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  1. Kernels Roster Could Include Familiar Faces

    The final week of spring training is a big week for the new batch of Kernels getting ready to head north to Cedar Rapids.

    On Thursday, four days before the Kernels will break camp in Fort Myers and head north, the roster for the Kernels still included 29 names. Thatís four more than the 25 players that will make up the clubís Opening Day roster.

    That means at least four of the current group being managed by Jake Mauer on the back fields of the Lee County Sports Complex ...
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  2. The Twins Way

    It has been written several times this season, that this Twins clubhouse is the quietest any of the beat writers has experienced. During Spring Training Rob Antony came out with a fired up speech denigrating lackadaisical players and imploring for someone to please step up and be the man.

    Is this "The Twins Way"? Is this the new "Twins Way"?

    Where's the coaching staff in all of this? Where's Joe Mauer? While I'm sure the listed parties provide leadership ...
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  3. I have mixed feelings about Jason Bartlett making the Twins...

    [I]Originally published at [URL="http://tenthinningstretch.blogspot.com/2014/03/i-have-mixed-feelings-about-jason.html"]The Tenth Inning Stretch[/URL][/I]
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    ...and has nothing to do with nostalgia.

    The Twins have been busy trying to finalize their 25 man roster, this week, the last of Spring Training, and unless you are lucky enough to vacation to a remote island away from mobile phones and the Internets, you would know by now that there was a waiver ...
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  4. Waiting to Rebuild

    I thought and hoped this would be the year where the Twins would go with youth. I should have known better. The direction for the winter roster construction was made clear when they retained Josh Willingham last August.

    Earl Battey was the catcher when I first became a young Twin fan. I recall his western oil 8x10 card hanging my wall among other Twin heroes. Those years were great. I didn't know how lucky I was to follow a team that was competitive or at least entertaining every year. ...

    Updated 03-27-2014 at 10:52 PM by jorgenswest

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  5. Put Him in Coach? Aaron Hicks is Ready for Center Field

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ID:	6901When the Minnesota Twins unloaded Denard Span and Ben Revere in one offseason, they envisioned Aaron Hicks being the bridge in center field to their super prospect in Byron Buxton. The torch, for the time being, was being passed along from Kirby to Torii to Denard to Hicks.

    ďI would love to be the next in line,Ē he proclaimed in the Twinsí clubhouse on Opening Day last year before everything went awry.

    Perhaps in hindsight it was unfair of the ...
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  6. Given Recent Trade History, Trevor May Has To Pan Out For The Twins

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    When the Twins traded Ben Revere to the Philadelphia Phillies during the 2012-2013 offseason, it looked like the Twins were winners in that trade, having received a couple of pitchers. Vance Worley had previous pitching experience in the majors with the Phillies. Trevor May was one of the Phillies better pitching prospects.

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    Updated 03-27-2014 at 11:48 PM by Troy Larson

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  7. Thursday Notes from Hammond: Diamond, Parmelee & Presley waived

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ID:	6898The Twins clubhouse had a vibe to it that can only be appropriately summarized by a line from the movie, Major League: You donít want to celebrate too hard in front of guys who just died.

    After news broke yesterday that Scott Diamond was on waivers, he learned he cleared today and faces a career decision of either accepting an assignment to Rochester or find another organization that will take him. In addition to Diamond, Chris Parmelee and Alex Presley were ...
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  8. Kernels Roster Taking Shape

    There was no rain in Fort Myers on Wednesday. Thatís the good news. The bad news is that it was pretty breezy and high temperatures for the day barely, if at all, reached 70 degrees.

    I know that sounds good to a lot of people, but I had to wear long sleeves much of the day at the ballpark and was a bit chilly eating dinner outdoors tonight!

    But I toughed it out, because I know my readers expect me to do whatever it takes to get the story.

    Today, that story ...
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  9. 2014 Twins Predictions you can take to the bank...and read on your mobile phone becau

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    Prior to the 2013 season, I made ten Minnesota Twins predictions. Of those ten, I nailed six. Honestly, that's a pretty good success rate. However, two of the ten that I missed, I missed badly. Here's a very quick recap on my predictions from last year:

    Good: Justin Morneau will be traded. Josh Willingham will not be traded. Rich Harden will not be good. Joe Mauer will not win the AL batting title. Oswaldo Arcia, Aaron Hicks ...
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  10. Zach "Snub" Jones

    While examining MLB.comís top-20 prospect list, I am pleased to see that some deserving names were added recently. But there is one name that I feel has been "snubbed," to use the parlance of our times. Despite his dominating numbers on the hill, Zach Jones is still not in MLB.com's top-20.

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    Zach has never sniffed MLB.comís top-20 list, even though he has averaged 13.6 Kís per nine innings in his 1.5 years of pro-ball. He has ...
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  11. Predicting the Opening Day Roster; Talk to Contact Ep 76

    On this week's show there is a lot of discussion about recent subtractions (and an addition) to the Twins roster as they continue to trim down to their 25-man roster. Jason Kubel will make the team and both Scott Diamond and Vance Worley will be pitching elsewhere in 2014. We discuss who is the last man in/out as the Twins trim the roster to 25 and then we take a look ahead at who will be the division winners and playoff contenders for 2014. You can download the new Talk to Contact (@TalkToContact) ...

    Updated 03-26-2014 at 09:21 PM by Paul Pleiss

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  12. What the Twins need for this season

    We have all dreamed, hypothesized, and written out the lineup, rotation and bullpen on napkins for the past 6 months. We've all scratched out, thought about it, and scribed again. The final 25 to begin the season is nearly complete. The only drama to begin the season is the final 12 th and 13th spots of the player roster. And IF you assume Barlett is gone and Presley is in, there is only one spot open to see.

    This year more than others, a transition year as some youngsters get their ...
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  13. Diamondís Arenít Forever: Twins Place Scott Diamond on Waivers




    In an interesting move, the Minnesota Twins placed Scott Diamond on waivers Wednesday, giving the other teams in the league until Thursday to make a move to claim him.

    The move is interesting for several different reasons, seeing that it was not that long ago that Diamond appeared to emerge as a pitcher who could become part of the permanent rotation going forward. Diamond
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    Updated 03-26-2014 at 05:33 PM by DreInWA

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  14. The Twins Thin The Pitching Herd

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ID:	6883There have been few examples of teams having their Opening Day starter the previous season then having the pitcherís value deflate to the point where he clears waivers and is traded for a stack of dollar bills.

    But thatís exactly what the Twins did with Vance Worley when they traded him to the Pirates for cash considerations.

    The interest was understandable minimal, said Twins assistant GM Rob Antony, after the 26-year-old right-hander passed ...
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