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  1. If We Like It, Then We Need to Put a Limit On It.

    At the time of the 2012 draft, a lot was made of the fact the Twins took a number of hard-throwing college relievers. Shortly after that, we found out the plan was to convert these pitchers into starters.

    As we approach the stretch-run, some of these “new” starting pitchers are heading into unchartered waters when it comes to innings. My curiosity got the best of me and I did a little research.
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    First, I looked at the 2011 draft class ...
  2. "Hello, Good-bye" Poll

    You say yes, I say no
    You say stop and I say go go go, oh no
    You say goodbye and I say hello
    Hello hello
    I don’t know why you say goodbye, I say hello

    This is the time of year when, like it or not, there’s a lot of discussion going on about who will or will not be wearing a Twins uniform a week or two… or a month or two… from now.

    The reality is, when your favorite Major League Baseball team is not a contender in July, there will almost certainly ...
  3. Watch Him Grow! Kyle Gibson's Early Results

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    In a lost season, baseball fans take what they can get. Most get by on hope, and for the Twins, looking toward the future has begun as early as ever. Before elbow surgery, Kyle Gibson's name often topped lists of reasons to keep the faith. Though he's stumbled out of the gate, he has the tools to work at the top of the rotation, and he has the freedom to develop on-the-job. Here are five areas where Gibson can improve as he gains confidence in his ...

    Updated 07-23-2013 at 10:05 AM by E. Andrew

  4. Twins Birthdays--July 23

    There are no players with connections to the Minnesota Twins born on this day.
  5. Scotty Doesn't Know: What is wrong with Scott Diamond?

    From diamond in the rough to just plain rough.

    For Twins starter Scott Diamond, it’s been a tale of two seasons. One of the lone bright spots on a 2012 Twins team that lost 96 games en route to a second straight last place finish in the AL Central, Diamond managed to go 12-9 with a 3.54 ERA over 173 IP, good enough for 2.3/2.4 WAR depending on your preference. Heading into the offseason, he was the only Twins starter assured of a spot in the 2013 rotation, and was generally expected ...
  6. On 3rd Base Coaching Decisions

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ID:	4901Let’s start with this: I don’t care if Aaron Hicks slid or not – Joe Vavra blew the call to send him last night in the fourth inning. This is not debatable. I doubt Vavra would debate it. And even had Hicks slipped into some shiny leather and slid like Kate Beckinsale in Underworld, he was still going to be out. It was not close. It was Vavra's mistake that the announcers should have been talking about.

    Making outs is a cardinal sin for a third base coach. ...
  7. Twins Minor League Reports (7/22): Monday in the Minors

    Monday night was a full night in the Twins minor league system, and each team provided a couple of impressive highlights. For Rochester, it was LHP Logan Darnell. For New Britain, pick between Miguel Sano and Danny Ortiz. For Ft. Myers, how about Dalton Hicks? Maybe Tyler Duffey? For Cedar Rapids, of course it was Adam Walker. Zach Granite gets the nod for Elizabethton. You can pick between Zach Larson, Chad Christensen and Amaurys Minier for the GCL picks, but you won’t pick their defense.
  8. What's wrong with Scott Diamond?

    Something isn't right with Scott Diamond.

    The man who was supposed to be a calming force in the Twins starting rotation has become a punching bag for opponents. He hasn't won a game since June 20th and he gave up four runs in a little over five innings in that start. A sophomore slump has hit Diamond hard and it's tough to know what the Twins can do about it.

    Since June 9th, Diamond has struggled mightily on mound. In his eight starts during that stretch, he has failed ...
  9. Rochester Rotation Shuffle

    When Mike Pelfey was activated from the disabled list earlier this month, P.J. Walters was the odd-man out of the Twins rotation. He was outrighted to Rochester on July 8th and made his first start on July 12th.

    Once Walters was designated for assignment, it was assumed he’d be joining a rotation that consisted of Wance Worley, Liam Hendriks, Pedro Hernandez, and Cole De Vries, all of whom have major league experience. That doesn’t include Andrew Albers and Logan Darnell, both southpaws ...
  10. Twins Birthdays--July 22

    Also posted at wgom.org

    Bill Zepp (1946)

    Right-hander Bill Zepp pitched for the Twins from 1969-1970. Born and raised in Detroit, he attended the University of Michigan, played in the Basin League for the Valentine Hearts, and was signed by the Twins as a free agent in 1968. A starter in the minors, he pitched very well there, posting an ERA of three in Class A Wisconsin Rapids in 1968 and going 15-3, 2.34 with a 1.08 WHIP in 1969 in AA Charlotte. He was ...
  11. Potential Deals Looming Between Minnesota Twins and Boston Red Sox

    On Sunday, the Boston Red Sox announced that their closer, Andrew Bailey, would have season-ending shoulder surgery. While the news is certainly disappointing for Bailey and the Red Sox fans’, it may end up becoming good news if you are a fan of the Minnesota Twins.

    Even before the injury to Bailey, the Red Sox bullpen was struggling with a combined 4.03 ERA. Because of this, the team was rumored to be in the market for a reliever who could bolster their bullpen at the ...
  12. Monday Morning Madness - July 22, 2013

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    The Twins are on fire. They have won back-to-back series for the first time since late May/early June. In doing so, they have put a little cushion between themselves and the last place White Sox. The Twins really capitalized on the Indians' pathetic defense (most notably Lonnie Chisenhall, who I feel very sorry for at this point) and won two of three games over the weekend. Winning four out of six games is a major accomplishment with ...
  13. Rejiggering the 2014 Twins: starting pitching

    All along this year, I have been holding out hope that the 2014 Twins could compete to win their division. Although things look a bit dimmer now than at the beginning of the year, I'd like to think that's still true. I've been mulling over what needs to be done to make that happen.

    I was at Target Field for Saturday's game against the Indians. My first disappointment was that Kevin Correia was pitching--but I couldn't any Twins pitcher that I'd rather see. I settled into my seat and ...

    Updated 07-23-2013 at 09:56 PM by PSzalapski

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  14. End of Twins, Beginning of Baseball (Twins vs. Indians 92-94)

    No More All-Star Moments (Twins 3 Indians 2 – Game 92)

    This is the story of the 2013 Twins, and there’s really not a whole lot left to cover in these remaining games. True believers will hold out for a miracle, a string of victories, and playoff glory. I love all things TC, but I can’t believe in this campfire tale.

    If it happens, I’ll jump on the bandwagon and stand in the parade like I always belonged there.

    The Twins came out of the All-Star Break plucky, ...
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