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Game Thread: Twins @ Orioles, 8/29 @ 6:05pm CT

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:46 PM
Game-time forecast: Clear. Winds blowing out to left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Temperature around 75.   TWINS: SP, May   Santan...
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Jake Reed Heading to Arizona Fall League

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 08:40 PM
The Twins haven't announced it yet, but Cedar Rapids Kernels reliever Jake Reed has. Via twitter, he just announced that he has been invi...
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Can managers be traded in MLB?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:18 PM
I seem to remember it happening a few times but I can't remember if MLB changed the rules on that.  Anyone know?  The reason I...
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Schafer!

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:16 PM
Schafer has done well, no question. Has he rendered his 80 ABs for the Braves moot? He's arb eligible and almost 28. Maybe coming to the...
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Interesting interview with Terry Ryan

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:16 PM
This article contains some interesting statements by Terry Ryan, including the following:   Pohlad said last fall that Ryan’s job is...
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Kernels with Pitching Issues? Oddly, yes.

Welcome to life as a minor league manager.

The Cedar Rapids Kernels have some of the best pitching in Class A baseball right now. So why isn't Jake Mauer smiling and confident heading in to the MWL playoffs next week?

Jim Ecker's report (click to read) following Thursday night's loss to Kane County reflects one of the challenges Mauer and other minor league managers face at this time of year. One night, your team is popping chamgagne corks (or in this case, sparkling cider), celebrating earning a top playoff seed and the next night you're slapped in the face with the cold reality of organizational innings limits on the young arms on your pitching staff.

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Twins Minor League Report (8/28): Nick Gordon Plays Well

The Minnesota Twins exploded for six runs in the top of the tenth inning after they squandered three early game runs and beat the Kansas City Royals. Jordan Schafer continues to hit the ball well for the Twins and he had three more hits on Thursday against Kansas City.

Down in the minor leagues the season is entering the final weekend. Let's take a look at the affiliates.

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What To Make Of Jordan Schafer

First it was Sam Fuld, now the Minnesota Twins front office has worked its waiver wire magic on Jordan Schafer.

On Thursday night, Schafer continued his unexpectedly solid batsmanship against the Royals. In five at-bats, he collected three hits including a double, drove in three, scored another two and also swiped a base. Just another day at the office for Schafer who is now hitting .328/.411/.438 in 77 plate appearances since coming over to the Twins.

Who could have seen this coming?

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Non-Roster Hopefuls

As Labor Day approaches and fall soon sets in, it's hard to believe that the baseball season is already almost five months complete. Monday is September 1st, and in baseball, that means September call-ups. We have discussed several players who could be promoted. The Twins certainly have a number of options. However, there are a handful of guys not on the 40-man roster who should at least be discussed in the September promotion talks.

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Twins Minor League Report (8/27): Hinojosa Plays Hero

Three one-run games. Three extra-inning games. Two teams clinched division titles on Wednesday night. Though the Cedar Rapids Kernels had already clinched a playoff spot, with the help of an unlikely power source, they were able to claim a number one seed in the playoffs. Elizabethton makes it a habit of being in the playoffs and with their win tonight they will return again.

Check out all that and more below in today’s Twins Minor League Report for Wednesday.

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Vikings Journal Top 10

Here’s the latest Vikings Journal Top 10:
1. ESPN suggests that Teddy Bridgewater is already washed up. Bo Mitchell brings some sanity to the party.
2. Should (can) the Vikings trade Christian Ponder to the Rams?
3. Are the Vikings as resistant to analytics as the Twins?
4. Matt Cassel got the nod and it was the right decision.
5. No Juice Podcast co-host Dan Anderson breaks down the Vikings win totals with his best/worst/most likely analysis.
6. Arif Hasan predicts the Vikings final 53-man roster and then finds 53 cut players that could help.

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Twins Minor League Report (8/26): Turner Lifts Miracle

Byron Buxton is heading back to the Arizona Fall League. At least that is the hope of the Twins organization as rosters were announced for the AFL on Tuesday. Buxton will be looking to make up for lost time after a brutal outfield collision in his first Double-A game left him with a concussion. He will have to pass all MLB-level concussion protocols before taking the field in the AFL.

Buxton is among a trio of prospects heading back to Arizona for a second year. Eddie Rosario and Max Kepler are set to rebound from various issues this year. Rosario was suspended for the first 50 games and Kepler struggled before coming on strong in recent weeks.

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Only One Spot to Address for 2015?

At a glance, the title of this article might seem a little outrageous. How could one suggest that a team on track for 90 losses needs so little retooling?

Well, when you look at the lineup that the Twins fielded on Tuesday night -- one which is very similar to those they've been trotting out regularly in recent weeks -- it's hard to find more than one spot that is going to need to be addressed externally this offseason.

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Twins in Arizona

On Thursday afternoon, MLB announced its 2014 Arizona Fall League rosters. Six Minnesota Twins were announced as members of the Salt River Rafters, including a couple of their top prospects. According to Dustin Morse, the Twins will add an additional pitcher. The season will open on October 7.

The Arizona Fall League is a good place for some of baseball’s best prospects. It’s also a great place for players who missed time during the regular season to get some playing time. The Twins have sent some who fit into either of these categories, and sometimes both.

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Hangout and Talk Twins, August 26, Episode 39

Tuesday night means Twins Hangouts. This show consists of a lot of Arizona Fall league discussion, possible September call ups, minor league post season awards, and mention of several players in the minors who are doing well. The show was even kept well under two hours!

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Trevor Plouffe: Third Base or Utility Role

Trevor Plouffe has been the Twins third baseman since the middle of 2012. He is the Twins' longest-serving starter at his current position on the team. That is a bit hard to believe, but every position has turned over since the Twins handed Plouffe third base out of desperation. Plouffe responded to his assignment by having a once-in-a-lifetime power surge. Most other parts of his game as a third baseman were substandard.

Now, late in the 2014 season, we see a different player.

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Twins Minor League Report (8/25):

The Twins had a day off today. But still made the news when Trevor Plouffe and Danny Santana were named co-AL Players of the Week.

The Twins and Red Wings announced a two-year extension to their partnership that will carry through 2016.

The Twins released Carson Goldsmith, Lance Ray and Jake Proctor.

Learn about what happened in Monday's games below.