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  1. What now for Joe Benson?

    The Twins made a few more cuts today, which is common during these final days of Spring Training. Joe Benson was cut and that is very disappointing to me. Benson is a player that I have been excited about for many years and a player who was given the opportunity to win the open center field job, after the trades of Ben Revere and Denard Span. Benson was not impressive this Spring. I don't put a lot of stock into Spring Training stats, but a .151/.286/.283 line with 15 strikeouts in 63 plate ...
  2. Liam Hendriks making final pitch for rotation spot

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ID:	3564On Thursday night, the Minnesota Twins showcased two of their potential starters for their remaining rotation vacancy – Liam Hendriks and Cole Devries.

    Together, the pair silenced the Yankees’ bats over eight innings, allowing just one unearned run over eight innings.

    Of course, spring training is not about the results but the process. For Hendriks, that process included peppering in more non-fastballs. As was discussed during the Fox Sports ...
  3. Twins Birthdays--March 22

    Al Schroll (1932)
    Eddie Bane (1952)
    Eric Rasmussen (1952)
    Cory Lidle (1972)

    Right-hander Albert Bringhurst Schroll appeared in eleven games for the Twins in 1961. Born in New Orleans, he attended Tulane and signed with Boston as a free agent in 1951. He remained in the Red Sox system through 1959. He moved around a lot, playing for two teams in 1951, three teams in 1952, two teams in 1956, and five teams in 1957. Schroll reached AAA in 1955 and did fairly well, ...
  4. Friday Links-N-Thinks

    It is hard to imagine that this time last year there were temperatures in the 70s or higher for parts of Twins Territory. There are only a handful of days left until Opening Day and there seems be plenty of snow left on the ground. Fans in North Dakota and northern Minnesota are still digging out of the most recent blizzard and it's hard to believe baseball is only a few days away.

    The World Baseball Classic wrapped up in the middle of the week so most players are back in camp for ...
  5. Position Analysis: Left Field

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Size:  28.9 KBLikely Starter: Josh Willingham
    2012 Stats: .260/.366/.524, 35 HR, 110 RBI, 85 R

    Potential Backups: Darin Mastroianni, Ryan Doumit

    Since joining the Minnesota Twins last winter, Josh Willingham has been destroying long-standing conceptions in addition to baseballs.

    There was a belief that prominent free agents wouldn’t sign in Minnesota. Yet Willingham, coming off a big season in Oakland, came aboard on a favorable three-year ...
  6. Tigers looking to trade Porcello

    I'll try this as a blog entry instead of a forum post.

    The Tigers continue to shop Rick Porcello to no avail. MLB Trade Rumors states that the Padres turned down a chance to trade either Huston Street or Luke Gregerson to get him. Other deals have failed to materialize. I suppose the equivalent from the Twins standpoint would be Glen Perkins, factoring in the NL and the Padres home park. Would you make that deal, if the Tigers also saw it that way (and were willing to trade intra-division)? ...
  7. Starting Rotation

    We all have seen pitchers that seemed to have difficulty in Spring Training, find their stuff once the season starts. We've see players hit for high average and then can't hit above .200 in real games.

    If we go by Spring Training results so far, the starting rotation would be:

    Sam Deduno
    Cole DeVries
    PJ Walters
    Liam Hendriks

    ahead of Worley, Pelfrey & Correia.

    Wouldn't that be a wonderment.
  8. Twins Birthdays--March 21

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    Fernando Arroyo (1952)
    Tim McIntosh (1965)
    Cristian Guzman (1978)

    Right-hander Fernando Arroyo pitched for the Twins from 1980-1982. Born and raised in Sacramento, he was drafted by the Tigers in the tenth round in 1970. He pitched very well in the low minors, stumbled in his first year at AAA in 1974, but had a 2.62 ERA and 1.16 WHIP there in 11 starts in 1975 when he was promoted to Detroit in late June. He didn't do so badly for ...
  9. Sam Deduno: New and Improved?

    Earlier this week, the Dominican Republic took home their first championship in the World Baseball Classic. Japan won the title in the first two years of the tournament but this year it was all about the Dominicans. They went undefeated through all of the rounds and ended up celebrating on the field in San Francisco.

    One of the breakout stars for the Dominican was a current member of the Twins organization. Sam Deduno made three starts for his country and his numbers look great. He ...
  10. The Next in a Long Line

    “It excites me a lot. Look at that line. Those guys have all been mentored by the guy in front of them. Me being mentored by Denard Span means I'm the next one in line. I've still got to get to the big leagues, still have to earn my place as a big league center fielder.”

    Those were the words of Aaron Hicks at Twins Fest when asked what it meant to follow in the Minnesota Twins centerfield lineage of Kirby Puckett to Torii Hunter to Denard Span.

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  11. Position Analysis: Shortstop

    Pedro Florimon will man short for the TwinsLikely Starter: Pedro Florimon
    2012 Stats: .219/.272/.307, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 16 R

    Potential Backups: Eduardo Escobar, Jamie Carroll

    On April 1, Pedro Florimon will become the Twins' ninth Opening Day starter at shortstop in 10 years. Will he be able to become the first player since Cristian Guzman to hold the title for consecutive seasons? Magic 8-ball says: outlook not so good.

    The path that brought Florimon to the Twins is brushed ...
  12. I'm an Elitist

    The first step in realizing you have a problem is admitting to it right? Well, apparently the next step either doesn't exist or is locked away in Gringott's to never see the light of day. Thing is, I'm an elitist. Whew. That was more difficult than it seems... actually, na not really.

    I have a problem reading nonsense and tolerating irrational or outrageous (deemed by me of course) thoughts. Its not that you don't have a right to post about anything you want, its just that you are probably ...
  13. Twins Birthdays--March 20

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    Hank Izquierdo (1931)

    Catcher Enrique Roberto (Valdes) "Hank" Izquierdo was a reserve catcher for the Twins for two months in 1967. Born and raised in Matanzas, Cuba, he started playing in organized baseball in 1951. He spent three years playing for the Galveston White Caps, and independent team in the Class B Gulf Coast League. He went to independent Winston-Salem in 1954 before going to the Cleveland organization with Class B Keokuk ...
  14. Our Minnesota Twins (Part 2)

    Continuing our series that aims to answer the question "who the heck is that guy?" [both here and on our other blog]: we're here to tell you about prominent Twins, and we'll do it in the most Minnesotan way we know how: by providing you facts (player's background), fiction (the alternate background we used to dream up the photoshop), fandom (ways to cheer for them) and flattery (less positive cheers, aka Minnesota "Nice" comments)

    Let's get started!
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