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  1. Cat Naps

    Quote Originally Posted by 81Exposruledbaseball View Post
    IF the Twin's are gonna contend this year, and that's a BIG IF, we need a new closer. Mark it down...BS today, "bye" the way.
  2. Former Draft picks/Minnesotans

    Clete Thomas joined a long list of guys that the Twins drafted at one point, didn't/couldn't sign and joined the organization later. Some other names that are on this list are Steve Pearce, who was cut in Spring Training, and Michael Holliman, who made a push to be on the opening day roster and is now in Rochester.

    There are other players who left the state of Minnesota at some point, only to come back later, like Cole Nelson, who left the state to attend Auburn, but was acquired ...
  3. Monday Night in the Minors

    As I type this, the Twins and the Red Sox are sitting at 5-5 in the 7th inning. Who knows how long that game will go. All three Twins minor league games were in the Eastern time zone, so those games are all complete.

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


    Rochester residents were the recipient of three inches of snow when they woke up on Monday morning. Fortunately, the Red Wings did not have a scheduled ...
  4. Where will Liriano fit into the bullpen?

    Original post from North Dakota Twins Fan

    At the end of spring training, it seemed that Francisco Liriano was posed to have a strong start to the year. After pitching in the Dominican Winter League, Liriano had seemed to have it all together in spring training and he was ready to help the Twins forget about the headaches involved with the 2011 season. But ...
  5. 3 Weeks of Rock Cats Baseball: A Review

    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    New Britain fans have been treated to a lot of wins
    early in the 2012 season
    The minor league baseball season is just about 3 weeks old. For the New Britain Rock Cats, it has been ...

    Updated 04-23-2012 at 08:42 AM by Twins Fan From Afar

  6. Twins Rotation, Manager/Terry Ryan

    by , 04-23-2012 at 12:22 AM ("And we'll see ya' ... tomorrow night.")
    Is Brandon Webb available???? The Minnesota Twins and Oakland A's would be teams that would look at bringing a guy like Brandon Webb in for the cheap. We have disaster area going on right now. I don't care who you are you aren't going to compete with Pavano, Marquis, Blackburn, Swarzak, Hendriks. This is if Blackburn is healthy, we saw what happened to Baker. I posted that I am giving the Twins some slack for the first 60 games, but something has to happen in the rotation. If Brandon Webb ...
  7. 2012 Day-by-Day - April 22

    Twins lose the game, the series and the road trip. There are 3 games left in the tough 19 game stretch (if you for some reason include Baltimore). With a series win against Boston at home, they will either go 7-12 or 8-11 in those 19 games. Like I mentioned before, that would be acceptable in my mind.

    Down on the farm, Scott Diamonds impresses against division leader Lehigh Valley, upping his record to 4-0 and is quickly becoming the favorite SP to be the first to be called up. With ...
  8. Shaky Control Puts Liriano on Shaky Ground

    Francisco Liriano was tagged with a loss Sunday as he allowed five runs over five innings, handing out four walks while throwing just 47 of 86 pitches for strikes.

    It qualified as his best start of the season.

    Through four turns, Liriano sits with an 11.02 ERA, 2.28 WHIP and 12-to-13 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 16 2/3 innings. Only 57 percent of his pitches are finding the zone, which is the same rate he finished with in 2011. He was being counted on this year to rebound ...
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  9. Memories, Series Recap, and Other Notes

    Originally posted at k-bro's baseball blog

    Yeah, this series could've been uglier, but it wasn't pretty.

    Friday's game was nice and smooth on all levels -- Matt Capps even delivered an uninteresting save for smiles all around.

    Saturday's game was a fun pitchers' duel -- until a really ugly sixth inning. And the Rays had smiles all around.

    Sunday...ugh. Just...ugh!

    Notes from the series:

    • I
  10. If the Dominoes Continue to Fall

    If the Dominoes continue to fall like they are on April 22, 2012 in Mid-Late June. What will the Twins Brass do? Will they ride it out or will they gut the roster - trading veterans and cutting middling players, bringing up the young fellas to test their engines?

    Pros for Gutting the Roster:
    • Getting a little value for the veteran starting pitchers and position players we have through trades. Maybe Span, Willingham or Morneau could bring something of exquisite value. All of
  11. Traveling in the Midwest League: South Bend

    We just finished up a three game set in South Bend, IN. Although the series didn't end the way we wanted (we lost two of three), I wanted to share some of the trip.


    We arrived in South Bend around noon for a 7 ET game. I wasn't sure what to expect of the stadium and was pleasantly surprised to see turf covering everything except the mound and the bases. Playing a number of games at the Metrodome in my career I felt right at home. A large jumbotron ...
  12. Realistic In Season Trade Candidates to better the Twins.

    First things first, I want to say that I firmly believe these players, while mostly currently in the Minor Lgs. are A) Big League Ready and B) More than likely available for Trade within their respective organizations. & C) Should fit well within the Twins budget as many of these players have no to little Service Time. & D) Are young/ Prospects, green or raw because that Clearly is the best way to invest you're time energy and Money and NOT Free Agency as proven time and time again also ...

    Updated 04-23-2012 at 04:35 AM by shs_59

  13. Gleeman & the Geek Ep 38: F Bomb

    Aaron and John talk about Francisco Liriano's latest ugly start, Luke Hughes leaving via the waiver wire, the clock ticking on Alexi Casilla and Danny Valencia, phone calls from listeners, why the bullpen has been better than expected, and why getting old stinks. Here are:

  14. Sunday Game Notes and Highlights

    The Twins lost 6-2 on Sunday afternoon to the Rays meaning they were 3-4 on the road trip. Francisco Liriano had his fourth straight Lirianic start. It wasnít pretty. Josh Willinghamís hitting streak came to an end. All-in-all, it appears that it would be a great time for the team to head back to home, to Target Field, for a series against the scuffling Boston Red Sox. Of course, they will get to face Jon Lester, Josh Beckett and Clay Buchholz, so it isnít as though it gets easy.

    Here ...
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