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Article: Surprises Mark Twins Opening Day Roster

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:49 PM
Reports out of Ft. Myers tell us that the Twins have made their final roster cuts and we know the - at least tentative - Opening Day rost...
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PA interviews Falvey

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:34 PM
Interesting to listen to the KFAN interview of Derek Falvey this AM. Take away that stuck out to me was early in the interview. He said t...
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Why Are You Going to Watch Twins Games in April?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:19 PM
Or will you choose not to?  For me, the only reasons to care is following Sano, Polanco, and Buxton's progression, watch Mejia make...
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Total Trades from Opening Day Roster

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:18 PM
Here is an Over / Under that is of particular interest to me.Of the 40 members of the opening day (40 man) roster, how many will be trade...
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Depue: Q&A with Michael Lananna (Baseball America)

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 07:09 PM
http://www.1500espn....stem-prospects/   Michael Lananna is the one who did the Twins Top Prospect rankings this year for Baseball A...
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Wednesday Notes from Hammond: Offense, Worley and Buxton

[FONT=Arial]Attached Image: USATSI_7824413.jpg Greetings from surprisingly chilly Hammond Stadium. I know it is below freezing back in Minnesota but for the locals here, this means breaking out the heavy gear. The good news is it is sunny and the team has had an opportunity to have a full day of workouts.

More notes:

The Twins traded Vance Worley to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash after last night’s game (and there will be more on that later). Interest in the right-hander who cleared waivers the previous week was lukewarm but there were several teams that called on him. [/FONT]


[FONT=Arial]The Twins ability to score runs has been a looming concern but the front office did not go into the winter with the idea that the offense was complete. “We did not go into the offseason saying we just need to get two or three starting pitchers and we will be right where we want to be,” said Antony. “That was not the case.” He acknowledged the team made efforts to obtain other position players but those targets ultimately signed elsewhere.[/FONT]

[FONT=Arial]Antony also reiterated there will be no cuts today; Ron Gardenhire said after yesterday’s game that the roster will be finalized on Friday -- likely after that day’s game. [/FONT]

[FONT=Arial]On the minor league side, Byron Buxton’s wrist sprain is going to likely keep him from starting the year on time at New Britain. There is no indication of when he will be ready but the likelihood is he will remain at camp for the extended spring training until his wrist is healed. That decision needs to be made by Twins’ minor league farm director, Brad Steil. [/FONT]

[FONT=Arial]The opening series rotation has been set for Chicago. Ricky Nolasco will take the opener opposite Chris Sale while Kevin Correia and Phil Hughes will follow in the next two games. Nolasco is starting this afternoon’s game and looking to finish spring strong after he was knocked around for seven runs in three innings in his last start. [/FONT]

[FONT=Arial]The wind is really whipping up down here. Yesterday, the wind was blowing strong from left to right field and today it is just the opposite. Prior to the game, the major league catchers were taking pop fly practice by means of a pitching machine set up at home plate. The ball’s trajectory would shoot towards the pitching mound but the wind would push it all the back towards the backstop and first base dugout. Approximately one out of every ten balls were fielded cleanly. [/FONT]

[FONT=Arial]More after the game. Be sure to follow the [/FONT][FONT=Arial]TwinsDaily[/FONT][FONT=Arial] twitter account for in-game and in-camp updates.[/FONT]


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