Tommy Milone SP MIN 1 week ago

Milone hasn't given up a run in 14.1 innings with a 20:2 K:BB ratio since being sent to Triple-A Rochester.

He's won both his starts since being sent down and is making a strong case to be the first started called up if a need arises.

Tommy Milone SP MIN 3 weeks ago

Milone was optioned to Triple-A Rochester after Friday's game against the White Sox, Tyler Mason of FOX Sports North reports.

Following Ricky Nolasco's (elbow) activation from the disabled list, Milone's spot in the rotation was filled, and a bullpen role wasn't in the offing. Expect Milone to remain a top option for spot starts as the Twins' season continues.

Tommy Milone SP MIN 3 weeks ago

Milone will be replaced by Ricky Nolasco (elbow) for Saturday's scheduled start against the White Sox, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports.

Although Milone is being bumped from the starting rotation to the bullpen, it's possible he could start Monday's game against the Athletics, as Phil Hughes (hip) is dealing with a minor injury. Milone has been unimpressive through four starts, posting a 2-1 record, 4.76 ERA, 6.35 and 13:11 K:BB ratio.

Tommy Milone SP MIN 4 weeks ago

Milone struck out two and walked two while giving up five runs on eight hits over four innings in a loss to Detroit on Monday night.

A righty-heavy Detroit lineup presented a tough matchup for Milone, who surrendered home runs to Jose Iglesias and Yoenis Cespedes on Monday night. After tossing 7.2 scoreless against the White Sox in his first start of the season, Milone has failed to get through six innings in each of his last three trips to the mound. He'll take the ball against the White Sox at Target Field on Saturday for his next start.

Tommy Milone SP MIN 1 month ago

Milone struck out one and walked four while allowing four runs on five hits over 5.2 innings against the Royals on Tuesday.

Making his second straight start against Kansas City, Milone had similar results Tuesday to his previous matchup. After he tossed 7.2 scoreless inning against the White Sox in his season debut, Milone has looked more like a back-end starter in his last two starts. He's positioned for two home starts next week, first against the Tigers on Monday before another turn against the White Sox on May 2.

Tommy Milone SP MIN 1 month ago

Milone (2-0) got the win Thursday despite allowing 10 baserunners -- seven hits and three walks -- and three runs over 5.1 innings against Kansas City.

This wasn't nearly as good an effort as his first outing, but hey, that's two starts and two wins for Milone, who posted a 7.06 ERA and 2.22 WHIP after coming over to Minnesota last year. He's certainly off to a much better start this time around.

Tommy Milone SP MIN 1 month ago

Milone tossed a gem against the White Sox on Friday, allowing just two hits over 7.2 scoreless innings to win his first start of the season.

He struck out seven and walked two, throwing 65 of his 100 pitches for strikes along the way. Milone became the odd-man out in the Oakland rotation last season after Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel were acquired from the Cubs, enabling the Twins to acquire him in a swap for Sam Fuld. Milone has always had good control, but he typically struggles to miss bats (career 6.5 K/9, 5.7 K/9 in 2014) and is often susceptible to the long ball (career 1.2 HR/9). He'll look to build on the impressive season debut Thursday against Kansas City at Target Field in his next start.

Tommy Milone SP MIN 2 months ago

The Twins announced Saturday that Milone has claimed the No. 5 spot in the Twins' rotation, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

The lefty beat out Mike Pelfrey and Trevor May for the job, despite a meager 4.50 ERA over his 14 spring innings. Milone's fly-ball tendencies and aversion to walks could allow him to carve out some usefulness at spacious Target Field, but coming off a season in which he posted a career-worst 5.7 K/9 rate, his fantasy value would seem to have a low ceiling.

Tommy Milone SP MIN 2 months ago

The Twins will announce their fifth starter Saturday, with the candidates being Milone, Mike Pelfrey and Trevor May, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

May can be optioned to the minor leagues, and the Twins seem to like what Pelfrey can offer from the bullpen. The team also doesn't have any lefties locked into its rotation, which could give Milone another advantage. While the southpaw seems to be the favorite, it wouldn't be shocking if the Twins decided to go with Pelfrey or May.

Tommy Milone SP MIN 2 months ago

Milone gave up three runs over five innings with three strikeouts and two walks in Thursday's spring training loss to the Red Sox. His spring ERA rose to 4.50 with a 8:4 K:BB ratio in 14 innings.

It wasn't exactly the outing Milone needed to win the fifth starter role. However, Twins management didn't sound too negative about his outing. He's still seen in competition with Trevor May as the main candidates for the job with Mike Pelfrey also in the mix. The competition looks too close to call a this point.