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  1. The Struggles of Scott Diamond

    To say that Rochester Red Wings pitcher Scott Diamond has had a tough start to the 2014 season,would be putting it nicely.

    Diamond, Rochester’s opening day starter, is 0-2 on the season with an International League worse 15.58 ERA. If that large number wasn’t enough, through just nine innings pitched in three starts, Diamond has allowed an IL worse 25 hits and walked seven batters as well.

    After his last ...
  2. The one Deduno Strategy that would make sense....

    Gardy might just be as stupid as a fox. First if you have read my posts in the past, you know I am the President of the Sam Deduno fan club..(is there one?)

    First you have all this money in starting Rotation and you have Gibson who surprisingly has performed very well..but you also know Deduno is filthy and can beat ANY body..yes, Yankees you heard me right!...

    As much as I love Deduno, I have to admit a problem with him Late in the last two seasons.he has come up ...
  3. Has the clock run out on Jared Burton?

    The Twins fell to the Blue Jays on Tuesday night due in large part to the wheels falling off the Phil Hughes strikeout express in the 6th inning. After cruising through 5 innings, limiting the Jays to 4 hits while striking out 5 batters, Hughes suddenly couldn’t retire a single batter and was forced from the game clinging to a 2-1 lead with 2 runners on and no outs. Those runners would score (plus one more for good measure) which left Hughes with a disappointing stat line of 5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ...

    Updated Yesterday at 10:57 AM by iTwins

  4. Kernels Report: Who Are These Guys?

    The people who pay attention to such things during professional baseball’s offseason were pretty much in agreement in their expectations for this team coming out of spring training in Fort Myers.

    The starting pitching should be quite improved, perhaps the best it has been in a few years. The bullpen should once again be sound. But when the topic turned to the offense, one question was nearly universal, “Where will the runs come from?”

    Now, roughly two weeks in to ...
  5. Adding to the Joe Mauer discussion

    by , 04-15-2014 at 11:04 PM ("And we'll see ya' ... tomorrow night.")
    Joe Mauer is tied for the 8th highest salary in baseball in 2014. Could this be the worst money spent by a team in 2014? I want to say that I am a Joe Mauer fan. I have said from the beginning, I think the Twins needed to sign him, even though I wasn't a fan of what he was going to be paid. I also believe we should have attempted to trade him in 2012. Can I be a fan, blame the Twins, but also say they had to sign him all at the same time? I am not sure I can be fair on this, but I was always ...
  6. Rotation Reinforcements Waiting in the (Red) Wings

    In 2013, the Minnesota Twins rotation was essentially in shambles from the get-go. Liam Hendriks started the team's fourth game of the season. Pedro Hernandez started the sixth.

    Those two combined with Andrew Albers, P.J. Walters and Cole DeVries to make a total of 40 starts for the Twins last year. Now, they're all out of the organization, buried in Triple-A for other clubs (or in Korea) and unlikely to spend much if any time in the majors.

    Meanwhile, the Twins ...
  7. Twins Minor League Report (4/15): Kernels Streak Ends

    For the second Tuesday in a row, weather played havoc on the Twins farm system. Only half of the teams were able to get on the field and both of those teams didn't exactly like the results on the night. Some hitters continued their hot starts to the year but the pitching seemed to be the biggest problem on this night

    Fans who braved the weather at Target Field got to see Phil Hughes get off to a great start before giving up a chunk of runs in the sixth inning. The Blue Jays have held ...
  8. What did I see from Eduardo Nunez last weekend

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
    As I indicated earlier, in addition to seeing Alex Meyer, one of my goals last weekend when I attended the Red Wings' last 3 games at the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, was to have a good look at the newest Twins' player Eduardo Nunez. Nunez, once the heir apparent to Derek Jeter and a Yankees top prospect, was traded by those Yankees to the Twins for Miguel Sulbaran (quick scouting report from this Spring Training here.) Even though ...

    Updated 04-15-2014 at 06:15 PM by Thrylos

  9. Twins Hangouts: Tuesday, April 15

    After yesterday's off-day, the Twins are back tonight and so is the newest edition of Twins Hangouts. Seth and I will cover the last week of action in Twins Territory - the .500 big league club and the early success of the four affiliates.
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    So grab your favorite beverage, pop some popcorn, turn down the lights and the volume on the television and join us as we hangout and talk Twins.

    If you ...
  10. Yangervis Solarte takes one for the team

    Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
    Did anyone else watch the longest running Sunday TV drama in Cable TV history? I'm referring of course, to ESPN Sunday Night Baseball, AKA, the Yankees vs. the Red Sox. Both teams had multiple DLers and DTDers, with NY starters, Jeter and Roberts unable to play. As the game progressed, the Yanks only backup Catcher, Franklin Cervelli, who had started at 1B (Gardy would have a field day on Girardi for this move, but that's for another post at a later date), pulled his hamstring and had to be removed
  11. Early Surprises in the 2014 Season

    The fact that the Twins sit at 6-6 after two weeks could be viewed as a surprise in and of itself, given their low expectations and some of the rough patches we've already seen.

    Of course, anything can happen over the course of 12 games, and that applies to individual players as well as the team as a whole. Still, the first half of April has been marked by some surprising developments -- from my perspective, at least.

    Jason Kubel's Defense

    Coming in, ...
  12. Twins Minor League Report (4/14): Miracle Explosion/Kernels Walk-off

    The Twins enjoyed an off day today. Tomorrow is Jackie Robinson Day around baseball and the Twins kick off a three-game series with the Blue Jays.

    On the farm, it was a big day for multiple former first-round picks.
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    Make sure you're checking out the other stories featured on the front page and if you're so inclined, join Seth and I tomorrow night on the latest edition of Twins Hangouts.

    Rochester 5, ...
  13. Rock Cats Report 2014.1

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    (MN's own Nate Hanson celebrating a home run)

    As of this writing, the New Britain Rock Cats sit at 4-6. It's important before reading this piece -- or really any piece related to baseball -- that we all realize that we're only 10 games (or so) into the season. Everything anyone says should be couched with the "small sample size" caveat. Still, though, it is worthwhile to start to look at how Twins' prospects are beginning to perform against
  14. Troy's Twins Chat Tonight

    Hello folks, My dad and I will talk Twins baseball once again. The show starts at ten and we'll take calls as always. The hot topic for tonight will be instant replay.

    To listen to the show, click on the following link.
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