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  1. Twins Send Five to Minor League Camp

    On Thursday morning, the Twins sent their third batch of players to minior league camp. There were:
    • RHP Sam Deduno
    • LHP Phil Dumatrait
    • C Danny Lehmann
    • IF Ray Chang
    • OF Matt Carson
    None of these moves would be considered a surprise. Dumatrait spent a lot of time in the Twins bullpen in 2011, but with Glen Perkins and Brian Duensing already set in the bullpen and Matt Maloney's emergence, there wasn't room for him any more.

    Ray Chang was in the running with the likes of ...
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  2. Could Baseball Have a Bounty-Gate Equivalent?

    On Wednesday, the NFL decided to take the news headlines away from the other sports again by announcing the penalties for the Saints “Bounty” situation. Head coach Sean Payton was suspended for a year and the team will lose its next two second round picks. Others, such as Rams’ Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who was ‘credited’ with offering the bounties was also suspended.

    Bla Bla Bla… it’s football, so it really doesn’t matter. It’s baseball season.

    But the story ...
  3. Rosario's infield transformation continues

    Original post from North Dakota Twins Fan
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    In recent years the Twins have struggled to produce quality middle infielders who could succeed at the big league level. There has been a steady stream of infielders to man second base and shortstop for the Twins during the last two seasons but no one has stood out above the crowd. During this offseason, the organization ...
  4. Position Analysis: Center Field

    Likely Starter: Denard Span
    2011 Stats: .264/.328/.359, 2 HR, 16 RBI, 37 R, 6/7 SB

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    Potential Backups: Ben Revere, Joe Benson, Darin Mastroianni

    A good case can be made that during his first two seasons in the majors, Denard Span was not only one of the most underrated players on the Twins, but in all of baseball. Between 2008 and 2009, Span hit .305/.390/.422 with 41 steals and 63 extra-base hits in 238 games.

    A young, ...
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  5. Updated Combined Twins Bench and Bullpen Battle Dashboard; 3/21/12

    Originally posted at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    This is the latest update of the Twins' Bench Battle and the Bullpen Battle Dashboards, to track player performance to date this spring. Performances include those in the last game vs the Tigers earlier this afternoon. You can read the basic premise behind the Bench Battle Dashboard here and behind the Bullpen Battle Dashboard here. At this point, there are 14 position players fighting for 3 bench sports and 11 pitchers fighting ...
  6. The Twins Next Window...

    In really studying the Twins major leage and minor league rosters this off season, and looking back at the past 4 years I came to the painful conclusion that the Twins missed their window to win a World Series. I think 2009-2012 was that window, and they missed that window due to career altering injuries, poor front office management, and the damn Yankees.

    Justin Morneau suffering a concussion when he had just reached his absolute peak, was a more crippling blow then most realized. ...
  7. Profit and Loss

    Nishioka's demotion to Rochester woke the Internet like a robin singing. At that moment, Spring Training truly arrived. Players without unquestionable abilities are now assets, each compared to similar players and measured for potential value for the team.

    When someone like Nishioka is cut early, it adds drama to the entire process. He represents a large investment of time and money, and sending him to the minors so quickly says a lot. This leaves the Twins with a bench spot to fill, ...
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  8. Gardenhire: Dozier will start in Rochester

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ID:	405After sending Tsuyoshi Nishioka to Rochester, many fans began to think that Brian Dozier may have done enough this spring to entice the powers that be to include him on the major league roster. On Tuesday, manager Ron Gardenhire squelched that notion.

    According to the Star Tribune’s Joe Christensen’s tweet which paraphrased Gardenhire’s comments on the situation, the Twins will not be bringing Dozier northward but rather sending him to Rochester to start ...
  9. Should Butera follow Nishioka to Rochester?

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    The biggest story of the week so far in regards to the Twins was the club abandoning their Japanese experiment by demoting Tsuyoshi Nishioka to Rochester for the start of the 2012 season. Going into last season the Twins thought Nishioka could be their starting shortstop for the foreseeable future and the team invested $14 million to bring him to the United States. This experiment turned out to ...
  10. Mining For Twins

    When the Twins sent Tsuyoshi Nishioka down, they admitted that they might need to replace him with a guy from another team’s roster. They’re right. Looking at the guys that remain in camp, there isn’t another really good option, at least not one that can play shortstop.

    Fortunately, this is the right time to find just such a player. At the end of spring training, teams make all kinds of guys available: players without options, Rule 5 draft picks or just guys that are dropped from the ...
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  11. k-bro's Lame Spring Training Report: 2012 (Part 2)

    [continuation of Part 1]

    Tuesday:



    Nice seats for the Blue Jays game.



    This is the "Richard Simmons Burger": a cheeseburger topped with a bratwurst, a chicken breast, and bacon. Probably could have fed the whole row. $10.50


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  12. k-bro's Lame Spring Training Report: 2012 (Part 1)

    Originally posted on k-bro's baseball blog

    To be clear, the word "lame" in the title modifies "report" and not "Spring Training." Spring Training is always cool.


    If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you may have noticed that I took a nice vacation in beautiful Fort Myers, Florida. It was an amazing trip, and I had a great time.


    I was lucky enough to attend three Twins Spring Training games -- against the Yankee, ...
  13. New Life For The New Kid?

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ID:	401Two weeks ago, I had a post where I guessed the probabilities of four non-roster invitees successfully making the Twins’ Opening Day roster. At the very bottom was “savior” Brian Dozier, stating that his probability was an F. No chance. Nada.

    Well, it looks like one of the Twins brass doesn’t agree. General Manager Terry Ryan stated that the recent demotion of Tsuyoshi Nishioka “has nothing to do with Dozier,” but that could easily be interpreted to mean ...

    Updated 03-20-2012 at 08:21 PM by Parker Hageman

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  14. Can the Twins' "new" utility infielder be an old one?

    We have heard rumors that the Twins might be shopping "outside the organization" for a utility infielder after the demotion of Nishioka.

    These rumors have just started a couple days ago, and are fairly interesting. If I had to venture a guess, the Twins will not have to search far to find a utility infielder and the "new" utility infielder would not even need to move far to join the Twins' camp in Spring Training. The writing in the wall is almost getting clear: ...
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