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  1. 20 Twins Trades: Ramos for a Proven Closer

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed! If you want to read about the Carlos Gomez/JJ Hardy trade, just click here.

    Ok, let's all just try to be cool here.

    The Trade: BREAKDOWN!

    The Minnesota Twins traded Wilson Ramos, Joe Testa and cash to the Washington Nationals for Matt Capps.

    I'm not sure Twins fans remember this, but Capps was really good in 2010. He took over as closer and fired off 27 innings of 2 ERA. He saved 16 games down ...
  2. What's the Plan: Josmil Pinto

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ID:	5313When the Twins dealt away Wilson Ramos in exchange for Matt Capps at the 2010 trade deadline, the after-effects could hardly have been more unfortunate. The Twins fizzled out in the first round of the playoffs, with Capps unable to make any real impact. The next season, Ramos emerged as a Rookie of the Year contender for the Nationals while Joe Mauer's future behind the plate fell into doubt amidst debilitating lower-body injuries.

    The ill-fated swap ...
  3. Twins Minor League Report (8/22): Playoff Races Heat Up

    Because they clinched playoff berths in the first half, Cedar Rapids and Ft. Myers are trying to finish strong and preparing for the playoffs. However, Rochester and Elizabethton are still fighting for a spot in the playoffs as well. After tonightís game, the Red Wings are now a half-game behind Pawtucket. However, they are two games ahead of Norfolk for the Wild Card. On Thursday, the E-Twins won for the 12th time in 13 games (and 14th of their last 16). They are now just 1.5 games out of the lead ...
  4. Detroit, Out of Focus (Twins at Tigers -- Games 124-126)

    Focal Point (Twins 6 Tigers 3 -- Games 124)

    The Twins win, but do so with an albatross hanging around their neck. An albatross with a catcher's mask and sideburns.

    Joe Mauer sat out this game and ended up on the 7 day concussion DL. This has the potential to be beyond bad. Mauer is the reference point that holds the Twins in position. If his efficacy is limited or destroyed by the lingering side effects of a concussion, down goes up and up goes down.

    In these ...
  5. Dog Days: It's Okay for Puppies to Lose

    Hi again humans.

    I am Sidney, and I am blogging for my humans. Why you ask? My humans are frustrated with the Twins. They lose and lose, they say. My humans even argue over how much the Twins will lose, which is kind of silly because even if one of my humans win...they will watch the Twins lose.

    When my hairy human takes me in the car (which I hate so much it makes me vomit in fury), he presses a button and we hear the voices of other people talking about ...
  6. Putting Sano's power in perspective

    Since 2006, 851 players have logged at least 200 PAs in the Florida State League (High A). This is a sample of players that includes guys like Giancarlo Stanton (age 19), Jay Bruce (20), JP Arencibia (22), Allen Craig (22), and Domonic Brown (21).

    Another 746 have logged at least 200 PAs in the Eastern League (AA) since 2006. Players include Brandon Belt (22), Matt Wieters (22), Pedro Alvarez (22), Ike Davis (22), Kevin Kouzmanoff (24), Josh Reddick (22), Carlos Santana (23), Brennan ...

    Updated 08-22-2013 at 05:17 PM by Willihammer

  7. Twins Birthdays--August 22

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    Paul Molitor (1956)
    Darrin Jackson (1962)
    Gary Scott (1968)

    Hall of Famer Paul Leo Molitor played for the Twins from 1996-1998. Born and raised in St. Paul, he attended the University of Minnesota and was chosen by Milwaukee with the third pick of the 1977 draft. He spent only one year in the minors, hitting .346 with Class A Burlington, before jumping to the big leagues. He was a fixture in the Brewers lineup for the next ...
  8. The Century Club (100 RBI minor leaguers)

    Last weekend, Dalton Hicks drove in two runs for the Ft. Myers Miracle and became the second minor leaguer this season to drive in 100 runs. The other? His teammate for the first three months of the season, Kernels outfielder Adam Walker. As of today, Walker leads minor league baseball with 106 RBI while Hicks is second at 103. The only other minor leaguer with 100 RBI this year is Astros slugging prospect George Springer, at 102.

    While Walker has driven in each of his runs for the ...
  9. Twins Minor League Report (8/21): Seasons drawing to a close

    On Monday night, Twins fans with Fox Sports North had the opportunity to watch the New Britain Rock Cats on television. In the game, fans were able to see good and bad, and most important, that even at the Double-A level, there is still a lot of development left, even for the best prospects. On Wednesday night, Twins fans saw a terrific pitcherís duel in Detroit between Kevin Correia and Anibal Sanchez. However, in the 7th inning, we saw that even the big leaguers make the types of mistakes you ...
  10. The New Britain Coaching Situation

    Rock Cats' Manager Jeff Smith.
    Courtesy of Richard Messina, Hartford Courant

    I've been spoiled. This summer, I've been able to watch Miguel Sano and Eddie Rosario, from right over the home dugout, for $15 a ticket.
  11. Then We Dotted the "i" - (Twins versus Mets -- Game 123)

    (Twins 1 Mets 6 -- Game 123)

    Today, two teams who won't get near the playoffs came together to play one final game that didn't mean much of anything. Except the Twins still lost.

    Pitcher Kyle Gibson lost his job, too. I decided years ago he was going to be the future of the organization, so I made plans to stick with him throughout his ups and downs so I could say I always knew he'd be an ace.

    I willed it, but it didn't happen. I can't say I'm sure anymore, ...
  12. August 21

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    Frank Pastore (1957)
    Mike Misuraca (1968)
    Jason Marquis (1978)

    Right-hander Frank Enrico Pastore pitched for the Twins in 1986. He was born in Alhambra, California, went to high school in La Verne, California, and was drafted in the second round by Cincinnati in 1975, Pastore pitched well at every stop along the way in the minors, and made the Reds at the beginning of 1979. He pitched mostly out of the bullpen that year, ...
  13. Twins Minor League Report (8/20): Dominant Debut for Stew(art)

    The Twins top pick in this yearís draft made his Elizabethton debut on Tuesday night and was very impressive. I mean, if you happen to like strikeouts. He likely would have made this debut a couple of weeks earlier if not for his foot injury. He probably would have been promoted along with fellow 2013 pick Stephen Gonsalves. The two young pitchers join Elizabethtonís Big Three of Felix Jorge, Randy Rosario and Yorman Landa. Hein Robb has been pitching very well of late. And, thatís not even counting ...
  14. Even the Dogs are Cringing (Twins versus White Sox -- Games 119-122)

    (Twins 4 White Sox 3 -- Game 119)

    Twins win on a walk-off hit from Chris Herrmann. That's a memory he'll keep in his back pocket forever.

    Pelfrey made a game of it on the mound. Maybe there's something to him, but I don't know if I can take another season of wondering what's going to end up on the Target Field mound, and what pitch its arm will fall off while throwing.

    What are the chances it's going to get better, though? I'm as optimistic about the future ...
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