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Game Thread: Indians@Twins 8/21 12:10pm

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:00 PM
Well, it's time to wrap up a pretty ugly series against Cleveland. I'm not going to try to emulate RB's excellent game thread introductio...
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Today's Philosophical Question: Can we even recogniz...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:59 PM
It struck me as I was reading the "Wake Me Up When September Ends" thread that I have watched so much BAD baseball the last 3+ years, tha...
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Terry Ryan scheduled to see Alex Meyer pitch for the firs...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 09:52 PM
This little Berardino column from early yesterday slipped my perusal:   Twinsights:  What's the Plan for Meyer?    ...
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Move Mauer to LF? Terry Ryan shoots it down...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:49 PM
http://www.1500espn...._or_Mauer082114   Discouraging to hear this. Pinto getting time at DH with Vargas as 1B and Mauer with at lea...
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Sliding into First

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:45 PM
I have always been under the impression that sliding is done to avoid a tag, avoid overrunning a base, or break up a throw.  Knowing...
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Injuries Have Hurt Prospects' Development

On Tuesday night, Cedar Rapids Kernels right-handed pitcher Kohl Stewart was removed from the game in the 2nd inning due to recurring shoulder soreness. It was later deemed “precautionary.”

However, a recurring theme of the 2014 Minnesota Twins minor league season has been injuries. A player being removed mid-game due to injury has happened on several occasions throughout the season. Unfortunately, the injury bug has bitten most of the Twins top prospects over the last two seasons.

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Twins Minor League Report (8/20): Power and Pitching

I recall seeing the Cedar Rapids Kernels in late June. They had not been a strong team in the first half and their pitching staff was a mess. Pretty much since that time, they have played really well. In fact, their magic number for a Midwest League playoff berth is currently just five. They’ve been receiving much improved pitching. SD Buhr was able to speak to Kernels manager Jake Mauer and his coaches, Tommy Watkins and Ivan Arteaga to discuss the turnaround.

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Kernels Second Half Turnaround Almost Complete

Tuesday night's Cedar Rapids Kernels come-from-behind win over the Quad Cities River Bandits was bittersweet.

On the one hand, they tallied three runs in the home half of the eighth inning and put away the Bandits for their eighth straight win. They swept three games in Beloit last week, three more from Peoria in Cedar Rapids over the weekend, and now the first two games of their series with the Bandits. The team also played to near-capacity home crowds on Friday and Saturday night.

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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!