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The Twins look to finish off their season, and series, sweep of the Pirates this afternoon at 12:35. Kenta Maeda takes the bump for the T...
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Target Field - music between pitches

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It’s not just the Pirates’ announcers who think it’s awful. It’s awful. They need to stop it. I’m mostly ok with the MLB The Show crow...
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2020 Twins Transactions

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There haven't been many yet, but I'll start this today...   The Twins just announced that Zack Littell (hamstring) has been placed o...
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Did Baseball miss a slam dunk?

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Doesn’t it seem like the MLB missed on a slam dunk by not scheduling more day games (see any weekday games)? When we have more people wor...
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Fun With Numbers - 2020 Season

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:13 PM
I’m glad to see Ex-Twins in 2020 thread is back up and running. This is also one of my favorite threads over the last 5 years. The Twins...
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Notebook 7/31: Twins vs. Cleveland Still on the Schedule (at Least for Now)

The status of tonight’s Twins-Cleveland game is up in the air at the moment after two St. Louis Cardinals players tested positive for COVID-19. St. Louis just visited Target Field Tuesday and Wednesday. But, if tonight's game is played, here’s some information on the matchup.
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It’s possible tonight’s game gets postponed. These positive tests, just like in the real world, can have a domino effect. Multiple Miami Marlins players testing positive after leaving Philadelphia caused the Phillies-Yankees series to be postponed. Even the Phillies-Blue Jays series that was scheduled for this weekend has now been postponed after a Philadelphia coach and clubhouse staff member tested positive.

We'll just have to wait and see how MLB decides to handle this situation.

CLE 2, MIN 0: Shane Bieber is a Cheat Code

Twins vs. Cleveland, 7:10 pm CT

Twins: Randy Dobnak, RHP
Last outing: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 73 pitches
Attached Image: Dobnak.png
Info via Baseball Savant

Shane Bieber? Mike Clevinger? What about Randy Dobnak and his 1.67 career ERA!?!?!?

It’s a small sample, but Dobnak has done a great job in the limited opportunities he’s had with the Twins so far in his career. He stepped in on short notices and held the White Sox to one run over four innings his last start. Dobnak faced Cleveland three times last season, and gave up just three earned runs over 11 innings pitched (2.45 ERA), though the rest of the numbers aren’t as pretty.

Cleveland: Mike Clevinger, RHP
Last outing: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 90 pitches
Attached Image: Clevinger.png
Info via Baseball Savant

Bieber was essentially the Terminator last night, dominating the Bomba Squad over eight shutout innings. At least that guy’s outta the way, right? Well, the top of Cleveland’s rotation delivers another machine-powered pitcher in Clevinger tonight.

Clevinger was excellent in four starts against the Twins last season, posting a 2.39 ERA while striking out 32 batters over 26 1/3 innings.

Luis Arráez is 6-for-11 with a pair of doubles against Clevinger, but as a whole current Twins have hit .206/.287/.377 (.664 OPS) off him. It’s been feast or famine for Miguel Sanó against Clevinger. In 27 career plate appearances, Clevinger has struck out Sanó 11 times, but he’s also drawn six walks and hit a bomba. His career batting line against him is .200/.407/.500.


— Jake Odorizzi threw a bullpen session yesterday, meaning he won’t be pitching in this four-game series against Cleveland. The positive news is Odorizzi, who is recovering from a back injury, felt good. His next item on the agenda is facing live hitters Monday in St. Paul.

— MLB and the MLBPA agreed to play any doubleheaders necessary this season as seven-inning games. This is yet another new rule change the MLB is adopting that’s been in place in the minor leagues.

Mandy Bell of MLB.com did a nice writeup on the T-2000, er, Shane Bieber.

— White Sox prospect Nick Madrigal is getting close to joining the big club, per Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun Times. The second baseman was the No. 4 pick of the 2018 draft. He hit .311/.377/.414 (.792 OPS) over three levels of the minor leagues last season.

— Mike Trout has been placed on the paternity list. Congrats to him and his wife, Jessica.

KCR 5, DET 3

1. CLE 5-2 (+9)
2. MIN 4-2 (+14)
3. DET 4-3 (-11)
4. KC 3-4 (0)
5. CHW 2-4 (-9)

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I cannot imagine how the athletes prepare for both a game and a cancellation.It is not possible to ignore the facts swirling around the game.

Locker rooms are disinfected - thus, if done properly, no Cleveland Indian should be worried about contracting Covid-19 from anyone on the Cardinals roster. Period. Game should be played - otherwise, if this is going to be PPD, just cancel the season.

You come to play.


Locker rooms are disinfected - thus, if done properly, no Cleveland Indian should be worried about contracting Covid-19 from anyone on the Cardinals roster. Period. Game should be played - otherwise, if this is going to be PPD, just cancel the season.

What about the clubhouse staff? Likely the same ones for Cleveland as there were for St. Louis...

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Jul 31 2020 04:30 PM

I think playing is the right choice, for now, in this circumstance. You knew players would test positive whether on our team or an opponent. We have all tested negative, so play the game. It is a different case if STL is still in town, but they aren't.


Also, move Arraez up in the order Rocco, you stubborn son of a gun! 

No Bux in the lineup eh?

Head over to the Twins Talk forum and join us in tonight’s game thread! Cheer on the Twins, heckle Cleveland and boo the umpires with your fellow Twins Dailyans!