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Should the Twins give a contract extension to Brandon Kin...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 02:23 AM
Wondering if anyone else is thinking about this question. What do a lot of you TD fans think. I have been impressed with Kintzler the las...
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Article: Twins Close To Acquiring LHP Jaime Garcia

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 02:23 AM
Ken Rosenthal was first to report that the Minnesota Twins are close to acquiring veteran LHP Jaime Garcia from the Atlanta Braves.Recent...
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Article: Twins Minor League Report (7/20): Barnes Continu...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 12:06 AM
It was a full day of game action throughout the Twins minor league system. Offense wasn’t real strong for many of the teams, but there we...
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Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 10:59 PM
After 90+ games, the Twins have a winning record. I don't think they're yet playoff contenders, but they're letting young players play an...
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Dorsey: Royce Lewis Goes Against The Grain

Twins Minor League Talk Yesterday, 10:20 PM
David Dorsey from the News Press (in Ft. Myers/Naples) wrote a nice article on Royce Lewis. The article includes video as well.   He...
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Arcia Powers Up Twins Offense

Attached Image: arciaswing.jpg As I sat at Target Field on Sunday afternoon, watching a dull game play out between two of the worst teams in the majors, I was finding it difficult to kindle my interest. A lineup that included Jamey Carroll, Doug Bernier, Clete Thomas and Chris Herrmann was being shut down by a pitcher who had entered the game with an 8.07 ERA.

I wasn't watching a good team. For the most part, I wasn't even watching the development of players who might be featured on the next good team.

One very notable exception was the guy who broke a late-inning tie and propelled the Twins to victory[PRBREAK][/PRBREAK], placing an exclamation point on a triumphant weekend. Oswaldo Arcia is back, and he brings electricity that the fan base needs about as badly as the lineup does.

Arcia was sent to Triple-A in mid-July following a particularly brutal string of at-bats. The move was understandable -- he was truly out of sorts -- but it took away one of the most intriguing players on the roster. The 22-year-old outfielder had been mentioned as a Rookie of the Year candidate, and his .725 OPS at the time of his demotion still ranked among the best on the team.

To his credit, Arcia responded very well after being sent down, raking to the tune of .375/.490/.725 in 13 games, and that was plenty to get him called right back up. He joined a Twins team that had lost four straight and helped power them to a weekend sweep over the Astros, going 5-for-12 with a triple and a decisive homer in the series.

Arcia is a dynamic talent, and his bat instantly upgrades an offense that has been shockingly terrible. He's a big addition, and not only for the pop he brings. He also provides something far more simple, and in equally short supply: a reason to watch.


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