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  1. Gleeman & the Geek Ep 41: Shake-ups and Wake-ups

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  2. Down on the Pond Returns!

    This post originally appeard in it's entirety at www.puckettspond.com
    What's been going on with the Twins MiLB affiliates?
    Sometimes my life gets in the way of my baseball writing, and fortunately while I have been away from the day in and day out happenings of the Twins minor league affiliates, baseball has gone on. I'd like to throw out a very special thank you to my friend Mark Smith (@MarkArtSmith) for creating ...
  3. Mother's Day Game Notes and Highlights

    A VERY HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY from TwinsCentric and the Twins Daily staff!!

    Scott Diamond did it again. In a repeat of his first big league start of the season, the left-hander threw seven shutout innings. That he lasted seven innings is most impressive since he was drilled in the left shoulder by a line drive in the second inning. He gave up some hits, and a lot of line drives, but seven shutout innings is always appreciated. Brian Dozier had two hits, including his first big league home ...
  4. Inability to drive in runs

    The Twins lost 2-1 yesterday, wasting a pretty good season debut by P.J. Walters. From the AP story:
    The struggling Twins offense couldn't come up with a timely hit. Minnesota went 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position and stranded six runners over the final four innings.
    "We had plenty of chances, but it just didn't work out for us tonight,'' Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.

    Hm. On offense, the Twins had 5 hits total, but 6 walks to go with them. The Jays ...

    Updated 05-13-2012 at 12:43 PM by ashburyjohn

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  5. Profiles of the Top 22 Pitchers for the 2012 MLB Draft: Chris Beck

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    With the Twins having a severe need for pitching in the organization as well as six picks among the top 100, it is certain that more than one of those picks (and probably the second overall pick) will be used to draft a pitcher. To this respect, I am presenting profiles of the top 22 pitching prospects for the 2012 MLB draft.

    I will be presenting these alphabetically, and at the end I will rank them. I will be ...
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  6. Saturday... in the Park(s)

    PJ Walters was terrific in his Twins debut, but the Twins lost by a score of 2-1. He gave up a single run in the fifth inning. In the sixth inning, Walters hung a 3-2 curveball to Jose Bautista who hit a line drive barely over the fence in left field for his tenth Target Field home run in ten Target Field games. The unfortunate thing is that Walters made a 2-2 pitch on the outside corner at the knees, a pitch that had been called a strike all game, but it was called a ball, extending the Bautista ...
  7. Profiles of the Top 22 Pitchers for the 2012 MLB Draft: Jake Barrett

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    With the Twins having a severe need for pitching in the organization as well as six picks among the top 100, it is certain that more than one of those picks (and probably the second overall pick) will be used to draft a pitcher. To this respect, I am presenting profiles of the top 22 pitching prospects for the 2012 MLB draft.

    I will be presenting these alphabetically, and at the end I will rank them. I will be doing about ...

    Updated 05-12-2012 at 11:53 AM by Thrylos

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  8. Live Twins Chat at 1:00 TODAY (Saturday)

    Starting at 1:00 today (Saturday), Seth wll be again answering your Twins-related questions here.


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  9. Friday Night Lights

    The Twins and Blue Jays sat in a rain delay of nearly two hours before getting their game going just after 9:00 central time. Although the game should be done and I should be sleeping, it is a good competitive game thus far, so I will be up for a while. There were some good performances on Friday night, and there were some poor performances on Friday night.

    In player news, Kyle Waldrop’s rehab in Ft. Myers has been successful to this point. He pitched in seven innings over seven games ...
  10. Stealing Second With Runners On The Corners

    I just listened to Denard Span short circuit a potential rally by trying to steal second base with runners on the corners and one out. He was caught. I wondered if that was an especially stupid decision.

    It turns out, it's not that risky. Or at least it's not if you accept that a baserunner usually needs to steal bases about 2/3 of the time to be effective.

    Generally, one studies something like this using Palmer & Thorn's Run Expectancy Matrix. It's a neat grid that shows, ...
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  11. Get out your brown paper bag, its going to be a long season. (Instructions included!)

    Thursday night's loss to the Blue Jays was down right humiliating--running into a tag for a double play, pop up falling to the ground while three Twins players watch it from two feet away, another four inning stink-fest from a starting pitcher. Need I continue? Any more memories and I might need to pull out my brown paper bag to keep from hyperventilating.

    In one of my early blogs, I said that the Twins are giving the term "the Bad News Bears" a whole new meaning. I wish ...

    Updated 05-11-2012 at 03:58 PM by SpinnesotaGirl

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  12. Curse of the Pine Trees

    Simple baseball ineptitude can be explained by a lack of good pitching, fielding and hitting (and maybe even a little bad managing). However, the Twins' current level of ineptitude and misery cannot be explained through tradition baseball analysis. Tom Kelly used to say that a team is certain to win a third of its games and certain to lose a third, but it's how they play in that other third that determines the success of the team. The Twins have not even won that guaranteed one-third. The ...
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  13. A Look At Our Old Friends

    At the end of 2011, the Twins had some choices to make on a handful of players. Some they released, others the chose not to sign, others they did resign. Lets take a look at how those decisions have fared out so far, along with the players brought in to replace those that left:

    Michael Cuddyer - left via free agency
    Replaced by Josh Willingham
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  14. Boy Are We Lucky

    Made my first trip of the year to Target Field for last night's game. Of course, everyone knows that the Twins lost (again) to the Blue Jays. Further, the game featured a number of soul-sucking moments: everything from a dropped (or more accurately, unfielded) popup barely 15 feet from home to a number of extra bases being taken on sloppy or inattentive fielding to another 'let's get the suspense over early' spotting of several early runs by the Twins designated starting pitcher.

    Nonetheless, ...
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