LEADING OFF: Twins in Cleveland for 2, brawl bans announced

by | Jun 28, 2022 | Sports

A look at what’s happening around baseball today:———PITCH OUTTwins pitching coach Wes Johnson is serving his final days with Minnesota before leaving for the same job with LSU.His departure, first reported Sunday night, blindsided Twins fans, and Johnson called it “the toughest thing I’ve ever done.” He’ll stay with the AL Central-leading Twins through the end of a series at Cleveland on Thursday, then return to his college roots — he previously worked at Arkansas, Mississippi State, Dallas Baptist and Central ArkansasTwins president of baseball operations Derek Falvey said the team is having ongoing discussions about how to replace Johnson for the remainder of this season — and beyond. Johnson joined the Twins in 2019 after coaching at Arkansas, and he is believed to be the first college pitching coach to jump directly to the major leagues.“Knowing Wes and getting a chance to enjoy him and see him all these years, it’s not incredibly surprising to see him go back to the college game,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “Am I incredibly happy to see it happen in the middle of the season? Of course not. No one is. There’s no way around that discussion.”Minnesota plays a day-night doubleheader in Cleveland after winning the series opener 11-1 on Monday night behind Sonny Gray. After the Guardians had briefly moved atop the division last week, the Twins are now three games up on Cleveland, which has lost five …

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