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Interesting interview with Terry Ryan

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:59 AM
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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Article: What To Make Of Jordan Schafer

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:57 AM
First it was Sam Fuld, now the Minnesota Twins front office have worked their waiver wire magic on Jordan Schafer.On Thursday night, Scha...
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Article: Twins Minor League Report (8/28): Nick Gordon Pl...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 08:53 AM
The Minnesota Twins exploded for six runs in the top of the tenth inning after they squandered three early game runs and beat the Kansas...
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Dorsey: Miracle Add 2 100mph Pitchers

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 08:53 AM
David Dorsey covers the Ft. Myers Miracle. Today, he wrote this article about the two flamethrowers that have recently been added to thei...
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Article: Non-Roster Hopefuls

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 08:53 AM
As Labor Day approaches and fall soon sets in, it's hard to believe that the baseball season is already almost five months complete. Mond...
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Proving Grounds

Attached Image: lirianosmile.jpg This week's series against the first-place White Sox will serve as a tough test for this Twins team. They've rebounded after a lousy start to go 13-10 over their last 23 games, remaining on the periphery of an AL Central race that no club seems poised to run away with. In three days, the Twins could conceivably be within 5.5 games of first place. They could also find themselves out of it by double digits.

Perhaps no one will be under a bigger microscope in this crucial showdown than Francisco Liriano.[PRBREAK][/PRBREAK] He's been great since returning to the rotation at the end of May, posting a 2.67 ERA and 35-to-12 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 30 1/3 innings while allowing only one home run, but his opponents in those five starts have been the Athletics, Royals, Cubs, Brewers and Pirates. Those teams rank 28th, 19th, 25th, 10th and 29th in the majors in OPS, respectively.

Liriano has been feasting on weak competition, for the most part, and on Monday he'll be matching up against a first-place team with a starter in Jake Peavy who has been flat-out excellent all year.

It would be a stretch to say the Twins are even on the fringes of contention at this point, but they're not out of it. Climbing back into the mix would require a continued transformation from the rotation, and Liriano will need to be one of the guys leading that charge.

Both he and the team will have a chance to make a statement at Target Field on Monday night.


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