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Article: Sizing Up The Competition: Kansas City Royals

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:54 AM
I watched it all unfold, but I still have a hard time comprehending it. It feels weird -- almost oxymoronic -- to utter the phrase "Ameri...
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Miller: Vargas has everyone with Twins smiling

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:05 AM
Phil Miller has a tremendous article on Twins DH Kennys Vargas in the Star Tribune. I know that Miller had a one-on-one interview with Va...
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Keith Law's Top 100

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 12:28 AM
You obviously need an Insider account to view the full list with his scouting notes, but Law put out his Top 100 today:   http://ins...
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Article: The Best 25 GMs in History: #11 Billy Beane

MLB Baseball Yesterday, 10:08 PM
This post is part of a series in which Mark Armour and I count down the 25 best GMs in history, cross-posting from our blog. For an expla...
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Article: Twins Bite-Sized History: A Rocky Start

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 07:42 PM
The Minnesota Twins first home baseball game was played on April 21st, 1961, but that 5-3 loss was the tip of a large and rocky iceberg....
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Twins Minor League Report (5/24): Commander Lee

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

The Twins lost the opener against the Giants late Friday night. Game two was also a late-night affair.

The Twins return home for a four-game set against the Rangers and we can anticipate a 25-man roster that will undergo some changes between now and then. Though guys may have been deserving of getting that promotion during the week, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to fly guys completely across the country for one or two games.

Moving on to the farm…
[PRBREAK][/PRBREAK]Red Wings Report
Box Score

Besides James Beresford, who went 3-for-4 with a double, there is very little to talk about offensively. Oswaldo Arcia and Doug Bernier both had one hit and Deibinson Romero had a walk. Other than that, no player reached base.

Josh Willingham was lifted after going 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

Logan Darnell had a very solid six innings. He allowed three hits and two walks. He struck out four. Unfortunately one of the hits was a home run and the other was a run-scoring double.

Ryan Pressly pitched the last two innings of one-hit ball. He struck out two.

The loss drops the Red Wings to 25-22.

Rock Cats Review
Box Score

The Rock Cats blew two leads tonight en route to dropping to 20-26.

The pitching was not stellar. Tyler Duffey gave up nine hits and four runs in only four innings. Dan Turpen gave up four runs while recording five outs. Ryan O'Rourke only pitched to one batter and retired him. Adrian Salcedo took the loss (and dropped to 0-6) by giving up two runs in one inning. Lester Oliveros struck out the side in one inning of work.

The offense was good - but not good enough. Corey Wimberly had three hits, with a triple, while driving in two runs. Nate Hanson doubled twice. Tony Thomas had two hits, including a double and drove in three runs.

Kennys Vargas made his return to the lineup and got two hits. He did strike out once.

Miracle Matters
Box Score

Despite committing five errors – leading to four unearned runs – the Miracle were able to hang on and get the win, improving to 27-21.

Brett Lee was on the mound and didn’t get a lot of help from the team behind him. He did, however, get a lot of groundballs (12:1 GB:FB) and gave up only six hits. Consider, too, that all of the five errors came directly after groundballs and we’re talking about a literal mass-killing of all of the worms at Hammond Stadium. Lee struck out four and walked two. Reports from Brian Sakowski (Perfect Game) had Lee at 89-92 with solid command. He remains a favorite as an under-the-radar prospect for, well… just about everyone who writes about prospects here. Lee is now 5-1 with an ERA of 2.11.

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Tim Shibuya and Steven Gruver earned holds and Madison Boer recorded two outs by strikeouts for the save.

Offensively, the Miracle had a pretty balanced attack as all nine starters recorded hits. Mike Gonzales (5) and Niko Goodrum (1) both hit home runs. Travis Harrison, Adam Walker and Max Kepler all doubled. Goodrum also stole his tenth base of the season.

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Committing tonight's errors were Jorge Polanco (15, 16), Kepler (2, 3) and Anderlin Mejia (3).

Kernels Nuggets
Box Score

The Kernels blew an early lead with starting pitcher Ethan Mildren couldn't get out of the sixth inning. His final line - 5.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R (4 ER), 2 BB, K - looks much less impressive than it did after four. While recording only one out in the fifth, he allowed a double , a walk and two home runs in the fifth.

Brandon Bixler, who's been phenomenal all season, gave up one hit while recording five outs. Hudson Boyd pitched a perfect final frame.

Despite out-hitting Quad Cities 8-6, the Kernels failed to do any damage besides in a two-run second inning. Engelb Vielma and Ryan Walker drove in Jason Kanzler and Bo Altobelli.

Chad Christensen stole a base. Vielema stole two bases (they came in the same at-bat).

The Kernels are now five games below .500 (22-27).

HITTER: Corey Wimberly, Rochester
PITCHER: Brett Lee, Fort Myers

Rochester at Scranton/WB (12:05 PM Central) – Kris Johnson (Listen)
New Britain at Binghamton (5:35 PM Central) – Sean Gilmartin (Listen)
Fort Myers vs Jupiter (3:05 PM Central) – Jose Berrios (Listen)
Cedar Rapids at Beloit (4:00 PM Central) – Josue Montanez (Listen)

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