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  1. Don't Blame "Those Damn Yankees"

    The Twins, according to legend, are afraid of the Yankees. And you know what, after some quick post-season exits at the hands of the Yankees, that is a pretty easy narrative to build. Add in the fact that the Twins have struggled to beat the Yankees in the regular season, despite the Twins having fairly successful regular season teams for most of the 2000’s, and you begin to see how that narrative continues to grow.
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  2. Marred by Marlins (Twins at Marlins - Games 72-73)

    Losing to Traffic AND the Marlins (Twins 2 Marlins 4 - Game 72)

    Began the drive home with the Twins down by two runs and an unexpected optimism they could pull this thing off. Maybe getting a phone call from my wife informing me we had power after a 91 hour drought made me sentimental. Maybe it was seeing Minnesotans looking over piles of chopped wood, proud to have survived another beating from Mother Nature.

    My hope didn’t die when then Twins attempts to score a run ...
  3. Sano and Buxton will represent Twins at Futures Game

    This afternoon, MLB announced the rosters of the Futures Game, which will be played on June 14th, two days before the All Star Game in New York. The Twins will have one player on the World team and one player on the USA team. It likely would come as no surprise that Miguel Sano (Dominican Republic) will be playing on the World team and Byron Buxton (Georgia, USA) will play for the US team.

    Last year, Oswaldo Arcia was the lone Twins representative. He hit a double in the game against ...
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  4. Twins Birthdays--Jun 25

    A day late. Sorry about that. But there are no players related to the Twins born on this day anyway. The closest we come is Joe Kuhel (1906), who played for the franchise while it was in Washington and also managed the team there.
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  5. Aaron Hicks 2013 Rehab

    I am going to post each days stat line for Aaron Hicks while he is in Rochester.
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    Updated 06-30-2013 at 06:09 PM by Thegrin

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  6. Lefty Logan Darnell is making his pitch

    One of the pitchers in the Minnesota Twins farm system that has begun to garner more attention is Logan Darnell. The 24-year-old left-hander was 6-6 with a 2.61 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP in 15 starts at New Britain this year. Last Thursday, he threw a complete game, four-hit shutout against the Erie SeaWolves. I have been occasionally getting questions about Darnell from readers, but following that start, there were a lot more questions. What does he throw? When will he get promoted? What is different ...
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  7. Forgotten Twin? Bernardo Brito

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    For those who are unfamiliar with this feature, I scour the most reliable internet sites to try to determine whether or not a former Minnesota Twin is forgotten or not. I use all the best sites – Wikipedia, Google, Bing, eBay, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Baseball Reference. If the player isn't featured to my liking, they are officially forgotten. The entire first paragraph will come from my own memory though. No guarantees for accuracy ...
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  8. Twins Minor League Report (6/25): A Night of Debuts

    It was a night of debuts in the Twins system on Tuesday. Aaron Hicks finally made his first appearance in a AAA game as he started rehab from his hamstring injury. Logan Darnell also made his AAA debut. Matt Summers replaced Darnell in the Rock Cats rotation and stared for the team on Tuesday. And likely, the debut you were looking most forward to came in Palm Beach as Byron Buxton played in his first game for the Miracle. How did their debuts go, and how was 2013 draft pick Tanner Mendonca in his ...
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  9. Which Pitcher Will Lose His Job Due to Kyle Gibson’s Promotion?

    With all of the hype and excitement surrounding the Kyle Gibson promotion to the majors, the Minnesota Twins behind closed doors are likely pondering a much more complicated question: who is going to get the axe to make room for Gibson long-term? Twins’ General Manager Terry Ryan stated that once he called up Gibson—baring some historically awful performances—it would likely be for good, which means that someone is going to have to be removed from the rotation unless the team opts to go to a six-man ...
  10. Monsters and Yankees

    The first thing you need to understand is the New York Yankees breed monsters.

    Monstrous Yankees seem to be human, but they grow to be so much more than that. They become legends, with their memory preserved in Monument Park throughout the ages.

    This is not necessarily an insult: monsters can be heroes, too. Take Babe Ruth. He began as a boy at an orphanage and grew into a walking appetite. His home runs shot further and further away from the batter’s box until thinking ...
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  11. Is There A Market For Morneau?

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ID:	4550The Twins needed a big year from Justin Morneau. Not because it was going to help push them over the top, but because a productive Morneau may have yielded a prospect or two at the trade deadline that would have proven helpful toward the rebuilding effort.

    Unfortunately, Morneau has done very little this year to make himself an appealing trade chip. While many (including myself) were expecting a return to form of sorts now that the former MVP had seemingly ...
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  12. Wha' Happened #9 (GAME OF THE WEEK)

    Rather than continually reposting the same stuff here as on my other website--and since these recaps are often (week[s]) late--I'm going to trim down these posts to more manageable bite size single best game write ups I've got, and trust that if you want to read more you will find it at THIS WEBSITE!

    Game 69
    Twins 7 - White Sox 5
    The Twins do not care for power hitting. It hurts the feelings of our opponents after all, and we can't have that.


    But we're ...

    Updated 06-25-2013 at 09:42 AM by PeanutsFromHeaven

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  13. Oh, You Also Received a Derek Jeter Gift Basket? . . . Awkward


    You wake up hazy -- perhaps a little hung-over and still tasting those apple-tinis from the previous night. Across from you in the king size bed, an aging baseball superstar stirs, gently clutching a bear-skin blanket. His eyes open. He kisses you gently on the nose and says "that was nice." He informs you that he's called a Town Car to take you home. Derek Jeter then rises, stretches,
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    Updated 06-25-2013 at 08:14 AM by Kevin

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  14. Geeking Out: OPS Minus Batting Average

    It's pretty rare when you read me writing about any advanced statistics. I don't mind reading them and trying to understand what they mean and what they are telling me about a player. But I very rarely use more than a Triple Slash line (BA/OBP/SLG) with the OPS in parentheses. I like OPS, but like all stats, it needs to be used in context, and it's OK to ask questions about it.

    For instance, OPS is a combination of On-Base Percentage (OBP) and Slugging Percentage (SLG). On-Base Percentage ...
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