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Article: Twins Can Use System To Define Summer

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 02:26 AM
At the end of spring training, major league baseball teams solidify their 25-man rosters. While there is always going to be discussion su...
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Article: John Ryan Murphy Traded For Intriguing Lefty Rel...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 02:26 AM
The Twins announced that catcher John Ryan Murphy has been traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for 22-year-old Double-A lefty...
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Stick a fork in the 2017 Twins

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 10:33 PM
It was a fun few months, time to sell the few sellable assets we have. Falvey has failed us in his first season, this rotation and bullpe...
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Article: State Of The Twins: Reacting Too Quickly (Stream...

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 09:56 PM
(Note that this is kind of a rambling, stream of consciousness opinion article typed up following a third straight very late night loss t...
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Article: Are The Twins Suddenly Sellers?

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 08:59 PM
That’s what Jon Morosi’s sources have told him.According to the MLB Network reporter, the Minnesota Twins are contemplating unloading sev...
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Treading Royal Blue Water (Twins-Royals Recap)

Attached Image: crop-circle-1_1432836i.jpg All Summers are Royal Blue (Twins 3 Royals 1 - Game 74)

When, in the course of baseball events, the Twins are clearly not going to make the playoffs, the Royals will play against them approximately one million times. Neither team will be playing meaningful baseball, and yet they will continue playing.

I shouldn’t complain. The Twins won.

Deduno wins again, too. Aaron Gleeman calls him a UFO, because people believe in his pitching prowess even though all the evidence points toward a more rational explanation. I, for one, think there’s no reason to hate on UFO's.

Deduno will probably crash to earth, but until then he’s mystifying everyone and putting W's on the board. Legends, even if they don't last long, are best when they come outta nowhere.

Wooden Bleachers (Twins 3 Royals 9 - Game 75)
Caught this game in punchlines. There was a rain delay, then an embarrassment of Royals' runs and a loss.

The joke wasn’t on me, however, because I got my baseball joy from watching my 5 year-old niece play T-ball. It’s easy to keep track of four bases when you’re grown up. When you’re a kid, the diamond has more twists and turns. At least you have extra time to navigate a path home when the other team is using all their motor skills getting the ball from their gloves to first base.

I cheered loud and took pictures, and my niece was clearly the best one out there (also, my other niece was the cutest kid playing in the playground during the game). All the parents and relatives were cheering, brought together by a kid’s game, to blink away infield dust and watch a ball game amid trees and Iowan plains.

Reinforced (Twins 6 Royals 2 - Game 76)

My 11 year wedding anniversary involved a fancy meal of buffet pizza with my nieces and our family. I was too busy to catch the score until my Dad spotted it on a TV. Twins win.

Kyle Gibson wins.

The reinforcements are coming, Twins Territory. I can hear the bugles all the way down here in Iowa. Hicks and Arcia arrived as scouts, but Gibson’s arrival is something else. He survived injury and pitched a debut game worth bragging about. If any battlefront needs reinforcement, it is the pitching mound.

If the bleeding stops on that pitching mound, we could be breaking even by next year. Maybe it’ll knock some of the Cubs shirts off of Iowans. After all, the Kernels are giving them a taste of what’s coming to Target Field.

Ain’t Nothin’ Like the Real Thing (Twins 8 Royals 9 - Game 77)

If you step toward a wall and travel halfway there with each step, you’ll never make it to the wall. Similarly, no matter how close communication advances get you to the game of baseball, they never quite take you all the way to the ballpark.

We finished the trek home from Iowa and I took a break to look at my phone. The Twitter updates sent directly to me informed me Clete Thomas had hit a home run, and then in the next sentence let me know the Twins were still losing. Then another RBI and the Twins were closing in on tying the game.

At least until I checked the score again and found the Twins were losing by three.

Emotions went up and down from there. Morneau and Plouffe found home runs to keep the game hopping, and then the whole shooting match ended on three strike outs and this Royals series is done.

The real loss is my streak of consecutive days without attending a Twins game. New players are coming. Old players are going to leave. I’m feeling the urge look both categories in the eyes again, even if it’s from the top of the bleachers.


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