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Patience Paid Off For Gibson

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:15 PM
I like Kyle Gibson.  He's an earnest young man with talent throwing a baseball.  As all of the talking heads have pointed out,...
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Any Chance Twins Can Add A Swarkak Or Deduno To Willingha...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:15 PM
Does anyone think that adding a Sam Deduno to a Josh Willingham trade might entice the Yankees to make a deal for some prospects? What ab...
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Act Now! Get Your Warning Points Erased! One Time...

Questions About MinnCentric Today, 05:15 PM
A bunch of you have warning points that carried over oddly from the old installation. I was going to wipe them all out with a SQL command...
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Twins Sign Undrafted Brandon Poulson

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 04:55 PM
APs Janie McCauley wrote a very nice story about the Twins most recent signee. The Twins have signed RHP Brandon Poulson as a non-drafted...
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Game Thread: Twins@royals 7/30 7:10Pm

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 04:55 PM
The Weather will be hot and gusty... Temps in the 90's. People will leave the park smelling bad from all the sweat.    Twins SP...
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Twins to roll with Vance Worley for Opener

Attached Image: Worley.jpg Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire confirmed a floating rumor this afternoon that Vance Worley will be indeed be the Twins’ Opening Day starter.

The 25-year-old right-hander, who had tossed five innings of seven hit, two run ball with five strikeouts this afternoon, has had an up-and-down spring, amassing a 7.36 ERA coming off a season in which he had minor clean-up in his pitching elbow.[PRBREAK][/PRBREAK] Still, with Mike Pelfrey still inconsistent due to his Tommy John recovery, Worley appears to be the best option to take on Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers on Monday.

While Worley may not be of Verlanderian caliber, the announcement brings to an end this sad graphic which was displayed on the Twins’ website:

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Worley’s methods include an array of pitches, none of which missed bats at a high frequency, and his chief method of achieving a striking out is to get hitters looking. A year ago, Worley pitched 133 innings in 23 starts, with a 6-9 record and a 4.20 ERA in addition to a 107-to-47 strikeouts-to-walks ratio before being shut down with elbow tenderness.

Following Wednesday’s game, Gardenhire told reporters that he expects the new acquisition to reach the 200-inning plateau in 2013.


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