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Game Thread: Twins v. Indians, 4/19/15 @ 1:10 PM

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:44 PM
Lineups for today's game:   Indians 1. CF Michael Bourn 2. 2B Jason Kipnis 3. LF Michael Brantley 4. 1B Carlos Santana 5. RF Brandon...
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Souhan: Buxton Deserves A Look in CF

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 01:40 PM
I am as high on Byron Buxton as anyone, and even I can't get behind this Jim Souhan article.    Is he the best choice? Arguable...
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How Long for Pinto?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:26 PM
It sure looks like Josmil Pinto is healthy.......unless he had no idea how far back to set up when catching, why is he not up yet? Is the...
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Sammy MayDay Milone

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:26 PM
Twins best pitcher first week of the year!!
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2015 Minor League Transactions

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 01:44 PM
I should have started this a week ago, and I'm sure I'll miss a few.    Earlier this week, the Twins called up Caleb Thielbar a...
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Jamey Carroll Pitches Baseballs In A Real, Live Game

For three straight years now, the Minnesota Twins have been forced into tapping one of their position players to take the mound late in a blowout game.

In 2011, it was Michael Cuddyer. Last season, the honors went to Drew Butera. This year's position player was veteran infielder Jamey Carroll.

Had Aaron Hicks remained on the roster, he might have been the obvious position player to be called in for mop-up duty considering he was a talented high school pitcher throwing in the mid-90s and multiple teams viewed him as a pitcher at the time of the draft. Nevertheless, Carroll retired his opponents with guile and not heat.
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Carroll's nine-pitch eighth inning was not a thing of beauty, but it worked. He retired three consecutive Royals hitters and did not use anything resembling a fastball. MLB.com's PitchF/X system charted all his offerings as either a changeup or a knuckleball -- both reasonable assumptions for pitches thrown under 80 miles an hour. The St Paul Pioneer Press’s Mike Berardino tweeted after the game that Carroll had not pitched at any level since his Babe Ruth League days as a fifteen-year-old. I’m guessing the velocity has not changed much since then.

How does Carroll's outing compare to Cuddyer and Butera's?

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You have to wonder if Carroll’s grotesque fingers gave him an unfair advantage to be able toput additional movement on each pitch that a normal, healthy-handed pitcher would not. Sort of like Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown.

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