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  1. Twins Minor League Report (8/20): Dominant Debut for Stew(art)

    The Twins top pick in this yearís draft made his Elizabethton debut on Tuesday night and was very impressive. I mean, if you happen to like strikeouts. He likely would have made this debut a couple of weeks earlier if not for his foot injury. He probably would have been promoted along with fellow 2013 pick Stephen Gonsalves. The two young pitchers join Elizabethtonís Big Three of Felix Jorge, Randy Rosario and Yorman Landa. Hein Robb has been pitching very well of late. And, thatís not even counting ...
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  2. Even the Dogs are Cringing (Twins versus White Sox -- Games 119-122)

    (Twins 4 White Sox 3 -- Game 119)

    Twins win on a walk-off hit from Chris Herrmann. That's a memory he'll keep in his back pocket forever.

    Pelfrey made a game of it on the mound. Maybe there's something to him, but I don't know if I can take another season of wondering what's going to end up on the Target Field mound, and what pitch its arm will fall off while throwing.

    What are the chances it's going to get better, though? I'm as optimistic about the future ...
  3. Liriano's Success Is Tough To Stomach

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ID:	5286On Monday night, Francisco Liriano spun perhaps his most impressive gem in a season that's been full of them. Facing the Padres in San Diego, the lefty hurled seven scoreless innings, striking out 13 and allowing only four hits to pick up his 14th win of the campaign.

    Through 19 starts for Pittsburgh, Liriano holds a 2.53 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 126/47 strikeout-to-walk ratio with only five home runs allowed in 121 innings. He has been, in a word, sensational ...
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  4. Would a Johan Santana reunion make sense?

    It has been five seasons since Johan Santana last wore the uniform of the Minnesota Twins. In the mean time, he has been dealing with multiple injuries and ineffective pitching performances. He missed all of the 2011 season as he dealt with a shoulder problem and he won't pitch in 2013 because of another should issue. Last season with the Mets, he tossed 117 innings with a 4.85 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.

    Not exactly the numbers Twins fans were used to seeing from their former ace pitcher. ...
  5. Twins Birthdays--August 20

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    Graig Nettles (1944)

    Bobby Cuellar (1952)
    Tom Brunansky (1960)


    Third baseman Graig Nettles played for the Twins in parts of seasons from 1967-1969. Born and raised in San Diego, he was drafted by the Twins out of San Diego State in the fourth round in 1965. He showed instant power, hitting 69 home runs in three minor league seasons. He made his debut with Minnesota as a September callup in 1967 and reached the big leagues ...
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  6. Gardenhire Swoon?

    At the all-star break the Twins' winning percentage was a measly .423. However, until the current losing streak they had won at a .555 clip since the break which gave us all a little hope. In some ways it is like deja vu though because if you look back at 2011 and 2012 the Twins also came out after the all-star break and played better for a short term than they did before the break (.529 in '11 and .466 in '12). Each time they hit a wall at around the 50 win mark and struggled mightily for any ...
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  7. Twins wait on Injured Deduno

    Minnesota Twins righthander Samuel Deduno could be set for a short lay-off after doctors confirmed that he has biceps tendinitis which will affect his ability to pitch.

    The 30-year-old Dominican complained of a sore shoulder after the recent game against the Chicago White Sox but fans betting MLB World Series are hoping it is only a minor injury that has been caused by the strain of pitching for six months.

    Deduno has had a tough campaign since taking part in the World ...

    Updated 08-22-2013 at 03:43 AM by KCasey

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  8. What's Next for Kyle Gibson?

    On Monday, the Minnesota Twins and the New York Mets played the series finale of a series that started in April. The teams played a makeup game for a game that was snowed out. The Twins lost 6-1 and will now head to Detroit where they'll play the Tigers for the next three days.

    Kyle Gibson made the start and went just 3.2 innings. He was charged with four runs on ten hits and two walks. Immediately following the game, he was demoted to Rochester.

    The question of "What's ...
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  9. Twins Minor League Report (8/19): Pitchers Get It Done... AGAIN!

    We've been dealing with dreadful pitching in the major leagues pretty much everyday since... well... 2011. Today was more of the same. In fact, Kyle Gibson was sent back to Rochester after today's outing.

    There were some other minor league moves as well. A.J. Pettersen was moved from New Britain to Fort Myers along with Matthew Summers. To make room, Fort Myers sent Alex Swim back across the street.

    On a positive note, those in the FSNorth viewership got to see a glimpse ...
  10. Jake Mauer has Kernels Focused on Postseason

    Cedar Rapids Kernels manager Jake Mauer has been in a unique situation for the past couple of months, since his Kernels nailed down a Midwest League postseason berth by finishing second in the MWLís Western Division during the first half of the season.


    Travis Harrison and Manager Jake Mauer

    Only in minor league baseball is a manager occasionally faced with the challenge ...
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  11. View From Kernels Games - Kepler, Goodrum, Walker, Boyd, Mauer

    The Twins farm system is ranked highly, and for good reason. For the first time in recent memory, we have a number of very high ceiling prospects at AA (Sano, Meyers, Rosario, May) and high A (Buxton). The ones at low-A (Kepler, Goodrum, Walker, Boyd, etc) in past years would have made us proud. How do they really look in comparison to the press, and in comparison to the more notable others on this list? After seeings some Kernels games, the punchline: major leaguers are hard to come by, but ...

    Updated 08-21-2013 at 02:13 PM by twinsfanohio

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  12. What's the Plan: Eddie Rosario

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ID:	5266In 2011, Miguel Sano enjoyed a breakout season in Elizabethton, launching 20 homers in just 66 games for the Twins' advanced rookie-league affiliate. Because that dazzling performance served as a springboard for the young slugger, who has since graduated to elite prospect status, it can be easy to forget that Sano didn't even lead his team in home runs that year. No, that would be Eddie Rosario, who went deep 21 times and posted a 1.068 OPS for E-town -- one of the best ...
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  13. Twins Birthdays--August 19

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    Fred Lasher (1941)
    Luis Gomez (1951)
    Gary Gaetti (1958)
    J. J. Hardy (1982)


    Right-handed reliever Frederick Walter Lasher appeared in eleven games for the Twins in 1963. He was born in Poughkeepsie, New York and was signed by Washington as a free agent in 1960. A submariner, he had problems with wildness in his first couple of years in the minors, but gradually improved, although he never had what you would call pinpoint ...
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  14. Monday Morning Madness - August 19, 2013

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    Over the past week, the Twins offense has been inconsistent, their starting pitching has been up and down and their bullpen has started blowing leads. It's almost like this isn't a very good team. This weekend, the Twins had a lot more trouble with the lowly White Sox at home. This would be troubling, but the last three seasons have been troubling so I'm not sure we can feasibly add any additional trouble at this point. On the plus side, ...
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