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The Twins made their game against Boston very interesting, waiting until the last inning to uncork the big hit they had been looking for all game, with the three-run home run from Mauer winning the game for them.
ROCHESTER 6, TOLEDO 0
P.J. Walters made a rehab start for AAA Rochester. He lasted 2 innings, giving up no runs, hits, walks or K's. Esmerling Vasquez then tossed the next 4, giving up 2 hits, 1 BB, and struck out three and received the win. The game was ended
Updated 08-05-2012 at 12:16 AM by J-Dog Dungan
With all the turmoil currently surrounding whether or not pieces that have been on the Twins for many years will be moved, the one piece everybody seems to say has an almost 100% chance of being moved is Francisco Liriano.
While Frankie has been a head case for a large part of the season, his raw stuff is enough to make any scout drool over him. However, this has not been the Frankie that has shown up to pitch with the Twins over the last year+.
So the question is: "Who
How does the competitive balance lottery work, and what do you have to do to be eligible for it?
According to MLBTradeRumors, both Kevin Gausman (1,4 Orioles) and Mark Appel (1,8 Pirates) are both leaning against signing with their draft teams, both for different reasons.
When teams learned that Appel, a Scott Boras client, wanted a $6 million+ bonus, he fell down all the way to the Pirates at the #8 pick. This means that instead of being able to get that much money for getting picked at #'s 1-3, he dropped to #8, and the most the Pirates can offer him without losing a first round
While the All-Star Break is still about a month away, it is usually the best indicator of whether or not teams will be competing for a spot in the postseason and whether teams will be buyers or sellers at the deadline. The Twins, while having gotten out to another abysmal start due (this year, anyway) to horrendous starting pitching and the Twins' complete lack of any kind of hitting, with RISP or otherwise, are again using a weak schedule in the months of May, June, and hopefully July to give us
2013 Roster (not in any particular order):
Bullpen:BurtonPerkinsDuensingSwarzakGuerraSlamaBurnettStarting Pitching:Scott DiamondHendriksBlackburnP.J. Walters (?)/ FA PitcherFA PitcherStarting Lineup:SpanRevereMauerMorneauWillinghamDoumitPlouffeDozierCarrollBench:Wilkin RamirezButeraMastroianniParmeleeValencia could be in this lineup if he figures things out on offense and defense. I am assuming that the Twins trade
The Twins have several highly-touted prospects that are currently climbing through their system. The prospect that is most likely to make his debut this year is Brian Dozier, who is a solid middle infielder who took this year in the Minors and turned it into his breakout season.
Unfortunately for the Twins, they have several other highly-touted prospects that are all playing the same positions. For Chris Herrmann, this isn't a problem, as he could finally be Drew Butera's nightmare
With so many options going into Spring Training, and with so few spots left to claim, the Twins seems to have most of their lineup and pitching rotation already set. But with 66 guys in camp, they are clearly being prepared in case the injury bug returns and continues to bite them. There are so many interesting stories in camp, but you have to wonder: How much will each of these guys need to do to consider being taken north with the team? Lets face the truth. In almost all predictions, the Twins