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  1. Phil Hughes' Long Curving History

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ID:	6667Phil Hughes has been somewhat of an indecisive pitcher over his career when it comes to his repertoire.

    Year in and year out, there has been an inability to choose a secondary pitch. While it has mainly been a big, slow curve, it has seen several variations followed by an abandonment in 2013 in favor of a slider. Hughes’ Year of the Slider produced mixed results with the pitch as opponents struggled against his new weapon in the season’s first-half, hitting ...
  2. Twins Daily Spring Training: Advance Scouting

    So the Twins Daily official Spring Training coverage begins next week when John Bonnes touches down in Fort Myers, however, last week I had the privilege -- neigh -- honor of getting a tour of Hammond Stadium’s updates with my family.

    While in Florida for my -- ahem -- nuptials (sorry ladies), we made a pit stop at the Twins’ spring training facilities and were treated to a walkthrough of the activity, which included the catchers’ drills on the backfield. Thanks to our photographer ...
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  3. TD Top Prospects: #6 Jose Berrios

    We were introduced to Jose Berrios in a video of him celebrating with his friends and family after receiving the exquisite news that he was drafted by a professional baseball team. Arms in a “V”, high-fives, hugs and tears.

    For Minnesota Twins fans, the sequel is of him doing the same thing on the field following the last out of a World Series victory. That’s the dream anyway. There remains, of course, a long road from here to there.

    Still, Berrios has done much in his ...
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  4. TD Top Prospects: #7 Josmil Pinto

    A year ago Josmil Pinto wasn’t on anyone’s prospect list.

    Baseball America. Baseball Prospectus. Seth Stohs. None of these minor league mavens saw Pinto coming in 2013. The kid was so far off the radar you’d figure he had drown in tobacco juice somewhere in Beloit (which has been known to happen in Wisconsin). And yet, one year later, here he is, number seven with a bullet on our prospect list. What happened? How did everyone miss so badly?

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  5. Looking at Byron Buxton's Swing

    Byron Buxton, says ESPN.com’s Keith Law, is a prospect with more tools than the Home Depot.

    OK, now that the requisite pun is out of the way, let’s delve into the nitty-gritty. After MLB.com anointed Buxton the number one prospect in all the land, Law’s Top 100 list concurred. As a 19-year-old, the center fielder smacked pitching around in the Midwest and Florida State Leagues to the tune of .334/.424/.520 with 12 home runs and 109 runs scored.

    An on-base menace, Buxton ...
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  6. Turning The Power Back On

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ID:	6422Who knows why Josh Willingham left first base with the intention of stealing second base on April 27th, 2013.

    Coaches claim the thievery was not planned. It’s possible that with the left-handed Michael Kirkman on the mound, Willingham was fooled by his delivery or was caught leaning when the Ranger threw over to first. Either way, with his team up 4-0 -- thanks in part to his two-run home run two innings prior -- Willingham broke for two, took the base but ...
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  7. Brewers sign Garza to deal similar to Twins' Nolasco

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ID:	6381Sources indicate that the Milwaukee Brewers have now signed pitcher Matt Garza to the tune of four years, $52 million.

    This is notable for several reasons. The first being that this is a substantial savings from what he was originally projected as being worth going into the free agent season. At Twins Daily, we estimated that Garza would reach five years and $75 million in the Offseason Handbook. Instead, teams shied away from him. The second interesting ...
  8. The Twins Considering a Shift in Strategy

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ID:	6331After three straight 90-loss seasons, the Minnesota Twins need a reinvention. While other teams have harnessed analytics to advance their in-game strategies, the Twins remained in analog in a digital world.

    No longer.

    Not long ago, the notion of “infield shifting” in the Twins dugout may have been a reference to adjusting one’s protective cup. Now, according to MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger, the Twins and new bench coach Paul Molitor to join the ...
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  9. The Advantageous Oswaldo Arcia

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ID:	6303Oswaldo Arcia’s rookie season was filled with the expected peaks and valleys that most normal human rookies encounter during their first year of facing the world’s best competition.

    Offensively, he displayed flashes of unbridled power by depositing home runs to all fields but alternated those moments with stretches of being lost. Over three games in early July, Arcia woofed 11 times in 18 at-bats. In that small sampling, he swung the bat 26 times but managed ...
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  10. More Dingers for Dozier?

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ID:	6291Let’s just start by saying that in his second tour of duty of the major league ranks, Brian Dozier fared better.

    After a dismal 2012 season, he managed to improve his walk rate and power numbers to finish the year one of the team’s top contributions. Faint praise, however, considering the lineup’s surprising lack of offense overall.

    That said Dozier’s in-season development was impressive. After a diagnostic from hitting coach Tom Brunansky, the ...
  11. Minnesota Twins' Top 10 Moments of 2013 [Video]

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ID:	6246With the calendar flipping to 2014 tomorrow, Twins fan must be eager to hurry that process along. After all, the previous season was mired with yet another 90 losses on the ledger.

    Although no one should be criticized for having their attention wander from the team before the summer months, there was still plenty of entertaining moments to remember - little things that make the entire sport of baseball beautiful.

    Below is the Top 10 moments
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  12. Top '13 Stories: #11 - Kubel Returns, Doumit Exits

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ID:	6222In efforts to repair the damage of three straight 90-loss seasons, the Twins front office acted decisively this offseason. And, sure, maybe part of this decisively plan was to steal an idea from the Blues Brothers and get the band back together, adding a name that (at the very least) will remind fans of happier times.

    Following a two year hiatus of not having a player named Jason Kubel on the roster, Terry Ryan rectified that by signing one to a minor league ...
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  13. Twins Sign Jason Kubel to a Minor League Deal

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ID:	6160Consider it phase two of Terry Ryan’s sinister plan, Getting The Band Back Together: According to 1500ESPN.com’s Darren Wolfson, the Twins have inked Jason Kubel to a minor league deal.

    In November Pioneer Press's Mike Berardino wrote that outfielder Jason Kubel, who was released by the Cleveland Indians earlier in the day, would be interested in a reunion with the Minnesota Twins.

    “Yeah, for sure,” Kubel said. “I loved it here. I really miss
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  14. Secret to Success? Nolasco Staying Inside.

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ID:	6125On Tuesday afternoon the Minnesota Twins introduced their most lucrative free agent in the organization’s history.

    Outside on the scoreboard, high above the team’s dormant field, splashed a graphic welcoming Ricky Nolasco to Twins Territory. At the press conference cameras rolled, questions were lobbed and Nolasco (with his impressively manicured beard) sat between general manager Terry Ryan and his agent, Matt Sosnick, having the hopes pinned on him that ...
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