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Twins peak with more born than ever before

Twins peak with more born than ever before

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Getty ImagesMore twins are being born than ever before but the world may now have reached peak twin, researchers say.About 1.6 million twins are born each year worldwide, with one in every 42 children born a twin.Delayed childbearing and medical techniques such as IVF have seen the rate of twin births rise by a third since the 1980s.But it could be all downhill from here as the focus shifts to one baby per pregnancy, which is less risky.According to a global overview in the journal Human Reproduction, the peak was reached because of large increases in twinning rates in all regions over 30 years - from a 32% rise in Asia to a 71% rise in North America.The researchers collected information on twinning rates from 165 countries for 2010 to 2015, and compared them with rates for 1980 to 1985. T...
Twins sign free agent pitchers Rich Hill, Homer Bailey

Twins sign free agent pitchers Rich Hill, Homer Bailey

Sports
Dec. 31 (UPI) -- The Minnesota Twins bolstered their starting rotation Tuesday, signing free agent pitchers Rich Hill and Homer Bailey. Bailey and Hill each agreed to one-year deals with the American League Central franchise. Sources told MLB.com and ESPN Bailey's deal is worth $ 7 million, while Hill's contract is worth $ 3 million. Hill, 39, is not expected to play until midseason after having arm surgery. The left-handed pitcher posted a 2.45 ERA and 4-1 record in 13 starts last season for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The veteran starter owns a career 3.82 ERA with a 65-42 record in 284 appearances. Hill played for the Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics, in addition to his multiple tenures with the Dodgers. Hill worke...
Michael Pineda agrees to two-year, $20M deal with Minnesota Twins

Michael Pineda agrees to two-year, $20M deal with Minnesota Twins

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Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Right-handed pitcher Michael Pineda will return to the Minnesota Twins after agreeing to a two-year contract with the club. League sources told ESPN and FOX 9 of Minneapolis that Pineda reached an agreement with the Twins on a two-year, $ 20 million deal. Pineda had 11 wins and a 4.01 ERA over 26 starts with the Twins last season before missing the remainder of the 2019 campaign due to suspension. MLB initially handed the pitcher an 80-game ban after he tested positive for the banned diuretic hydrochlorothiazide, which can mask other banned substances. After an appeal, Pineda had the penalty reduced to 60 games. He will begin the 2020 season serving the remainder of the suspension that started in early September. He has about five weeks of the ban left to serve. In 14 sta...
N.Y. Yankees beat Minnesota Twins 8-2, take 2-0 lead in ALDS

N.Y. Yankees beat Minnesota Twins 8-2, take 2-0 lead in ALDS

Sports
Oct. 5 (UPI) -- The New York Yankees exploded for seven runs in the third inning -- including a grand slam by shortstop Didi Gregorius -- to handily defeat the Minnesota Twins 8-2 in Game 2 of the American League Division Series on Saturday at Yankee Stadium. The Bronx Bombers can win the best-of-5 series in Minnesota on Monday and move on to the best-of-7 League Championship Series. The Yankees batted around in the third inning, which began with a single by Aaron Judge, a walk by Brett Gardner and a single by Edwin Encarnacion. With the bases loaded, Minnesota yanked starter Randy Dobnak and replaced him with Tyler Duffey. Duffey gave up a sacrifice fly to Giancarlo Stanton, bringing the score to 2-0. Gleyber Torres than singled to make it 3-0, and Sanchez was hit by a pitch, loading th...
St. Louis Cardinals look to get key hitters going vs. Minnesota Twins

St. Louis Cardinals look to get key hitters going vs. Minnesota Twins

Sports
Matt Carpenter returned to the St. Louis Cardinals' lineup Tuesday night after getting a few days off to regroup. Now, it's Dexter Fowler's turn to get back on track. Fowler is expected back among St. Louis' starting nine Wednesday when the Cardinals wrap up a two-game interleague series with the Minnesota Twins at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minn. The center fielder was expected to be a sparkplug atop St. Louis' lineup this season, but both he and Carpenter got off to the worst offensive starts of their careers. Carpenter was batting .145 and Fowler .146 when the Cardinals arrived in Minneapolis. Carpenter went hitless on Tuesday and his average is down to .140. Fowler went 0-for-6 in St. Louis' 2-1 victory Saturday night and spent nearly an hour in the batting cage after the game, ...