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  1. Diamond's Back Foot and Twins Spring Training Dashboards

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    The Twins lost to the Baltimore Orioles' travel squad yesterday in a pretty bad way (11-5.) Here are the Spring Training Battle Dashboards updated after yesterday's game:

    For position players:



    For pitchers

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  2. Roster Speculation: The Position Players

    Well, that was brutal. Instead, let's focus on something else: tonight marked the start of the Twins second turn through the rotation, and their seventh spring training game. The roles for players are clearer as are the spring training battles. So what do several Twins positional hopefuls need to do to make it to Chicago for Opening day?


    THE LINEUP
    Joe Mauer, Josh Willingham, Brian Dozier, Trevor Plouffe, Kurt Suzuki, Alex Presley
    What the need to do: Stay healthy. ...
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  3. Roster Speculation: The Position Players

    Well, that was brutal. Instead, let's focus on something else: tonight marked the start of the Twins second turn through the rotation, and their seventh spring training game. The roles for players are clearer as are the spring training battles. So what do several Twins positional hopefuls need to do to make it to Chicago for Opening day?


    THE LINEUP
    Joe Mauer, Josh Willingham, Brian Dozier, Trevor Plouffe, Kurt Suzuki, Alex Presley
    What the need to do: Stay healthy. ...
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  4. Cleveland Indians Season Preview: Talk to Contact Ep 73

    This week on the podcast we struggle through a couple of technical difficulties, and lament the loss of Miguel Sano for the season. This week we take a look in on the Cleveland Indians. We are joined on the podcast by Jason Lukehart (@JasonLukehart) of Let's Go Tribe to discuss comings and goings for the Indians and what Twins fans can expect from the Tribe in 2014. You can download the new Talk to Contact (@TalkToContact) episode via iTunes or by clicking here.
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  5. Long Strange Trip: Twins 1, Marlins 3

    Here's what you really need to know about this game: Jupiter, Florida, where the Marlins play, is a long three-plus hour bus trip from Fort Myers. The bus leaves at 7:30 in the morning. It gets back something like 8:00 that night. The Twins, like every other team, tries to protect their best (veteranish) players from this as best they can.


    (And in the Twins case, they had a split squad game yesterday, meaning that nearly every veteran also played yesterday.)

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  6. 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 ...
  7. Twins Fan Forum with Glen Perkins and Kurt Suzuki

    The Twins hosted another Fan Forum phone call on Tuesday night, this time featuring closer Glen Perkins and catcher Kurt Suzuki. I took some notes, and I thought I'd kind-of, sort-of transcribe them. My usual caveat: keep in mind, I'm a horrible transcriptionist, my notes are hard to read, my hand cramped up halfway through, and my dog needed to be let out in the middle of it. All the questions and answers written here are rough estimations of what was really said, and most likely somewhat abbreviated. ...
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  8. Twins Don't Need More Starters

    Over the past few days, two pitchers that the Twins have been connected to at various points ended up signing with different teams.

    Darren Wolfson reported over the weekend that the Twins were interested in Joe Saunders, but the veteran left-hander agreed to terms Tuesday with the Rangers. And Johan Santana, who has of course been linked throughout the offseason to his former club, chose to sign a minor-league deal with big bonuses in Baltimore.

    A few fans may have been ...
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  9. Twins 2014 Locks, Spring Training Battles and the first Battle Dashboards

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    As in the past few years I will use dashboards to keep track of the performance of the Twins' players during Spring Training in order to get a numerical and visual representation of who is doing what, of the players who are battling for a position on the 40-man roster. With few games in and the first cuts coming early next week, it might be a good time for the first one of these.

    To determine that, we need to figure ...
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  10. Soul Patrol 2.0? Let's Hope So...

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    Ah, the good old days of the early 2000s, when the Twins were hanging on to existence by a thread. Back then, after a solid decade of mediocrity, the Twins had finally started pulling things together and pushing forward to respectability. The Twins' 2001 outfield was patrolled by Matt Lawton (replaced by Shannon Stewart in 2003), Jacque Jones, and Spiderman, aka Torii Hunter. The Soul Patrol. Pretty much the only reason I got into baseball when I was young. They
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    Updated 03-04-2014 at 12:10 AM by J-Dog Dungan

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  11. Wilkin & The Kids: Twins 9, Orioles 2

    Wilkin Ramirez has had to demonstrate a lot of patience in his career. The 28-year-old finally made his way onto an Opening Day roster last year, only to have his season shortened by a concussion and ended by a broken tibia. But the Twins were patient too, re-signing him this offseason. Maybe he could surprise them again, like last spring training.


    Maybe it shouldn't be a surprise any more. Surrounded by Twins prospects in the late innings of a tie game with the Orioles, Ramirez ...
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  12. Twins Hangouts: Tuesday, March 4

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    Join Seth and Jeremy on Tuesday night at 8:30 to discuss the events of the last week. Obviously, Miguel Sano is going to be a discussion topic. But there will be many other things you might want to hear.



    You can view live on this page (using the video link above) or you can view live on the YouTube page where you'll have access to the live Q and A.

    You can view all past episodes here (YouTube link) and download all of the ...
  13. Prospects: Who I'm most interested in for 2014

    I've been tossing this idea around in my head a bit as I start getting excited for the upcoming season. We have lots of highly rated prospects, lots of depth, lots of unknowns. I sat back a little and tried to figure out who I was actually most interested in seeing how they performed this year. This isn't a Top 10 prospects list, smarter people than me have already done those.

    I'm assuming Buxton will dominate. I'm interested in that, certainly. But he's not the guy I'm most interested ...

    Updated 03-03-2014 at 02:16 PM by ericchri (Spelling errors)

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  14. Matt Hoffman Hopes His Slider Elevates His Career

    After reaching Detroit's AAA Toledo team as a 21-year-old, Hoffman spent his third full year with them last year as a 24-year-old. But the left-handed reliever's stats showed a change. Last year, Hoffman struck out 35 batters in 35 innings. He had never come close to that rate previously. He thinks he knows why.

    "The pitching coach, who is now the coordinator of Detroit, AJ Sager, told me I needed to learn to throw my slider for a strike," says Hoffman. You don't really think about ...
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