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Should the shift be an illegal defense?

More Baseball Yesterday, 11:50 AM
Different games.  Very different.  This would be like saying that soccer should get rid of the offsides rule because basketball...
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Promotions That Did Happen

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:57 AM
Colabello could be a bench bat.  Agree on the other 4.  Hope Santana and Arcia turn into starters on the next good Twins team....
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Article: Twins Minor League Report (July 26): Pitching Sh...

Twins Minor League Talk 26 Jul 2014
So - who is making all these errors for E-Town? I am noticing for the first time on this report the number of unearned runs scored in tha...
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Promotions That Did Happen

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:57 AM
Santana has a 5/1 K/BB ratio and .394 BABIP. He is going to regress into something approaching Florimon territory I suspect. Yet anothe...
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What Should be Done in the Next Five Days

Minnesota Twins Talk 26 Jul 2014
I'd be for Plouffe trying LF or RF. Might actually be an asset - his arm isn't so bad. Likely when Willingham is traded.    I d...
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Cole in the Stocking

Attached Image: cole.jpg The Minnesotan, Golden Gopher alum and baseball fan inside me all want to see Cole DeVries succeed in a Twins uniform. The analyst inside me knows that he probably won't.

DeVries is a great story. He was signed by the Twins as an undrafted free agent back in 2006 after a solid career at the University of Minnesota, and has gradually worked his way up the organizational ladder. On Tuesday, the 27-year-old was called up to the majors to fill Jason Marquis' vacant roster spot. He'll make his big-league debut on Thursday in a start against the White Sox.
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The soft-tossing right-hander's minor-league track record is far from spectacular. In six seasons, he has gone 32-42 with a 4.01 ERA and 1.39 WHIP. He has proven extremely hittable in the high minors, allowing 413 hits in 366 innings between Double-A and Triple-A. That's an average of 10.2 H/9 – not exactly a change of pace for a Twins team that currently leads the American League in hits allowed.

DeVries hangs in the mid-80s with his velocity and has largely survived by peppering the strike zone, especially this year as he's issued only seven walks in 46 2/3 innings for Rochester. MLB hitters are likely to tee off on his brand of soft serve, so I suspect his stay in the Twins' rotation will be short.

Nevertheless, it's cool to see him get a chance to pitch on the big stage and perhaps – like Scott Diamond and P.J. Walters before him – he can catch an unfamiliar league by surprise and conjure up some good results for a desperate staff.


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