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Twins hire former Rays pitching coach Neil Allen

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins starting rotation has been the biggest reason the franchise has plummeted to the big league basement with four straight seasons of at least 92 losses.

The group's monumental struggles have caused the fan base to clamor for a fresh voice from outside the organization to fill the role of pitching coach on new manager Paul Molitor's staff. After filling several spots candidates who have strong ties to the Twins, Molitor and general manager Terry Ryan went with an unfamiliar face for arguably the most important position.

Neil Allen, the pitching coach for Tampa Bay's Triple-A affiliate in Durham for the past four seasons, was appointed as Twins pitching coach on Tuesday. He's never been a pitching coach in the majors but did play a big role in helping to shepherd several of the Rays' top prospects up to the big leagues, including Alex Cobb, Chris Archer and Matt Moore.

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Leaders
AVG: K. Suzuki.288
HR: B. Dozier23
RBI: T. Plouffe80
SB: B. Dozier21
W: P. Hughes16
ERA: P. Hughes3.52
Saves: G. Perkins34
K: P. Hughes186
AL Central
TeamWLPctGB
X-Detroit 9072.556-
Y-Kansas City 8973.5491
Cleveland 8577.5255
Chi White Sox 7389.45117
Minnesota 7092.43220
Full Standings
General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .254 (11)
Runs: 715 (7)
Hits: 1412 (9)
Home Runs: 128 (19)
Stolen Bases: 99 (14)
OBP: .324 (5)
SLG: .389 (12)
Total Bases: 2166 (12)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 4.57 (29)
Runs Allowed: 777 (29)
Saves: 38 (21)
Strikeouts: 1031 (30)
OpBA: .280 (30)
OBP: .330 (27)
SLG: .428 (28)
Run Support: 4.48 (5)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
11/25 A. Swarzak Outrighted to Minors
11/21 A. Diaz Signed to a Minor League Contract
11/20 A. Meyer Purchased From Minors
11/20 E. Rosario Purchased From Minors
11/20 M. Sano Purchased From Minors
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Injuries
Date Player Status
9/27 J. Pinto Left game - illness (day-to-day)
9/24 T. Plouffe Fractured left forearm (day-to-day)
9/20 A. Hicks Back stiffness (day-to-day)
9/16 E. Escobar Jammed right shoulder (day-to-day)
9/6 D. Santana Strained lower back (day-to-day)
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