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Game Thread, Twins v. Pirates, 7/29/15 @ 12:10 PM CDT

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 11:24 AM
LINEUPS:   Pirates RF Gregory Polanco LF Starling Marte CF Andrew McCutchen 3B Aramis Ramirez SS Jung Ho Kang 2B Neil Walker DH Pedr...
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Pelfrey's Last Stand?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 11:19 AM
I hope so, guy did solid by the twins this year in the rotation, but I think it's abundantly clear its time to put May back in the rotati...
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MLB.com Twins Prospect Rankings

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 11:17 AM
MLB.com updated the Twins prospect list to include this year's draft picks and it looks like they switched some guys around too. Jay is #...
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Aaron Hicks 1.0 WAR (and ABW)

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 11:07 AM
Celebrate good times, come on!   That 1.0 is at BR, haven't checked FG.   It is a remarkable achievement for the young man afte...
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Waving the white flag on this roster

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 11:05 AM
Maybe it's a little too early to say this on July 29, 2015... But I feel that last night's game can be a turning point on this season. It...
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Glen Perkins Struggles To Start Season's Second Half

Twins fans have been spoiled by Glen Perkins’ performance.

That was the message from Paul Molitor to reporters following the Minnesota Twins closer’s rough night against the New York Yankees this past Saturday. And coming off the first half of the season in which he was a flawless 28-for-28 in save opportunities, fans had come to expect nothing but security when Perkins was summoned from the pen.

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Twins Minor League Report (7/28): Berrios Makes His Case... Again!

On Tuesday, the Minnesota Twins were back in action. Maybe more noteworthy, the GCL Twins were back on the field and completed a game (actually two) for the first time in five days. Certainly more noteworthy, a top prospect showed again that he might be ready to help a Twins team that is now six games under .500 over its last 50 games.

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Don't Just Do Something, Stand There!

Baseball hasn't always been the paragon of parity, with teams like the Cardinals, Braves, and Yankees constructing dynasties that spanned the better part of a decade, but this year is unlike any we've seen in recent history. No American League team is more than 10 games out of a playoff spot with two full months of the season left. It's parity to the utmost: Every team is in it if they want to be.

From a general baseball standpoint, this is phenomenal. Even as the Royals run away with the AL Central, the other four playoff spots are all still very much up for grabs, and it virtually guarantees meaningful baseball will be played well into September.

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Diamond In The Dugout: Molitor Gets It

On Saturday night, the Minnesota Twins were throttling the New York Yankees. Thanks to a two-run home run in the first inning from Aaron Hicks, the home team was cruising. The bases were loaded and Hicks was up again. Then it happened, and Paul Molitor displayed exactly why he may be the front-runner for manager of the year.

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What If The Twins Stand Pat?

Right before midnight last night, the news came that the Blue Jays had acquired shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and LaTroy Hawkins from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for Jose Reyes and three good prospects. The expected response from many Twins fans came. We are now four days from the trade deadline, plenty of time to bolster the ball club. But what if the Twins decide not to make a deal by the deadline?

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Game Thread: Twins v Pirates, 7/28 @ 7:10pm CT

It's hard to think about the Pirates with the trade deadline looming. We all expect something and we are all watching and waiting for news. We've seen players moving around on other teams and still nothing for our Twins.

It's fun to snoop around and dream about superstars showing up in Minnesota but you still got to play the games on the field while you wait. Go ahead and tell Abner all that you are seeing and hearing but let's not lose sight of the Pirates... It's a real good club coming to town and the Twins need to start stringing together some wins.

Here are some Things to Think About:

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Twins Minor League Report (7/27): Super Slegers

Winning has been a trend throughout the Twins system this season. Entering play on Monday night, the Twins had the third highest winning percentage for any farm system. Twins affiliates have won 54.29% of their games and trail only the Astros and Mets for the top spot.

Did Minnesota's affiliated teams continue their winning ways? There were multiple doubleheaders scheduled for Monday so you'll have to read on to find out.

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That's The Ticket: The Bucs Stop Here

This week's short series against the Pirates at Target Field has a little bit of everything: a rarely seen interleague opponent with one of the game's biggest stars, an old friend taking the hill on Wednesday, and plenty of drama as two teams in the thick of the wild card race face off with the trade deadline bearing down.

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Pitchers Hesitant To Challenge The Patient Sano

It’s hard to envision Miguel Sano rewarding the Twins any more than he has through 18 big league games. The 22 year old has hit .283/.405/.517 in 74 plate appearances, and eight of his 17 hits have gone for extra bases. Strikeouts were always going to be an issue in the short term, and that’s held true as he’s fanned in 35.1 percent of his plate appearances.

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Torii Hunter Continues To Climb List Of All-Time Great Twins

Over the weekend, outfielder Torii Hunter hit his 207th and 208th home run in a Minnesota Twins uniform. In doing so, he tied and then surpassed his mentor Kirby Puckett on the all-time Twins list. Throughout this season, Hunter has passed some Twins greats in many all-time categories. At some point, we need to consider that the 40-year-old is among the best players in Minnesota Twins history.

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Baseball And The Clock

After regularly commenting on the 2013 Twins season, I stayed away from the blog while I put life's little bits together into something that resembled the picture on the puzzle box. Now, with Roy C. Booth and my novel Orphans published and ready to scare everyone senselessly, I finally have time to return to overthinking the odds and ends of Twins baseball. I will be attending four games this week and writing an essay about all of them.

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Episode 206: Calm Before The Trade Storm?

Aaron and John talk about the Twins' ugly series loss to the Yankees, trade deadline targets big and small, Trevor May moving into a setup role, Byron Buxton being out longer than expected, Johnny Cueto coming to the AL Central, why Danny Santana is getting so much leeway, Yankees-loving girlfriends, Ervin Santana missing the playoffs, and being naked and cold. You can listen by downloading us from iTunes, Stitcher or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com. Or just click the Play button below.