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  1. The Turnaround in Cleveland

    The Cleveland Indians are in Minneapolis, ready for a four-game, season-ending series against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. The Twins watched the Oakland A's celebrate winning the AL West Division title last weekend. Last night, they watched the Detroit Tigers win the AL Central for the third straight year. It is possible that the Twins will also watch Cleveland celebrate a playoff berth this weekend.

    With four games to play, the Indians are currently one game ahead of the Texas ...
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  2. Twins Notebook

    The Twins got a nice 4-3 win last night at Target Field in the first game of the final home stand of the season. Brian Dozier knocked his 18th home run of the season to send the game to extra innings. In the 11th inning, Josmil Pinto drove in the game-winning run for the Twins.

    As the season is winding down, it seems there are less people wanting to talk about the Twins, and understandably so. But here are several topics that are interesting if nothing else:

    Last night's ...
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  3. 2013 Twins Minor League All Star Team

    Last week at Twins Daily, we presented several minor league awards. This week, I wanted to present the organization's minor league all star team. As we have discussed many times here throughout the year, it was a terrific season in the Twins farm system. That can be further illustrated by looking at this All Star team, and a potential lineup.

    How do you think this lineup would compare against All Star lineups from other organizations?

    CF Byron Buxton
    SS Jorge Polanco ...
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  4. Twins Season is Breaking Bad

    I recently got my newest issue of Entertainment Weekly. It was the Fall TV preview issue. As I was flipping through the pages to see what shows my spark my interest, some of them made me start thinking about the Twins season, and how the Twins have played in September. Yes, I acknowledge that that makes me kind of sad, but you can understand, Iím sure.

    Below youíll find some of the TV shows and how they got me thinking about the Minnesota Twins.

    It seems everyone has caught ...
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  5. 2013 Twins Minor League Hitter of the Year

    Earlier in the week, we announced the Harmon Killebrew Award winners, and my choice for Minnesota Twins Minor league Relief Pitcher of the Year and the Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Year. Today, itís time to point out the hitters that performed very well in the Twins minor league system. There were quite a few terrific performances through the Twins system! The most encouraging is that most of the top prospects performed at a new level.

    But there is no question that two players ...
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  6. 2013 Twins Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Year

    Minnesota Twins minor league awards week continues today by looking at the top relief pitchers in the system (be sure to look back at the Harmon Killebrew Award winners and my choice for minor league starting pitcher of the year). Itís an interesting category, especially for someone like me who typically will not rank relief pitchers as high as starters, but who fully understands the importance of a strong bullpen to a team.

    A look at last yearís Top 6 minor league reliever shows ...
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  7. 2013 Twins Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Year

    Yesterday, we discussed the Minnesota Twins minor leaguers who were named the recipients of the Harmon Killebrew Awards for Community Service. Today, we continue our minor league award week by looking at the top starting pitchers in the Twins farm system in 2013. First, be sure to note that this is about 2013 performance. This is not a prospect ranking of any kind.

    In 2013, there were several very good starting pitchers in the Twins system. Several of the top prospects put up solid ...
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  8. Twins Recipients of the Harmon Killebrew Award for Community Service

    This week, I will be posting several articles handing out some Minnesota Twins minor league awards.

    When Minnesota Twins legend Harmon Killebrew announced that his health was deteriorating and he was entering hospice care, fans around the country, and especially in the Midwest, chimed in to tell tales of Killebrew. Amazingly, very of those few stories had anything to do with what occurred on a baseball field. Most of these stories involved something he had told a kid, shaking hands ...
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  9. Twins Minor League Report (9/8): Red Wings Season Ends

    The Red Wings had not been to the playoffs since 2006. This afternoon in Pawtucket, their season ended with a Game 5 loss in the International League playoffs. Pawtucket scored three runs on four, two-out hits in the second inning, and that was about it for the offense.

    Virgil Vasquez got the start in Game 5 as there was not a day off in the series. He threw a shutout inning before getting the first two batters of the second inning out. He went three innings and gave up the three runs ...
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  10. Twins Announce Florida Instructional League Roster

    On Sunday, the Minnesota Twins announced their Florida Instructional League roster. The Florida Instructional League is designed for younger players in the organization to get some extra time and instruction in the Twins system. There are several 2013 draft picks on this roster, but there are also a lot of players who will be there because they missed some time during the season with injury. Some are just there to get some work in before heading to the Arizona Fall league. There are games, but it ...
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  11. Twins Minor League Report (9/7): Rochester Lives Another Day

    This much can be said. When the Rochester Red Wings have been in absolute need of a win, the bats have come through in big style. It has also helped to have Scott Diamond making those starts. That was again the case for the team on Saturday night in Pawtucket.

    As you recall, on Labor Day, the final day of the regular season, the Red Wings needed to win and get a loss from Norfolk. Durham helped the Twins by beating the Tide in extra innings. The Red Wings scored nine first inning runs ...
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  12. Twins Minor League Report (9/6): Red Wings Drop Game 3

    After the Ft. Myers Miracle and Cedar Rapids Kernels lost their playoff series in recent days, this Minor League Report is now basically just a Rochester Red Wings Report. It will be that way for at least one more day. The Red Wings lost 5-1 on Friday night in Pawtucket to fall behind 2-1 in the best of five series against the Red Sox affiliate.

    After seeing top prospect Anthony Ranaudo in Game 1 and Clay Buchholz in Game 2, the Red Wings faced knuckleballer Steven Wright in Game 3. ...
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  13. Twins Minor League Report (9/5): Kernels Kaput

    On Wednesday night, the Ft. Myers Miracle were swept out of the Florida State League playoffs by Charlotte. On Thursday night, the Cedar Rapids Kernels, the best team in the Midwest League in 2013, lost to the Quad Cities River Bandits for the second straight night to end their season. Such is the randomness of a Best of Three playoff series after a 140 game season.

    Rochester also lost on Pawtucket on Thursday night. The loss evened the series at a game a piece. That turns a Best of ...
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  14. What to do with Trevor Plouffe?

    Through May of 2012, Trevor Plouffe was hitting just .163/.261/.347 (.608) with three doubles and five home runs. Then the calendar turned to June. Over his next 32 games played, Plouffe hit .317/.373/.634 (1.006) with nine doubles and 14 home runs. That's when he injured his thumb and did not play again until mid-August. Over his final 45 games of 2012, he hit .196/.254/.344 (.598) with seven doubles and five homers.

    2013 was meant to be a big year for several Twins including Brian ...
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