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  1. Escobar Impressing at SS

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ID:	6780From the beginning, there was never really any doubt that Eduardo Escobar was going to make the 25-man roster out of spring training. The intriguing young infield talent is out of options and the Twins, short on infield help, were not going to let him slip away.

    That hasn't stopped the 25-year-old from going out and playing like he's trying to win a job. And that he might.

    After delivering a key two-run single in the seventh inning of Sunday's ...
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  2. Red-Seamed, Rose-Colored, Heart-Shaped Glasses.

    Bummed Darin Mastroianni got sent to minor league camp. My unpleasant mood has nothing to do with strategy or intellect. I am bummed because my friends who got autographs from him said he was a great guy. Mostly, I am bummed because I liked to pretend he was secretly a stubbly private investigator in a lesser known horror film directed by Dario Argento.

    Baseball, appreciated from the keen and reasoned eye of a scientific scholar, moves like a beautiful piece of clockwork machinery. ...
  3. Episode 137: Perkins' Extension and St Patrick's Day

    Aaron and John talk about Glen Perkins' contract extension, St. Patrick's Day craziness, what the plan is for Josmil Pinto and Aaron Hicks, unwanted apartment guests, drinking and eating at Mason's downtown, Ricky Nolasco starting Opening Day, running into KFAN producer Ryan Donaldson and his crew, waitresses in short shorts, out-of-options Twins, and getting too excited about spring training stats. You can listen by downloading us from iTunes, Stitcher or find it atGleemanAndTheGeek.com.
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  4. Twins Spring Training Report from Fort Myers: 3/16/2014: Dueling Aces and MILB games

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    Today it was Minnesota Day at Hammond Stadium, which apparently means that a whole bunch of people get early at the ballpark to tailgate at the parking lot and is a pain to find parking spots. I arrived just in time for the two intrasquad games (AAA vs AA) and (A+ vs A) at Fields number 2 and 3. Aaron Hicks was hitting for the AA team and Pedro Florimon was playing for the AAA team, so that is where I exclusively spent ...
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  5. What the Twins Really Should do with Rotation

    First I will say AGAIN, Deduno is the best starter on this team. Nolasco might be as good, Hughes certainly isnt, what the Twins really should do, is dump Correia, can a Diamond, Gibson, Gilmartin, Johnson choice be worse than Correia? I highly doubt it...yes there would be uncertainty but you prefer an automatic loss?
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  6. Twins Spring Training Report from Fort Myers: 3/15/14: Top prospects galore

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    The (big) boys were out of town today and this left only the two A-level squads in action at the Lee County Sports Complex fields playing the A and Advanced A level Orioles' squads. One of the things that need to be noted, is that these squads do not see each other in regular season competition. The Twins' Advanced A team, the Fort Myers Miracle, is in the Florida State League, whereas the Orioles' Advance A team, the Frederick ...
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  7. NFL Mock Draft 6.0

    1. Houston- Blake Bortles QB Central Florida
    2. St. Louis- Greg Robinson OT Auburn
    3. Jacksonville- Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina
    4. Cleveland- Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville
    5. Oakland- Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M
    6. Atlanta- Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M
    7. Tampa Bay- Khalil Mack LB Buffalo
    8. Minnesota- CJ Mosely LB
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    Updated 03-15-2014 at 07:50 AM by rgvtwinstalk

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  8. Twins Spring Training Report From Fort Myers: 3/14/2014 and the newest dashboards

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    Second day of live coverage of the Twins Spring training from Fort Myers. Today there was mainly major league action and some minor league drills before the Miracle and Kernels games, with the Red Wings and Rock Cats squads traveling.

    As a reminder, you can find all Spring Training coverage here.

    On the single A Beloit side of things, there was a lot of fielding practice going on, including a lot of ...
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  9. Breaking Down Minnesota's "Core Five"

    ESPN's Sweetspot blog posted an interesting entry earlier today looking at the top teams in relation to their "core five" players. They took the top five men from each roster and compiled their Baseball Reference WAR totals to come up with a top ten list. Obviously the better players you have, the more likely you are to be a very good team. Out of their top ten list, eight of the teams qualified for the postseason last year.


    There's no surprise that Minnesota didn't crack the ...
  10. Twins Spring Training Report From Fort Myers: 3/13/2014

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    I am on site at Fort Myers and this will be the first in a series of reports regarding the Twins' major and minor leaguers from the Lee County sports complex grounds. As a reminder, you can find all Spring Training coverage here.

    Miguel Sulbaran came to the Twins from the Dodgers in the Drew Butera trade last season and started four games for the Cedar Rapids Kernels, the Twins single A affiliate. Sulbaran did ...
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  11. Team Direction, Payroll, Rebuilding, Target Field, and Discontent

    For years, the Twins were a money ball team that had a very good track record. Payroll fluctuated in the $50-60M range, yet the team made the playoffs in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009, and 2010. That was about the ceiling, as the team made the second round just once in the six appearances. The villain that kept this team from advancing was always the metrodome. If the Twins had a stadium, payroll could go up and we could compete and make a serious run. Or so the through process went.

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  12. Reviewing the Detroit Tigers Off-Season, Talk to Contact EP 74

    The Detroit Tigers look to be the best team in the division, and it's not close. They're offense will beat you into submission and their pitching will have you doing all you can to scratch and claw a measly run or two across the plate. They are the team the Twins wish they were. This week on the podcast we are joined by Bryan Craves (@DisplacedTgrFan) to recap what's been happening in Motown since the Tigers were bounced out of the playoffs last season. You can download the new Talk to Contact ( ...
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  13. Ranking the Twins Lead-Off Hitter Candidates

    Some of the buzz of the Twitter world yesterday was surrounding the Twins and who should be the lead-off hitter when the team heads north from spring training. Ron Gardenhire would like one of the center field candidates to run away with thelead-off job but he had a surprise name as a back-up plan. With the ways things are starting to take shape, the team might have to get crafty with men near the top of the order.

    Here is a look at some of the candidates for the lead-off spot. Some ...
  14. Twins Hangouts (3/11): Seth in Florida Episode

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    Join Seth and I tonight at 8:30 to discuss the last week of happenings in Twins Territory. It's a special Spring Training episode with Seth live in Fort Myers.



    If you have questions or comments, please leave them below.

    You can view this and all other episodes on our YouTube channel, download our shows on iTunes, or listen to them on our webpage.
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