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  1. The 2012 Twins: Donít Get to Know ĎEm, They Might Not Be Around Long

    Letís cheer for the Minnesota Twins today. Because these Minnesota Twins Ė the 2012 Minnesota Twins Ė might not be around tomorrow.

    I just took a look at the Opening Day lineup and Iím struck by how few players I see ó at least in the starting lineup ó as a reliable part of the Twins future. The same thing goes for the projected starting rotation (my feeling is amplified with newsflash update of Scott Baker lasting 3 batters in his minor-league start today).

    The Twins are
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  2. Twins' Opening Day facts

    Originally posted at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    Happy Opening Day to the Minnesota Twins who are starting the 2012 season by playing at the Baltimore Orioles at 3:05 PM local time. Here are some facts about the Twins' opening days of yore:
    • The Twins lost their last 3 opening days
    • The Twins' overall record, since they moved to Minnesota, on opening day is 25-26, so with a win today, they will be back to .500
    • The following pitchers made the most opening day starts for the
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  3. Is this heaven? No, it's New Britain



    [Originally published with pictures at Twins Fan From Afar]

    Opening Day is special for fans and players alike -- especially for players in the minor leagues who are working their way up the system and hoping to latch on with a new, better team each season. After spending some time with Alex Wimmers and the other Rock Cats players the other night, I have a newfound
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  4. Twins Minor League Opening Day Recap

    Minor League Opening Day has come and gone, and all is good in the world! As we ever-so patiently await todayís Twins opener, we were able to peruse the box scores of four Twins affiliates. Opening Day is a sign of hope, especially for the guys who had good games. If players had rough games, hey, itís just one of 144 games! But it is box scores and games that count.

    Which prospects will rise, and which will fall? Will any of the teams make the playoffs? They are questions that no one ...
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  5. Pitching will be biggest issue in 2012

    On Thursday, Ron Gardenhire announced his opening day lineup. Giving it the once over, you will notice that the lineup is filled with ďprofessionalĒ hitters, a start contrast to the motley crew that the manager was forced to field at the end of last year.

    Headlining names like Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau and Denard Span have returned. It is deep enough that Chris Parmelee, who hit in the heart of the order in September, is batting eighth. With the offseason additions of Josh Willingham, ...
  6. What Makes A Good Baseball Broadcast?

    A version of this post was published in February. You can view it at http://troystwinsdugout.wordpress.co...all-broadcast/

    It's opening day for the Twins. One other thing, it's the first opening day since 1986 with out the voice of Jon Gordon painting a picture of what's going on on the field. He called Twins baseball for 25 years. To honor Gordo, I thought I'd share my post I wrote in February I wrote on what I thought makes a good baseball broadcast. ...

    Updated 04-06-2012 at 12:32 AM by Troy Larson

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  7. Don't Worry, Be Happy -- For Now

    Originally posted at k-bro's baseball blog

    Happy New Years' Eve, Twins Fans!


    Tomorrow at 2pm Twins Territory time, Denard Span will dig in the batters' box at Orioles Park at Camden Yard against RHP Jake Arrietta and begin the 2012 Twins season.


    And it's been a looong time coming. We all endured a long, cold off-season trying to remove the stench ...
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  8. 2012 Twins MiLB Predictions

    This post originally appeared at www.puckettspond.com
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    Earlier this week I put together my predictions for the AL Central and Beyond, but today Iíll be taking a look down into the Twins farm system trying to prognosticate and give you my choices for who to watch this year in MiLB.

    Every year Seth Stohs (@SethTweets) asks a few members of the Twins blog-o-sphere for their minor league predictions/projections and this year I was lucky enough to be asked to provide ...
  9. 2012 Minnesota Twins Prospects #8 Kyle Gibson

    originally appeared @ontheroadwithshawn.blogspot.com & TwinsTarget.com.




    8. Kyle Gibson, Right-Handed Starter, 24 years old.

    2011 Stats: 3-8 with a 4.81 ERA in 95 innings, with 91/27 K/BB for AAA Rochester.
    Last year's rank: 1
    Acquired: Drafted by the Twins in the 1st round (22) of the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft out of University of Missouri.
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  10. 2012 Twins - Who's your favorite?

    This post originally appeared at www.puckettspond.com in it's entirety.
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    December 16, 2011 Michael Cuddyer signed a 3-year $31.5million dollar deal to play for the Colorado Rockies and for me, as well as for many other Twins fans, this was a sad day. I think the Rockies paid too much and I think the addition of Josh Willingham is an upgrade, but thatís not where I want to go with this. As a fan, the departure of Cuddyer was especially loathsome because Cuddy was my
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  11. My Evening with Alex Wimmers: The 2012 New Britain Rock Cats "Welcome Home" Dinner

    [Originally published with pictures at Twins Fan From Afar]

    As much as I love going to Twins games, there's something special about minor league baseball. It's intimate and personal. It's real and unadulterated -- both the good and the bad. Every year, the New Britain Rock Cats host a "welcome home" dinner for the team, the front office and the fans. This year, it was ...

    Updated 04-05-2012 at 08:38 AM by Seth Stohs

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  12. 2012 Twins Minor League Projections

    Original post from North Dakota Twins Fan

    With Opening Day almost here, it is time for my annual predictions for the 2012 baseball season. It is always fun to sort through all of the teams, players, and divisions to find out who will be the best of the best in the coming year. There are always going to be surprises along the way like the Diamondbacks were in 2011. The edition of the new wild card spots in each league will also add some spice to the race for the playoffs in the 2012
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  13. 2012 Minnesota Twins Prospect Challenge

    Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
    This post originally appeared at www.puckettspond.com
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    Last week I reported on the origins of the Pleiss brothers' Twins prospect challenge. A year into the process, a year that saw eight Twins make their MLB debuts, Eric and I decided to make a change to the prospect challenge. A quick review of the rules for the prospect challenge, in ...
  14. My Thoughts Heading Into The Season

    This post was originally posted at http://troystwinsdugout.wordpress.co...to-the-season/

    Hello Twins fans! The season is almost here. I thought Iíd share with you some of my thoughts heading into Fridayís season opener at Baltomore.

    I think the biggest thing different from last year is the club is more prepared. Last year, for of our regulars didnít play in spring training games until
    like mid way through. In fact, Joe Mauer and Justin ...
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