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Upcoming Roster Moves + Roster Shuffle

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 04:25 AM
With the upcoming doubleheader on Monday and Grossman heading to the DL with a fractured finger, the Twins will need to make some moves....
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Article: CWS 4, MIN 3: Twins Bullpen Blows Lead

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 04:10 AM
The Twins held a 3-2 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth inning Wednesday, but Taylor Rogers and Trevor Hildenberger each gave up...
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Article: Twins Minor League Report (8/23): Pitching, Hitt...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 04:09 AM
A tough loss on the South Side of Chicago for the Twins on Wednesday, but plenty of excitement in the minor league system. A couple of ve...
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Rich Hill throws no hitter through 9; loses game

Other Baseball Today, 03:35 AM
Ends up he threw a 1 hitter, giving up the winning home run in the 10th to lose
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Article: Falvey Playing Numbers Game With Pitching Staff

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 10:28 PM
During his ball-playing career at Trinity College, Derek Falvey was a pitcher – albeit not a very good one, by his own admission.He hasn'...
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A Hall Of Fame Case For Johan Santana

Over the weekend, the Minnesota Twins celebrated their Hall of Fame weekend. On Saturday, Michael Cuddyer was inducted, and then Sunday, it was Andy MacPhail’s turn. The fun part about the Hall of Fame (baseball’s or the Twins) is the conversation that it can create.

While watching Bartolo Colon on Sunday, the name of Johan Santana was mentioned. Of course, I mentioned about Colon ‘stole’ the 2005 Cy Young from Santana. As baseball conversations tend to do, it shifted again, this time to a comparison between Johan Santana and Sandy Koufax.

Koufax, of course, was a Hall of Famer. He was one of baseball’s greatest pitchers ever for a six year period in the early 1960s. His full career went 12 years, but his final six seasons were incredible. He retired while at the top of his game. He was just 30 years old and coming off a great season in which he won his third Cy Young Award. However, he had chronic arthritis in his left arm. He feared it would become increasingly worse until he eventually couldn’t use his left hand.

Santana was a Rule 5 pick for the Twins. He spent a couple of seasons in the early ‘90s working primarily out of the Twins bullpen. But he had an eight year stretch where no one in baseball was as good.His final five seasons with the Twins, and his first year as a member of the Mets were six incredible seasons.

So, how do the careers, and those “peak seasons” of Johan Santana and Sandy Koufax match up? Let’s find out.

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Twins Minor League Report (8/23): Pitching, Hitting And Wins

A tough loss on the South Side of Chicago for the Twins on Wednesday, but plenty of excitement in the minor league system. A couple of very young prospects had near-cycles. A newly acquired starter had his best appearance as a Twins prospect. Although he’s made two big league starts, Felix Jorge made his AAA debut on Wednesday. The game ended in walk-off fashion. The Kernels found an interesting way to win in extra innings. And one of the organization’s great names, Leonardo Reginnato, got a chance to play hero.

All that and much more in today’s minor league report.

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CWS 4, MIN 3: Twins Bullpen Blows Lead

The Twins held a 3-2 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth inning Wednesday, but Taylor Rogers and Trevor Hildenberger each gave up a run as the White Sox walked off the Twins. Jason Castro was forced to leave this game and underwent concussion tests.

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Gleeman & The Geek, Ep 330: Tuesday Taproom Tour (Fair State)

Aaron and John watch Aaron's favorite players, Kyle Gibson and Kennys Vargas, lead the Twins to a victory over the White Sox while answering questions from listeners at Fair State Coop. You can listen by downloading us from iTunes, Stitcher or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com. Or just click this link.

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MIN 4, CWS 1: Gibson Great, Twins Hit 3 More Homers

Kyle Gibson got off to a rocky start Tuesday, but managed to pitch out of trouble before finding a groove in the middle innings. That gave the bats enough time to heat up, as Jorge Polanco, Kennys Vargas and Eddie Rosario all homered and the bullpen locked down the victory.

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Twins Minor League Report (8/22): Terrible Tuesday

I have to admit, Tuesday’s minor league report was a lot less fun to write than last Friday’s was, when Twins affiliates combined to go 6-0. That’s because they flipped that record to 0-5 for this one. The only thing keeping them from completely flipping that to six, was because Rochester’s game with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was suspended due to rain in the fourth inning. That was unfortunate too, as one of their hitters put himself in line for the player of the day award for the second day in a row to that point.

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Falvey Playing Numbers Game With Pitching Staff

During his ball-playing career at Trinity College, Derek Falvey was a pitcher – albeit not a very good one, by his own admission.

He hasn't thrown baseballs for quite a while, but since taking over the Minnesota Twins front office, Falvey has shown a proclivity for throwing stuff against the wall to see what sticks, particularly where the club's pitching staff is concerned.

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Should the Twins Shut Down Fernando Romero?

One of the biggest responsibilities an organization has to its players is to do everything in its power to keep them healthy. This is especially true of young pitchers, but there's a fine line between babying a player and breaking him.

Fernando Romero is scheduled to pitch for Double-A Chattanooga Thursday night, but should he? The 22-year-old has already set a career high for innings pitched and appears to be fading of late. Is it just a slump, or is this a red flag that he could be wearing down?

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Recap: Polanco Homers Twice as Twins Split Doubleheader

The Twins fell just short of mounting an impressive comeback in the first game of their doubleheader Monday, but they made sure no such effort would be required in the second game. After losing 7-6, the Twins jumped out to a huge early lead in the nightcap and cruised to a 10-2 victory. So, in reality, they won the day 16-9. Shoulda challenged Chicago to a winner-take-all situation. Where’s that Pythagoras when you need him?

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Twins Minor League Report (8/21): Wells, Lewis, Lujan Key Kernels Win

The Twins played two games on Monday, and all of the Twins affiliates except Ft. Myers had games as well. The Red Wings and Lookouts played one-run games. Cedar Rapids got a big blast from a top prospect, though things got interesting and also ended in a one-run final score. The E-Twins didn’t have many hits and still won easily… How? The GCL Twins won by the same score… It was a busy day of transactions and game stories, and we have several quotes from Cedar Rapids, so check it out.

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Golden Opportunity

Defense has been one of the key aspects of Minnesota's turnaround in 2017. On their way to over 100 losses last season, there were plenty of defensive flaws. However, this year's version of the Twins has given more playing time to some younger, more athletic players while some veteran players have made strides in the right direction.

How do the Twins stack up this season? How many players could be candidates for Gold Glove Awards?

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Game Thread: Twins @ White Sox, 8/21@4:10pm AND tbd

Greeting from Morehead, Kentucky. That was quite a weekend for our Twins. It wasn’t a sweep of the D-Backs, it was a high powered leaf blowing of the D-Backs. It was snake handling at the expert level, scoring 27 runs on what was the 2nd best team ERA in baseball. The Twins get to follow that with a 5-game series in Chicago starting with a big, Monday doubleheader. The White Sox are not run by Bill Veeck anymore. You can tell that those days are gone because I can’t find anything special happening at Guaranteed Rate Field during the solar eclipse, other than a start time of game 1 that is well past the 1:18 event. Eighty-seven percent coverage of the sun is expected in Chicago with maybe 26% coverage of the game by the media. Bill Veeck would have at least invited everyone to the ball park early and gave away free optometrists to the first 10,000 fans.

Myself, I didn’t make plans to view the eclipse but I will be driving from Kentucky to Georgia today and my car will be crossing the center line path on the way, so I’ll probably stop driving somewhere in Tennessee, find a nearby park and watch a total eclipse of the park. After many requests that I do so over my lifetime, it’s a chance to finally stick it where the sun don’t shine. After it is over… I will attempt to finish my drive to Atlanta like Stevie Wonder would. Which will only be a slight decline from my usual inattentive driving style.

At first I thought it was going be a total ellipse... and with my overuse of that punctuation... it made sense that I was there. Turns out... it's just an eclipse... but... I'll take a look anyway.

[NOTE: If you use a welder's helmet to watch the eclipse, as seen in the photo of the article, make sure the glass is #14 glass.]

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