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  1. Twins Birthdays--May 15

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    Scott Watkins (1970)
    Justin Morneau (1981)
    Brian Dozier (1987)

    Left-hander Scott Allen Watkins pitched for the Twins for about two months in 1995. He was born in Tulsa, went to high school in Sand Springs, Oklahoma, and was drafted by Minnesota in the 23rd round in 1992. A reliever throughout his minor-league career, his numbers were not particularly impressive until 1995, when he posted a 2.80 ERA, a 1.06 WHIP, 20 saves, and 57 strikeouts ...
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  2. Twins Minor League Report (5/14): Lee, Walker Propel Kernels

    Overall, it was not a good day for the Minnesota Twins’ minor league affiliates. However, you’ll want to see what the Cedar Rapids Kernels’ most productive and most exciting hitters did on Tuesday.

    Kyle Gibson was back on the mound for the first time since his complete game shutout. How did the Red Wings right-hander back up his strong performance? Antoan Richardson performed the duties of leadoff hitter very well. Cedar Rapids also made several transactions.

    Check out ...
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  3. How to beat the Kernels

    The Cedar Rapids Kernels are sporting a 25-11 record through the first six weeks of the Midwest League season. That's good for a .694 winning percentage. How good is that? Over the course of a Major League 162 game season, a team would have to win 113 games to match that winning percentage.

    The Kernels are 12-2 at home and 13-9 on the road.They are 16-7 at night and 9-4 in day games. They've beaten right-handed starting pitchers at a 19-8 rate and have a 6-3 record when opponents have ...

    Updated 05-15-2013 at 01:28 AM by SD Buhr

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  4. Tom Brunansky is getting the feel for the job

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ID:	4076In what is thought of as one of the greatest Simpsons episodes of all-time, Nuclear Power Plant owner turned softball manager, C. Montgomery Burns gave one of his ringers, Daryl Strawberry, an invaluable hitting tip.

    “You there. Strawberry. Hit a home run,” advised the decrepit hitting instructor. Strawberry took the counsel and smacked a dinger onto the Springfield Expressway. In a perfect world designed by major league hitting coaches, life would be that ...
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  5. Twins Offense Looking To Its Heart

    After finishing the month of April ranked near the bottom of the American League in most categories, the Twins’ offense has undergone a stunning turnaround here in May, where they led the league in scoring through Tuesday. Prior to Wednesday's loss to the White Sox, the Twins had averaged 6.2 runs per game this month and had crossed the plate five or more times in eight of their past nine games.

    A sleeping beast awakened, indeed.

    Can this unit continue to excel and help ...
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  6. Geeking Out: Pitch To Contact And Team Pitching

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ID:	4070Pitch To Contact - at this point, I think we can go with capital letters, don't you? That phrase and philosophy have drawn a fair amount of criticism, a chunk of which is just snark, but some of which at least tries to ground itself in statistical analysis. In a thread started yesterday on Twins Daily, there was a lot of debate on Pitch To Contact, what it means and what we really know about its effects.

    When Bill James unveiled several new tools for analyzing ...
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  7. Near and Far, 1: Positional Analysis (1B)

    This is the first part in a series examining the Twins system, position-by-position in order to get both a near and long-term perspective of Twins' system. With regard to first base, there are a number of question marks, certainly, but it also seems to be the case that there is some hope both in the near future and definitely down the road.

    Let's go from top to bottom, starting with the Twins:

    Minnesota:

    Justin Morneau: LH, DOB: 5-15-81. STATS: .296/.340/.415 ...
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  8. 25 Minnesota Twins Drafts in 25 Days: 1990

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    Hello Twins Daily! I am continuing my journey through the last 25 Minnesota Twins drafts. As promised, I will not post each here, as I don't want to create any clutter. If you are interested in previous entries, you can find them here:

    1988

    1989

    There! Here's 1990:

    The 1989 draft produced one of the biggest names of the Twins' last quarter-century, in Chuck Knoblauch. How could the ...
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  9. Twins Birthdays--May 14

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    Bob Thurman (1917)
    Dave LaRoche (1948)
    Hosken Powell (1955)
    Pat Borders (1963)
    Larry Sutton (1970)

    Outfielder Robert Burns Thurman did not play for the Twins, but was briefly in their farm system at the end of his career. Born in Kellyville, Oklahoma, he played semipro ball until 1941, when he went in to the Army for World War II. Upon leaving the Army, he became a victim of baseball’s color barrier, playing in the Negro ...
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  10. Are the Twins a .500 club?

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    It's getting close to the end of the first fourth of the season and the Twins are still flirting with the .500 mark. There is a lot of baseball left to play but it has been an encouraging first portion of the season for Twins fans. Some surprise pitching performances, a good offense and a stingy bullpen have the club in range of the top of the division.

    So how did this Twins team get here and is this pace sustainable for the remainder of the season? ...
  11. Hope for Hicks

    Coming into the game, centerfielder Aaron Hicks had a hitting line of .137/.239/.216 (.455). He had just five extra base hits in the first 30 games. He had struggled one defense as well as with the bat.

    And then came Monday night.

    After popping up in his first at bat, Hicks came up to the plate to lead off the 4th inning. He launched a long home run, 416 feet to straight-away centerfield.

    In the top of the 6th inning, the Twins lead had been cut to 5-3 with ...
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  12. Twins Minor League Report (5/13): The Return of the 'Stache.

    Every affiliate was involved in a transaction today.

    The Red Wings placed P Liam Hendriks on the DL with right elbow inflammation. OF Antoan Richardson will take his place.

    The RockCats, losing Richardson to Rochester, get Deibinson Romero, who finally arrived in the States and is ready to play baseball.

    The Miracle activated OF Nate “That Pitch Hit Me” Roberts and sent INF Joel Licon back across the street.

    The Kernels add C Michael Quesada, ...
  13. Twins Birthdays--May 13

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    Johnny Roseboro (1943)
    Lenny Faedo (1960)
    Jack Cressend (1975)


    Catcher John Junior Roseboro was with the Twins from 1968-1969, near the end of his career. Born and raised in Ashland, Ohio, Roseboro signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers as a free agent in 1952. He hit very well for two years in the low minors, then missed a year due to military service. It took Roseboro a while to get going upon his return, but he hit .273 with 25 ...
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  14. Mauer's hot streaks and chasing doubles

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    It has been a season of streaks so far this year for Joe Mauer.

    Things started well in the first couple weeks of the season. Through 14 games, he was hitting .393/.439/.574 with two home runs and five doubles. His batting average was high, he was hitting the ball out of the park, and the Twins team was surprising experts with their .500 record.

    It was quite as pretty at the plate for Mr. Mauer over the next 12 games. His batting numbers ...
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