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Article: How Fast Is Byron Buxton?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 04:19 AM
Major League Baseball’s Advanced Media arm released a new set of data to the public on Tuesday: the Sprint Speed metric.Sprint Speed was...
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Article: Daily Twins Daily: July 29, 2017

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:32 AM
Good morning and welcome to the Daily Twins Daily.FINALLY the Minnesota Twins get back into the win column. Unfortunately, Cleveland and...
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Automate the Strike Zone

Other Baseball Today, 12:46 AM
I was previously against it   Followed by Apathetic toward it   I'm now officially in the Automate it camp.    The te...
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Article: Twins Minor League Report (7/28): Return of the...

Twins Minor League Talk Yesterday, 11:57 PM
Byron Buxton, whose walk-up song is Mark Morrison’s 1996 hit “Return of the Mack,” made a triumphant return to Rochester. He opened his r...
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Article: Twins 6, A's 3: Garcia Wins First (Last?) Tw...

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:54 PM
The Twins acquired lefty Jaime Garcia from the Braves on Monday. That night, the Twins lost their second straight game. They lost the nex...
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Daily Twins Daily: July 29, 2017

Good morning and welcome to the Daily Twins Daily.

FINALLY the Minnesota Twins get back into the win column. Unfortunately, Cleveland and Kansas City won as well keeping them from gaining any ground. Jaime Garcia looked good in his first start in a Twins uniform while Byron Buxton did some things on a baseball field as well. Also, does Friday's win mean the team will reconsider their trade deadline position or have they already committed to the purge?

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Twins 6, A's 3: Garcia Wins First (Last?) Twins Start

The Twins acquired lefty Jaime Garcia from the Braves on Monday. That night, the Twins lost their second straight game. They lost the next two in Los Angeles as well. Garcia finally made his Twins debut on Friday night in Oakland. He had some shaky moments, but he showed an ability to get big outs, and ended his night with a quality start. More important to the Twins, he ended their losing streak at four games.

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Twins Minor League Report (7/28): Return of the Mack (to Rochester)

Byron Buxton, whose walk-up song is Mark Morrison’s 1996 hit “Return of the Mack,” made a triumphant return to Rochester. He opened his rehab assignment by slugging a lead-off homer, then helped spark a game-winning rally in extra innings.

Also tonight, Royce Lewis picked up two more hits, Fernando Romero dazzled, Gabriel Moya impressed in his Twins org debut, Tim Melville struck out 11 batters and Joe Cronin had a big game.

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Game Thread: Twins @ A’s, 7/28@9:05pm CT

Our Twins are in Oakland tonight for a 3-game series against the A’s. Things can sure change quickly in a mere week of time. Last Friday the Twins were chasing the Indians and this Friday the Twins are chasing the A’s. The Twins went 1-5 while the Indians won 7 in a row and the Royals have won 8 in a row. This turns things around from .5 back to 6 games back; the exit velocity required a helmet.

When you consider that Jaime Garcia trade rumors are in full force before he has even thrown a single pitch for the Twins… you can’t help but realize that Falvey/Levine have become the baseball equivalent of day traders. Stocks falling on predictions of speculation of rumors of negative indicators became reality. The Brooks Bollinger Band has been broken and we got us a trend reversal. Was Jaime Garcia purchased with a trailing stop?

Here are some things to think about:

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Twins July Trade Candidates

For the past week, Nick and I have taken turns reviewing the players that the Twins could look to acquiring in trades from the various divisions. When that series of articles began, the team was just a ½ game out of first place. As the series came to a conclusion yesterday with a look at the American League East division, the Twins found themselves nearly six games out and four games out of a wild card spot.

At this point, the strategy has likely changed. Instead of being buys, the Twins are taking calls from teams to find out which players the Twins might be willing to “sell” by Monday afternoon’s trade deadline.

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Twins Minor League Report (7/27): Del Rosario is Stunning and Rooker Goes Yard

With the big league team spending the day trying to shake off being swept by the Dodgers, the front office has been busy on the phones. The Twins traded John Ryan Murphy to Arizona, full details here, and there are rumors that Ervin Santana, newly acquired Jaime Garcia, Brandon Kintzler and even Brian Dozier are drawing interest from other teams.

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DOA At The Deadline

They were never supposed to be here to begin with.

I find it important to remind myself of this as I absorb the massive gut punch delivered by Minnesota's rapid fall from contention in the American League Central. This team, fresh off a 103-loss season, gave us all a hell of a ride by hanging around the top of the division for the better part of four months, and even spending six weeks in first place.

This summer has been infinitely more fun than the last for baseball fans. I appreciate that. Still, watching it all come crashing down in spectacular fashion, it's hard not to feel a sense of familiar dread.

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Twins Can Use System To Define Summer

At the end of spring training, major league baseball teams solidify their 25-man rosters. While there is always going to be discussion surrounding the choices in regard to those players, the reality is a team will always need a handful of extra contributors. For teams with strong farm systems, like the Minnesota Twins, looking down the prospect pipeline is fun. The hard part though is that front offices are always tasked with the delicate job of deciding when is exactly the right time to act.

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John Ryan Murphy Traded For Intriguing Lefty Reliever

The Twins announced that catcher John Ryan Murphy has been traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for 22-year-old Double-A lefty reliever Gabriel Moya.

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Are The Twins Suddenly Sellers?

That’s what Jon Morosi’s sources have told him.

According to the MLB Network reporter, the Minnesota Twins are contemplating unloading several key players if the current skid continues up until Monday’s trade deadline.

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LAD 6, MIN 5: Uff Da

The Twins held a 5-0 lead after three and a half innings, and were still up three runs heading into the bottom of the seventh, but the Dodgers stormed back to win on a Justin Turner walkoff single.

Ouch. This loss puts the Twins a staggering 5.5 games back of first place in the AL Central. That happened fast. While the Twins have lost nine of their last 13 games, Cleveland has won six striaght and Kansas City has won eight in a row.

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State Of The Twins: Reacting Too Quickly (Stream of Consciousness)

(Note that this is kind of a rambling, stream of consciousness opinion article typed up following a third straight very late night loss to the Dodgers. This series has completely thrown off my sleep pattern, but I also felt the need to write right away and express several thoughts that have crept into my mind through and then after the game. I hope it's coherent and enjoyable, and I hope you'll share your thoughts on it and on what the next steps are for our favorite team.)

Even when the Minnesota Twins held a 5-0 or 5-2 lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the middle innings of Wednesday night's game, there was no sense of confidence that the Twins would hold on. Those feelings proved accurate as the Dodgers clawed their way back and eventually won 6-5 in walk off fashion.

The Twins are now 5.5 games back of Cleveland in the AL Central division, and four games behind second-place Kansas City in the division and for the second wild card spot. The Twins have lost ground to both teams each of the last four days. Think about that... five days ago, there were three teams within a game-and-a-half of each other, and now the Twins are a distant third place.

So, what does it mean? What should the Twins and their front office do?