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Charley Walters: Twins-Saints partnership talks quietly o...

Twins Minor League Talk Yesterday, 09:54 PM
Very interesting article in Pioneer Press from Charlie Walters. https://www.twinciti...uietly-ongoing/ There’s been a few suggestions in...
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And then there is the case of the Blue Jays to consider

Other Baseball Yesterday, 07:56 PM
https://www.sportsne...measures-place/ Here we are, theoretically two weeks away from Opening Day. The Blue Jays aren’t yet certain where...
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Player Opt-outs

Other Baseball Yesterday, 06:24 PM
While we think about if a season happens or not.I started thinking about the opt out clauses by players, and what they will do.I tried to...
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Watch the Live Play-by-Play of the Virtual Twins Playoffs

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 10:33 AM
With the real Twins around the corner, I have elected to sim to the playoffs to try and tease how the real club will do this fall, and as...
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2020 Game Thread Intros

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 09:09 AM
Yes, I believe there will be baseball! Further, the Twins would be a popular pick this year to advance to the playoffs and maybe, just ma...
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Twins Flashback: Seattle Sinks, Casilla Delivers Finishing Blow in Walk-Off Win (4/7/2009)

The Twins had to fight to the finish to earn their first win of the 2009 season, overcoming a 5-3 deficit despite being down to their final out. Three-consecutive walks followed by singles from Denard Span and Alexi Casilla gave the Twins a walk-off win.
Twins 6, Seattle 5 | Box Score
Blackburn: 5 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K
Home Runs: None
Multi-Hit Games: Span (3-for-5), Cuddyer (2-for-4)
Top 3 WPA: Casilla .529, Span .214, Guerrier .114
Chart via FanGraphs
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After retiring the first two batters of the bottom of the ninth inning, it appeared Brandon Morrow was going to close out a 5-3 Seattle victory. Instead, he lost his command.

Morrow walked Carlos Gomez, Jason Kubel and Brian Buscher to load the bases before being removed from the game. Denard Span kept the rally rolling with a run-scoring infield single before Casilla finished it off with a two-run single to center field to clinch victory from the jaws of defeat.

The Mariners bullpen had retired 11 batters in a row prior to Morrow issuing the ninth-inning walks.

“It felt like we beat the White Sox,” Denard Span joked with reporters, alluding to Game 163 the prior season. “I was expecting champagne to be in the air when I got in the clubhouse, but it was only the first one of the season.”

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Apr 08 2020 09:12 AM

Alexi Casilla sure had a knack for those walk-off singles.