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  1. 2012 Day-by-Day - April 25

    Twins lose another heartbreaker. Leave 13 men on base, struggle to get that one important hit with guys on base late in the game. As I was watching, and hoping for a comeback, I tempered my expectations for the team. Normally I'll think to myself "If we can pull this win off, we could start a serious run here." Unfortunately, this year, I struggle to see how this team can win 5 in a row or 9 of 10. Not saying they won't have winning streaks of anything past 2 (season long for 2012), but ...

    Updated 04-26-2012 at 10:53 PM by bkucko

  2. Wednesday Night Twins Minor League Game Notes

    The Twins and Red Sox are battling in a suddenly-close game in the late innings of the final game of what has been an immensely frustrating series for the Twins and their fans. Which is another good reason to follow the Twins minor league games. There’s always plenty of positive to be taken from the games, even if three of the four Twins affiliates lost.

    Here is a look at the Twins minor league scores and highlights from Wednesday:


  3. Who is NOT Hot in the Twins minors? 2012 version 1

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch

    This is the first version of the 'who is NOT hot in the Twins' minors' series for 2012. I have been doing the Who is hot in the Minors series for a few years now and I decided that a complimentary list might be in order. I will be updating those every month or so, as well. The current who IS hot list can be found here

    Without further ado, here is the list, going from AAA to A. The clubs represented are AAA ...
  4. The Value of Supplemental Draft Picks

    Regarding the discussion of whom to pick with the #2 choice in the upcoming draft, there is also the group of supplemental picks the Twins will get. Even if the team believes pitching is their sorest need, it's one reasonable strategy to pick a stud position player at #2 and then load up with pitching prospects a little further down in the draft, if you think pitchers are inherently riskier to develop. However, those supplemental draft picks aren't quite the slam-dunk that some people were thinking ...
  5. Who would be a better ownership group

    When a team loses the blame game starts up. Bill Smith, Terry Ryan, Gardy, the Minor League managers, Vavra, Anderson, Big Fella, Sid, or whoever. In the end the buck does stop with the owner, they have the ultimate power to make changes to the direction and the culture. So I do expect a more focused discussion on the Pohlad family and their stewardship of the Twins to come up.

    So instead of just throwing cr#p on the wall and seeing what gets a reaction my challenge to people is who ...
  6. Major Comeback in New Britain

    Chris Herrmann celebrates his
    first inning home run.
    Mauer's 2013 backup???
    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    Unlike their parent club, the New Britain Rock Cats put up a fight after the odds were stacked ...
  7. Duensing ramping up his velocity in the 'pen

    Original post from North Dakota Twins Fan

    For the second season in a row, the Twins have taken a player who had previously served as a starter and given him a prominent role in the bullpen. Last year the Twins were very pleased with the performance of Glen Perkins as he developed into their most reliable arm in the bullpen. In a lot of tough situations, Ron Gardenhire ...
  8. Tuesday Night Game Notes

    The Twins were pretty well dominated by the Red Sox on Tuesday night, losing 11-2. Nick Blackburn was crushed. Matt Maloney was crushed. The offense didn’t come through. There was even some bad defense. Its’ a good thing that there are plenty of positive things going on in the Twins farm system to give us positive stuff to talk about!
    Here is a look at the Twins minor league scores and highlights from Tuesday:


    The Red Wings were rained out on ...
  9. Mauer Making a Statement?

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ID:	738The Twins have played 18 games this year, and Joe Mauer has been in the starting lineup for every single one. That's right – you might not have noticed, but the embattled catcher has not taken a day off this season after missing half of the 2011 campaign due to various ailments.

    This is the longest Mauer has even gone into a season without stopping to rest, and it's not like the early schedule has been particularly forgiving, with only one day off and ...
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  10. 2012 Day-by-Day - April 24

    It's late. I've worked both my jobs two days in a row, going on a 3rd. The Twins forgot to play tonight and thus my recap and commentary will be non-existent

    Minor League teams won all 3 of their games. Rochester got rained out.

    I'm going to switch back to posting a link to the Google Docs instead of "embedding" it in the blog post. Not sure who is reading this, if anyone, but I plan on updating this all season long, so if you read this and have a preference ...
  11. What Happened To All The Swagger?

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ID:	734After punishing spring training pitchers and promoting himself this offseason, Danny Valencia’s output in the regular season has left something to be desired. Coming off a down year in 2011 and made promises of rebounding and rededicating himself for this season. Rather than coming out the gates to a hot start, he now finds himself on the hot seat poised to lose starts.

    What has gone wrong for the Twins third baseman?

    In 2011, I attributed his ...
  12. One Very Telling Statistic

    As I was leaving Target Field tonight, I noticed the game attendance was 33,000 and change. On a beautiful night early in the season with the Boston Red Sox in town, we still had over 6,000 empty seats in Target Field. It used to be that when a team like Boston or NY was in town, we would sellout and have another couple of thousand people packed in the ballpark with standing room only tickets. I know that I plan on going to all the games that I have tickets for this year, but with the product ...
  13. 2012 Minnesota Twins Prospects #4 Liam Hendriks

    source: theaustralianbaseballdigest.mlblogs.com

    4. Liam Hendriks, RHP, 23 years old

    2011 stats: 12-6 with a 3.36 ERA in 139.1 innings, with 111/21 K/BB for New Britain & Rochester
    Last Year's Rank: 6
    Acquired: ...

    Updated 04-25-2012 at 08:02 AM by shawntheroad

  14. The Ride or the Glory

    Over the last few weeks, many people have posted about the Twins lack of wins. The poor record last year, along with the slow start this year has people calling for everything from blowing up the team, to firing the manager and front office, to increasing the payroll 20% in an effort to bring in more talent. I suppose a strong amount of emotion helps to show the strength of the fan base.

    Over the offseason, the Twins did not blowup the team. Rather they patched up holes with some ...
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