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Staying the Course

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:26 AM
Many didn't agree with the roster decisions the Twins made. I hoped they would make some different decisions. Without revisiting each dec...
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Article: Twins Minor League Report (4/20): Pitching Trio...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 12:08 AM
Right-handed pitcher Tyler Duffey, left-handed pitcher Pat Dean and right-handed pitcher Felix Jorge each walked away with "Pitcher of th...
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Should Arcia have been pulled?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:03 AM
I suppose it's not surprising to state that one of my all time, absolutely favorite movies is Major League. I could just about quote the...
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Adam Brett Walker II - 2015

Adopt A Prospect 2015 Today, 12:03 AM
Adam Brett Walker II DOB: 10-18-91 in Milwaukee, WI Height: 6'4" Weight: 225+ Position: RF Bats: Right Throws: Right Acquired: Selected b...
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Article: Twins Minor League Report (4/19): Extra! Ext...

Twins Minor League Talk Yesterday, 10:56 PM
On Sunday afternoon Trevor May went six innings in his second start of the year for the Twins, holding the Cleveland Indians to just one...
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Get To Know: Kernels LHP Cam Booser

I watched three games in Cedar Rapids last week, and Cameron Booser was the man on the mound to close out two of the Kernels wins. The left-hander has a big fastball, hitting 96 mph with regularity and even touching 99 mph. He threw a sharp slider and tested out a changeup that could be very good. Booser looked every bit the part of potential, dominant closer.

Things haven’t been easy for the 22-year-old. He’s accumulated injuries but is finally healthy and pitching well. He not only has an interesting story, but he has become one of the more intriguing pitching prospects in the Twins organization.

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Twins Minor League Report (4/20): Pitching Trio Honored

Right-handed pitcher Tyler Duffey, left-handed pitcher Pat Dean and right-handed pitcher Felix Jorge each walked away with "Pitcher of the Week" honors in their respective leagues.

Duffey earned the honor in the Southern League after tossing 13.2 scoreless frames with 18 strikeouts. Dean, a former third-round pick, went 1-0 with a 0.75 ERA and 15 strikeouts in two starts to pick up the International League award. Jorge struggled in Cedar Rapids last season but he's off to a hot start (12 IP, 19 K, 4 BB) so he was honored by the Midwest League.

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Game Thread: Twins@Royals 4/20 7:10PM

Things ain't so bad in the Twins camp right now. We just won a series against the Indians and before that we won a series against the Royals. Because of a scheduling Quirk... We are playing the AL Central again tonight. We apparently don't play teams outside of the AL Central until September.

It's those Royals again tonight and the Royals are still all hopped on adrenaline. Ventura is ready to get mad at everyone and needs to be walked around by his catcher to calm him down. This works because he calms down right before he hurts a fingernail and has to leave the game. The injuries are piling up on the Royals but they still win anyway... The Twins are going to have to play hard.

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Gleeman and the Geek, Ep 190: Shane Robinson's Priest Collar

Aaron and John return to KFAN radio and talk about Trevor May's promising start, Joe Mauer's changed approach, Torii Hunter and Trevor Plouffe playing at extremes, Byron Buxton's timetable, Danny Santana turning back into a pumpkin, small crowds at Target Field, what to hope for with Ricky Nolasco, and bumper music choices. You can listen by downloading us from iTunes, Stitcher or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com. Or just click the Play button below.

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Short Change?

Regression was expected for Danny Santana following a charmed rookie season, but few could have guessed it would hit him as hard as it has right out of the gate.

In 42 plate appearances over his first 10 games of the season, the 24-year-old has eight hits (seven singles), 13 strikeouts and zero walks. For the most part, he has looked totally overmatched at the plate.

On Sunday, Santana got his second day off of the season. Eduardo Escobar, starting at shortstop in his place, went 1-for-4 with an RBI single.

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Twins Minor League Report (4/19): Extra! Extra! (Read All About It)

On Sunday afternoon Trevor May went six innings in his second start of the year for the Twins, holding the Cleveland Indians to just one run on four hits and zero walks. He struck out seven. Torii Hunter hit his first home run in a Twins uniform since 2007, a three-run shot in the sixth inning to help the Twins beat the Indians 7-2, closing their first home stand of the year with a 4-2 record and two series wins.
Two of the Twins affiliates went into extra innings, with one collecting a walk-off victory and the other suffering a walk-off defeat.

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Twins Minor League Report (4/18): The Power Of Walker

There were a couple of really rough starting pitching performances on this night, but there was one that was very good. One of the prolific power hitters in the Twins farm system went deep a couple of times. On Saturday, there were five Twins minor league games. In a bit of a riddle, all four affiliates lost on Saturday, although they went 1-4 on the day. Read below for the scores and highlights from today’s action.

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Twins Minor League Report (4/17): Pitchers and Power

Power and pitching have a way of getting noticed, in the big leagues or in the minor leagues, or frankly any level of organized baseball. On Friday night in the Minnesota Twins minor leagues, there were some big home runs (to go with Trevor Plouffe’s extra-innings, walk-off blast), but there were a couple of very strong pitching performances as well. Continue reading to find out all of the details about Friday night in the Twins farm system.

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Player Appearances: Kernels Reading Program

Author’s Note: Thank you for checking out this story. My name is Mat Batts and I hope to bring you some stories and insight from the minor league lifestyle here on Twins Daily throughout the season. This will be my second season (first full) in the Twins organization and my second stint here in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I look forward to getting to know a lot of you—online or in person—as we move forward this summer. I hope you enjoy!

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Game Thread: Twins vs Indians 4/17 7:10PM

The Twins kick off a brand new series with the Indians tonight. Rolling with a two game winning streak... The Twins face a team that smells funny right now. If you've ever been to Cleveland... Smelling funny isn't surprising. It's Pelfrey vs. Kluber and that sounds like Lawyer vs Lawyer to me.

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Jake Mauer On Advanced Statistics, Shifts And Platoons

Earlier this week, I enjoyed the three-game, home-opening series in Cedar Rapids. It’s always enjoyable to watch the young players develop and see their improvement and success going forward. On Monday afternoon, I was able to enjoy a twenty-minute one-on-one interview with Kernels manager Jake Mauer. We discussed many topics (and some will be written in future articles), but today, here are some of his thoughts on advanced statistics, shifts, platoons and more.

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What A Terrific Start!

It’s pretty hard to imagine this baseball season getting off to a better start, isn’t it? I mean, even the most optimistic of us probably wouldn’t have predicted a .789 winning percentage through the first week of games! This looks like it could be a fun summer of baseball!