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Game Thread: Twins @ Orioles, 9/1 @ 12:35pm CT

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:33 PM
Game-time forecast: Partly cloudy with a 30-percent chance of rain. Winds blowing out to right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Temperature around 85...
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Article: Twins Geek Challenges Twins Daily's Writers

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:26 PM
As part of my ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, I'm challenging all Twins Daily, all Vikings Journal writers and my podcast partner, Aaron Gleema...
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Rotation ERAs entering September

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:06 PM
Here are the ERA's of starters entering September. Past three seasons. Name, followed by # of starts made, followed by ERA to entering Se...
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Article: Twins Promote 8 for September

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:03 PM
The Minnesota Twins announced that they will promote eight players from AAA Rochester for September. In recent days, we have seen the Twi...
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A Suggestion by Souhan

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 11:58 AM
Jim Souhan posted four moves he'd make right now if he was in charge.  What say you to each?   I give the first three (especial...
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Twins Geek Challenges Twins Daily's Writers

As part of my ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, I'm challenging all Twins Daily, all Vikings Journal writers and my podcast partner, Aaron Gleeman, to do their own ice bucket challenge. Just videotape it, tweet it and copy me in the tweet. For each one, Chrissie and I will donate $50 in memorial of Bev Benson, my friend Bob's mom, who was afflicted with this terrible disease. For more (and to see me get very cold) check out the video.

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Twins Promote 8 for September

The Minnesota Twins announced that they will promote eight players from AAA Rochester for September. In recent days, we have seen the Twins make some moves to make room on the 40 man roster. Three players were added to the 40 man and called up.

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Twins Minor League Report (8/31): Rochester Eliminated

The Rochester Red Wings are hanging on to every last shred of their playoff lives. They squeaked out a win on Saturday to remain within two games of the wild card lead. Entering play on Sunday, they have three games remaining but two of them are with the team ahead of them in the standings. This meant Sunday was a must win game.

Alex Meyer left Saturday's start early and this forced the Red Wings to have to do some shifting in their rotation. Jose Berrios was called up from New Britain to make his Triple-A debut in the middle of a hot pennant race. Rochester also called up Ryan O'Rouke to take the place of Aaron Thompson, who was called up to Minnesota.

One way or another there was bound to be drama on Sunday. Let's see what unfolded...

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Twins Minor League Report (8/30): Rochester Fighting, Berrios Promoted

It all comes down to this, the final two games of the regular season for the Rochester Red Wings. They need to win their next two games against Pawtucket, the league leader. They also need Buffalo to lose one of their final two games against Syracuse. To help that cause, the Twins have promoted top pitching prospect JO Berrios to make the Sunday start for the Red Wings. Elizabethton starts their playoffs on Sunday.

But before we get to Sunday, let’s check out what happened in the farm system on Saturday.

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Vargas: Kennys Keep it Up

It seems a little inappropriate to call Kennys Vargas “Little Papi”. According to Baseball Reference he is an inch taller (6’ 5”) and weighs thirty-five pounds more than Mr. Ortiz. One can assume that this comparison has more to do with their skills with a bat than their impressive physical stature. They may not be the quickest nor the best when it comes to flashing the leather but they do both possess an important skill, one that Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear fame deems the most vital, though his reasoning pertains to motor vehicles: Power.

Over the last thirty days Kennys has put himself among some very impressive company thanks to his prowess with a baseball bat.

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Twins Minor League Report (8/29): Rochester Remains in Playoff Hunt

Trevor May was cruising for the Twins early in Baltimore tonight, as he had struck outfive through the first three scoreless innings. But in the fourth the wheels fell off, as he plunked Adam Jones and Nelson Cruz consecutively to load the bases. He struck out old friend(?) Delmon Young, but walked another, J.J. Hardy, to bring in the game’s first run. Chris Davis then launched a 3-1 pitch for a grand slam, and a 5-0 Orioles lead May and the Twins would not recover from.

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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.