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  1. Twins Searching For Answers at Short and Center

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ID:	7208Out of the 276 major-league players that accrued 300 or more plate appearances last year, Pedro Florimon and Aaron Hicks ranked 257th and 261st in OPS, respectively.

    Although they made up for it somewhat with strong defense at key positions, both were among the worst hitters in baseball, so it was puzzling that the Twins entered this season without much in the way of backup plans at either shortstop or center field.

    Unfortunately, Florimon and ...
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  2. And the Twins Shortstop of the future is ....

    I think think this is a good time to address this issue. Of all the positives we've seen so ar this season, SS seems to be a lighting topic. And despite the "sign Drew" advocates, this doesn't seem to be a real/impending possibility or a long term answer. So other than trade or next year signing possibility, where does that leave us?

    Florimon is outstanding defensively. We've all seen what he can do. And it's truly a pleasure to watch him. But the second half of last season ...
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  3. Aaron Hicks and the French Mistake

    Just figured what Aaron Hicks is doing rong at the plate. In the movie "Blazing Saddles" there's a dance scene where gay dancers push their hands forward while pushing their asses backwards, singing, "...that's why they're doing the French Mistake..."

    Yup, Hicks is doing the French Mistake. It's not as obvious as in the comedy, but the effect of letting your rear hip trail behind the swing accomplishes the same thing: no power, no reach, lots of weak pop-ups. The ...
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  4. A TwinsTakes Preview of the 2014 Minnesota Twins - Back to Won, Twins Way

    by , 04-18-2014 at 01:32 PM (TwinsTakes.com Blog on TwinsDaily.com - Our Takes, Your Takes, TwinsTakes.com!)
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    The Minnesota Twins come into 2014 off a third straight season of over 90 losses. The last time the Twins went through a rough stretch like this was at the end of the 90ís when they had 4 straight seasons of over 90 losses and that was actually part of 8 consecutive seasons of finishing under .500 from 1993 to 2000 for our Minnesota Twins.

    When a franchise goes through bad stretches like that, they better have good scouting ...

    Updated 04-18-2014 at 01:38 PM by TwinsTakes-RD (Spacing)

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  5. Trevor Plouffe 2.0?

    The Minnesota Twins are currently 2nd in the AL in runs scored (86), 1st in OBP (.353) and 1st in walks (82). They also lead the AL in runs per game at 5.76. Thatís not too bad for an offense that was routinely picked to finish towards the bottom of the league in nearly every category.


    Yes, itís only April and the sample size is incredibly small Ė but itís a good start.


    The offense has been bolstered by improved performances from multiple players including ...

    Updated 04-18-2014 at 09:34 AM by iTwins

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  6. Phil Hughes Attempts to Reinvent Himself In Minnesota

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ID:	7187Over his career, Phil Hughes has seemingly been one solid secondary pitch away from taking over the world.

    Since his prospect days, his curveball was considered this dangerous weapon. For Hughes, unfortunately, the pitch never manifested into that killer pitch as projected. Eventually, the pitch was unceremoniously dropped from his arsenal in 2012.

    When asked why the deuce took the backseat to other pitches in his repertoire, Hughes cited ...
  7. Yangervis Solarte- In the Zone, or What?

    It's gotten to the point where you can't make up what's happening with the Yankees this month. Sporting an infield that featured the likes of Yangervis Solarte, Scott Sizemore (first major league start), Brian Roberts and then later, Dean Anna and Kelly Johnson (along with Derek Jeter), the Yankees continued their remarkable and unlikely run to the top of the AL East in April. Tonight, Solarte started a picture perfect 5-4-3 triple play in the 2nd inning in the Yankees convincing 10-2 win ...
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  8. Yangervis Solarte- In the Zone, or what?

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    It's gotten to the point where you can't make up what's happening with the Yankees this month. Sporting an infield that featured the likes of Yangervis Solarte, Scott Sizemore (first major league start), Brian Roberts and then later, Kelly Johnson (along with Derek Jeter), the Yankees continued their remarkable and unlikely run to the top of the AL East in April. Tonight, Solarte started a picture perfect 5-4-3 triple play in the 2nd inning in the Yankees convincing 10-2 win over Tampa Bay Rays
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  9. The Twins Lineup and Production

    The season is still very young. I don't want to get too wrapped up in early optimism, but something has to be said about the lineup and production thus far, especially considering the generally pessimistic nature I think most of us felt at the close of ST.

    There was a lot of gnashing of teeth, despite the "they can't be any worse therefore they must be at least somewhat better" mantra. There are flaws and concerns still to be sure. (Not here to necessarily rehash the SS argument ...
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  10. "Knuckleball!" and R.A Dickey

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    Friends,

    It was a coincidence that "Knuckleballs!" arrived from Netflix at about the same time that R.A. Dickey started against the Twins. I watched the first half of the documentary by Rickie Stern and Annie Sundberg last night, and finished up after the Twins victory this afternoon.

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    What a great movie! This is a must-see for all seamheads out there. "Knuckleball!" documents ...
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  11. The Struggles of Scott Diamond

    To say that Rochester Red Wings pitcher Scott Diamond has had a tough start to the 2014 season,would be putting it nicely.

    Diamond, Rochesterís opening day starter, is 0-2 on the season with an International League worse 15.58 ERA. If that large number wasnít enough, through just nine innings pitched in three starts, Diamond has allowed an IL worse 25 hits and walked seven batters as well.




    After his last ...
  12. The one Deduno Strategy that would make sense....

    Gardy might just be as stupid as a fox. First if you have read my posts in the past, you know I am the President of the Sam Deduno fan club..(is there one?)

    First you have all this money in starting Rotation and you have Gibson who surprisingly has performed very well..but you also know Deduno is filthy and can beat ANY body..yes, Yankees you heard me right!...

    As much as I love Deduno, I have to admit a problem with him Late in the last two seasons.he has come up lame...so ...
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  13. Has the clock run out on Jared Burton?

    The Twins fell to the Blue Jays on Tuesday night due in large part to the wheels falling off the Phil Hughes strikeout express in the 6th inning. After cruising through 5 innings, limiting the Jays to 4 hits while striking out 5 batters, Hughes suddenly couldnít retire a single batter and was forced from the game clinging to a 2-1 lead with 2 runners on and no outs. Those runners would score (plus one more for good measure) which left Hughes with a disappointing stat line of 5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ...

    Updated 04-16-2014 at 10:57 AM by iTwins

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  14. Kernels Report: Who Are These Guys?

    The people who pay attention to such things during professional baseballís offseason were pretty much in agreement in their expectations for this team coming out of spring training in Fort Myers.

    The starting pitching should be quite improved, perhaps the best it has been in a few years. The bullpen should once again be sound. But when the topic turned to the offense, one question was nearly universal, ďWhere will the runs come from?Ē

    Now, roughly two weeks in to ...
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