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Article: TB 8, MIN 6: Twins Swept on Gomez Walk-off Homer

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:58 PM
The Twins were haunted by a couple of their old friends this weekend. Denard Span wore out the Twins all weekend, and Carlos Gomez finish...
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Article: TB 8, MIN 7: Playing The Wrong Notes

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:35 PM
Chopin’s Etude Op. 25 No 5 is better known as the “Wrong Note” Etude. Not because it encourages the pianist to play the wrong notes, but...
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Time to shuffle the deck

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:14 PM
This could be a very bad week. I'd like to see them shuffle the roster/batting order and bullpen.   Release Grossman. DFA Kinley and...
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Next MLB stadium to be demolished?

Other Baseball Today, 08:32 PM
The stadium cycle has pretty much run through MLB. There are your last old gems in Fenway and Wrigley, a couple expansion era gems in Dod...
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Article: Twins Extend Phil Hughes

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:31 PM
Mark Feinsand from the New York Daily News is reporting this morning that the Twins and Phil Hughes have agreed to a three-year contract...
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Week in Review: Too Many Missteps

The Minnesota Twins played only five games over the past week, though it felt like they got two in on Wednesday when they outlasted the Indians over 16 innings.

In a week that unfortunately featured a lot more lowlights than highlights, we'll cover both below while also looking ahead to one of the toughest series on the schedule.

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TB 8, MIN 6: Twins Swept on Gomez Walk-off Homer

The Twins were haunted by a couple of their old friends this weekend. Denard Span wore out the Twins all weekend, and Carlos Gomez finished the sweep with a walk-off home run on Sunday afternoon. Phil Hughes made his first start of the season and gave up a two-run homer in the first inning. The Twins kept coming back, but the bullpen kept letting this one slip away. Addison Reed is human after all.

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TB 10, MIN 1: Snell Stifles Twins Bats

It was a rough night for the Minnesota Twins, as they were walloped 10-1 by the Tampa Bay Rays. For the better part of seven innings, this game was a pitchers’ dual, but it quickly turned into a route in favor of the Rays.

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Max Kepler Improving His Approach in 2018

Max Kepler, in and of himself, is a marvel. Not too many European players make it to the major leagues. Kepler signed for the Twins for around $800,000 in 2009. Nine year later, he looks like he’s on the cusp of a major offensive breakout which could propel the Twins’ already excellent outfield to one of best and most balanced in the majors. None of this is news, however, the terms of Kepler’s offensive improvement are intriguing.

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Puerto Rican Dream

They say you should write your dreams down right when you wake up in order to remember them clearly. After returning from a dreamlike day and a half in San Juan, I’m feeling like the exercise will be helpful for me as well. Luckily, I don’t have the deadline many local writers had after the 16-inning marathon of Game Two.

The seed for the idea was planted months ago, when I mentioned to my Dad that it would be fun to meet up for the Puerto Rico series. Fast forward a few months, and with tickets booked from both Minnesota and the Dominican Republic, an AirBnb reserved, and seats for the games themselves, we were ready.

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Berrios Has Been Nearly Flawless Through 4 Starts

Despite his pristine numbers at every level of the minors, Jose Berrios had his share of detractors in the prospect analyst community.

The knock on him was usually the same, and it made sense: When diminutive fly-ball pitchers with no downward plane go up against giant big-league hitters with uppercut swings, the home runs tend to mount.

And yet, what was supposed to be the right-hander's biggest weakness has in fact been one of his greatest strengths.

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Cooperstown Case: Helping Joe Mauer’s Hall Chances

If Joe Mauer retired today, there is a good chance he wouldn’t get the call from Cooperstown. He wasn’t able to play long enough at catcher and he doesn’t fit the profile of a first baseman. His Cooperstown Case has some merit but there are still things he has left to accomplish in his career. Here is a checklist for Mr. Mauer to follow if he wants to be remembered as one of the best players of all-time.

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MIN 2, CLE 1: Berrios Stars, LaMarre Plays Hero as Twins Survive 16-Inning Duel

We know Jose Berrios can pass any physical test you put in front of him, but Wednesday night he passed an emotional test with flying colors. Berrios was in control and fellow Puerto Rico native Eddie Rosario scored the game-winning run in the 16th inning on a walk-off hit by Ryan LaMarre.

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CLE 6, MIN 1: Kluber, Lindor Outshine Twins in Puerto Rico

Jake Odorizzi’s night changed in a hurry, Corey Kluber was doing his thing and a Puerto Rican native had a special moment … but, sadly, it wasn’t one of our guys. The Twins dropped the opening game of the Puerto Rico Series, but tomorrow is La MaKina night!

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A Look Back To 2001: What If The Twins Drafted Mark Prior?

Yesterday, we took a look back at the 2001 draft. Specifically, we reviewed the decision that the Twins had with the first overall draft pick. Should they take Joe Mauer, or should they take Mark Prior? Well, 17 years later, it sure looks like the Twins made the right choice, though Prior was tremendous before injuries ended his career prematurely.

Today, I thought it might be fun to take a look at the situation and just ask what might have been if the Twins would have drafted, and been able to sign, Mark Prior.

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Myth Busting: How Has Joe Mauer Fared in the Clutch?

Throughout Joe Mauer’s tenure as a Minnesota Twin there have been a lot of narratives, true or not, about him: Not living up to his big contract, his lack of effort to become more of a power hitter, over playing his concussion issues, not being a strong leader in the clubhouse. Another one that I have been hearing is Twins fans’ conception that Joe is not a good hitter in the clutch.

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Twins vs. Indians Series Preview

The Twins will be escaping the frozen tundra of Minnesota to play a well-timed two-game home stand in Puerto Rico this week against the Cleveland Indians. This will be a great welcome home for Jose Berrios and Eddie Rosario, along with Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor and catcher Roberto Perez. The two games will be played at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in the capital city of San Juan.