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Article: HOU 7, MIN 1: Foregone Conclusion

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:39 AM
Kohl Stewart vs. Justin Verlander. C’mon, what did you realistically expect?The Twins dropped the rubber game of their three-game series...
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Vlad Jr.

Other Baseball Today, 07:14 AM
I'm really gonna like this kid  
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Game thread Twins @ Astros, 7:10pm cdt 4/24/2019 ad

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:46 AM
The rubber game. So named in the hope that we bounce back. Rubber was originally made from a tree in india i think. But when synthetics s...
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Twins top prospects, fangraphs

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 06:45 AM
https://blogs.fangra...innesota-twins/   A few high end guys but mostly just a lot of depth. Twins have 35 players tagged with a FV...
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The Early Returns From Michael Pineda

As the Twins get ready to finish up the four game series against the Blue Jays, Michael Pineda will take the mound for what will be his fourth start of the season. The early returns of his two-year contract have looked good so far as he was another cheap, low-risk signing by the Twins new management during the 2018 offseason. As we’ve seen how shaky our bullpen can be, much of the Twins success this year will rely on their starters and specifically could depend on what version of Pineda they get.

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MIN 4, TOR 1: Pitching Staff Redemption Night

It’s amazing how much easier things seem when you get an early lead. Toronto scored a run in the top of the first, but the Twins answered with two runs of their own and never looked back. Jake Odorizzi picked up his first win of the year after holding the Blue Jays to one run over 5 2/3 innings and the bullpen got back on track.

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TOR 6, MIN 5: Gut Punch

What’s a more gut-wrenching way to watch your team lose? When the bullpen gives up a lead? When the game-tying run is thrown out at the plate to end the bottom of the ninth?

Both? Ah, you're good at this game. Must be a Minnesota sports fan.

The bullpen allowed a pair of inherited runs to score and surrendered two more runs of their own. The bats battled back, twice, but C.J. Cron was thrown out at home trying to score on a Byron Buxton double to end the game.

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Questions About Miguel Sanó's Return

Miguel Sanó is nearing his return to full-time activity. After going through so much since being named an All-Star, I don’t think there’s anything that would make him happier right now. But, looking back at all the events in the past 18 months of his career, Twins fans should ask themselves a list of questions about his return to the team. Trying to anticipate every possible scenario could be a good way for Twins fans not to overreact if he doesn’t play very well at first and to have an opinion on how to assemble an even stronger lineup if he does.

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Could the Twins Extend Alex Kirilloff or Royce Lewis?

Extending young players has become the new normal in baseball. Some young players are willing to give up free agent years for more financial stability. In some situations, teams have been able to work out those contracts with unestablished big-league players. Team friendly deals seem to be trending and that could benefit the Twins.

Is it possible Minnesota may engage Alex Kirilloff or Royce Lewis in extension talks within the next 12 months?

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TOR 5, MIN 3: About That Bullpen ...

Martin Perez looked good in his first start as a Twin, but Adalberto Mejia gave up the lead in what was a four-run eighth inning for Toronto. This Twins team has had a knack for battling back so far in 2019, but their comeback attempts fell short tonight.

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Unlocking Eddie Rosario

Eddie Rosario led Minnesota’s offense in almost every major category last season. He evolved into the clubhouse leader on a team that was missing key players like Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano for large chunks of the season. He became the club’s most consistent offensive threat.

The Puerto Rican outfielder got off to a slow start this season. However, things seem to be trending in the right direction. Can Rosario continue his recent surge and how important is he to the Twins offense?

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Week in Review: Short But Sweet

Resiliency has been the story for these Minnesota Twins early on. Rough innings for pitchers tend to be answered by big innings from the bats. Players are picking each other up. Each loss has been followed by a win.

In another short week that was further shortened by rain, the Twins showed plenty more fight.

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MIN 6, DET 4: Berrios Figures It Out, Bullpen Barely Hangs On

This may have been Mitch Garver’s best overall game as a Twin. He was doing his thing at the plate, hitting a pair of hard doubles to go with a walk, but it was also impressive how he and Jose Berrios worked through an afternoon in which the Twins’ ace didn’t have his best command. Those two haven’t had much success together to this point, but they figured it out today.

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MIN 4, DET 3: Bats Quiet, Bullpen Hangs On

Detroit did about all it could to hand today’s game to the Twins, issuing seven walks, but the Twins didn’t seem all that interested in obliging. Michael Pineda had a quality start and the bullpen trio of Trevor Hildenberger, Taylor Rogers and Blake Parker held the Tigers scoreless to secure a one-run victory.

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A Twins Mainstay Dying Before Our Eyes?

Ask any long-standing Minnesota Twins fan and one of the most repeated mantras they’ll have heard about the goals of the big league team is pitching to contact. We’ve seen an adjustment in that department with minor leaguers pushing triple-digit heat, and a pitching coach known as a velocity guru. Another oft-repeated principle is slapping the ball the other way, and that may be dying before our eyes.

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NYM 9, MIN 6: Forever of a 5th Inning

Sometimes one particular out is especially elusive. For the Twins tonight, that was the 15th out. Jake Odorizzi was cruising early on, looking about as efficient as we’ve seen him with the Twins, but everything fell apart in the fifth inning. The bullpen not only failed to bail him out, they made matters even worse.