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  1. A Lament: Jarod Burton

    A Lament

    By Percy Bysshe Shelley 1792–1822
    Retold by Paul Pleiss

    O world! O life! O time!
    On whose last steps Jarod Burton doth climb,
    Trembling at that where he had stood 66ft 6in before;
    When will return the glory of your prime?
    No more—Oh, never more!

    Out of the day and night
    A joy has taken flight;
    Fresh spring, and summer, and winter hoar,
    Move my faint heart with grief, but with ...
  2. Monday Morning Madness: Memorial Day 2014

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    Weekend Recap

    The best thing I can say about the Giants series is that the Twins did not lose more games than they played. If they had done that, I would have been really upset/confused. The Twins didn't put up much of a fight this weekend, but the Giants are one of the best teams in baseball. Plus, San Francisco is windy. Wind is nature's biggest bully. I'm just glad the Twins escaped with their calculators.
  3. Twins Minor League Report (5/25): Vargas and Berrios Continue Their Strong Months

    The Minnesota Twins finished their five game road trip vs. the National League on Sunday, with a defeat at the hands of Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants to finish off a sweep. The Twins return home tomorrow to face the Texas Rangers on Memorial Day, looking to get their record on the season back to .500.

    Down on the farm, the Twins affiliates received some strong pitching performances, including another one from a top prospect, on their way to a 3-1 day at the ballpark. ...
  4. Episode 147: Previewing the Draft and Saving the Offense

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ID:	7562Aaron and John talk about Oswaldo Arcia and Josh Willingham being ready to return, what the Twins will do with the No. 5 overall pick in the draft, how much time Aaron Hicks has left to show something, Alex Meyer and Trevor May doing well at Triple-A, biting someone's ear off, Glen Perkins' underrated excellence, Pat Neshek bouncing back in St. Louis, back-to-back Tinder dates, not having good stories any longer, and scouting college and high school players with special ...
  5. Twins Minor League Report (5/23): Arcia and Willingham lead the Red Wings

    The Twins fell behind early in San Francisco and could not take advantage of six walks from starter Tim Lincecum in the first six innings. Brian Dozier and Joe Mauer both had two hits at the top of the lineup but the rest of the Twins batters had a tough day against the Giants.

    Down in the Minor Leagues the Twins affiliates went 2-2.

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    Red Wings Report
    Rochester 7, Scranton/WB 1

    Mike Pelfrey pitched ...
  6. former twin watch

    It is always fun to check in with how our former players are performing. It seems like ex twins are found in bunches.
    Rockies have Cuddy back after being down with injury and is seeing ball well. Hawkins looks gassed after great start as tgeir closer and of course Mourneau is tearing the ball and not just at home. With Milwaukee Gomez is off pace from torrid stretch last year but still putting up numbers to envy any of our of production. Both Lohse and Garza have helped propel the crew to ...
  7. Twins Draft Preview: Tyler Beede

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ID:	7542A top five pick in the MLB draft is a blessing and a burden. Getting it right can mean the addition of a franchise-altering talent. Getting it wrong can be very, very costly.

    Will the Twins stake their future on a pitcher as erratic yet electric as Tyler Beede?

    Who is this guy?

    Beede has been one of the elite young arms in the nation for some time now.

    In 2011, he was drafted 21st overall by the Blue Jays, who went ...
  8. The Maturation of Trevor Plouffe

    As spring training began in Twins Territory, there were questions about who should be starting at third base when the team headed north. Trevor Plouffe was coming off an underwhelming season where he dealt with some injuries and he struggled defensively at third base. Miguel Sano was ranked as one of the best prospects in the game and his powerful swing looked primed to make his debut.

    Flash-forward a couple months and Sano is recovering from Tommy John surgery while Plouffe has continued ...
  9. Twins Minor League Report (5/22): Fort Myers' Back-to-Back Jacks

    The Twins were off on Thursday and begin a three game series with the San Francisco Giants on Friday night. The Twins have been playing well against good baseball teams over the past couple of weeks, but winning a series on the road against a surprisingly tough Giants team will be a real test for the Twins.

    It was a tough night in the Minor Leagues for the Twins affiliates, with the
    Twins organization picking up only one win in the system.

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  10. Summary For Troy's Twins Chat for May 22 2014

    Hello Twins territory. Here's what dad and I talked about on tonight's Troy's Twins Chat. We talked about the recent performances of some of the Twins players this season. We especially talked about Phil Hughes, Brian Dozier, Kurt Suzuki and Glen Perkins. I mention the Urinal troughs from the Metrodome up for sale. We also talked about the incident of Miguel Olivo biting of a teammates ear. And I talked about Prince Fielder out for season.

    To Listen to the show, click on the following ...
  11. 3 Twins Prospects Who Have Been Much Better Than Their Numbers Indicate

    Here are three legitimate prospects (all are 1.7 years younger than the average player in their respective leagues, according to Baseball Reference) who, at first glance, appear to be struggling so far in 2014. A closer examination, however, tells a different story:

    Taylor Rogers (AA SP)

    • 32.2 IP in 8 GS
    • The bad:
      • 5.36 ERA
      • 1.53 WHIP

    • Why he’s better than his numbers:

    The obvious indicator is his 3.50 FIP, almost 2 full runs lower than his ERA; ...
  12. Fantastic Fien

    When a team is mired in a rut of three losing seasons, it’s easy to overlook players who are achieving beyond expectations – especially when those players are relief pitchers. After all, who cares if you have a lights out right hander when the team is constantly down 6-0 by the third inning? For that reason, you could be forgiven if you’ve missed what Casey Fien has been doing over the past three years with the Twins.

    Since the Twins signed Fien as a minor league free agent from the

    Updated 05-22-2014 at 02:46 PM by iTwins

  13. The June Free Agent Draft is just around the corner

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    The MLB First-Year Player Draft may not be as popular as the NFL draft but is is still a fun and entertaining event that many baseball fans wait for all year. In the NFL, the players drafted will be putting on that teams colors come Fall but in baseball a draftee might spend years in the minor leagues learning his craft before he ever gets a sniff of a big league clubhouse. There are web sites devoted ...
  14. Twins Draft Preview: Aaron Nola

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ID:	7528The six-foot-two Aaron Nola might not fire the fastest bullets among this year’s draft class but the right-handed junior out of LSU might be the most major league ready arm. But is a pitcher the organization's highest priority?

    Who is this guy?

    Nola, a graduate of Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, LA (that’s French for “Red Stick”), was intriguing of a prospect enough after his senior year of high school that the Toronto Blue Jays selected ...
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