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  1. Starting Pitching for 2013 and Beyond

    2012 has been a rough year for the Minnesota Twins starting rotation. Ineffectiveness and injuries have led to the worst ERA in the American League and with Nick Blackburn pitching every five games that’s likely not going to change.

    With the trade deadline nearing and the likelihood that the Twins will swap major leaguers for prospects, it’s time to take a look at what the Twins have in their farm system.

    Most of these pitchers will not be ready for 2012 or even 2013 ...
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  2. WWTD? (What Will Terry Do?)

    This article was originally posted at Knuckleballsblog.com.

    Six weeks ago, I put up a post here arguing that it was much too soon to “pull the plug” on the Twins’ 2012 season. I argued that, despite an admittedly dismal start, the Twins were performing fairly well on most fronts, with the glaring exception of their starting pitching, and that they were just about to begin playing their own Division rivals on a regular basis. Feel free to go back and read the whole article, but ...
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  3. Monday's Minor League Round-up

    The Twins just beat the White Sox 4-1. Ben Revere had a four-hit night. Frankie Liriano found his mojo and went seven strong, striking out five. (I've officially declared on Twitter that unless the Twins are blown away by a trade offer, I want them to keep Liriano and offer him arbitration.) Glared Berkins (or do you prefer Jaren Purton?) slammed the door. Sadly, Ozzie Guillen wasn’t in the opposing dugout to enjoy watching the Twins do what the Twins do.

    Yesterday, it was announced ...
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  4. Matt Capps Paper Doll, and Being Snippy About It

    Originally posted at k-bro's baseball blog

    The Twins have placed RHP Matt Capps on the 15-day DL with right shoulder inflammation. He had a MRI on Monday, which indicated that there is no damage, just inflammation, and it sounds like he's going to have a cortisone shot this week.


    Left-handed pitcher Tyler Robertson was recalled to take Capps' roster spot. ...
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  5. Trade Target Team Profile: Philadelphia Phillies

    The Big Picture
    Stop me if this sounds familiar. A team with championship aspirations faces a slew of injuries to their best players. They find themselves last in their division but hope that the players return will boost them back into contention. At the trade deadline they must make a tough decision: stick to the plan or write off a season in a championship era whose window could be closing.

    Yep - the Phillies are having the year the Twins had last year. But instead of a fan ...
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  6. Sunday Game Notes

    The Twins had arguably their most exciting game of the season. In many ways, it was the 2012 positives that got it done. Trevor Plouffe hit a home run. Scott Diamond pitched great. And then the big blast off the bat of Josh Willingham that proved to be the game-winner. Of course, you can add to that an incredible plate appearance by Joe Mauer off of flame-throwing Aroldis Chapman to set up the Willingham homer. Jared Burton made it interesting but pitched out of a jam for the save. And now the ...
  7. Rock Cats: Day Game Away from a 4-Game Sweep

    
    Evan Bigley says, "Do not take my
    playing time, Oswaldo Arcia."
    
    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    The Rock Cats finish up their four game series, as well as their week-long road trip, in a noon game today against the ...

    Updated 06-25-2012 at 11:07 AM by Twins Fan From Afar

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  8. Searching for a Revere home run

    Original post from North Dakota Twins Fan
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    It's not like searching for El Dorado or the Fountain of Youth because people have seen it before. Unlike the sightings of Big Foot or the Loch Ness Monster, there is more than tangible evidence that this is not just a fluke of nature. It happened as recent as last season for Triple-A Rochester but there still might need to ...
  9. Proving Grounds

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ID:	1346This week's series against the first-place White Sox will serve as a tough test for this Twins team. They've rebounded after a lousy start to go 13-10 over their last 23 games, remaining on the periphery of an AL Central race that no club seems poised to run away with. In three days, the Twins could conceivably be within 5.5 games of first place. They could also find themselves out of it by double digits.

    Perhaps no one will be under a bigger microscope in ...
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  10. 2012 Day-by-Day - June 23-24

    Recap:

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...VE&output=html

    I'm thinking of possibly making this more of a weekly feature, coming out usually on Sundays. Within that I would likely have organization stats and Hitter of the Week and Pitcher of the Week. As always, leave thoughts if any.
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  11. Snappers Wrap Up

    This article was originally posted on Knuckleballsblog.com.

    I had to leave Sunday’s Snappers game with the Cedar Rapids Kernels a couple innings early in order to get ready to catch a flight, but the Kernels had the game pretty well in hand by the time I walked out the gate.

    The Snappers scored one run in the top of the first inning, but probably should have had more. Nate Roberts and JD Williams each singled to start the game and Miguel Sano sent a towering fly ball ...

    Updated 06-24-2012 at 10:28 PM by Jim Crikket

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  12. Gleeman & the Geek Ep 47: Full Nelson

    Aaron and special guest co-hosts Joe Nelson and Nick Nelson talk about Matt Capps' injury and the closer replacements, Trevor Plouffe's case for the All-Star game, what to do with Francisco Liriano, the buyer versus seller debate, Brian Duensing's move back into the rotation, more Josh Willingham heroics, Byron Buxton's pro debut, and why John Bonnes shouldn't even bother coming back from vacation.
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  13. Another Snappers Shutout

    This article was originally posted at Knuckleballsblog.com.

    I have no idea exactly why Twins GM Terry Ryan is in Cedar Rapids watching his organization’s Class A affiliate this weekend, but if he’s here to evaluate the Beloit Snappers’ pitching, he has to like what he’s seen in the first two games!



    Pitcher Tim Shibuya and 3B Miguel Sano

    The ...

    Updated 06-24-2012 at 11:36 AM by Jim Crikket

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  14. A Snappers Pitching Gem

    The following article was originally posted at Knuckleballsblog.com

    While the Twins were winning the opening game of their series with the Reds Friday night, I was spending just about a perfect night watching minor league baseball. The Beloit Snappers (the Twins’ Midwest League affiliate) opened the second half of their season here in Cedar Rapids against the Kernels.


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    Updated 06-24-2012 at 12:02 AM by Jim Crikket

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