due to shooting of Jacob Blake); Rescheduled to August 28
August 28 (1) @ Tigers Postponed (rain); Rescheduled to August 29
August 28 (2) @ Tigers Postponed (rain); Rescheduled to September 4
33 August 29 (1) @ Tigers 2–8 (7) Boyd (1–4) Dobnak (5–2) 20–13 L3
34 August 29 (2) @ Tigers 2–4 (7) Skubal (1–1) Duffey (1–1) Soto (1) 20–14 L4
35 August 30 @ Tigers 2–3 Alexander (2–1) Maeda (4–1) Soto (2) 20–15 L5
36 August 31 White Sox 5–8 Foster (4–0) Rogers (1–3) Colomé (7) 20–16 L6
September: 16–8 (Home: 12–3 ; Away: 4–5)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Record Streak
37 September 1 White Sox 3–2 Thielbar (1–0) Cordero (0–2) Wisler (1) 21–16 W1
38 September 2 White Sox 8–1 Berríos (3–3) López (0–2) 22–16 W2
39 September 4 (1) Tigers 2–0 (7) Dobnak (6–2) Boyd (1–5) Rogers (8) 23–16 W3
40 September 4 (2) Tigers [a] 3–2 (8) Romo (1–1) Jiménez (1–3) May (2) 24–16 W4
41 September 5 Tigers 4–3 Alcalá (2–1) Cisnero (1–2) 25–16 W5
42 September 6 Tigers 8–10 Funkhouser (1–1) Romo (1–2) Garcia (1) 25–17 L1
43 September 7 Tigers 6–2 Pineda (1–0) Fulmer (0–1) 26–17 W1
44 September 8 (1) @ Cardinals 7–3 (7) Berríos (4–3) Martínez (0–2) 27–17 W2
45 September 8 (2) @ Cardinals 4–6 (7) Cabrera (3–1) Dobnak (6–3) Gallegos (4) 27–18 L1
46 September 11 Indians 3–1 Maeda (5–1) Bieber (7–1) Rogers (9) 28–18 W1
47 September 12 Indians 8–4 Hill (2–1) Plesac (3–2) 29–18 W2
48 September 13 Indians 7–5 Thielbar (2–0) McKenzie (2–1) Romo (4) 30–18 W3
49 September 14 @ White Sox 1–3 Colomé (2–0) Rogers (1–4) 30–19 L1
50 September 15 @ White Sox 2–6 Dunning (2–0) Dobnak (6–4) 30–20 L2
51 September 16 @ White Sox 5–1 Stashak (1–0) Giolito (4–3) 31–20 W1
52 September 17 @ White Sox 3–4 Heuer (3–0) Clippard (1–1) Colomé (12) 31–21 L1
53 September 18 @ Cubs 0–1 Hendricks (6–4) Hill (2–2) Jeffress (8) 31–22 L2
54 September 19 @ Cubs 8–1 Pineda (2–0) Mills (5–4) 32–22 W1
55 September 20 @ Cubs 4–0 Berríos (5–3) Darvish (7–3) 33–22 W2
56 September 22 Tigers 5–4 (10) Rogers (2–4) Garcia (2–1) 34–22 W3
57 September 23 Tigers 7–6 Maeda (6–1) Mize (0–3) 35–22 W4
58 September 25 Reds 2–7 Lorenzen (3–1) Berríos (5–4) 35–23 L1
59 September 26 Reds 7–3 Clippard (2–1) Castillo (4–6) 36–23 W1
60 September 27 Reds 3–5 Iglesias (4–3) Thielbar (2–1) 36–24 L1
Legend:        = Win        = Loss        = Postponement
Bold = Twins team member

Notes:

Postseason

2020 Postseason: 0–2 (Home 0–2; Away 0–0)
American League Wild Card Series: 0−2 (Home 0–2; Away 0–0)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Record Streak
1 September 29 Astros 1–4 Valdez (1–0) Romo (0–1) 0–1 L1
2 September 30 Astros 1–3 Javier (1–0) Stashak (0–2) Pressly (1) 0–2 L2

Roster

2020 Minnesota Twins
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AAA Rochester Red Wings International League Toby Gardenhire
AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos Southern League Ramon Borrego
A-Advanced Fort Myers Mighty Mussels Florida State League
A Cedar Rapids Kernels Midwest League Brian Dinkelmam
Rookie Elizabethton Twins Appalachian League Ray Smith
Rookie GCL Twins Gulf Coast League
Rookie DSL Twins Dominican Summer League

References

  1. ^ Mark Feinsand (March 12, 2020). "Opening Day delayed at least 2 weeks; Spring Training games cancelled". MLB.com. Major League Baseball. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  2. ^ "Opening of regular season to be pushed back". MLB.com. Major League Baseball. March 16, 2020. Retrieved March 16, 2020.
  3. ^ Feinsand, Mark (June 24, 2020). "Play Ball: MLB announces 2020 regular season". MLB.com. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
  4. ^ "Twins clinch 2nd straight AL Central title after White Sox loss to Cubs". Fox 9. September 27, 2020. Archived from the original on October 10, 2020. Retrieved November 3, 2020.
  5. ^ "Twins' record postseason losing streak hits 18 with Minnesota swept by Astros in Wild Card Series".
  6. ^ "Tigers, Twins have doubleheader postponed because of weather". FoxSports.com. August 28, 2020. Retrieved August 30, 2020.