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  1. The Mystery of Safeco Field

    The Twins have not realized much success
    in Seattle lately
    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    There are some teams that, for no reason in particular, the Twins seem to struggle against on the road. No, I'm not talking about the Yankees ...
  2. Friday Links-N-Thinks

    Original post from North Dakota Twins Fan
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    Boy did it feel good to have a day to recover on Thursday after watching the Twins get no-hit by Jared Weaver on Wednesday night. This performance came on the heels of the Twins putting together a lack luster performance against Jerome Williams on Tuesday night. All together the Twins have been held hitless in 15 straight innings and now their focus will turn to the Seattle Mariners.

    The Twins record sits at 6-18, ...
  3. Thursday Night Game Notes

    The Twins had a much needed day off on Thursday after being shutout in back-to-back games at the hands of the Angels including being no-hit by Jered Weaver (Who they will get to face against at Target Field in his next start). Hopefully the players were all able to get a day away from baseball in Seattle!

    Weather affected a couple of the Twins affiliates, but here is a look at the Twins minor league scores and highlights from Thursday:

    ROCHESTER 4, EMPIRE STATE 3

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  4. Tears, Series Recap, and Other Notes

    Originally posted at k-bro's baseball blog

    Oy. That was a punch in the gut. Followed closely by a knockout punch to the jaw.


    There's no need to go into detail about how awful that was. Not only has the starting pitching failed to improve to a satisfactory level, but now the offense has taken a break from acceptability. Let's hope that a day off in beautiful Seattle helps matters. Although we all said that for the last off day...


    Just keep ...
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  5. Ryan v. Smith

    I'm trying to remember the media coverage back in the fall when Ryan replaced Smith very abruptly. I thought I read something that suggested Smith was let go by the Pohlad's because he didn't think the roster, as constructed then, could compete and wanted to go into rebuild mode. Ryan, on the other hand, held the philosophy that the roster could be competitive with the right quick fixes. Now, don't get me wrong, I had no confidence that Smith had the competence to blow up the roster and rebuild. ...
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  6. Would He Have Played For The Twins?

    Lets take a look at the stats for 3 utility infielders during the first 3 years of their career:

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  7. Twins, Gardenhire and Maritime Law

    When Francesco Schettino, the captain of Costa Concordia abandoned his sinking ship lastJanuary, it made international news. But he was not alone, to quote a very interesting Discovery channel article: "Considered one of the most infamous crimes in maritime law, [this] act of cowardice has many precedents in history.", and goes on to list several of the previous captains who have abandoned ship.

    Today, another name needs to be added to the list: Ronald Clyde Gardenhire. ...
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  8. This is all just a bad dream...right?

    "Wake me up when it is over." I have heard this in reference to bad movies, horrible television shows, lectures in college auditoriums--the list goes on. Add now to the list "wake me up when the Twins game is over."

    After being shutout for two straight games and being no-hit on Wednesday by Jared Weaver, the Minnesota Twins are beginning to give the term "the Bad News Bears" a whole new meaning. From their pitching to their hitting, the Twins are an all-around ...

    Updated 05-03-2012 at 12:06 PM by SpinnesotaGirl

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  9. Plouffe has gone poof?

    As of May 3, 2011, the sainted Drew Butera had this set of stats for the Twins:
    AB: 50
    BB: 2
    H: 5
    2B: 2
    R: 3
    RBI: 4
    BA: .100
    OBP: .151
    SLG: .140
    OPS: .291

    This morning, I see this for Trevor Plouffe 2012:
    AB: 36
    BB: 7
    H: 4
    2B: 1
    HR: 1
    R: 3
    RBI: 2
    BA: .111
    OBP: .256
    SLG: .222
    OPS: .478

    He's been basically five walks, and one double turned into a home ...
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  10. Grade Check

    This blog is originally available at our heavenlypeanuts.blogspot.com

    Yes, we peanuts are still alive and kicking, but it has not been easy keeping up with our beloved Twins. You see, Stinky has this thing called "work" which makes her do many, many important things, but very few of them are baseball related. Where as I, Scruffy, have this thing called "teaching" which will eventually lead to a wonderful summer full of partial planning and lots of baseball watching,
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  11. Carrying 13 Pitchers

    As posted on pitchersduel.blogspot.com

    Each major league team is allotted 25 roster spots at any given time. Any combination of hitters and pitchers is legal. Up until the 1990's it was common to see a team carry just 10 pitchers (often less), allowing flexibility on the offensive side, while relying more heavily on 'ace' relievers to come in for multiple innings at a time if the starter couldn't finish the game. Needless to say, that has changed a good amount in the past 20 years, ...
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  12. Twins Players of the Week

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    This is the fourth installment in this series. You can find all of them here in reverse chronological order. I will be doing these approximately weekly or at the end of every 2 series.




    In the last 2 series against the Royals (abbreviated 2-game series because of a rain out) and at the Angels the Twins as a team hit an underpowered .214/.276/.321 with 1 HR and scored 16 runs. This helped ...
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  13. Carroll, Span among best on defense

    Original post from North Dakota Twins Fan
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    There have been plenty of low-lights so far for the Twins with last night's no-hitter by the Angels Jared Weaver being at the top of the list but there have been some positives for fans to see in the first month of the year. Denard Span and Jamey Carroll have provided some strong defense up the middle for ...
  14. Twins Minor League Hitter of the Month - April

    Earlier this week, I handed out the “awards” for Twins minor league relief pitcher and starting pitcher of April. In each case, I was able to profile six pitchers and there were good numbers. Today, I am going to profile five Twins minor league hitters who had solid Aprils. Unlike with the pitchers, it was really tough to come up with hitters. If I’m being honest, it was a two-player race for the April Hitter of the Month. And, today, when the Twins have an off day after being shut out two straight ...
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