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  1. Twins Birthdays--June 29

    Also posted at wgom.org

    Harmon Killebrew (1936)
    Trey Hodges (1978)
    Dusty Hughes (1982)

    An original Twin, Harmon Clayton Killebrew was with the Twins through the 1974 season. Born and raised in Payette, Idaho, he was signed by Washington in 1954 under the ďbonus babyĒ rules, which required him to be on the major league roster for two full years. While he obviously overcame it, one has to think that slowed his development, as he got only 93 at bats in his first ...
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  2. Talk to Contact Episode 43: Kyle Gibson's Debut

    Episode 43 of the Twins baseball podcast, Talk To Contact (@TalkToContact), is now available for download via iTunes or by clicking here.


    Kyle Gibson, Spring Training 2013. Photo Credit: Betsy Bissen


    Eric and Cody talk recent Twins happenings, including a struggling bullpen, an awful PJ Walters, and whatever it is that is going on with some Twins Minor Leaguers in the ...
  3. The Sano Show

    Windy skies tonight in New Britain

    This is a night where I'm glad I'm not a real journalist with a real deadline. Wow, what a game. Well, more specifically, what a game for Miguel Sano: 3-for-4, 2 HR, 5 RBIs. And the
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  4. Twins Minor League Report (6/28): Colabello, Sano Power Display

    Itís almost like they know. Coming into Friday, Miguel Sano had 20 total home runs this season. Chris Colabello had 18. In his first two at bats on Friday, Colabello homered to catch up to Sano. But it wasnít long before Sano hit his 21st. Then, a little more than an hour later, Sano hit his 22nd homer of the year. Itís almost like last year when Trevor Plouffe and Josh Willingham seemed to homer so frequently on the same day. The two are easily the top home run hitters in the organization. The ...
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  5. Twins Minor League Report (6/28): Colabello, Sano Power Display

    Itís almost like they know. Coming into Friday, Miguel Sano had 20 total home runs this season. Chris Colabello had 18. In his first two at bats on Friday, Colabello homered to catch up to Sano. But it wasnít long before Sano hit his 21st. Then, a little more than an hour later, Sano hit his 22nd homer of the year. Itís almost like last year when Trevor Plouffe and Josh Willingham seemed to homer so frequently on the same day. The two are easily the top home run hitters in the organization. The ...
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  6. Twins Minor League Report (6/28): Colabello, Sano Power Display

    Itís almost like they know. Coming into Friday, Miguel Sano had 20 total home runs this season. Chris Colabello had 18. In his first two at bats on Friday, Colabello homered to catch up to Sano. But it wasnít long before Sano hit his 21st. Then, a little more than an hour later, Sano hit his 22nd homer of the year. Itís almost like last year when Trevor Plouffe and Josh Willingham seemed to homer so frequently on the same day. The two are easily the top home run hitters in the organization. The ...
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  7. Is Trading Glen Perkins Worth It?

    One of the bright spots for the 2013 Minnesota Twinsí season, so far, has been the performance of their bullpen, specifically their closer Glen Perkins. With this being the first full season that Perkins has been the closer for the Twins, Perkins has performed like a stable and clutch veteran and the rest of the league certainly has taken notice. According to a Tweet sent by ESPN Baseball Expert Buster Olney, if the Twins were to make closer Glen Perkins available this July, prior to the trade deadline, ...
  8. Royals Present a Note of Prospect Caution

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ID:	4605On Thurdsay, the Twins and Royals kicked off a four-game series at Target Field. The two teams are nearly even in the standings, although the ways they've reached their present records have been drastically different. Kansas City owns the American League's lowest team ERA by a sizable margin, thanks in large part to the additions of James Shields and Ervin Santana, who have both been fantastic. Meanwhile, Minnesota's staff has been among the league's worst.
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  9. Fastball key to Samuel Deduno's success

    Samuel Deduno likes to refer to his fastball as ďcrazyĒ, hinting that the pitch has a mind of its own.

    As opponents haplessly attempt to put wood on it, Dedunoís fastball also confuses the Pitchf/x computer system. Dedunoís movement Ė the diving, the darting, the running, et cetera -- tricks the system into believe he has multiple variations of a fastball. Plenty of those offerings are bucketed as a cut fastball. However, when asked about his fastball last year, catcher Joe Mauer confirmed that it is the same four-seam fastball ...
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  10. 20 Twins Trades: Viola for the broken heart of a seven-year-old

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    Back in 1989, the Twins ripped my tiny heart out and traded my favorite person from New York for a bunch of crap that I didn't care about. Let's investigate why they would devastate a child in such a manner.

    I also recapped the Tom Brunansky for Tom Herr trade on Thursday. If you want to, you can read it here.

    The Trade: BREAKDOWN!

    On July 31, 1989, the Minnesota Twins traded the truly beautiful ...

    Updated 06-28-2013 at 11:19 AM by Brad Swanson

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  11. Twins Birthdays--June 28

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    Don Baylor (1949)
    Chris Speier (1950)
    Clay Christiansen (1958)
    Ron Mahay (1971)
    Corey Koskie (1973)

    Outfielder Don Edward Baylor played in twenty games for the Twins in 1987 and also played in seven post-season games. Born and raised in Austin, Texas, he was drafted in the second round by Baltimore in 1967. He had a tremendous minor league record, hitting .310 or more every season and hitting 20 or more home runs in his ...
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  12. Weekly Links-N-Thinks

    Another week of baseball's regular season has come and gone.

    For the Twins there was plenty of news this week. The Marlins turned out to be pesky but they have been surprising more than one team in the National League so far this season. Kyle Gibson will be making his big league debut on Saturday and this is a moment to get a little bit excited about. Twins fans have heard his name for multiple seasons.

    Ryan Doumit had a cool slide, Byron Buxton is good at baseball, and ...
  13. Twins Minor League Report (6/27): Stuart Turner wins Johnny Bench Award

    It was a big day for Minnesota Twinsí second-round draft pick Ryan Eades. He agreed to terms with the Twins and will report to Elizabethton. The E-Twins have played the past two days without two of their catchers. Third-round pick Stuart Turner and ninth-round pick Mitch Garver flew to Wichita because they were two of the three finalists for the Johnny Bench Award for the nationís top collegiate catcher. In a ceremony on Thursday night, Turner was named the winner of the award.

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  14. The Yanks Are Coming

    I became a Yankees fan in 1962, near the end of a long period when it was fashionable to hate the Yankees. I went the opposite direction, partly because of my contrary nature and also to annoy my dad. I didnít realize the dynasty I glommed onto would end so soon.

    I was at the 1965 Opener at Met Stadium between the Yankees and Twins. Mickey Mantle started a ninth-inning rally that allowed the Yankees to tie the game when Cesar Tovar later dropped a two-out pop up. However, Tovar ...
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