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  1. Twins Birthdays--August 9

    Also posted at wgom.org

    Bill Campbell (1948)
    John Moses (1957)
    Pat Mahomes (1970)
    Ryan Radmanovich (1971)
    Mike Lamb (1975)
    Brian Fuentes (1975)
    Drew Butera (1983)

    Right-handed reliever William Richard Campbell pitched for the Twins from 1973-1976. He was born in Highland Park, Michigan, went to high school in Pomona, California, and was signed by the Twins as an amateur free agent in 1970. A starting pitcher in the minors, ...
  2. 20 Twins Trades: Garza and Bartlett for Delmon Young

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed! I also wrote about the J.C. Romero trade this week. Yep, that famous trade. If you ever wondered how much I despise Romero, it won't take you long to figure it out.

    ​It's hard to imagine a scenario where the Twins would trade a promising young starting pitcher for a young stud hitter. However, back in 2007, that very scenario played out. While the trade did not work out for the Twins, the idea may not have been completely off-base. ...
  3. Looking Ahead: My Realistic 2015 Minnesota Twins roster

    As many of you know, 2014 Will be an add on type of year or build on year off of the success the Twins have had from 2011-2013.... But almost certainly the Twins will again NOT compete in 2014. The same could be said for 2015 as well, however i think that is the year, while in transition, the Twins can breakout and build a playoff team and atmosphere. Bring back the winning way again in the Twin Cities. This assuming Gardy is at the helm and the chemistry is very good in the clubhouse.

    Updated 08-11-2013 at 02:18 AM by shs_59

  4. Twins Minor League Report (8/8): Rosario Dominates for E-Twins

    The Minnesota Twins had a much-needed day off in Chicago as they prepare for a four-game series again the White Sox. Liam Hendriks has been recalled and will pitch the second of the day-night doubleheader. Josh Willingham returns from his rehab stint in Rochester and is expected to play for the Twins on Friday.

    It was a full night in the Twins farm system though. Cedar Rapids got their bats going again. Elizabethtonís hitters even had a big game. Of course, Elizabethton also got a tremendous ...
  5. Waitin' With the Wings: Josmil Pinto

    With the calendar already flipped over to August, there could be some shake-ups coming to the Twins roster. These might not be immediate changes but the club is on the way to their third straight losing season and different players should be given an opportunity at the big league level. In the next couple of weeks, I will look at some of the names on the Triple-A roster that could earn a call-up before the end of the season.

    This series called "Waiting With the Wings" will profile ...
  6. This Day in Twins History - August 8

    Originally posted earlier at This Day In Twins History ? August 8 | Twinstrivia.com

    - With the score tied at 3 apiece at Municipal Stadium in Kansas City, A's rookie third baseman Ed Charles steals home with two out in the ninth to score the winning run in a A's 4-3 win over the Twins. Ray Moore and Jerry Zimmerman were the Twins battery at the time.

    8/8/1974 - The Royals - Twins game at Royals Stadium is briefly interrupted by President Nixon's resignation ...
  7. Slidin' to the Sea (Twins versus Royals 109-111)

    Crumb-Faced (Twins 0 Royals 13 Ė Game 109)

    I abandoned this game at 6-0, and all I missed was Jamey Carroll pitching a clean ninth inning. And a whole bunch of suffering.

    Checking the box score to see who stunk on the mound is like lining up elementary kids to see who has chocolate on their face after the cookie jar was emptied. This time, Correia and Pressly are crumb-bearded and cookie-handed.

    Iíve never been a pitcher at any level. Is there a point in ...
  8. Twins Birthdays--August 8

    Also posted at wgom.org

    Ray Fontenot (1957)
    Dave Meier (1959)

    Craig Breslow (1980)

    Left-hander Silton Ray Fontenot appeared in 15 games for the Twins in 1986. He was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, went to high school in LaGrange, Louisiana, and was drafted by Texas in the 34th round in 1979. He was traded to the Yankees in October of that year in a multi-player deal that included, among others Mickey Rivers, Oscar Gamble, and Gene Nelson. ...
  9. Is Pedro Florimon Meeting or Exceeding Expectations?

    On Tuesday, we took a look at Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier and noted that his performance is certainly trending in the right direction, and that continued on Wednesday night in Kansas City. Today, weíll shift to the other side of the infield and try to determine whether Dozierís keystone combination partner Pedro Florimon is meeting or exceeding expectations.

    If Iím being honest, my expectations for Mr. Florimon were not terribly high. In fact, when I posted my 2013 Twins ...
  10. Twins Minor League Report (8/7): Robb Tosses Shutout

    While the Twins finish up their series with the Royals, there could be some reinforcements on the way. Josh Willingham and Darin Mastroianni are both on rehab at the Triple-A level and this could mean both men are back with the big league club in the near future. A healthy Willingham could be a sight for sore eyes to Twins fans.

    Miguel Sano returned to the line-up of the Rock Cats last night after missing four games with a tight hamstring. He wasted little time making his mark as ...
  11. Player Development question for Discussion

    Miguel Sano has been tearing it up in AA the last few weeks as he has raised is average from .180ish to .243 as of today and his OPS has increased 100 points or so too. His power in AA has been constant where he slumped initially on arriving but hitting for average the last several weeks. I doubt he gets called up to the Twins this season as he doesn't need to be added to the 40 man roster. However, Rochester is in a playoff race while New Britain is not. Would it be better for Sano to finish ...
  12. Twins Birthdays--August 7

    Also posted at wgom.org

    Ron Henry (1936)
    Gary Dotter (1942)

    Mike Poepping (1950)
    Danny Graves (1973)

    Catcher Ronald Baxter Henry played for the Twins in 1961 and again in 1964. He was born in Chester, Pennsylvania and began his professional career in 1954 with independent Class C Boise. He went to the Milwaukee Bravesí system in 1955 and stayed there six years. He looked like a pretty good player, really; he hit over .300 twice, and had ...
  13. Twins Minor League Report (8/6): Rock Cat Bats Bash

    When youíve followed the Minnesota Twins farm system for as long as I have, you canít help but root for the underdog. Itís easy to be a fan of Miguel Sano, Byron Buxton and other top prospects, no question about that. But the fun part of following the farm system, for me at least, is that there is no one way to the big leagues. There are many different paths. Andrew Albers is the newest example of a guy who didnít exactly make a direct trip through the minors to the big leagues. What a story! He ...
  14. This Pen is Mighty, and Mighty Cheap

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ID:	5130Late-inning leads have seemed so rare for the Twins that it's easy to overlook just how effectively the bullpen has been able to protect them. But make no mistake, Minnesota's relief unit has been among the finest in baseball this year.

    Only 44 times in their 110 games have the Twins carried a lead into the seventh inning, but in those games they are 34-7. When entering the eighth with a lead, they are 38-5. When entering the ninth with a lead, they're ...
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