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Game Thread: Twins @ Orioles, 8/29 @ 6:05pm CT

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:08 PM
Game-time forecast: Clear. Winds blowing out to left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Temperature around 75.   TWINS: SP, May   Santan...
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Interesting interview with Terry Ryan

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:55 PM
This article contains some interesting statements by Terry Ryan, including the following:   Pohlad said last fall that Ryan’s job is...
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Jake Reed Heading to Arizona Fall League

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 06:23 PM
The Twins haven't announced it yet, but Cedar Rapids Kernels reliever Jake Reed has. Via twitter, he just announced that he has been invi...
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What's wrong with Baseball?

More Baseball Today, 05:53 PM
http://deadspin.com/...ball-1628473196   Excellent article on deadspin about the issues baseball is now dealing with.  I'd add...
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Is this really a (Mauer) thing? Or a Gardy thing?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:47 PM
Patrick Reusse has been espousing a theory since the 2011 "bilateral" Mauer nightmare, namely, that Gardy, consciously or unconsciously,...
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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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