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  1. Trade Target Team Profile: Toronto Blue Jays

    The Big Picture
    The Jays currently find themselves in a familiar situation, enjoying a good season but struggling to gain traction in a treacherous division. Toronto's 38-36 record would have them a game back in the AL Central, but the team sits last in the East, trailing the red-hot Yankees by 6.5 games.

    That's right, the Blue Jays – with a record two games over .500 – are only two game closer to first than the Twins, who hold the American League's worst record. Yep, life in ...
  2. Tuesday's Trip through the Minors

    With all of the talk before the game about Twins hitters destroying Gavin Floyd, it was bound to happen that he was going to put up a good performance. Over the course of seven shut out innings, he struck out nine Twins batters and only gave up five hits. Liam Hendriks had his best start of the season throwing over six innings to the tune of three runs with an Alex Rios home run being the big dagger.

    In the ninth inning, the Twins made things interesting by loading the bases with two ...
  3. Let's Make a Deal for Matt Capps

    Welcome back to everybody's favorite form of roster-modification: LET'S MAKE A DEAL! That's right, I pretend to be Wayne Brady, you pretend to be Terry Ryan dressed up like a giant Radish! (Also, you pick a trading partner for an expendable player on the Twins roster)

    First, let's reveal what we came away with last week as we made a deal for Denard Span. Between the three comments on Twins Daily, the one comment here and the poll votes it winds up with 6 votes to keep Denard and 4 to ...

    Updated 06-26-2012 at 12:43 PM by PeanutsFromHeaven

  4. Random Tuesday Twins Thoughts and Tidbits

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch

    Here is this week's installment:

    • A first in Minnesota Twins' press coverage: A beat writer questions one of Gardy's decisions last Saturday, and Gardy lashes back at him “We’ll do the managing, and you should write.” Unfortunately for the ones who are doing the managing, pretty much everyone can manage a team to the worst record in the AL two seasons in a row.
    • Congratulations to: Bobby Lanigan, Luis

    Updated 06-26-2012 at 11:50 AM by Thrylos

  5. Tuesday Morning Tidbits

    The Twins got their homestand off to a good start against the AL Central leading White Sox. An outstanding performance from Francisco Liriano was more than enough to lead the Twins to the victory. It was a milestone win for the Twins franchise in their new home as it was the team's 100th victory at Target Field. In that time span, the team is only a couple games over .500 so it would be nice to get that winning percentage a little higher.

    It's another Tuesday so that means I will be
  6. 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 ...
  7. 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 ...
  8. 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 ...
  9. 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. ...
  10. 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 ...
  11. 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 ...
  12. 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

  13. Searching for a Revere home run

    Original post from North Dakota Twins Fan

    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 ...
  14. 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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