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Game Thread: Twins @ Yankees, 9/20/17, @12:05 p.m. CT

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 02:28 PM
GOOD MORNING, TWINS FANS!!*   What a great day for meaningful September baseball!! I know it doesn't look good for the Twins in Goth...
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Sano

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 02:15 PM
I'm a little confused about the team's narrative on Sano's injury, particularly Molitor's.     First there were questions of hi...
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How Things Shape Up, Sept. 18 edition

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 02:14 PM
Something old… the Twins are still two games up on the Angels and a few games behind the Yankees.   Something new… the remaining fiv...
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Twins 2017 Florida Instructional League in Jeopardy

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 01:54 PM
As many of you may know, we here in southwest Florida just got pounded by hurricane Irma. Luckily, I'm one of the 7% in my city with powe...
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Article: The Core Seven?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:30 PM
In mid-July, I wrote an article looking at the first half of what I’ve been calling The Core Four. The Core Four, in my opinion, is compr...
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Searching For Relief

I know better. I know my ire surrounding Twins manager’s Paul Molitor’s bullpen usage is not really directed at Paul Molitor. It is directed at the baseball gods, for the baseball gods have given us these arms, arms that seem promising in spurts, but which have turned the sixth and seventh innings into a natural gas leak.

The Twins are at least one arm short in the bullpen and the result has been a couple of close losses and a couple of comeback wins. But opposing teams know the Twins Achilles heel, and somehow, amazingly, it isn’t the starting pitching. It’s the middle innings, after the starters get to that third trip through the order but before Molitor douses the remaining embers with Trevor Hildenberger and Matt Belisle.

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NYY 5, MIN 2: Tough Night For Berrios, Twins

The Twins led early but surrendered four unanswered runs and Jose Berrios lasted just 3.1 innings. Outside of Joe Mauer, this is an entirely different team than the one that endured so much heartbreak against the Yankees, yet the Twins continue to be snake bit. What gives?

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2017 Twins Minor League All Star Team

The Minnesota Twins minor league season came to about ten days ago, but it was a successful season all around.
  • The Rochester Red Wings won 80 games and lost a tie-breaker for the wild card spot in the International League playoffs.
  • The Chattanooga Lookouts were the best team in the Southern League and shared the league’s championship due to Hurricane Irma.
  • The Ft. Myers Miracle had a terrific second half to earn a playoff berth where they lost in the first round.
  • The Cedar Rapids Kernels earned their playoff spot in the first half. They won their first playoff series before losing in Game 3 of the West Division championship. The team that beat them, Quad Cities, went on to win the Midwest League championship.
  • The Elizabethton Twins won another Appalachian League title, and it appears they will remain a Twins affiliate for another five years (or more).
  • The Gulf Coast League team won its division and lost in the GCL semifinals.
  • The Dominican Summer League Twins also made the playoffs in 2017.
Last week, we announced our minor league awards:

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Gleeman & The Geek, Ep 334: Escape From New York

Aaron and John talk about the Twins' crucial series against the Yankees, the remaining schedules for the Twins and Angels, firing Doug Mientkiewicz, the fourth annual Twins Daily Touch 'Em All Pub Crawl, Kyle Gibson's latest turnaround, beating PECOTA, Blue Jays fans taking over Target Field, the history of the AL Central, Max Kepler's struggles, and bringing your own mayo. You can listen by downloading us from iTunes, Stitcher or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com. Or just click this link.

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NYY 2, MIN 1: Garcia, Yankees Bullpen Dominate Twins

The Twins pitching staff, led by starter Ervin Santana, had a solid game Monday night at Yankee Stadium, but the bats were uncharacteristically quiet. The Twins have had the best offense in the American League in the second half, but could only muster four hits and struck out 13 times tonight.

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Game Thread: Twins @ Yankees, 9/18@6:05pm CT

Off to Yankee Stadium for a 3-game series starting tonight, which also begins a 10-game road trip. These two teams are currently in possession of the two wild card spots with just 13 games to go. You can hear the dramatic music in the background, however, I am going to do my best to downplay the importance of this series while trying to express the true importance of this series.

How do you downplay it?

You do it by saying forget about the Yankees. Currently the Twins are 4 games in back of the Yankees. We all want a sweep but only a sweep will be helpful in our pursuit of the Yankees and it still leaves our Twins 1 game back with 10 to play. If the Twins take 2 out of 3… the Twins will be 3 games back with 10 to play. So… simply winning the series will barely improve our situation with the Yankees and the buzzer is soon to go off. The Twins must sweep to bring the Yankees in range so lets forget about the Yankees... unless we sweep.

So how do you express the true importance of this series?

You do it by focusing on the Angels while playing the Yankees because the Angels are really the only ones left. The Mariners, Royals, Rangers, Orioles and Rays have fallen off the pace and are about two losses from goodbye. The Angels are the team to watch because they are currently 2 games back and will spend this week taking on the Indians and Astros.

What the Twins need to do this week is this: Just have a bigger lead over the Angels at the end of the week. Forget about the Yankees... just increase that leadwhile the Angels are playing the Indians and Astros.

Of course… sweeping the Yankees will help that.

Thanks for reading my Pretzel Logic… "Those days are gone forever. Over a long time ago… oh, yeah."

Here are some things to think about:

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Twins Playoff Push A Truly Cohesive Effort

On Sunday, when the Twins stormed back after falling behind early against the Blue Jays, it was fittingly a collective effort. The offense rallied with a seven-run second inning and Kyle Gibson settled in after a shaky start, combining with three relievers to help guide Minnesota to a much-needed victory.

Throughout the season, this team has been receiving help from just about everyone involved.

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MIN 13, TOR 7: Mauer Grand Slam Among 4 Twins Homers In Comeback Victory

Things didn’t get off to a great start for the Twins Sunday afternoon, but oh boy did they end well. After spotting the Blue Jays a five-run lead, the Twins stormed back and not only caught Toronto, but ended up blowing them out.

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TOR 7, MIN 2: Pub Crawlers Have Best Night Ever Despite Twins Loss

The Twins lost to the Blue Jays Saturday evening, but good luck trying to tell that to anybody at Target Field who was wearing a gorgeous red “From Worst To Thirst” shirt. We were all too busy having a great time to even notice (or maybe that was just me).

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TOR 4, MIN 3: Pressley Fails To Pounce, Is Victim Of A Bad Bounce

After a pair of big wins on big blasts, the Twins fell Friday due in large part to an unlucky bounce. Bartolo Colon got off to a nice start on Big Sexy night at Target Field, but things started to go a bit south and the bullpen couldn’t stop the bleeding. Ryan Pressly failed to pounce on a bunt and gave up the go-ahead single on a ball that deflected off his leg.

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MIN 3, TOR 2: Buxton Blasts Walk-Off HR

Good teams find a way to prevail. Good players do, too. Byron Buxton hit a walk-off homer in the 10th inning, giving the Twins walk-off wins on consecutive nights. Matt Belisle blew the save in the ninth inning, giving up a solo homer, and Paul Molitor made some curious decisions in the eighth but luckily at the end of the day none of that matters much.

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Twins 2017 Minor League Hitter Of The Year

When your organization has as much success as the Minnesota Twins affiliates had during the 2017 season, there’s a good chance there were a lot of strong offensive performers at every level. That was certainly the case when going through the candidates for this award, as several names who had big seasons couldn’t crack the list.

Especially amazing when researching this, was the lineup of the 2017 Southern League Co-Champion Chattanooga Lookouts. Names from their roster litter the Southern League leader board for just about every offensive category.

But when it came down to it, there was one guy who stood out on almost everyone’s ballot, and he’s no stranger to this award having won it once already in his MiLB career.