(3/6/2010) Cleveland non-roster invite Brian Buscher hit a pinch-hit solo home run in the fifth inning of the Indians' exhibition with over Cincinnati on Friday. He entered the game to play 3B later and finished 1 for 2 with two runs scored.
(11/3/2009) The Twins have moved third baseman Brian Buscher off their 40-man roster and assigned him to Triple-A Rochester. The move was made Tuesday. Buscher will become a minor league free agent 16 days after the end of the World Series. With Joe Crede becoming a free agent this fall following an injury-plagued year, third base is again unsettled for the Twins. Matt Tolbert and Brendan Harris were the primary options at that position down the stretch while Crede was hurt, and Buscher rarely played.
Buscher replaces Tolbert for ALDS series
(10/10/2009) The Minnesota Twins have put third baseman Matt Tolbert on the disabled list with a strained a left oblique muscle. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said on Saturday that Tolbert was injured on a check swing during a second-inning at-bat of Game 2 of the American League division series against the New York Yankees. Tolbert remained in the game Friday night and hit what should have been an RBI single with two outs in the fourth inning, but baserunner Carlos Gomez was tagged out before Delmon Young could score. Brendan Harris, who will start at third base in Game 3, pinch hit for Tolbert in the sixth inning. Gardenhire said Tolbert will be replaced on the roster by Brian Buscher.
Buscher gets 3 hits off Halladay
(9/9/2009) Minnesota INF Brian Buscher went 3 for 4 Wednesday off Roy Halladay. He scored a run during Minnesota's win over the Blue Jays and is batting .238 for the year. One of his hits went for a double.
Twins call up 3B Buscher
(9/1/2009) The Twins called up third baseman Brian Buscher from the minor leagues Tuesday.
(6/18/2009) Twins 3B Brian Buscher hit his second home run of the season Thursday against Pittsburgh. It was his first start in a game since June 11 in Oakland.
Buscher replacing ailing Crede
(5/16/2009) Third baseman Joe Crede is questionable for the rest of the Minnesota Twins' series against the New York Yankees after he left Friday night's game with tightness in his back and hamstrings. Crede says he's feeling better but isn't sure when he'll be able to return to the lineup. He departed in the fifth inning of the series opener. Brian Buscher was in the lineup at third for Saturday's game against New York.
Buscher hits three-run blast
(5/9/2009) Twins hitters Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau and Brian Buscher gave Minnesota its first three-homer inning in nearly seven years on Friday night in the fifth against the Mariners. Buscher finished 1-for-4 in the game, but his homer was a three-run shot. He also scored twice and walked in the game. He's hitting .188 on the season.
Buscher starts for injured 3B
(5/9/2009) Minnesota third baseman Joe Crede was held out the Twins' 11-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night because of a sore left hamstring. Manager Ron Gardenhire said Crede started feeling pain in a loss at Baltimore on Thursday. Brian Buscher took Crede's place in the starting lineup on Friday night and hit his first homer of the season, but it wasn't immediately clear how long he would be there. "We'll take no chances here," Gardenhire said. "Whether it's a day, two or three, I don't know. But he's sore and we're not going to mess with it." Crede called it "just a minor strain" and said he didn't anticipate missing too much time. "I'm not real worried about it," he said. "It's just better to err on the safe side here than go out there and be too aggressive with it and possibly get it worse."
Buscher getting little playing time
(4/16/2009) Twins 3B Brian Buscher subbed at first base Wednesday against the Blue Jays and went 0-for-1. He has only four at-bats this season.
Busches plays with soreness
(4/2/2009) Minnesota 3B Brian Buscher was able to play in Thursday's exhibition game against the Red Sox after complaining about chest soreness on Wednesday and going to the hospital. Everything was fine and Buscher went 0-for-1 in a pinch-hit attempt.
Buscher has chest soreness
(4/1/2009) Twins 3B Brian Buscher reported to the team's training complex on Wednesday morning and was complaining about soreness in his chest, reports MLB.com. The Twins took him to the hospital but everything turned out to be OK with Buscher. Manager Ron Gardenhire said after Wednesday's game, which Buscher missed, that trainers said the soreness was caused by tissue in his chest getting tender, likely from diving in the field or on the base paths. "That's a kind of a weird feeling when you do that, it hurts," Gardenhire said. "Maybe he dove for a ball and didn't know it."
Buscher goes 3-for-3 Tuesday
(3/31/2009) Minnesota 3B Brian Buscher got a start at third base on Tuesday against the Pirates as he was subbing for injured 3B Joe Crede. Buscher made the most of it by going 3-for-3 with two walks. He scored twice and is batting .380 on the spring.
Buscher hits two-run bomb
(2/26/2009) Minnesota 3B Brian Buscher hit a two-run homer off Reds closer Francisco Cordero in Thursday's exhibition game. Buscher homered in the second inning off Cordero, who faced seven batters and gave up four hits and four runs in the one inning. Buscher was replaced by Brock at first base and hit a grand slam in the eighth off Ramon Ramirez.
Buscher, Harris relegated to bench?
(2/22/2009) It appeared the Twins would stick to a plan of using Brendan Harris and Brian Buscher in a platoon at third base. Those two combined to hit .274 with 11 home runs and 96 RBI last season, with Harris also getting time at shortstop and second base. "Solidifying a position with one guy that's going to be your everyday guy is not a bad thing. We were set to go into the season with a platoon, which doesn't bother me, either," manager Gardenhire said of Joe Crede's signing. "But if you can put a guy up there that has the capabilities of a Gold Glove and also a 25-30 home run guy, you have to take a chance." First baseman Justin Morneau praised Harris and Buscher. "Those guys work hard. They bust their tails," he said. "They both were down here early working. At the same time, if it's a move that can help our team and we can add a little more power in there and a guy who is a Gold Glover, our left side of the infield will be as good as there is."
Twins weigh third base options
(1/26/2009)Brian Buscher and Brendan Harris are set to share the Twins' 3B job unless an outsider comes in before spring. The Twins have been monitoring free agent Joe Crede, who went unsigned by the White Sox and has had back problems. But what about moving RF Michael Cuddyer back to his original position, as a dual solution to a crowded outfield and an unsettled hot corner? Manager Ron Gardenhire dismissed the chance of that happening. "None. Absolutely none," he said, adding slyly: "That's as of today."
Harris, Buscher to compete at 3B?
(12/11/2008) Versatile infielder Nick Punto and the Twins agreed on a two-year contract Thursday. The deal includes a club option for 2011. "Nick has been an important part of the Twins success for the past five years," GM Bill Smith said. "He provides great defense up the middle and brings leadership and energy to our lineup." Punto gives the team much-needed flexibility defensively. He played 59 games at shortstop last season and split another 29 starts between second and third base, but figures to get the bulk of the action at shortstop next season. Smith and the rest of the Twins front office went the winter meetings in Las Vegas looking to shore up the left side of the infield, with holes at shortstop and third base. As the roster stands right now, the Twins will have Brian Buscher and Brendan Harris competing for the job at third base.
Buscher not back in lineup Sunday
(9/28/2008) Twins 3B Brian Buscher, who left Friday's game with dizziness, sat out a second straight game Sunday against the Royals.
Buscher can't return Saturday
(9/27/2008) Minnesota 3B Brian Buscher left Friday's game against the Royals after the fourth inning because of dizziness and could not play on Saturday.
(9/26/2008) Twins 3B Brian Buscher left Friday's game against the Royals after the fourth inning because of dizziness. The rookie got the start and grounded into an inning-ending double play in the second in his only at-bat. Brendan Harris replaced him in the field to start the fifth inning.
Buscher hitless in return to lineup
(9/21/2008) Twins 3B Brian Buscher, who jammed his left thumb Wednesday, was back in the starting lineup Sunday at Tampa Bay. He went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
Buscher still out for Twins
(9/20/2008) Twins 3B Brian Buscher jammed his left thumb during Wednesday night's loss at Cleveland and is day to day. He could not return to the lineup on Saturday against the Rays.
Buscher again out of lineup Friday
(9/20/2008) Twins 3B Brian Buscher jammed his left thumb during Wednesday night's loss at Cleveland and is day to day. He did not play Thursday or Friday.
Buscher's thumb is day to day
(9/19/2008) Twins INF Brian Buscher jammed his left thumb during Wednesday night's loss at Cleveland and is day to day. He did not play Thursday.
Buscher leaves with jammed thumb
(9/18/2008) Twins INF Brian Buscher left in the seventh inning Wednesday against the Indians with a jammed thumb. He was hitless in three at-bats before leaving the game, dropping his average from .311 to .306. He also walked once.
Buscher has three-hit night
(9/9/2008) Twins 3B Brian Buscher went 3-for-4 on Tuesday night against the Royals in the Minnesota victory. He doubled in a run and scored for Minnesota and is batting .306 on the year.
Buscher has nice day at plate
(8/31/2008) Minnesota INF Brian Buscher had a nice all-around day at the plate on Sunday vs. the A's. Buscher went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored, an RBI and a walk. He's batting .312 on the year.
Buscher rips two-run single
(8/27/2008) Twins 3B Brian Buscher, who was pinch hitting for Brendan Harris, greeted Mariners RP Cesar Jimenez with a two-run single in a three-run eighth inning during Wednesday's 6-5 win. It was Buscher's first RBI since Aug. 19 when he had five against Oakland.
Buscher snaps slump with big night
(8/20/2008)Brian Buscher matched his career best with five RBI in a 13-2 victory Tuesday over Oakland.
Buscher hitting .333 in August
(8/11/2008) Twins 3B Brian Buscher singled once and scored once in two at-bats Monday against the Yankees. He also scored once. Buscher has hit safely in six of seven August games. He is 8-for-24 (.333) with three RBI in that span.
Buscher has huge night amid streak
(7/27/2008)Brian Buscher hit a three-run homer and had a career-high five RBI to help Minnesota beat the Indians 11-4 Saturday night behind a six-run first inning. Buscher, the No. 8 hitter, added an infield single in the ninth.
Buscher bangs bomb No. 2
(7/20/2008) Twins 3B Brian Buscher hit his second homer of the season in Saturday's rout of the Rangers.
Buscher getting inconsistent starts
(7/12/2008) Twins 3B Brian Buscher made only his third start of the week Saturday at Detroit, going 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored. He's now hitting .320.
Buscher returns after weekend off
(7/7/2008) Twins rookie 3B Brian Buscher, who didn't start either Saturday or Sunday after seemingly earning the job of everyday third baseman, returned to the lineup Monday at Boston. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and is hitting .182 (4-for-22) over his last six games.
Buscher part of back-to-back tandem
(6/25/2008)Brendan Harris and Brian Buscher hit solo home runs on consecutive pitches against Trevor Hoffman in the ninth inning to give the Minnesota Twins a 3-1 win over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night. Harris connected on the first pitch after Hoffman (1-5) struck out his first two batters. Buscher, recalled from the minors on June 13, hit his first homer of the season into the right-field seats.
Buscher makes case to stay, start
(6/22/2008)Brian Buscher is making a claim for Minnesota's opening at third base. Buscher had two hits and drove in two runs, helping the Twins beat struggling Brandon Webb and the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 on Sunday. Though still a little shaky in the field, Buscher is hitting .353 with 12 RBI and six runs scored in 10 starts since he was called up. The Twins are 7-3 in those games.
Buscher productive since call up
(6/20/2008)The Sports Xchange reports that Brian Buscher has a hit in five of his seven games since being recalled last week. Manager Ron Gardenhire said he thinks Buscher has the potential to play every day if he can improve against left-handed pitching.
Buscher continues fine play
(6/19/2008) Twins 3B Brian Buscher continued his fine play since being recalled late last week when he went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored in Thursday's win over the Nationals.
Buscher has five RBI in three games
(6/18/2008) Twins 3B Brian Buscher had a two-RBI single in a six-run eighth inning Wednesday against the Nationals. He finished 2-for-5 with one run. Buscher is 5-for-13 (.385) with five RBI in his last three games.
Buscher has big day for Twins
(6/14/2008)Brian Buscher singled with the bases loaded and pinch-hitter Michael Cuddyer hit a two-run triple and scored on an error in the 12th inning to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 9-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night. In the 12th, Buscher, recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Friday, drove in two runs to break a 4-all tie with his single off reliever Julian Tavarez, who had loaded the bases with no outs by allowing a single to Joe Mauer and two walks. Buscher also added a sacrifice fly in the seventh and scored the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth as the Twins rallied from a 3-1 deficit.
Buscher added to Twins roster
(6/13/2008) The Twins recalled 3B Brian Buscher from Triple-A Rochester before Friday's game against the Brewers. The Twins cleared room by designating RP Juan Rincon for assignment.
Twins calling up 3B Buscher
(6/12/2008) Twins reliever Juan Rincon was offered an outright assignment to Triple-A Rochester on Thursday, giving the struggling right-hander three days to accept or decline. The Twins announced they'll recall third baseman Brian Buscher from Rochester in time for Friday's game at Milwaukee, when they'll play under NL rules and need more late-game flexibility. They've had 13 pitchers and only three bench players for the past week.
3B Buscher sent down by Twins
(5/1/2008) The Twins sent reserve infielder Brian Buscher to Triple-A on Wednesday night.
Buscher candidate to be demoted?
(4/30/2008) According to The Sports Xchange notes: SS Adam Everett (right shoulder strain) spent time working in the infield, and though he is eligible to return from the 15-day DL on Wednesday, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said it is more likely Everett would be activated Friday after Thursday's off day. If Everett's shoulder feels good when he wakes up Wednesday morning, he will do more infield work before the day's noon game against the White Sox, and Gardenhire said he will likely make a decision then, adding he likely would send a position player, probably 3B Brian Buscher, down to make room for Everett on the 25-man roster.
(4/24/2008) Twins 3B Brian Buscher had one hit, a RBI single in the fifth inning, in four at-bats during Thursday's game against the A's. Buscher has just two hits in eight at-bats since his recall April 19.
Brian Buscher called up by Twins
(4/19/2008) Shortstop Adam Everett was placed on 15-day disabled list by the Minnesota Twins because of a strained right shoulder. The move before Saturday's game was retroactive to Tuesday, making Everett eligible to be activated on April 30. Corner infielder Brian Buscher was recalled from Triple-A Rochester to take his roster spot.
(2/26/2008)The Sports Xchange reports Twins 3B Brian Buscher's experience on the right side of the diamond is limited to two winter league games in Venezuela a couple of years ago. He might get more soon. Buscher has been told to find a first baseman's glove and begin taking groundballs over there in anticipation of backing up Justin Morneau.
Buscher battles for backup spot
(2/22/2008) The Twins don't have many other options behind Justin Morneau. "Well. Well, um. Uh, next question," manager Ron Gardenhire said when asked about Morneau's backup, only half-joking before naming Craig Monroe, Mike Lamb and Brian Buscher as candidates.
Buscher to be busy this winter
(9/19/2007) Manager Ron Gardenhire said 3B Brian Buscher will likely play in an instructional league this offseason. The 26-year-old might also play winter ball.
Buscher connects for second HR
(9/8/2007) Twins 3B Brian Buscher had two hits, including his second home run of the season, during Saturday's game against the White Sox. He drove in two runs and scored twice. Buscher is 5-for-13 (.385) in his last three games.
Buscher enjoys Jacobs Field
(8/29/2007) Brian Buscher collected a career-high three hits in four at-bats in Tuesday's game at Cleveland, including his first-career home run in the top of the ninth off of closer Joe Borowski. He also scored a pair of runs in the loss.
Twins' Buscher comes off DL
(8/23/2007) Twins 3B Brian Buscher was reinstated from the DL on Thursday. Buscher, who missed the past two weeks after developing an infection that resulted from a foul ball he hit off his leg, was batting .227 in 22 at-bats before he got hurt.
Buscher won't return this month
(8/23/2007) Before Wednesday's game against Cleveland, manager Ron Gardenhire said 3B Brian Buscher (recovering from leg infection) would stay on his rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester until perhaps Sept. 1 because of an overworked bullpen.
Bartlett, Buscher back Thursday
(8/21/2007) SS Jason Bartlett missed his fourth consecutive game because of a strained left hamstring, but manager Ron Gardenhire received an encouraging report on Bartlett's health and said he was expected back in the lineup for Thursday's game at Baltimore. That's the same day the Twins plan to activate 3B Brian Buscher from the DL. The rookie has been out with an infection in his right leg caused by a stray foul ball off his bat earlier this month.
Buscher will return Wednesday
(8/20/2007) Manager Ron Gardenhire said 3B Brian Buscher, on the 15-day DL since Aug. 7 because of an infection in his right leg, is expected to come off the list as scheduled.
Twins' Buscher begins rehab stint
(8/15/2007) Twins 3B Brian Buscher was sent to Triple-A to begin a rehab assignment. Buscher was placed on the DL last Wednesday with an infection in his right leg. Manager Ron Gardenhire said the infection has cleared.
Buscher receives treatment
(8/11/2007) 3B Brian Buscher had the abscess on his right leg drained in a Minneapolis hospital on Friday, and the rookie will receive antibiotic treatment for the infection for the next several days. Buscher, who suffered the injury by fouling a pitch off his leg on July 27, may be ready to return when his 15 days on the disabled list expire Aug. 22, according to manager Ron Gardenhire.
Buscher put on 15-day DL
(8/9/2007) Twins INF Tommy Watkins arrived from Triple-A Rochester on Thursday to replace 3B Brian Buscher, who was placed on the 15-day DL with an infection in his right leg. Buscher had an MRI in Minneapolis which showed a localized abcess in his right leg, apparently caused when he fouled off a ball several days ago.
Infection will land Buscher on DL
(8/8/2007) Twins rookie infielder Brian Buscher has a rapidly growing infection in his leg and was flown back to Minneapolis on Wednesday where he might be hospitalized. The infection apparently stems from when Buscher fouled a ball off his right leg "five or six days ago," manager Ron Gardenhire said. He said Buscher would be placed on the DL and the contract of infielder Tommy Watkins would be purchased from Triple-A Rochester. "It's worse. It's really not looking very good at all," Gardenhire said. "They're talking about putting him in the hospital and putting him on IVs and antibodies. So it's definitely an infection -- a bad one. You don't want to leave a guy in the hospital here by himself like that so we sent him home. He's getting an MRI tonight."
Twins rookies earning PT
(8/4/2007) With Luis Castillo traded and Nick Punto struggling, rookies Alexi Casilla and Brian Buscher are going to get plenty of playing time at second and third base, respectively. That will mean some patience is required of the Twins, who are trying to stay in the playoff chase. Casilla, especially, is prone to erratic play in the field. He made one error and another wild throw in Friday's game that led to two runs. "He's going to try to make plays, sometimes when they're not there," manager Ron Gardenhire said.
Twins want 'flash' from Buscher
(8/1/2007) In addition to Alexi Casilla, Nick Punto will also play at second base, as Brian Buscher and Jeff Cirillo get more time at 3B. Buscher is "pretty basic" in the field, and the Twins would like to "get a little hot dog" out of him, manager Ron Gardenhire said of the team's attempt to work with him on his defense. "We like consistency, but we also like to see a little leather and flash here and there."
Two hits for Buscher's debut
(7/28/2007) 3B Brian Buscher needed only three pitches before collecting the first hit of his major league career. Buscher lined a Paul Byrd fastball into right field in the third inning, earning a keepsake in his big-league debut. But he couldn't enjoy it long; in the bottom of the inning, Buscher threw the ball away on a routine groundball, an error that helped spark Cleveland's six-run inning.
Buscher set for MLB debut
(7/27/2007) Third baseman Brian Buscher was called up by the Minnesota Twins from Triple-A Rochester before Friday's game against the Cleveland Indians. Outfielder Josh Rabe, sidelined since May 11 because of shoulder inflammation, was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to make room for Buscher on the 40-man roster. "We brought him up to play," said manager Ron Gardenhire, who inserted the 26-year-old into the eighth spot in the batting order for his major league debut. "He's a lefty hitter who has done well in the minors and we want to see what he can do up here."
Buscher gets the call
(7/26/2007) The Minnesota Twins plan to call up third baseman Brian Buscher from Triple-A Rochester before Friday's game against Cleveland.
Twins might call up Buscher
(7/25/2007) Manager Ron Gardenhire hinted the team will call up third baseman Brian Buscher before beginning a three-game series in Cleveland on Friday. Buscher, 26, was batting .319 with six home runs and 20 RBI in 34 games at Rochester. Selected by San Francisco in the third round of the June 2003 draft, Buscher was taken by the Twins in the December 2006 Rule V draft.
Giants ink several players
(3/2/2006) The Giants sent RHPs Joe Bateman and Justin Hedrick, Cs Brian Munhall and Guillermo Rodriguez, IFs Brian Buscher, Pablo Sandoval and Jake Wald, and OFs Brian Horwitz, Clay Timpner and John Bowker to minor league camp Wednesday.