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  1. Twins Birthdays--April 23

    Also posted at wgom.org

    Jason Tyner (1977)
    Carlos Silva (1979)
    Sean Henn (1981)

    Outfielder Jason Reynt Tyner was with the Twins from 2005-2007. He was born in Bedford, Texas, went to high school in Beaumont, Texas, and was drafted by the Mets in the first round in 1998. He hit over .300 almost every year in the minors and stole a good number of bases, although even in the minors he did not hit a home run until 2004. He made his debut with the Mets in June ...
  2. Two strike counts and Joe Mauer

    "Strike two, you're out," seems to be the current mantra for most of baseball.

    One of the biggest challenges for batters in recent years has been their ability to come back in an at-bat after falling into a two-strike count. Since 2006, there has been a steady decrease in playerís ability to hit with two strikes. Last year, two-strike hitting dropped to a new low, as batters were only able to muster a .178 batting average.

    How do pitchers have so much of an advantage ...
  3. Twins Minor League Report: Berrios Debuts

    It's April 22, yet we're experiencing another snowstorm. The Twins were postponed and will play a split-doubleheader tomorrow (hopefully; I wouldn't bet on it). And despite having a day-off Wednesday, there won't be a game because the Marlins have 20 straight days with games starting Thursday, so they can't play Wednesday.

    Only three affiliates were in action today, let's see how they did:

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  4. Prospectus: Early Dividends

    We are already about 15 games into the minor league season. Itís not a lot of games, but it is just over 10% of the seasonís schedule, even if there have been a lot of weather-related postponements and double headers. Itís too early to call any of the numbers more than a Small Sample Size, but itís always fun to take an early look at Twins prospects.

    Below, you will find my preseason Top 30 Minnesota Twins prospects along with their statistics through Sunday, along with some of my thoughts ...
  5. Twins Switch-Hitters

    Posted earlier at Twinstrivia.com | TWINS TRIVIA is hopefully a fun and informative site that will help you to better enjoy the Minnesota Twins and their wonderful history.

    In baseball, a switch-hitter is a batter that bats either from the right side or the left side depending on if the pitcher is right or left-handed. Most curveballs break away from batters hitting from the same side as the opposing pitcher making such pitches often harder to hit than those from the other side. ...

    Updated 04-23-2013 at 10:37 AM by jjswol

  6. Winter Weather Blues - Gimmicks

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    It seems that just about every Twins game is snowed or rained or winded out these days. When is MLB going to wake up and start banning weather from their games?!? If nothing else, the Twins should have no home games in April, just in case it snows. Then, they should have no home games in May because of melting. June would be out due to mosquitoes. September is probably pushing it when it comes to snow again. August can be quite sultry. ...
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  7. Twins 2013: A Start that Impresses

    I am not sure many really expected all of this.

    The Twins are now 8-7 and have won four games in a row. This is while starting without their best 2012 starting pitcher for nine games, with Vance Worley being bad until his fourth start, with a horribly struggling rookie in Aaron Hicks, with Justin Morneau at even sub-2012 levels of production, with Ryan Doumit struggling, with . . . . well you get the idea.

    The fact that the Twins are over .500 is surprising when you consider ...
  8. Twins Birthdays--April 22

    Also posted at wgom.org

    Steve Jones (1941)
    Jack Savage (1964)
    George Williams (1969)

    Left-hander Steven Howell Jones did not play for the Twins, but was in their minor league system from 1962-1963. He was born in Huntington Park, California, attended high school in Bell, California, went to Whittier College, and signed with Minnesota as a free agent in 1962. He was in the Twinsí organization for two years, one at Class D Erie and the other at Class A Wilson, ...
  9. Hicks Shaping Up As Bruno Success Story?

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ID:	3834On April 13th at Target Field, Aaron Hicks went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, dropping his batting average to .047. It was the seventh time in 10 major-league games that he'd notched multiple strikeouts, and in total the rookie had whiffed in a whopping 43 percent of his plate appearances.

    With the season two weeks old, even Hicks' most staunch supporters were facing the reality that his struggles amounted to more than a mere slump. He was overwhelmed and ...
  10. Game 15 - Sunday and Everything's All Right.

    Spent the day with friends I hadn't seen in far too long and observed the Twins cementing a victory, via my phone, on the drive home.

    Plus, the sun is starting to smack back the zombie hordes of winter snowdrifts. Groovy.

    There was another Twins fan present at our afternoon gathering, so I felt no shame about checking the score. There are those other times when you have to monitor the boys of summer without getting caught.

    What's your strategy?

  11. Weekend Thoughts

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    The Twins have swept two consecutive series, but due to crazy sucky weather, it only adds up to a four-game winning streak. The weather is still cold, but the Twins are hot right now. They sit in second place after beating the White Sox in two straight, and are only a half game behind the powerhouse Royals. This week, they received good enough starting pitching, solid offense, and great performances out of the bullpen. Is it sustainable? ...
  12. Gleeman and the Geek, Ep 90: Star-Studded Brewing

    Aaron and John return to 612 Brew and are joined by a couple guests: Parker Hageman of Twins Daily and 612 Brew's head brewer Adam Schill. Together, they dissect a ridiculously short week for the Twins, Big Papi's speech, wonder from whom will Oswaldo Arcia take playing time, explain why you should subscribe to Minnesota Business magazine, catch up with some top Twins prospects with hot starts, explain what happened after the last podcast, review the Darin Mastroianni injury saga, and review Dick ...
  13. Sunday Minor League Report; Fireworks in Palm Beach

    It may have only been two games, but as a Twins fan, there is not much better than sweeping the Chicago White Sox. On Sunday, the Twins scored four runs in the seventh thanks to an RBI single by Aaron Hicks, followed by a bases-clearing double by Josh Willingham. Scott Diamond got his first win of the season and Glen Perkins got the save.

    Down on the farm, there were several terrific performances. PJ Walters. Nate Hanson. Miguel Munoz. Lance Ray. Drew Leachman celebrated his birthday ...
  14. Are the Red Wings Starting to Turn it Around?

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    Coming off a dismal 1-5 road trip the Rochester Red Wings came home to start an 8 game home stand against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders (Yankees) and Pawtucket Red Sox. Coming into their game Monday against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the Wings had lost four in a row and had been outscored 24-8 in those games.

    More of the Same

    In the four games against the Railriders ...
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