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Jason Turbow on Sano

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:39 PM
https://thebaseballc...trous-reaction/   Turbow wrote the great book - The Baseball Codes - that discussed the changes in baseball's...
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Bright spots

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:31 PM
One my areas of concern coming into the season was the defensive play of the left side of the infield.  So far they have far exceede...
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Game Thread: Twins@Rangers 4/25/17 7:05PM

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:20 PM
Nicknames! How many of you remember these words? “A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty Hi-Yo Silver...
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Article: Berrios, Romero, and... Turley? Oh My!

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 10:18 PM
Big names were slated to pitch in the Twins system Tuesday night, with Jose Berrios, Fernando Romero, and Dereck Rodriguez all taking the...
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Article: Buxton Not Alone In Early-Season Struggles

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:01 PM
In case you haven’t been following the Minnesota Twins to this point in the season, Byron Buxton has started the season really slowly. On...
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Deserving Of Discussion

I encourage you to check out Jake Depue’s weekly Mining The Minors article on 1500ESPN.com. In it, he provides updates on several of the Twins top prospects that he finds intriguing. This week, he asks if it’s time to call up Daniel Palka.

At Twins Daily, we’ll keep updating you on the top prospects, but you will also be able to learn more about some lesser-known prospects or at least guys who maybe aren’t being talked about as much as they deserve.

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Game Thread: Twins v Tigers, 4/21 @ 7:10pm CT

Our Twins kick off a three-game series with the Tigers this weekend. The last time we faced the Tigers... we were in first place. Since that time we have been re-accommodated into last place. We boarded the division, sat in our first-place seat and the Cleveland Indians security officers came around and forcibly removed us from our seat… And don’t tell me the AL Central is overbooked because it’s not.

Yeah I know… I’m stretching this... trying to make this work but continuing with it because I have no other place to go. If you follow the timeline of events, this Tigers series is where the Twins run back on the plane shouting frantically… “I need to get home.”

At least I hope the Twins are frantic about it. Eight runs in the last 4 games, we need to get home!!!

Here are some things to think about:

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Twins Minor League Report (4/20): Wells And Wiel Work Wonders

It was another busy day in the Twins minor league system. Two hitters were one hit away from achieving a cycle. There were a couple of very strong pitching performances as well, especially for Cedar Rapids, but also in Chattanooga. Those Miracle bats, which were quiet most of the season, went off for the second straight day. There was a transaction, and so much information that we're just going to encourage you to start reading.

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Twins Pitching Success is Not Sustainable

They say ignorance is bliss, and there’s plenty of validity to that statement. You ever want to enjoy a hot dog again? Don’t look up what’s in them or how they're made. And if you want to believe the Twins will have a good pitching staff, you’ll want to stop reading this article.

There’s no questioning the performance of the pitching up to this point, the staff has been nothing short of spectacular despite the familiar personnel. Why?

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Will the Save Stat Go Away?

If you follow me on Twitter or even if you’ve engaged me in conversation about bullpens, you know how deeply my hatred burns for modern-day bullpen usage.

For example, the practice of saving your closer for a save opportunity that he’s never going to get because you ran out a middle-reliever against the opponent's 3-4-5 hitters.

How about bringing in your second-best lefty reliever to face the opponent’s best left-handed hitter with two runners in scoring position in the seventh inning of a tied game?

Or how about warming your closer up to save a ball game, but then you score a run in the top of the ninth and since it’s not a save opportunity anymore, you quickly warm up a lesser reliever for to close out the game.

Dumb. Dumb. And more dumb.

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Get To Know: LHP Prospect From Moldova Petru Balan

Earlier this week, we introduced you to Vadim Balan, the first player from the Republic of Moldova to sign a contract with a Major League organization. Today, we will learn more about the second player signed out of Moldova. His name is Petru Balan, and yes, he is the brother of Vadim Balan.

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Twins Minor League Report (4/19): Turley Flirts With No-No

One Twins minor league pitcher had fans wondering if they were going to see a no-hitter. A couple of the Twins top pitching prospects were on the mound on Wednesday, Jose Berrios for Rochester and Fernando Romero for Chattanooga. The Miracle bats exploded, something they really needed. The Kernels played a get-away game before heading home for a homestand.

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Join Twins Daily & Baseball Prospectus At Target Field!

Baseball Prospectus is coming to Minneapolis! You're invited to join them and members of the Twins Daily community for a pregame Q&A with Twins GM Thad Levine, a meet-and-greet with Baseball Prospectus writers and then watch a Twins game with the whole gang. And tickets are on sale right now! Here are the details and everything that is included:

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Twins Minor League Report (4/18): Kernels Blank Chiefs

On Tuesday night two of the Twins affiliate's games were affected by rain with one being postponed, but there was still plenty of action. One hitter kept a hot streak alive in AAA while his teammate picked up his first International League win on the mound. A shutout was pitched in the Midwest League, and in Fort Myers players worked hard on a Miracle comeback.

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Duffey Presents Pleasant Dilemma For Twins

If someone who didn't watch Monday's game happened to glance at the box score, scanning only numbers without the corresponding names, he might have assumed this pitching line belonged to Cleveland's bullpen ace Andrew Miller: 2.2 scoreless innings of relief, one hit allowed, no walks, four strikeouts.

But no, that was Tyler Duffey. No one will confuse him with Miller anytime soon, but the right-hander is making his case as Minnesota's own bullpen ace.

Or is he making his case to reclaim a starting job?

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Santiago Starting To Turn Heads

As Nick wrote earlier in the week, Ervin Santana has been a legitimate threat in the Twins rotation. Santana is off to a tremendous start to the season and it's easy to see why the Twins decided to hang on to the veteran right-handed hurler.

What might be more of a surprise than Santana's start are the outings put together by Hector Santiago. For those who have forgotten, Santiago and Alan Busenitz were the two players acquired from the Angels last season in exchange for Alex Meyer and Ricky Nolasco.

Santiago, the former 30th round pick by the White Sox, could be on the cusp of a breakout season.

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Vadim Balan: A Dream, An Opportunity And Taking One Last Chance

Last fall, the Twins signed left-handed pitcher Petru Balan out of Moldova. He became the second player ever to sign with a major league organization out of the tiny country in eastern Europe. The first player to sign from Moldova? That would be Vadim Balan, Petru’s older brother, who signed with the Twins in 2015.

Over the next couple of days, I’ll tell their stories. Admittedly, my intent was to tell a story of two brothers from another country coming to the Twins. However, both of them have such interesting stories that I thought it would be best to share them individually. As the oldest of three siblings myself, I’ll start with the older brother, Vadim.

Before we get started, here’s a real quick lesson on the country of Moldova. Maybe some of you are fully aware of it, but I had to do a little research. Moldova is a country that borders Ukraine and Romania. In 1991, when the Soviet Union dissolved, Moldova became it’s own country. The population is currently right around three million.

Baseball has never been the most popular sport in Moldova, which is true throughout Europe. MLB has an academy in Europe where former big leaguers and other instructors work with some of the best players on the continent. Some of them end up signing with big league organizations.