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  1. Joe Mauer and the Infamous 4-3 Putout

    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    One of the more common Joe Mauer complaints in Twins Territory is that he grounds out to second base, and does it a lot. This phenomenon was on display last night in Anaheim, when Mauer was retired on a 4-3 putout in each of his three at-bats. And if you go back to his last plate appearance on April 29, before his day off against lefty C.J. Wilson, Mauer grounded into a 4-6-3 double play. That marks 4 straight at-bats in which Mauer has ...
  2. How Good Should Our Minor League Teams Be?

    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    I've been thinking about this question lately. Baseball farm teams are, by nature, really interesting. General managers don't set the rosters, or even acquire the players. And I bet if the Rock Cats GM gets a call from Terry Ryan suggesting that he play the back-up shortstop because "something may be in the works," the back-up shortstop will get a lot of playing time, regardless of what that does to New Britain's chances. In the ...
  3. Rock Cats Starting Pitcher Lucas French Promoted to AAA Rochester

    Lucas French, who logged MLB time with the
    Tigers and Mariners, is working his way
    back up the chain
    [Originally announced at Twins Fan From Afar]

    The minor league moves continue in the Twins organization. It was just announced that Rock Cats ...
  4. Monday's New Britain News

    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]
    Newly promoted B.J. Hermsen will take the
    mound tonight in his AA debut
    

    The landscape for the New Britain Rock Cats is already starting to change only 23 games into the season. A couple ...
  5. Sunday Minor League Daily

    The Twins actually won a game today. It's tough to complain about too much from today's Twins performance. Jason Marquis earned the win, and picked up the 4th Twins quality start along the way. The Twins scored 4 runs in the first, 2 runs in the third and 1 in the seventh, on their way to a 7-4 victory. Josh Willingham (a home run short of the cycle, go figure) and Danny Valencia (3 hits including a triple) led the way on offense, and the only Twins starters without a hit were Trevor Plouffe and ...
  6. 3 Twins Complaints I'm Sick and Tired Of

    I get it: Joe Mauer is getting paid
    $184 million and doesn't hit
    many home runs
    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    When a team is losing, like the Twins are so far this season and did all of last season, it's easy to complain. In ...

    Updated 04-26-2012 at 01:04 PM by Seth Stohs

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  7. Major Comeback in New Britain

    
    Chris Herrmann celebrates his
    first inning home run.
    Mauer's 2013 backup???
    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]


    Unlike their parent club, the New Britain Rock Cats put up a fight after the odds were stacked ...
  8. Joe Mauer and Runners in Scoring Position

    Though he had 2 hits last night, Joe Mauer came up
    short when it counted the most.
    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]


    Regardless of what some people in Twins Territory might think, the fact of the matter is that Joe Mauer ...

    Updated 04-24-2012 at 03:05 PM by Twins Fan From Afar

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  9. 3 Weeks of Rock Cats Baseball: A Review


    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    New Britain fans have been treated to a lot of wins
    early in the 2012 season
    The minor league baseball season is just about 3 weeks old. For the New Britain Rock Cats, it has been ...

    Updated 04-23-2012 at 08:42 AM by Twins Fan From Afar

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  10. Tough Night in New Britain

    [Originally published with a couple pictures at Twins Fan From Afar]

    It was a beautiful evening for outdoor baseball in central Connecticut -- the kind of night where you might come wearing a t-shirt, but had better pack a hooded sweatshirt for when the sun disappears behind the bleachers. The Rock Cats began a homestand tonight, and it was "Anti-Diet Night" at New Britain Stadium. For $12, or $14 if you wanted the good tickets, you could get all-you-can eat hot dogs, hamburgers, ...
  11. Rock Cats Lose 2-1, Streak Halted at 6, and Where is Wimmers??

    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    The New Britain Rock Cats lost a close game this afternoon, 2-1, to the Portland Sea Dogs. This was a pitcher's duel, to be sure. Starter Steve Hirschfeld pitched 7 strong innings for the Rock Cats, striking out 7 and walking none, to lower his ERA to 1.06. He surrendered just three hits. Blake Martin struck out 2 in a scoreless 8th. Luis Perdomo blew the save after allowing two walks and a double in the 9th, and then lost the game when, ...

    Updated 04-18-2012 at 02:18 PM by Twins Fan From Afar

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  12. I'm Glad the Twins Aren't Paying for an Ace Right Now, and a Rock Cats Report

    With no Scott Baker in the fold, and with an
    ineffective Francisco Liriano, the future of the Twins'
    rotation is dubious, at best
    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]


    You all know the story by now: Last night was not a good ...

    Updated 04-18-2012 at 10:48 AM by Twins Fan From Afar

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  13. Minnesota Momentum and ESPN SportsCenter Coverage

    Is tonight the night where Liriano puts it together??

    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    CC Sabathia is down. In two starts this season, he has 0 decisions. In 12 innings pitched, he's given up 16 hits, 9 earned runs, 2 home runs and ...
  14. Rock Cats Push Winning Streak to 5

    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    The New Britain Rock Cats defeated the Portland Sea Dogs tonight 10-5. Despite the lopsided score, this game actually took 11 innings to produce a winner. The sides were knotted at 5 runs until the Rock Cats exploded for 5 runs in the 11th inning, and then shut down the Sea Dogs in the home half to secure the victory.



    For all the runs tonight, New Britain only accumulated 9 hits (they also walked 5 times). Big producers ...
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