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Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:11 AM
If Casey Fien feels okay, he will be in uniform tomorrow.That could be the end of the road for Stauffer or Duensing, or mean an option fo...
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Ervin Santana banned for the playoffs?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:11 AM
Interesting article in the Strib.     http://www.startribu...joke/305167191/   I'd completely forgotten any post-season ba...
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Realistic trade return ideas

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:53 AM
With the talk of the Twins having so many trade options , especially with the pitching, I will PITCH a trade idea involving pitching with...
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Grantland article about the Twins

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:40 PM
The Twins success has pretty much forced national organizations to write an obligatory piece about them, but most of them have been Fluke...
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Article: That's The Ticket: Old Friends

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 10:45 PM
The Blue Jays are coming to town this weekend, and bringing some familiar faces. Meanwhile, the Twins are as hot as they've been in half...
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That's The Ticket: Old Friends

The Blue Jays are coming to town this weekend, and bringing some familiar faces. Meanwhile, the Twins are as hot as they've been in half a decade, with a five-game winning streak pushing them 10 games above .500 and into first place.

Sounds like a good opportunity to catch some ball at Target Field. Let's break down the most intriguing aspects of this Jays/Twins series.


Trevor May Abandons Consistency, Finds Enlightenment

When you spoke with Trevor May about pitching in spring training, you were bound to hear the word “consistency.” It was more than just a focus, it was an obsession. It was damn near a zen mantra. “Consistencyyyyyy-ooooooommmmmmm”.

Two months later consistency has turned into a koan, those conflicting riddles that monks pondered to achieve a zen-like state, like the sound of one-hand clapping. That’s because May is attributing his more consistent success this season to…abandoning consistency.


What Can We Expect From the #6 Pick

As we continue to review information as the 2015 MLB Draft approaches, I thought it would be interesting to look back at players selected with the sixth overall pick. That is the pick that the Minnesota Twins will make on Monday, June 8.

So often, we look at the draft and think that, especially with a high first-round pick, the team has to get it right. The team has to find a big league star.

The reality is that the draft is a complete crap shoot and it is nearly impossible to predict which players will become big leaguers, much less perennial All Stars.


Twins Minor League Report (5/27): Batts Debuts, Buxton Homers

On Wednesdays, Jeremy Nygaard is responsible for the Twins Minor League Report. However, he was at the Twins game with his kids and a bunch of school kids. They got to see the Twins sweep the Boston Red Sox and move into a tie for first place with the Royals in the AL Central. They also got to help Jeremy celebrate his birthday. We won’t disclose how old Jeremy is, but it is quite a bit older than JO Berrios who celebrated his 21st birthday on Wednesday.

The Ft. Myers Miracle won in extra innings on Wednesday night to improve to 23-22, the first time they’ve been over .500 since early April. That is interesting because now all four of the Minnesota Twins minor league affiliates – and the big league club – are playing over .500. There have not been many times in recent years when we could say that.


Twins Draft Preview: Kyle Funkhouser

You can never have too much pitching.

It's an old cliche that continues to be repeated, and for good reason: it's true. So even with Minnesota's system experiencing a renaissance of sorts in terms of quality arms, you can be certain that the Twins are closely evaluating several starting pitchers as they look ahead to this year's draft.

One name they're surely in on is Kyle Funkhouser.


Which Twins Deserve All-Star Consideration?

On Tuesday, Major League Baseball released its first update on position-by-position All-Star Game balloting. No Twins appeared in the Top 5 at any position, which isn't all that surprising considering that no position players on the team have been otherworldly -- a testament to the offense's well-rounded attack.

But with two months nearly in the books, let's take a look at which players have the best case for spots on the All-Star roster.


How Is Mike Pelfrey Doing This?

I warned everyone in April that this might be a real possibility.

At that time, just several starts into the 2015 season, the analysis was smothered with caution sauce. Statistically, there were indicators abounding that things were going to go south quickly, however there seemed to be something different about this Mike Pelfrey. This Mike Pelfrey was peppering the zone, possessed improved velocity, induced weak contact, had improved his swing-and-miss capabilities, and added a second pitch.


Twins Draft Preview: Andrew Benintendi

If you’re a casual follower of the draft, there is a pretty good chance that you’ve heard the big names, but the name Andrew Benintendi doesn’t ring a bell. Heck, some people that follow the draft pretty closely are only starting to learn about him.

But it’s time to take note. This guy is for real.


Twins Keep It Simple, Defeat Red Sox 2-1

Before tonight’s game, Twins manager Paul Molitor was asked how a lineup, that seemingly has no star players, can be this potent. “I certainly don’t want to overthink that,” he replied. And then he watched the Twins beat the Red Sox 2-1 behind another stellar performance by Mike Pelfrey.

OK Paul. I’m with you. Let’s not over think this. And even if I wanted to, I don’t think I could. I mean, where would I start?


Twins Minor League Report (5/26): Gonsalves Dominates Again

JO Berrios and Kohl Stewart each made 19 starts for Cedar Rapids. Chih-Wei Hu made just nine starts in the second half of the 2014 season for the Kernels. On Tuesday night, Stephen Gonsalves made his 16th Midwest League start since late last season. It’s hard to imagine, with the numbers that he has put up this year, that he will make too many more starts for the Kernels, if any.


Twins Can Create Believers On This Homestand

We haven't done anything [yet], but we've put ourselves in good position.
-- Twins general manager Terry Ryan, 5/25/15

The Minnesota Twins are within striking distance of the AL Central lead in May for the first time since 2010. At 26-18, they are eight games above .500, the first time they have been three or more games above .500 since the 2011 season. They are getting contributions from hitters up and down their lineup, the starting pitching is holding its own, and yet fans remain jaded after four years of losing baseball.


Projections Are Made To Be Adjusted

With the first quarter of the 2015 major league baseball season in the books, we are provided a great opportunity to take a look at how the season is shaping up. Considering the projections that were made coming into the year, it's a good time to see how things stand, and take note of some adjustments that may shake out as the season goes on.