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Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 04:29 AM
This is a fun time of year for armchair GM's. We get to break down the offseason moves, sound off about opening day roster decisions, and...
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Moving Parts when bench players are in the game

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 04:29 AM
We all know Shane Robinson plays all three outfield positions and that his defense is rated as good at all three. Schafer has been rated...
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Rosario & Hicks

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 04:29 AM
With Rosario and Hicks both competing for the center field job in spring training, it was Hicks that got the bulk of the innings in cente...
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Article: Ryan And Pelfrey Have A “Healthy Exchange”

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 03:40 AM
Prior to Sunday's game in Sarasota, Twins' general manager Terry Ryan said that he and pitcher Mike Pelfrey had a closed door discussion...
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Schafer, Robinson and . . . Benson

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:48 AM
http://m.braves.mlb....ning-day-roster     You know that I am going to be comparing numbers in April if Benson makes the Braves...
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Frankie's Final Start?

Attached Image: lirianosulk.jpg On Monday night, Francisco Liriano is scheduled to make his 130th start in a Twins uniform. It might also be his last.

With 25 strikeouts over his last two starts and a 2.84 ERA since the start of May, Liriano is the hottest pitcher in baseball. He also might be the most appealing rental available on the trade market, with Zack Greinke's market cooling and Cole Hamels perhaps closing in on an extension with the Phillies.

Just over a week remains until the deadline, increasing the urgency for pitching-hungry contenders who could begin making hard pushes for the Minnesota left-hander, especially if he turns in another strong outing against the White Sox.
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This is certainly not the kind of leverage Terry Ryan expected to have when Liriano sat with an 11.02 ERA after one month's play. As frustrating as his April was, Twins fans should be very thankful that he was able to pull things together and rattle off three excellent months, boosting his trade value with each passing start. At this point, with the bidding war that ought to take place, I'll be disappointed if the Twins don't come away with at least one impact prospect in a deal.

Pay close attention to Liriano when he takes the hill against Gavin Floyd. It might be your last chance, because you can bet a dozen other teams will be doing the same.


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