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Is it time to panic yet?   Of course not! Honestly, after the last three games, I am just as confident in this team being a contende...
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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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Where are they now? Ex-Twins in 2020

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Option C(astellanos)

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We missed out on our big money aces. A big impact 3B will either cost age/money (Donaldson) or top prospects and money (Arenado/Bryant)....
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Future Roster Transactions

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Jake Odorizzi gets activated today to face the Royals, filling out the 28-man active roster which will include 16 (!) pitchers. The way t...
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Twins Intrasquad Scrimmage Preview: Maeda and Team Polo vs. Smeltzer and Team Kep

I think it’s safe to say Twins Territory has never been more hyped for an intrasquad scrimmage. Team Polo takes on Team Kep tonight at Target Field.
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Lineups


As mentioned in the Tweet above, the game will be streamed online by both the Twins and FSN. Unlike previous streams of Summer Camp, this scrimmage will feature play-by-play from Dick Bremer and Justin Morneau.

The pitching matchup will be new Twin Kenta Maeda vs. Devin Smeltzer. Cody Christie recently wrote an article on how the Twins are pairing up pitchers. Here’s a excerpt from that piece:



RHP Kenta Maeda/LHP Devin Smeltzer

Kenta Maeda, Minnesota’s big off-season trade acquisition, has something to prove as a starter after being used as a starter and reliever with the Dodgers. Like Maeda, Devin Smeltzer started his professional career in the Dodgers organization. Smeltzer found success last season even though his pitching repertoire would hardly be called overpowering. He relies on a fastball that ranks in the 6th percentile for velocity and in the 86th percentile for spin. As with Odorizzi and Thorpe, this pairing gives the Twins another righty-lefty pitching combo.


Parker Hageman also recently wrote about Smeltzer's new slider, and featured Maeda in an article earlier this offseason.

There are some interesting items to takeaway from these lineups. The Twins received good news about Byron Buxton’s left leg injury, but there’s still no guarantee he’ll be ready for Opening Day. The center fielders for tonight’s scrimmage are Jake Cave and LaMonte Wade Jr.

We’ve seen plenty of Cave at the position, he’s started 78 games in center field over the past two seasons, but it’s especially intriguing to see Wade get the nod in center over Max Kepler, who’ll play usual right field. Wade made nine starts in center for the Twins last season, but 65 of his 80 outfield appearances in the minor leagues last year were in the corners.

The Twins also got good news on Miguel Sanó, who was cleared to return to the team after two negative tests for COVID-19. Handling first base duties tonight will be Alex Kirilloff and Brent Rooker. Kirilloff started to play more first base toward the end of the last minor league season while Rooker exclusively played outfield for the first time in his professional career in 2019.

One last notable item is that Travis Blankenhorn is handling third base. He has plenty of previous experience there, but in 2019 made just two appearances at the hot corner. Blankenhorn played 72 games at second base and 24 in left field last season.

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If Cave could show enough defensively, (seems to have the physical ability but instincts are questionable), or Wade could show enough bat to go along with contact/OB ability, I'd really like to see one of them play CF on a normal basis instead of Kepler. Max is fine in CF, I just hate moving him out of RF on a regular basis because he's so good there.

Like Kirilloff and Rooker getting time at 1B. It just makes sense to play them there and develop their versatility and team depth. Doesn't mean either, especially in the case of Kirilloff, can't find a home in the OF. But the more flexible and deep the team is, the easier it is to find room for everyone.

Love Blankenhorn playing 3B! It may not be a permanent home, but if he can play it adequately, along with 2B and LF, he becomes much more important as a future piece. (I'd think RF and 1B should follow eventually).
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sampleSizeOfOne
Jul 15 2020 06:00 PM
I hope we win!
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tarheeltwinsfan
Jul 16 2020 06:05 AM

I really like watching Maeda pitch. Hispitch location is impressive.

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Ebby Calvin Laloosh
Jul 16 2020 07:59 AM

Tie! This team is exactly as good as itself.

I did not watch it, but looking at the lineups I cannot help but thinking either one could have a chance this season, but when you take the best of both the lineup has depth.Defense may be a little bit of a question, but if Buck can get back 100% that will help a ton.

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Doctor Gast
Jul 16 2020 08:28 AM

It was great to see the Twins play! It was a good game, although rosters seemed a little lopsided

Anyone know if and how to stream this after the game?