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  1. Trade Rumors Breakdown: The Market Ceiling

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ID:	4713Here's today's top three trade deadline stories of the last couple days and how it might impact the Minnesota Twins:

    #3 - The Reliever Market

    Ken Rosenthal breaks down the "supply" side of MLB relievers for the trade deadline - and the Twins are completely omitted. That's a little surprising considering the Twins' seller status and the presence of Glen Perkins on the roster, but maybe Terry Ryan's protests about the subject are actually ...
  2. Twins Minor League Report (7/5): live from Cedar Rapids (Video)

    As you know, I have been in Cedar Rapids for their past two games against Wisconsin. They won on Thursday, but they fell 8-7 on Friday. This is a first. Following the game, my brother played cameraman, and we decided to record the minor league report. This is, essentially, a video version of what you would typically read. Let us know what you think.

    I'd also like to thank everyone involved with the Kernels, from GM Dog Nelson, to the coaching staff and the players, for being great ...
  3. The state of the Twins at mid-season

    Originally published at The state of the Twins at mid-season | Twinstrivia.com

    The Twins left Minnesota and the country yesterday with their tails between their legs after losing their fifth straight game and four in a row to those hated New York Yankees. The Yankees were slumping when they limped in to town but that didn't stop this bunch of misfits and cast-offs from kicking some serious Twins butts here in Minnesota. I have seen better visiting Yankee teams at Ft. ...
  4. Yup. All Four (Twins versus Yankees -- Games 78-81)

    Blink and the World Ends (Twins 4 Yankees 10 - Game 78)

    This was supposed to cross the finish line with the Twins in the lead. I’d decided that late last week. The Twins are struggling but still have a heartbeat. The Yankees have pains of their own. The saga’s supposed to take a turn for the Twin Cities tonight. I expected a spanking, perhaps with the Twins using a broom.

    The innings I caught on the radio didn’t spoil my dream, even though I did enjoy hearing Dan Gladden’s ...
  5. Meet Kernels Hitting Coach Tommy Watkins

    Cedar Rapids Kernels hitting coach Tommy Watkins knows his way around a minor league field, having spent parts of 11 seasons as a player in the Minnesota Twins minor league system. Toward the end of the 2007 season, he got to live the dream of every player who ever put on a minor league uniform when he was called up to the Big Leagues by the Twins.

    Tommy Watkins hitting ground balls to third ...

    Updated 07-05-2013 at 09:13 AM by SD Buhr

  6. Wha' Happened #10 ("Best" Games)

    There's a fuller write up "recapping" the last week plus in Twins Territory at our main blog, but here are a few key samplings from each series

    Game 76
    Marlins 5 - Twins 3
    The Twins have a good deal of early success against Miami's starter in the first inning, they run into trouble against Kevin "Killthrow" Slowey, who savored the opportunity to best the team that let him go. Elsewhere "Dr. Cakeburn"Nick Blackburn, and Boof Bonser plotted their ...
  7. We Interrupt This Blog

    Due to a family situation, I have not been able to publish Twins birthday biographies. I hope to be back doing so Monday or Tuesday. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
  8. Holiday Mailbag!

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    Holiday Mailbag? Holiday Mailbag.

    I hope everyone had a fun and leisurely 4th. I kept it cool, just hanging out in my house and laying low. I watched the Twins game yesterday and I was saddened by Kyle Gibson's performance. I think he'll bounce back, but seeing him struggle was a good reminder that he is a rookie and there will be growing pains. Enough analysis, I'm here to answer questions from myself.

    Carlos Gomez ...
  9. Gibson the Saviour? Not Hardly

    Not only was he bad in start 2, he wasnt that good in start one

    Maybe he will be ok one day, but dont hold your breath
  10. Twins Minor League Report (7/4): Power and Pitching Help Kernels

    Adam Brett Walker knows his role on this Cedar Rapids Kernels team, and on the 4th of July, he came through. “My main goal this year was to drive in runs. I think that’s kind of a main part for me. When runners are on, runners in scoring position, I try to have a quality at bat.”

    Walker came to the plate in the bottom of the 2nd inning of a scoreless game with Max Kepler on first base. Walker crushed the first pitch over the wall in left center field, and the ball likely didn’t get
  11. Trade Talk: The New York Mets

    Buyers or Sellers
    As we sit here in early July, the Mets are about a dozen games behind the Atlanta Braves in the NL East. They are more than a half-dozen games behind the Washington Nationals for second in the division. In fact, they have the second-worst record in the National League, ahead of only the Miami Marlins. If the 2014 MLB draft order were selected today, the Mets would draft fifth overall. There is no question that the Mets will, or at least should, attempt to be Sellers in July. ...
  12. Family Trip to the East Coast: 7 Games in 10 Days

    Thank Goodness I married a woman who loves/tolerates baseball!

    Here's the agenda:

    July 3: AAA Rochester at Buffalo Bisons
    July 5: Twins at Blue Jays
    July 7: Pawtucket at Rochester
    July 10: AA East/West All-Star Game, New Britain, CT
    July 11: Trenton at New Britain
    July 12: Twins at Yankees
    July 13: Mets at Pirates

    July 15: Home.

    Plenty of stuff for the family to do, and two Frank Lloyd Wright tours (Buffalo, ...
  13. Q & A With the Kernels' Niko Goodrum

    Cedar Rapids Kernels middle infielder Niko Goodrum was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the second round of the 2010 First Year Player Draft and spent the past two years playing for the Twins short season rookie league team in Elizabethton.

    Niko Goodrum

    The 21 year old switch-hitter from Georgia got off to a good start with the Kernels, most often batting second in Manager Jake ...
  14. Trade Talk: The Pittsbrgh Pirates

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    Everyone was excited about the Pirates last year when they led the NL Central as late as the middle of the July. That was a great story, but this feels completely different. This year the Pirates are 20 games over .500 and were the first team in MLB to win 50 games. Of course, last year they were sixteen games over .500 on August 1st – and STILL managed to finish below .500 for the 173rd consecutive year.

    So they’re buyers, but they ...
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