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  1. Anyone Want a (Mark) Hamburger?

    It seems like every week or two, there is a pitcher who is designated for assignment by a team. In the Twins Daily Forums, we discuss whether or not the Twins should consider claiming him or not. Today is no different.

    On Friday, the Texas Rangers added Roy Oswalt to their 40 man roster. To make room for him, Mark Hamburger was Designated for Assignment.

    Hamburger is a Minnesota native who signed with the Twins after a tryout camp at the Metrodome. In 2008, he was closing ...
  2. A worthy ally

    Like almost all our posts this is originally available on our website (with pictures!)

    And this year, as the Twins remain frozen in carbonite out of contention (with .7% chance of making the playoffs) we COULD fixate on analyzing how the little things done by Ben Revere and Scott Diamond and Joe Mauer may or may not play out when the team returns to the playoff hunt in a year (or several), OR we could balance our love for the Twins with a special National League ally to give this season
  3. Rickie Back to Mauer...

    Hey bro, you are right! I play when I feel like it just like you do. Heck, my fans are almost as stupid as yours...but do you really think they are going to fall for that excuse? sure hope so! I really hope I can sign a monster contract like yours and then become a diva!...How fantastic life must be for you!....Home town always forgivin untradeable hero who the press protect no matter what kind of non-playing excuse you make up! You have showed me the way, just like you did ...
  4. About me, BYTO, and Twins Daily

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    Some of you may know me already from my stewardship of Battle Your Tail Off over the past 6+ years or you may only know me by reputation (heh). Moving forward, we're going to work to integrate the BYTO and Twins Daily communities in an attempt to create the most lively, interesting discussion of the Twins anywhere on the internet. My background is of a technical nature; I've spent the past decade as an illustrator, graphic designer, and web developer. You won't ...
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  5. Friday Links-N-Thinks

    Original post from North Dakota Twins Fan

    Last night's Twins game got ugly in later portions of the game with Jeff Manship giving up some bombs. One of the home runs even took one bounce and was out of the stadium. Overall, it wasn't the best series but the Twins did manage to pull out one victory. Francisco Liriano and Liam Hendriks put together one of their best starts of the year in the series and Josh Willingham had a late inning home run to lead the team to victory. ...
  6. Mauer's response to Rickie Weeks

    Hey Rickie, Thanks for your apology. It is not necessary though. You were just playing baseball to the best of your ability. Maybe the collision scenario was a bit unorthodox, but what the hey - things happen. If I sounded put off by it in my after game comments, I apologize. I was frustrated by being injured on the play and felt that this injury might keep me out for a handful of games.

    As you know, I am from St. Paul and I share the same passion as our Twins fans do - as I am a Huge ...
  7. Thursday's Minor League Round-up

    The Twins lost another series to a National League foe. The news came out today that Brian Duensing will be starting against the Reds on Saturday.

    Instead of dwelling on the Twins shortcomings, read 1,100 words about Thursday’s minor league action:

    Box score

    The Wings scored eight or more runs for only the third time in June; however, the 14 they allowed were the second most of their season.

    Brian Dinkelman had ...
  8. Apology from Rickie Weeks...

    Dear Joe,
    I understand during our series I slid into you at home plate and you were a little bit upset about my slide. I heard you say you had left me part of the plate to slide to and you didnt understand why i slid so hard into you. Well Joe, I have never had a catcher leave me part of the plate to slide into. Knowing you and your well earned "gamer" mentality I never imagined that you would leave even an inch of the plate left unblocked. You with your "winning at ...
  9. Traveling With The Twins: PNC Park

    I could be a Pirates fan.

    Believe me, I know all that implies. As a middle-aged Twins fan, I've felt Pirates fans' pain, albeit in lesser doses. I can sympathize with the hopelessness and even apathy that sets in after years of mismanagement.

    Watching the supposedly competitive Bucs yesterday didn't inspire me to join them anytime soon. If you're wondering what the "traditional" Twins philosophy - pitching, defense and maybe a little hitting - looks like in the NL, ...
  10. Patience Probable with Prep Picks

    Since the Twins drafted outfielder Byron Buxton with the second overall pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, the question I hear most is, “When do you think we will see Buxton in a Minnesota Twins uniform?” We can all venture our guesses bases on what we’ve read about an 18 year old, but no one knows. He could come up as a 20 year old in 2014, as a 24 year old in 2018, or he may never make it up to the big league club.

    Another question I have heard frequently over the last two years is when ...
  11. 2012 Day-by-Day - June 20

    Hitter of the Day:
    Niko Goodrum - SS - ELZ - APP: 2-5 2 3B (2), 3 RBI, 2 R

    Pitcher of the Day:
    Francisco Liriano: 6.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO

  12. Wednesday's Wild Night in the Minors

    It is officially the first day of summer and that means action will be heating up across the baseball world. The Twins found themselves in a pitchers duel in Pittsburgh with Francisco Liriano throwing one of his best games of the year. A rough seventh inning meant that Liriano wasn't able to pick up the win but a late inning home run from Josh Willingham pushed the Twins to a 2-1 victory.

    Some injuries to the Rochester bullpen forced the Twins to make some transactions in the farm ...
  13. A bold new world

    So this is slightly intimidating for me. My name is David, I grew up in southern Minnesota and have been a baseball/Twins fan for a long time. I've never written a blog before and only recently have begun participating in any sort of online forum (I used to comment on the website but that grew old). I stumbled upon this website through the Star Tribune Twins Centric page and have loved every minute that I spend here. Since then I have abandoned reading the actual Twins Centric site and spend ...
  14. Liriano Rediscovers the Slider

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ID:	1303Francisco Liriano’s first six starts of the season were nothing short of disappointing.

    With plenty of raw talent, the Twins potential rotation leader failed miserably, throwing 26.2 innings, allowed 37 hits (six of which were home runs), posted a terrible 21-to-19 strikeout-to-walk ratio and failed to pitch into to the sixth inning in all but one start.

    In that time, Liriano was drastically out of whack mechanically and the coaching staff had ...
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