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  1. More Minor League Releases

    Last week, the Twins announced seven players released from minor league camp. This morning marked the end of the line for the Twins career of several more players.

    Dustin Martin - Martin came to the Twins in the 2007 trade (with Drew Butera) in exchange for Luis Castillo. In 32 games for Ft. Myers that summer, he posted an .803 OPS. The following season he was promoted to New Britain where he posted an .802 OPS with 52 extra base hits. He has spent the past three seasons with the Rochester ...
  2. Manship, Benson Optioned; More Roster Moves

    On Monday, the Twins reassigned RHP Brendan Wise to minor league camp. Tuesday morning, the Twins optioned OF Joe Benson and RHP Jeff Manship. They also reassigned INF Pedro Florimon and C Rene Rivera.

    None of the moves are completely surprising, and yet it further cements some of the roster spots that remain up for grabs.

    Benson had a terrific showing in big league camp. His defense shone as he made it clear that he is the organization's top all-around defensive centerfielder. ...
  3. Could Capps perform better than Nathan in '12?


    Original Post from North Dakota Twins Fan
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    The Twins saw their long-time closer Joe Nathan leave the team in free agency this offseason. With his departure to the Texas Rangers, the organization turned to a familiar face to fill the closer role by signing Matt Capps. Before undergoing Tommy John surgery, Nathan had been one of the best closers in the game ...

    Updated 03-27-2012 at 08:20 AM by Seth Stohs

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  4. Gleeman & the Geek Ep 34: Schmoes, Schlubs and Schmucks

    Big roster announcements prompt a debate about the Twins making decisions based on spring training performances. Here are:

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  5. Starting Pitching Concerns

    Baker doesn't appear close to ready. Marquis is not in camp. Is it possible that both will not be in the rotation as the Twins break camp?

    Who is in line to get those starts? Any signs of the Twins stretching out some of the players pegged for a relief role?

    What is the succession order?

    Liam Hendriks
    Anthony Swarzak
    Brian Duensing
    Matt Maloney
    Jeff Manship

    Seth may be able to help with this... what is the projected starting ...
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  6. Report from Fort Myers. March 26th edition

    Today the Twins met with the Tampa Bay Rays at Hammond Stadium. This was the first time that Scott Baker would pitch after his recent bout with elbow right elbow tendonitis, so it was supposed to be an interesting day.

    Before I got there, I checked out the practice fields where the Twins' middle infielder bench-type players (Luke Hughes, Mike Hollimon, Pedro Florimon, Brian Dozier) were taking BP. Andy was tossing and he looks like he still got it:

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    Updated 03-26-2012 at 08:06 PM by Thrylos

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  7. The Biggest Sports Story in the Nation

    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    This isn't a blog post about March Madness, Tim Tebow (**shudder**), Peyton Manning, Tiger Woods or whether the Yankees or Red Sox won or lost last night. In my mind, those come in a far distant second to what happened on Saturday down in Florida. Of course I'm talking about Justin Morneau's 2-for-2 game with 2 home runs and 5 RBIs. Every report had indicated that, although Morneau was still batting around .100, his timing was closer. La ...
  8. Revere becomes outfield's odd man out

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    A year removed from what could be called an exciting rookie season, Ben Revere looks as if he could be the odd man out in the battle for a starting outfield spot with the 2012 Minnesota Twins. On Sunday Twins manager Ron Gardenhire announced that Josh Willingham would start the year as the team's left fielder, the position he has played for most of his career. This was a switch from what the plan had been at the beginning of spring training. At that time, it seemed that ...
  9. Recent Events Give More Opportunities For Players To Step Up

    Originally posted at http://troystwinsdugout.wordpress.co...rs-To-Step-Up/

    Hello Twins fans and I'm back from Fort Myers where I went to one spring training game. I also listened to a lot of basketball action and went for walks on the beach. Withrecent events that have taken place in the Twins camp I think it's time to revisit the roster picture.

    First of all, Tsuyoshi Nishioka was sent to the minor league camp early ...

    Updated 03-26-2012 at 12:50 PM by Troy Larson

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  10. Should Luke Hughes Start at 2B for the Twins?

    On Saturday, Luke Hughes went 5-5 with two doubles, a home run and five RBI. On Sunday, he went 2-3 with another home run. That raised his spring training numbers to .385/.429/.795 (1.223) with four doubles, four home runs and 13 RBI.

    When the 2011 season ended, TwinsCentric released its Offseason GM Handbook. In my offseason blueprint, I suggested that Luke Hughes be the Twins second baseman in 2012 with Alexi Casilla moving back to the utility role. I targeted Clint Barmes for shortstop, ...
  11. Catching Up On My Filing

    Originally posted at k-bro's baseball blog


    It's been a while since I've kept up with the Twins news. I figured I'd go back and see what I missed and file the info away as needed.

    File under: Recognizing a Good Thing While You Have It
    Glen Perkins signed a 3-year, $10.3 million extension with an option for 2016. Twins fans remember that things weren't ...
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  12. Position Analysis: Designated Hitter

    Likely Starter: Ryan Doumit
    2011 Stats: .303/.353/.477, 8 HR, 30 RBI, 17 R, 0/1 SB

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    Potential Backups: Justin Morneau, Joe Mauer

    No team has everything set in stone with two weeks left in spring training. For the Twins, with uncertainties surrounding several players, plenty is subject to change between now and Opening Day. For example, last week I profiled the three outfield spots, and over the weekend it was revealed that two of those ...
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  13. 2012 Minnesota Twins Prospects #13 Alex Wimmers

    Originally posted at ontheroad & Twinstarget



    Source: minnesota.twins.mlb.com
    13. Alex Wimmers, Right-handed Starter, 23 years old


    2011 stats: 2-3 with a 4.20 ERA 39/22 K/BB in 40.2 innings for Fort Myers.
    Last year's rank:
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    Updated 03-25-2012 at 09:10 PM by shawntheroad

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  14. Good Days & Bad Days

    Fueled by interviews with assistant GM Rob Antony and manager Ron Gardenhire, yesterday became the best day of the year for Twins spring training news. The result? Almost every projected lineup you saw this offseason was probably wrong. Instead, you’ll like see a whole lot of Josh Willingham playing left field, Ryan Doumit playing right field, Justin Morneau as the designated hitter and Chris Parmelee playing first base.

    The shakeup happens twelve days before the regular season starts ...
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