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The 5 Rule Draft

Twins Minor League Talk Yesterday, 11:24 PM
This year's Rule 5 draft we lost Akil Baddo and Tyler Wells. So I thought I'd check to see how they were doing. 1st I checked on Baddo, h...
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Why isn't Buxton on MLB OPS leaders list?

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 10:55 PM
Buxton is listed only on the MLB HR leaders list. Not on OPS or AVG or SLG or OBP. He should be the leader in several of these. He has as...
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2021 Regular Season Game Threads

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 08:40 PM
Welcome to the 2021 edition of Twins' Baseball. Twins Daily plans to have a game thread during the regular season for every game (one thr...
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Morneau

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 06:58 PM
I thought he was was really good last year. Maybe I'm on an opening day high (Not high) but he is so good.Who would have thought he would...
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Fun with Numbers 2021

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 06:27 PM
Nelson Cruz is on pace to hit over 150 home runs if he gets 500 at bats.   Josh Donaldson slash line:1.000/1.000/2.000/3.000
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MIN 15, DET 6: Cruz Leads Trouncing of Tigers

Nelson Cruz’s first start of 2021 was delayed due to the opening series being in an NL park, but the wait was worth it. Boomstick clobbered two home runs, one of them a grand slam, in the Twins 15-6 domination of Detroit Monday.
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Box Score
Shoemaker: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
Home Runs: Cruz 2 (2)
Top 3 WPA: Cruz 184, Polanco .167, Shoemaker .135
Win Probability Chart (via FanGraphs):
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The Minnesota Twins brought the lumber into Detroit Monday scoring 15 runs as they took on a number of Twins alumni in the first game of their second series of the season. Nelson Cruz led the way with his 37th career multi-home run game. The first a grand-slam and his second a solo rocket that measured in with an exit velocity of 116.6 mph.



Another Twin Exits Early

Until the offense exploded, it was another Twin player leaving a game early that stole the headlines. Already down Josh Donaldson and Byron Buxton, Luis Arraez was replaced by Willians Astudillo in the bottom of the second. Arraez had already been his usual spark plug self. He hit a single in the first inning and would come around to score. Then even after pulling up mid-at-bat with the issue that eventually forced Arraez from the game, he reached on a walk in the second.

We later learned that Arraez’ reason for leaving was similar (but also unrelated) to Buxton’s, upper GI discomfort.



Rough Defensive Day for Tigers’ Ramos

Speaking of that Arraez run, it came largely in part to events that happened around one of those Twins alumni, catcher Wilson Ramos. Starter José Ureña struggled with his command and his sinker sent Ramos into the dirt time after time. Arraez reached second on a pitch that got past Ramos and eventually scored after a throw from right-field also kicked past the catcher.

Shoemaker Dazzles

All the while, Matt Shoemaker made his Twins debut and added another great start to the teams short 2021 resume. The righty took a no-hitter into the 5th inning when he gave up his only run to Ramos on a solo shot over the left-field wall. Shoemaker would end his day after completing six innings and giving up three hits, no walks while striking out five Tiger batters on 92 pitches.



Bench Depth Flexed

While Cruz is clearly the MVP of the Twins game, Astudillo was right behind him. Even though La Tortuga didn’t get into the game until late he still notched three hits and drove in two runs. Kyle Garlick also got himself an RBI double in his first regular-season hit as a Twin. Even after maybe being looked over coming out of spring because of his defense, Brent Rooker turned in a spectacular catch in left-field while collecting his own RBI.

Postgame with Cruz


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Richard Swerdlick
Apr 06 2021 03:13 AM

I am guessing that because of the number of pitchesthrown that Dobnak will be sent down for the next few days to a week and that the Twins will bring up Derek Law.

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yeahyabetcha
Apr 06 2021 05:27 AM

Or he just stopped trying in garbage time.


I hope that isn’t the case. That kind of attitude earned Rosario his walking papers....

 

Concerned about the injuries. Losing Arraez is a big hit to the lineup. The Twins clearly benefit from the guy being in the lineup and 100%. Buxton should hopefully be back tomorrow.

 

An illness isn't really an injury. If you take the Twins at their word, neither Buxton or Arraez are likely to miss much playing time. 

 

An illness isn't really an injury. If you take the Twins at their word, neither Buxton or Arraez are likely to miss much playing time. 

Concur. If they thought that, they'd have IL'd them and brought someone up. But, illness is a bit more difficult to predict ... always day by day.

I hate the 8-man bullpen. Even in this day and age where starters get pulled in the 5th or 6th inning, you still end up with a guy in the 'pen who pitches once a week at best in the 8-man bullpen. Thank goodness they expanded the rosters to 26 so you can actually still have a 4-man bench.

 

Nice to start off a Detroit series with a dominant win and nice to see Polanco get off the schnide.

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Concur. If they thought that, they'd have IL'd them and brought someone up. But, illness is a bit more difficult to predict ... always day by day.

I believe Rocco actually referred to Buxton as hour by hour lol.

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I believe Rocco actually referred to Buxton as hour by hour lol.

Having had various levels of food poisoning before ... yeah, that's about right. (And so unpleasant.)

 

Pretty much an old around demolishing today. Good to see things clicking on all facets. Bottom half of the order could have been more productive though.

 

2-8 (.250 avg.), 7 BB (9-15, .600 obp) 5 runs scored and 3 RBI. I can see where you thought the bottom of the order wasn't producing. 

I missed the 9th inning so did not see the 5 runs dobnak gave up.I am not worried about him at this point.All pitchers have bad innings.Also, we are not looking for him to be an ace, he is a 4 or 5 starter or long reliever.  

 

Badoo is a nice story for himself, but lets wait until june to see how he is doing before we talk about what a mistake the FO made with him. 

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diehardtwinsfan
Apr 06 2021 08:35 AM

hopefully the illness isn't something highly contagious like the stomach flu... we might end up seeing a lot more of those if that's the case. 

 

Goodness ... really? Already saying to send someone down? We've had some good games, it's early. These guys deserve a little leeway 4 games into the season. Especially after two really good offensive games.

 

It was poking fun at cHawk post that said to send down Dobnak.  I"m all about the leeway 4 games in.  

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It was poking fun at cHawk post that said to send down Dobnak.  I"m all about the leeway 4 games in.  

 

Ahh ... okay ... shoulda caught that but seeing one after the other, I was just thinking ... 'Really???' 

 

Thanks for clarifying. :)

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JoshDungan1
Apr 06 2021 09:46 AM

 

I hope that isn’t the case. That kind of attitude earned Rosario his walking papers....

The flyout that people are mentioning was about 10 feet short of his third home run of the game, and off the bat it 100 percent looked like it was his third of the game.