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BP article on the Twins

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:08 PM
Pretty interesting write up at BP. Basically reaffirms that Ryan is doing what he's already done - build up through player development....
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Winter Decisions: The Outfield

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:55 PM
There is no dispute that the Twins need d to address the outfield this winter. Willingham was gone. Santana was moving to shortstop. Only...
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Hicks cut

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:48 PM
http://www.startribu.../297878831.html   Hicks optioned to CF along with Rosario.Schafer and Robinson will hold down CF for now.May...
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Article: MLB Has No Plans For Killing The Shift

Other Baseball Today, 09:07 PM
On Thursday against the Red Sox, Minnesota Twins’ third baseman Trevor Plouffe was station on the right side of second base. This is cert...
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Article: Phil Hughes Ready For Regular Season

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:19 PM
On the back fields of the Twins’ spring training complex, a relay throw away from the sparkling new minor league facility, starter Phil H...
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ST Chats With Gonsalves, Christensen and Jake Mauer

I’ve been down here in Fort Myers, Florida, for several days now and I’ve been very slow about posting anything here. My bad.

The newly remodeled stadium at the Twins’ complex (now named “Century Link Field”) is very nice. Much wider concourses and a lot of variety of seating options. I’ve seen parts of a couple games at the new place, as well as a game against the Phillies at their Clearwater home. I plan to also see the Twins take on the Orioles up in Sarasota on Sunday.

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Twins Make Cuts, Name Starters

The Minnesota Twins made several significant moves on Saturday morning. Read all about them in the latest Report From The Fort.

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MLB Has No Plans For Killing The Shift

On Thursday against the Red Sox, Minnesota Twins’ third baseman Trevor Plouffe was station on the right side of second base. This is certainly a not uncommon alignment to use against David Ortiz but also becoming increasingly common in an era that has seen a massive proliferation in the use of the strategy overall.

The Twins were late adaptors but they have almost gone all-in on the defense, deploying the shift more liberally with most of the credit given to now-manager Paul Molitor. The organization went from 66 shifts in 2013 to over 500 instances in 2014. Like seeing someone take a selfie, baseball’s defensive shifts went from being a weird practice to commonplace.

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Notes From Pohlad, Ryan & Manfred

Parker gets to take over Casa Del TwinsDaily starting today, but the Twins were kind enough to provide all kinds of pregame excitement. Twins owner Jim Pohlad addressed the media, followed by Twins GM Terry Ryan, followed by the new Commissioner of Major League Baseball, Rob Manfred. Here are some notes from the interviews:

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Phil Hughes Ready For Regular Season

On the back fields of the Twins’ spring training complex, a relay throw away from the sparkling new minor league facility, starter Phil Hughes was putting the finishing touches on his preseason work against a group of Rays prospects.

The outing went as expected. For the most part Hughes manhandled an inexperienced lineup save for a two-run home run by first base prospect Jake Bauers which Hughes claimed came on a curve that he failed to bury.

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Fixing The Twins, Part III: Attitude

This is the third and last, but not least, segment in this series. You can find the first segment (fixing the bullpen) and the rationale for the series here, and the second segment (fixing the outfield) here. I think that the most important (and at times the hardest, or the easiest) thing to fix for the Twins is the team attitude.

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Tommy Milone Is Tommy Milone

I've been calling the 5th starter outings "tryouts," which sort of implies they count for something. It's not totally clear they do.

Tommy Milone had his - probably last - tryout Thursday afternoon. I'll give you the numbers, because some of you might be interested - 5 IP, 3 ER, 6H, 3K, 2 BB. But a more complete summarization was that he pitched like the fairly good version of Tommy Milone. That is not the guy that Twins fans saw last summer, but he's also not going to be anything much better than a back-of-the-rotation starting pitcher.

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Get To Know: 1B Brock Peterson

As you have likely noticed, I enjoy writing about and telling the stories of Twins players and minor leaguers who don’t get many headlines. Sometimes, in my opinion, their stories can be as interesting, or even more interesting, as the big-name headline makers. I had a chance to catch up with Brock Peterson in Ft. Myers and talk to him about his unlikely path to the big leagues and back to the Twins organization.

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Bullpen Calculus

After yesterday’s crazy day at Fort Myers, today was considerably more serene. It also served as a deep breath before the last big push for several roster spots. Twins Manager Paul Molitor says he would like to get the roster set by this weekend, so the pressure to perform (or at least not mess up) is high. “It always is in spring training,” said Twins General Manager Terry Ryan. “Especially when you get to the last ten games or so.”

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Giving Brian Dozier's Defense Attention

As Terry Ryan rattled off the bullet points which led the organization toward signing Brian Dozier to a new four-year, $20 million contract that lasts through 2018, the Twins’ general manager cited his second baseman’s glove work.

“He doesn’t get enough attention for his defense,” the Twins’ general manager said on Tuesday morning at Dozier's press conference. To put that in pop culture terms, his fielding is the baseball equivalent of Justified.

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Five Beliefs Reinforced In Spring Training

Anyone who has followed baseball for a substantial amount of time knows better than to put much stock into spring training performances. Down in Ft. Myers, players and coaches constantly warn against reading too much into statistics compiled or tendencies displayed during exhibition play in March, insisting that this time is all about readying oneself physically and experimenting before the games begin to matter.

I'd certainly agree that it's foolhardy to allow the proceedings in spring training to determine or change your opinion about a player, or unit, on the team. However, I traveled down to Florida with a number of ideas already in my head about this club, and some of what I saw and heard during a week in camp served to reinforce those ideas.

Here are five beliefs I hold about the 2015 Minnesota Twins that were reaffirmed during my time covering spring training.

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Roster Cuts, Keystone Cops & Never Saying Never

To quote Halsey Hall: “Holy Cow!” It was a big day in Fort Myers with early roster cuts, an exciting win over the Blue Jays, and of course the big Brian Dozier contract. Let’s catch up on all of them, notes style.

Twins Make Roster Cuts
Innings and at-bats are a very valuable commodity. As split-squad games end and as the regulars need more innings to prepare for the season, that commodity becomes scarcer and scarcer.