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Front Page: Twins Game Recap (8/18): Polanco Leads Twins...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:12 PM
The Twins stayed as hot as the scorching weather today as they completed the sweep over the Texas Rangers. Martin Perez made his second s...
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Front Page: Mitch Garver’s Other Big Improvement

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:58 PM
In a season full of pleasant surprises for the Minnesota Twins, there are perhaps none more so than the play of third-year catcher Mitch...
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Where are they now? Ex-Twins in 2019

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:47 PM
I had fun with the "Ex-Twins in the Box Scores" post last year. I know, it's too early for any games at this point in the year, but I hav...
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Front Page: Week in Review: Back on Top

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:47 PM
Ever so briefly, the Cleveland Indians overtook the American League Central. Following their triumphant series at Target Field, which mov...
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Game Thread "Godot" Twins @ Rangers 2:05pm cdt 8/...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:25 PM
Deja vu. I think i have been waiting for this parade before, tasked with writing a game thread, not knowing what i would write... But tha...
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Week in Review: Back on Top

Ever so briefly, the Cleveland Indians overtook the American League Central. Following their triumphant series at Target Field, which moved them into a first-place tie, the Indians defeated the Red Sox on Monday to pull ahead of Minnesota in the standings.

By week's end, the hot-hitting Twins had moved back into the lead with a bit of breathing room, and they're poised to keep adding in the days ahead.

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Twins Game Recap (8/18): Polanco Leads Twins Over Lynn in Texas

The Twins stayed as hot as the scorching weather today as they completed the sweep over the Texas Rangers. Martin Perez made his second straight good start and a huge triple from Jorge Polanco led the Twins to the 6-3 win. The division lead remains at 2.5 games and the Twins will host Chicago next.

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Mitch Garver’s Other Big Improvement

In a season full of pleasant surprises for the Minnesota Twins, there are perhaps none more so than the play of third-year catcher Mitch Garver. After being thrust into a bigger role than expected in 2018 thanks to Jason Castro going down with a season-ending knee injury, Garver has settled back in this season, splitting time, almost 50/50, with Castro. As a result, the Twins have been able to keep Garver fresh, and leverage him in the best way possible, to maximize his abilities. Among the 29 catchers with at least 250 plate appearances this season, Garver’s 140 wRC+ is in a distant first place. This is helped, in large part, by the 23 home runs he has belted, which is second among all MLB catchers. However, Garver’s improvement at the plate isn’t the only step forward he has taken this year, as he has improved dramatically behind the plate, as well.

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Twins Game Recap (8/17): Twins Win Slugfest in Texas

After the Minnesota Twins took the first two games of the series, on Thursday and Friday night, they were looking to clinch the series win on Saturday, against the Texas Rangers. Despite yet another poor outing from Jose Berrios, the Twins were able to do just that, defeating Texas 12-7 thanks to yet another great offensive outburst from the lineup. With the New York Yankees taking care of business against the Cleveland Indians earlier today, the Twins lead, in the American League Central, is back up to 2.5 games.

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Dear Future Rocco

Rocco Baldelli has been great. That’s indisputable. The Twins are still on pace to win the most games since 1970 and maybe win the division for the first time in nine years. I don’t believe many Twins fans are anything but satisfied with that. But recent struggles may have disappointed a number of fans. So we put together a letter to future Rocco, to help him avoid his rookie managing season mistakes.

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In Appreciation of Ehire Adrianza

When the Minnesota Twins claimed Ehire Adrianza off waivers prior to the start of the 2017 season, Twins fans could be excused for not being overly excited. The team was coming off a 59-win season and Adrianza was a light-hitting, glove-first shortstop who hit just .220/.292/.313 in parts of four seasons with the San Francisco Giants. Sure, Eduardo Escobar had had a terrible season as the Twin’s primary shortstop hitting .236/.280/.338, but Twins fans got an extended glimpse of the future with Jorge Polanco batting .282/.332/.424 in 69 games. With Miguel Sano, Polanco, Brian Dozier, and Joe Mauer covering the infield and Escobar as the utility man, Adrianza served as an emergency depth piece.

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Twins Game Recap (8/16): Twins Prevail Behind Clutch Schoop HR, Great Bullpen Performance

It wasn’t an easy one, but the Twins managed to defeat All-Star lefty Mike Minor and the Rangers in the second game of the series in Arlington, 4-3. Jonathan Schoop hit a clutch game-winning two-run dinger and the bullpen combined to throw 3 1/3 innings of shutout ball.

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Twins Game Recap (8/15): Pineda Solid While Offense Provides Plenty

The Twins offense was due. It had been over a week since the Twins put up double -digit runs, and with Pedro Payano on the mound for the Rangers, tonight's result was somewhat predictable. Michael Pineda provided five solid innings and despite a rough outing from Devin Smeltzer out of the bullpen the Twins came out on top 13-6.

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Series Preview: On the Road Again

It's been an interesting week since I last wrote one of these, as the Twins lost the division lead, got it back, and then shot themselves in the foot in trying to extend their lead. And that was just in the last three days! The good news is that the Twins will not have to play a team that is currently over .500 until September, but the bad news remains that they haven’t played incredibly inspiring ball in awhile. The more good news for me is that Texas is rich in their music history and the Willie Nelson reference was too easy not to make. Throw in some Stevie Ray Vaughan and everything feels alright.

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Constructing a Lineup for the Home Stretch

Since mid-June the Minnesota Twins have been dealing with non-stop injuries to various players in their lineup. Luckily, until the current Byron Buxton injury, none of the injuries held any of the players out for an extended period. That said, the injuries have been so constant that the Twins haven’t been at full strength for much of the most important and arguably most difficult stretch of their 2019 season.

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Michael Pineda Will Play a Huge Role During This Division Race

Earlier this month, the Twins had a few key players land on the IL, the most notable being Byron Buxton. Losing him definitely hurts more than anyone else on the team. But a key member of the rotation also went down around the same time but has since returned. How good has that pitcher been recently? Do the Twins have the depth to take the blow of him going down? How much can he do to help win the division? Keep reading to find out.

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Twins Game Recap (8/14): Twins Can’t Sweep, Polanco Commits Costly Error

The Twins looked like they were going to pick up a sweep against the Brewers, but got a taste of their own medicine from last night. Trent Grisham hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the eighth to give the Brewers their first lead of the game. The Twins offense got going early, but fell silent in the second half of the game. Gibson struggled with his control but was able to minimize the damage as the Twins failed to extend their lead as the Indians lost earlier today.