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Article: Game Thread: Twins @ Rays, 4/20@6:10pm CT

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:03 PM
Things will get back to normal tonight when the Twins open up a 3-game series in Tampa. By normal, I mean just a normal series in a norma...
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5th Starter

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:01 PM
Was it Mejia and not Hughes in town to start today? He was scheduled for Rochester who went with a bullpen game today instead.
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Minnesota Wild Thread

Minnesota Wild Talk Today, 07:47 PM
Best in the West!  We need a thread to talk about these guys!   I'm really, really impressed with this team.  12 good forw...
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2018 Vikings Off-Season Thread

Minnesota Vikings Talk Today, 07:47 PM
Lots of questions to answer... QB - They need to make the right decision here. I won't claim to know what the right decision is after wat...
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Fun with Numbers 2018 Edition

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:01 PM
With the season being early its time to bring out the projections based off of the early games in the season.   Like right now Zach...
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Puerto Rican Dream

They say you should write your dreams down right when you wake up in order to remember them clearly. After returning from a dreamlike day and a half in San Juan, I’m feeling like the exercise will be helpful for me as well. Luckily, I don’t have the deadline many local writers had after the 16-inning marathon of Game Two.

The seed for the idea was planted months ago, when I mentioned to my Dad that it would be fun to meet up for the Puerto Rico series. Fast forward a few months, and with tickets booked from both Minnesota and the Dominican Republic, an AirBnb reserved, and seats for the games themselves, we were ready.

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Pressing On Was Key for Pressly

The year is 2017, and Ryan Pressly has made 25 appearances for the Minnesota Twins totaling 24 innings pitched. He’s posted an 8.25 ERA and opposing batters own an .889 OPS against him. To say his season is not going well would be an understatement, and there were plenty across Twins Territory wondering if this was the end in Minnesota for the one-time Rule 5 draft pick. My contention was that the tools were all there and the end result would be worth the wait. Enter 2018.

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Max Kepler Improving His Approach in 2018

Max Kepler, in and of himself, is a marvel. Not too many European players make it to the major leagues. Kepler signed for the Twins for around $800,000 in 2009. Nine year later, he looks like he’s on the cusp of a major offensive breakout which could propel the Twins’ already excellent outfield to one of best and most balanced in the majors. None of this is news, however, the terms of Kepler’s offensive improvement are intriguing.

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Game Thread: Twins @ Rays, 4/20@6:10pm CT

Things will get back to normal tonight when the Twins open up a 3-game series in Tampa. By normal, I mean just a normal series in a normal location with no chance of abnormal weather changing plans.

Don’t get me wrong… I had zero complaints about the 2-game series in San Juan. I was just implying it wasn’t normal because it wasn’t normal. Not normal is perfectly OK. In fact… I believe that MLB should choose a few more alternative sites to play some not normal regular season games. It may be shocking that I have some location suggestions but I actually do.

Honolulu – It’s really hard for Hawaiians to see a professional baseball game. The closest major league city is San Francisco and that is 2,397 miles away. That’s a 5 hour non-stop flight and 48 years by car. Let the ball players come to them for a change.

London – Baseball is making plans for a series in London in 2019. The NFL has a regular season game at Wembley Stadium every year but the dimensions of Wembley wouldn’t fit for baseball. The solution is to move the games back to America to find a stadium. Make no mistake… MLB is serious about playing some games in London… even if they have to be played in America.

Here are some things to think about:

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Twins Minor League Report (4/19): Jimmy Kerrigan Comes a Single Shy of the Cycle

The Twins were off on Thursday and so were half the Minor League affiliates. The Cedar Rapids Kernels were rained out for the sixth straight day and haven’t played since last Friday. With the Red Wings on a scheduled off day, there were just a couple of teams in action on Thursday night. The Lookouts and the Miracle both rode strong pitching performances to victories, find out more below.

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Berrios Has Been Nearly Flawless Through 4 Starts

Despite his pristine numbers at every level of the minors, Jose Berrios had his share of detractors in the prospect analyst community.

The knock on him was usually the same, and it made sense: When diminutive fly-ball pitchers with no downward plane go up against giant big-league hitters with uppercut swings, the home runs tend to mount.

And yet, what was supposed to be the right-hander's biggest weakness has in fact been one of his greatest strengths.

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Cooperstown Case: Helping Joe Mauer’s Hall Chances

If Joe Mauer retired today, there is a good chance he wouldn’t get the call from Cooperstown. He wasn’t able to play long enough at catcher and he doesn’t fit the profile of a first baseman. His Cooperstown Case has some merit but there are still things he has left to accomplish in his career. Here is a checklist for Mr. Mauer to follow if he wants to be remembered as one of the best players of all-time.

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MIN 2, CLE 1: Berrios Stars, LaMarre Plays Hero as Twins Survive 16-Inning Duel

We know Jose Berrios can pass any physical test you put in front of him, but Wednesday night he passed an emotional test with flying colors. Berrios was in control and fellow Puerto Rico native Eddie Rosario scored the game-winning run in the 16th inning on a walk-off hit by Ryan LaMarre.

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Twins Minor League Report (4/18): Wiel, Gordon Stay Hot as Lookouts Sweep Doubleheader

The Cedar Rapids Kernels had their game postponed for the fifth consecutive day as the wild springtime weather continues to batter the Midwest. The rest of the Minor League affiliates were in action, and there is plenty to be excited about from Wednesday’s games.

To find out how all your other favorite Minnesota Twins prospects fared on Tuesday night, read on!

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Twins Minor League Report (4/17): Wiel Walks it Off to Back Littell

As the Midwest waits for this mythical season called “Spring” to arrive, Cedar Rapids did not play for the fourth day in a row. But unlike yesterday, all four teams were scheduled to play and the other three got their games in. The big news came from Double A on this night, as a sleeper starting pitcher prospect tossed a gem, and a sleeper hitter walked it off in the ninth.

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CLE 6, MIN 1: Kluber, Lindor Outshine Twins in Puerto Rico

Jake Odorizzi’s night changed in a hurry, Corey Kluber was doing his thing and a Puerto Rican native had a special moment … but, sadly, it wasn’t one of our guys. The Twins dropped the opening game of the Puerto Rico Series, but tomorrow is La MaKina night!

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A Look Back To 2001: What If The Twins Drafted Mark Prior?

Yesterday, we took a look back at the 2001 draft. Specifically, we reviewed the decision that the Twins had with the first overall draft pick. Should they take Joe Mauer, or should they take Mark Prior? Well, 17 years later, it sure looks like the Twins made the right choice, though Prior was tremendous before injuries ended his career prematurely.

Today, I thought it might be fun to take a look at the situation and just ask what might have been if the Twins would have drafted, and been able to sign, Mark Prior.