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  1. Twins Fan's Shocking Confession: "I don't hate the Yankees."

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed! Direct your hate mail appropriately.

    Psst. You there. Yeah, you in the Twins hat and Joe Mauer shirsey. Put down that plush TC bear, I have a secret that I can't hold in any longer. This is very hard for me to say. I've been thinking about it for a long time and I've felt this way even longer. I can't hold it in; I need to confess to someone. I'm trusting you to keep my secret, but it won't be easy. Are you ready?

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  2. Hicks and Melotakis: Kernels Roommates on the Rise

    Cedar Rapids Kernels pitcher Mason Melotakis and first baseman Dalton (DJ) Hicks are roommates this summer, sharing the same host family during their stay in Cedar Rapids. Both players played major roles with the Kernels as the team qualified for the Midwest League Playoffs by finishing second in the leagueís Western Division during the first half of the season and both could be candidates for promotion at some point this summer.

    Melotakis leads the Kernels pitching staff in wins with ...
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  3. The Key for Mike Pelfrey

    Itís hard to ignore the numbers. They are pretty glaring. Overall this year, Minnesota Twins starter Mike Pelfrey is 3-6 with a 6.12 ERA in his first 13 starts. Heís allowing over 1.6 base runners per inning. It has been a tough go. In April, he posted a 7.66 ERA. In May, that number dropped to 5.90. Through two Quality Starts in June, he has posted a 4.05 ERA.

    The numbers are bad, but it seemed to me from watching that things werenít quite as bad as they seemed. For instance, in his ...
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  4. Twins Minor League Report (6/17): It's a Miracle

    It was a relatively slow day in the world of Twins Baseball with only two of the five ball clubs active. Though that didn't prevent us from hearing some pretty newsworthy things.

    Twins first round draft pick Kohl Stewart is en route to the Twin Cities. In fact, at 9:28 pm, he tweeted a photo of Target Field from the Twins dugout. He's obviously not signed, sealed and delivered. But he's well on the way. I'm holding out hope that the deal gets done by tomorrow afternoon and he throws ...
  5. How Are AA Pitchers Approaching Miguel Sano?

    Last week, I was in the right place at the right time: the AA debuts of top Twins' prospect Miguel Sano and Eddie Rosario. One big takeaway from Sano's and Rosario's first couple AA games was that their reputations preceded them; in other words, pitchers knew who these guys were. Take a look at the (grainy amateur) video I shot of some early at-bats -- the pitches weren't even close. As a result, Sano and Rosario, but Sano especially, seemed to only get maybe 1 pitch per at-bat in his wheelhouse. ...
  6. Could Eric Young Jr.ís Next Stop be in Minnesota?


    Photo Courtesy of: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

    Article originally published on RantSports.com

    On June 12, the Colorado Rockies designated outfielder and leadoff hitter Eric Young Jr. for assignment and recalled right-handed reliever Chris Volstad from the team's Triple-A affiliate. While you already may have heard this news, and ...
  7. The Twins and the Yankees have been at it longer than anyone can remember.

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    For a large fraction of the Minnesota Twins fans, the Yankees clearly represent three things: a franchise that has a bottomless pit for a budget and can buy players and championships, a team that after the wild card was established the Twins have to face in every post-season, and the team that the Twins (the good Twins' teams) lost to in every post-season. So the Yankees have been the proverbial thorn on the Twins' side ...
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  8. The Curious Case of Kyle Gibson

    The middle of June has come and gone and there is no sign of Kyle Gibson in the Twin Cities.

    Teams like the Rays and the Mets are calling up top prospects like Wil Myers and Zack Wheeler because the deadline has passed for players to qualify for Super Two status. This means the Rays and Mets can control these high level players for a big chunk of the next decade.

    Gibson has a different story than some other players. The former first round pick entered the Twins system ...
  9. Twins Birthdays--June 17

    Also posted at wgom.org

    Tom Drees (1963)

    This is also the birthday of Ray Scott (1919), who broadcast Twins games from 1961-1966 and 1973-1975.

    Lefthander Thomas Kent Drees did not play for the Twins, but was at AAA for them in 1993. He was born in Des Moines, went to high school in Edina, Minnesota, attended Creighton University, and was drafted by the White Sox in the seventeenth round in 1985. He did really well in the Gulf Coast League that year, walked ...
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  10. Monday Morning Madness: June 17, 2013

    The Twins dropped two of three from the Tigers this weekend, falling to 7.5 games out of a division that they were never going to win. While the Twins have played better in 2013, they still do not have the talent to match the Tigers over a full season. Yet, there were some positives from the weekend and I have some apologies to make as well.

    I apologize to Clete Thomas. Just one week ago, I accused a wild turkey of creating a lineup that featured Clete Thomas batting second. While ...
  11. The Future of Trevor Plouffe

    Plouffe reentered the Twins line-up this weekend with a bang. This was great to see from the former first round pick but one has to look at the future of Twins baseball and wonder what his place will be with this organization. It seems as if the Twins are still a couple years away from contending and that could mean some changes for the 27-year old Plouffe.

    Twins fans will best remember Plouffe for his Ruthian like hot streak during the middle of last season. In a stretch of 14 games, ...
  12. Twins on Twitter - mid-June Update

    It's been about six weeks since we last updated which people in the Minnesota Twins organization are on Twitter. Since that time, several players have started tweeting while other players are new to the organization. This list does include several of the Twins 2013 draft picks. If they choose not to sign, they will be removed from the list, of course.

    Twitter is a great way to interact with players and with your favorite Twins bloggers. Be sure to follow the following Twins Daily writers ...
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  13. Those Damn Yankees: The Cuzzi Call

    Love 'em or hate 'em, the Yankees are headed to down in the beginning of July. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the first of three Twins postseason defeats at the hands of the Bronx Bombers, so we thought we'd take the opportunity to look back at what has been a lopsided -- but always entertaining and memorable -- rivalry between the two franchises. Over the next couple weeks leading up to the Yankees series at Target Field, various writers here at Twins Daily will look back at some of ...
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  14. Gleeman and the Geek, Ep 98: Mr. Sunshine and The Grump

    Aaron and John talk about their night in a Target Field suite, praying for Samuel Deduno, Oswaldo Arcia showing he belongs again, Clete Thomas subbing for Aaron Hicks, the Byron Buxton experience, Trevor Plouffe coming off the disabled list hot, grumpy Bonnes and sunny Gleeman, starting a team from scratch, releasing Anthony Slama, mailbag questions from listeners, and being chased by the cops. Here are:

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