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  1. Twins Minor League Report (6/29): Strong Starting Pitching and Burdi's Debut

    The Minnesota Twins were able to end their 10-game road losing streak against the Texas Rangers on Sunday afternoon, behind a solid bounce-back effort from starter Kyle Gibson and clutch hitting from Kendrys Morales and unexpected spark plug Jorge Polanco. Gibson went eight efficient innings, allowing just two runs on ninety-five pitches (69 for strikes). Morales provided the winning RBI with a ninth inning double down the line in left to score Sam Fuld, and Glen Perkins closed out the ...
  2. Gleeman and the Geek, Episode 152: Falling to Pieces in More Ways than One

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ID:	8034Aaron and John talk about the starting pitching (and podcast hosts) falling apart, Jorge Polanco's rushed arrival, Alex Meyer and Trevor May having issues in the minors, Chris Parmelee as a center fielder, puking in cabs, throwing out backs, Joe Mauer turning things around, Eduardo Escobar returning to earth, Aaron Hicks going back to Double-A, and Clayton Kershaw vs. Johan Santana. You can listen by downloading us from iTunes, Stitcher or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com. ...
  3. Joe Mauer, Michael Bradley and the Problem with Artistic Athletes

    So I've been more or less completely consumed with the World Cup this month. Watching every match I can, reading interviews, reports, reviewing highlights, and writing like a maniac. But I still think of baseball (and can prove it with stuff on another blog), perhaps never more clearly than when I was watching a World Cup match with some friends last Thursday.

    We needed a point against Germany, or some good fortune in another match. Being Minnesota sports fans, we fully anticipated ...
  4. Twins Minor League Report (6/28): Bryan Haar Homers Twice

    When it rains, it pours. That was certainly the case Saturday in Minneapolis as the Twin Cities was drenched in yet another big rain storm. But it was also true down in Arlington where the Twins lost yet another road game to run their road losing streak to nine games. Kyle Gibson takes the hill on Sunday with a chance to send the Twins home on a positive note.

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    Matt Tomshaw, Fort Myers Miracle; Photo Credit: Linwood Ferguson, http://www.captivephotons.com/ ...
  5. Who is the Twins next manager?

    I am very pro Gardenhire, overall. Though he and I do butt heads on occasion. Though I suppose he doesn't realize this on a daily basis or concern himself much with it.

    At 56, Gardy is still a relatively young man. I see no relative signs of slowing down. But he has made comment in the recent past about wanting to manage the Twins, at least, until the signs of rebuilding and turnaround are apparent. In theory, the talent on the roster now, the deep talent in the minors that will hopefully ...
  6. Twins Minor League Report (6/27): Walk-off's and Bid For Perfection...

    The Twins were lifeless for the entire game against Rangers starter Nick Tepesch, before Twins Dailyís #8 prospect Jorge Polanco made a big splash in the ninth inning with a two-RBI triple off closer Joakim Soria to make the score 5-4. Unfortunately, a Brian Dozier strikeout and Kurt Suzuki groundout would prevent him from becoming the Miracle ninth-inning hero.

    In the minors it was a very eventful night, including two walk-off games and near history among the affiliates. I apologize ...

    Updated 06-27-2014 at 11:40 PM by Steve Lein

  7. Who takes Pino place?

    I say move Nolasco to pen, call up May.

    What you guys think?
  8. Twins Minor League Report (6/26): Nick Gordon Continues to Hit!

    The Twins extended their road losing streak to seven games and were swept out of Anaheim after another ineffective Ricky Nolasco Start. Nolasco has been a disaster in just about every start he has made after his Twins debut.

    With Danny Santana dealing with a sore hamstring and the the Twins already short on middle infielders, the Twins demoted Yohan Pino and called up Jorge Polanco all the way from High-A Fort Myers prior to yesterday's game. Polanco becomes the first Twins player ...
  9. What can we expect from Jorge Polanco?

    Some rather unexpected news moved across the Internet on Thursday as we heard Jorge Polanco, he of High-A ball experience, would replace Yohan Pino on the 25-man roster in time for Thursday's game in Anaheim.

    Manager Ron Gardenhire had been vocal about his desire to add another bench player at the expense of the pitching staff, but not many would have predicted the 20-year-old from San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, would be the one to get the call to The Show.

    So ...
  10. Pino looked terrified...

    What Pino was this? Devoid of confidence, looking terrified?

    Trout, Pujols and Hamilton would terrify me too..but you gotta throw it
  11. Twins Minor League Report (6/25): Mr. Rogers Very Unneighborly

    On Tuesday afternoon, the rosters for the MLB Future's game were announced and it included two Twins players, Jose Berrios and Kennys Vargas. Word came out on Wednesday that Rochester Red Wings starter Trevor May would be added to US roster to replace Cardinals LHP Marco Gonzalez who made his big league debut.

    May is in the middle of a breakout season at Triple-A. Since the beginning of May, he's gone 7-3 with a 2.35 ERA over 10 starts. This could set up a situation similar to last ...
  12. Move Mauer to Left Field?

    What do you think about moving Joe Mauer to left field? He would be less a fielding liability in left field than Willingham, Arcia, Parmelee, or Herrmann. Vargas looks like he may be successful at 1B...but if not, Parmelee is a good fielder at 1B. Plouffe could be good at 1B also...or even Sano at 1B, leaving Plouffe at 3B. Just saying....
  13. The Ozzman Cometh Around the Bases Not So Much Lately.

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    After reading Parker Hagemanís recent analysis1 on Oswaldo Arciaís approach
    and swing, Iíve been thinking about it ever since, particularly as Arciaís slump is reaching toward extreme extents.

    I think Parker is on in his critique of Arciaís over-aggressive, indiscriminate approach at the plate: past success swinging at first pitch fastballs has led to present adjustments by pitchers to throw off speed early, but not- so far- to any counter ...
  14. Should We Be Worried About Alex Meyer?

    The rosters for the MLB Futures Game were announced on Tuesday. Representing the Twins organization will be Single-A pitcher Jose Berrios and Double-A slugger Kennys Vargas.

    None of Minnesota's "Big Three" will be participating. Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano obviously have been injured, and Alex Meyer -- the team's top pitching prospect and its greatest hope for a top-of-the-rotation starter -- simply isn't having a very good season.

    That's fairly worrisome, especially ...
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