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  1. Twins Birthdays--April 29

    Also posted at wgom.org

    Ron Washington (1952)

    Infielder Ronald Washington was with the Twins from 1981-1986. Born and raised in New Orleans, Washington signed with Kansas City as a free agent in 1970. He was in the Royals’ system for six years, only one of them higher than Class A, and did nothing of any particular note apart from play several positions; he was used as a catcher, outfielder, shortstop, and second baseman. Washington was traded to the Dodgers after the ...
  2. Strong Start Bodes Well For Twins

    Justin Morneau and Josh WillinghamT.S. Eliot once famously wrote that April is the cruelest month, and for the Twins that adage has held true over the past two years. Between 2011 and 2012, the team went 15-33 during the season's first month while watching devastating injuries pile up – from Tsuyoshi Nishioka's broken leg and Joe Mauer's bilateral leg weakness to Scott Baker's unscheduled Tommy John surgery.

    Against that backdrop, the first four weeks of this 2013 campaign have been blissful, ...
  3. Gleeman and the Geek, Ep 91: Radio Return and It's April

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ID:	3915Aaron and John's Minnesota Twin podcast moves to KFAN 100.3 FM, but that's not the only change. The Twins relatively positive start also fuels their most optimistic episode, where they talk about Kevin Correia's fantastic start, the bullpen's impact and depth and the struggles some of the younger players in the lineup are facing. Here are:

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  4. Weekend Thoughts - 4/28/2013

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    The Twins split their four-game series with Texas this weekend. Unfortunately, I missed the Sunday game due to something called "Couples Shower." I was not aware of such thing, but have since decided that these should be outlawed completely. I won a game of Bingo where all the numbers were replaced with wedding terms. I was told I could pick any prize I wanted, so I chose "watching the Twins' game." This was met ...

    Updated 04-28-2013 at 10:08 PM by Brad Swanson

  5. Twins Minor League Report (4/28): Duffey Does it Again

    t was bound to happen. The four Twins full-season minor league affiliates had all won each of the past three days. That’s a 12-0 record. On Sunday, that streak broke as two of the affiliates won. That said, all four games were decided by two runs or less. There is some very good baseball being played in the Twins farm system.

    Speaking of very good baseball, the Minnesota Twins are back over .500 again after a 5-0 win over the Texas Rangers. Kevin Correia continued his impressive April ...
  6. Rochester Red Wings Review: This is What We've Been Waiting For

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    After finishing an eight game home stand at 3-5, the Rochester Red Wings took the short trip up the New York Thruway to Syracuse to play the Chiefs (Nationals). Last season the Red Wings won just three games in Syracuse, something that they would match in their first trip to NBT Bank Stadium.

    The Bats Come Alive

    In their four game series against the Chiefs, Rochester scored 31 runs on 50 hits. ...
  7. Ranger/Twins - Punch for Punch (Games 18-21)


    Have Cap, Will Travel (Game 18)

    Took the wife to Wits at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, where Michael Ian Black joined the show for the evening. Black is a comedic laser so sharp you can correct people’s vision with his jokes.

    Wits projects tweets onto the wall before the performance and at intermission. Couple tweeters in attendance used the board as a way of checking the score. Caught a couple Twins caps and jackets in the audience, ...
  8. Anagram update

    Previously I posted anagrams of the 2013 Twins active roster. Here are permutations on some recent additions:

    Oswaldo Arcia
    Iowa Carloads
    I Also A Coward
    A Cow Loads Air

    Scott Diamond
    Candid Mottos
    Misadd Cotton
    Condom Tit Ads

    Pedro Hernandez
    Preharden Dozen
    Pardoned Her Zen
    End Red Porn Haze

    Updated 04-30-2013 at 05:59 PM by ashburyjohn

  9. Twins Birthdays--April 27

    Also posted in wgom.org

    Pedro Ramos (1935)
    Luis Quinones (1962)
    Sean Douglass (1979)
    Yoslan Herrera (1981)

    Right-hander Pedro (Guerra) Ramos played for the Twins in 1961 and was the starting pitcher in the first game the Minnesota Twins ever played. He was born in Pinar del Rio, Cuba, and signed with Washington as a free agent in 1953. He had a fine year in 1954, split between Class C and Class B ball, and started 1955 in the major leagues, pitching
  10. Anatomy of a Rock Cats Win & Postgame Conversation with James Beresford

    It was a picture perfect night for baseball in Connecticut. No, our winter didn't extend into late April, as it did in Minnesota, but this was one of the first days where it actually would have made sense to wear t-shirts and shorts around town. 4,615 were in attendance this evening as the Rock Cats took on the Richmond Flying Squirrels.

  11. 20 Games and Potential Logjams

    The Twins have hit the 20 game milestone and are a breakeven 10-10. Considering the pessimism going into the season, we Twins fans should be happy with the results. Some raw numbers: Run differential is -6. Team ERA is 3.92, the Twins have scored 83 runs despite only 13 homers and a league-worst slugging percentage. They are 5-2 in one-run games and have allowed only 11 homers, second best in the AL. Many of these stats can't be sustained--they will allow more homers and win fewer close games--but ...
  12. Twins Minor League Report (4/27): Broomsticks

    Lots of drama today. Fortunately, the drama all ended in celebration. (Even for the Minnesota Wild.)

    The Twins got back to .500 this afternoon after beating the Rangers 7-2. Pedro Hernandez provided a very strong shutout effort (5 IP, 5 H, BB, 3 K). The bullpen continued to shine, preserving the shutout while the offense added a handful of insurance runs. Glen Perkins pitched a very low-leverage ninth. He walked the first two batters before getting the next two guys out. He then ...

    Updated 04-27-2013 at 10:01 PM by Jeremy Nygaard

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  13. Burris 1st Game ends just like his last game

    Josh Burris last game experience involved a game tying HR in the bottom of the 9th and an extra inning Walk Off Grand Slam (Elizabethton 2012 Championship Game). In his first game of the 2013 season - Burris experiences a game with a crazy and similar ending.
  14. Exposing a Hidden Hall of Fame Player?

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    Earlier this week, I wrote about Joe Mauer and his Hall of Fame career. I was really taken by just how well Mauer stacks up against catchers throughout history, players from this era and Hall of Famers in general. If you didn't read it, you can find it here. If you did read it, you can find it there too, but you probably shouldn't read it again. Read this instead. I thought, well, this is probably an exercise that I could complete for ...
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