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Article: Wake Me Up When September Ends: Starting Rotation

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:11 AM
As the season starts to wind down, this is the first in a series of posts looking at different parts of the Twins roster . There have bee...
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THE END IS NEAR: Ron Gardenhire Knows About Fangraphs.com

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:11 AM
According to MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger, Minnesota Twins' manager Ron Gardenhire acknowledged that the extensive statistical online wareho...
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Article: Twins Minor League Report (8/19): Stewart Pulled...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 01:11 AM
The big story of the night was star pitching prospect Kohl Stewart being pulled very early in his start by the Cedar Rapids training staf...
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Debating WAR

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:19 AM
I'd love to invite debate and explanation of WAR and it's impact and reality. I'm no expert on advanced metrics, and I admit this freely....
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Trade Dozier, Now!

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:11 AM
He'll never be worth more than he is right now.  With Santana, Escobar, Nunez, Florimon, Polanco & Rosario all able to step...
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Suddenly, Shortstops!

Finding a non-temporary answer at the shortstop position has been a long-standing issue for the Minnesota Twins, dating back about a decade.

In late April, we looked ahead to the upcoming crop of free agent shortstops, suggesting that this might be the best, or only, method for finding a palatable starter at the position in the remotely near future. However, since then, two players have emerged in a big way, to the point where we may now actually have a legitimate competition that doesn't amount to "which option is least terrible?"

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Twins Minor League Report (8/19): Stewart Pulled As a Precaution

The big story of the night was star pitching prospect Kohl Stewart being pulled very early in his start by the Cedar Rapids training staff. His fastball usually sits in the mid-90s but he was topping out anywhere from 88-90 mph. The Twins have come out and said they removed him for precautionary reasons. With not many games left in the minor league season, it would be surprising to see Stewart on the mound again in 2014.

With Stewart out of the game early, would the Kernels be able to continue their recent winning streak? Read on to find out.

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Affiliate Roundup

Another year, and it seems as if the story isn’t changing. With 40 games left in the season, the only thing the Twins have to play for is avoiding a fourth consecutive 90 loss season. So, as it’s been the last three years, the focus for the last two months shifts to player evaluation.

With the minor league regular season in its final two weeks, followed by September call ups, I felt it would be as good a time as any to start a piece-by-piece look at the organizational depth chart of the Twins. Before we get into the players though, I want to take a look at the records, playoff chances and promotions for each affiliate.

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Wake Me Up When September Ends: Starting Rotation

As the season starts to wind down, this is the first in a series of posts looking at different parts of the Twins roster . There have been some rough moments at the end of the last few seasons. The motto of the last few seasons might have been "Wake Me Up When September Ends" but this season might be a little different as there seems to be some hope on the horizon. That hope might mean you won't want to sleep through this September.

August is slowly winding down and this points toward another Twins season coming to an end. Many fans can tune out at this time of year. The NFL season is ramping up, students are heading back to school, and there's just less time to fit baseball into people's crazy schedules

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Twins Hangouts, August 19: Episode 38

Tuesday night means Twins Hangouts. Please join us live at 9pm. Bring your questions and we'll be sure to supply you will 90 (or 120 or more) minutes of Twins Baseball talk.

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That's the Ticket: Get a Klue!

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Starting on Tuesday night, the Minnesota Twins will begin a three-game series against Cleveland. Prior to the July 31 trade deadline, the team traded their top starting pitcher over the last several years (Justin Masterson) as well as their everyday shortstop for the better part of the last half-dozen years (Asdrubal Cabrera). With six weeks to play, they find themselves on the periphery of contention, 4.5 games behind Seattle, for a wild card spot.

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Twins Minor League Report (8/18): Diaz Does It

Trevor May made his Target Field debut on Monday night and fared much better than in his previous appearances. Oswaldo Arcia continues to show impressive power.

On the minor league side of things, it should come as no surprise that Terry Ryan doesn't expect Byron Buxton to play another game for New Britain this season. It sounds like instructional league and the Arizona Fall League are still in play though.

Continue reading to get caught up on all of Monday's minor league action.

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Gleeman & The Geek, Ep 158: Just A Concussion and The Purge

With The Geek gallivanting around the country, Twins Daily's Parker Hageman subbed in for John Bonnes and joined Aaron Gleeman in a rousing discussion over the latest from the Minnesota Twins.

Topics include the recent trade of Josh Willingham to the Royals, Byron Buxton’s incredibly scary injury, what to expect from Ricky Nolasco, where Danny Santana should be playing in the field, what to make of Oswaldo Arcia through one full season, appreciating Phil Hughes’ excellence, the launch of Vikings Journal, and whether or not to freak out about hair in your food.

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Twins Minor League Report (8/17): We're Going Sweeping!

The Minnesota Twins and newcomer Tommy Milone were knocked around on Sunday afternoon in between the rain delays with myself in attendance, but the young guns in the lineup continued to provide me with some hope for the future.

Danny Santana led off the game for the Twins with a triple to left center, Kennys Vargas had three hits on the day including his third home run, and Oswaldo Arcia launched his 11th home run of the season.

In the minors, two affiliates completed series sweeps, two games went into extra innings and two finished in walk-off fashion. Check it out!

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Arcia, Vargas and Rebellion

Last week, the Star Tribune's Phil Miller wrote a great column about Oswaldo Arcia's advice to rookie slugger Kennys Vargas: "Don't worry about [going the other way], just pull the ball and hit it over the fence."

The story, and that quote in particular, unsurprisingly drew some attention.

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Twins Minor League Report (8/16): Vasquez Tosses No-Hitter

Virgil Vasquez has had a long career. He’s had big league time with the Tigers and the Pirates. He’s spent a lot of time in the minor leagues. He’s played in Australia. In Game Two tonight in New Britain, Vasquez threw a no-hitter. In fact, he was a Jorge Polanco error from throwing a perfect game. The 32-year-old had just returned from making a spot start with the Rochester Red Wings.

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Everyone's a Doctor: Joe Mauer, the Injury Bug and the Notion of Toughness

This was contributed by a trevor.aufderheide on his Twins Daily blog (Tsuyoshi's Island) this week. If you would like to try your hand at writing (and getting promoted to Twins Daily's front page, which is seen by thousands of Twins fans each day) check out our primer on starting your own blog on Twins Daily.