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  1. The Nobel Prize, Steroids and You

    (This little diatribe is originally posted and possibly more clearly formatted at our other website: Peanuts from Heaven)

    In what will come as no surprise to anyone who reads my writing regularly, I don't like math. I much prefer words (hence the whole teaching English and writing-a-tonnage-of-words-for-my-own-amusement-thing), but I know that math has a valuable place in the world.


    That's why I read London based magazine The Economist (well, that and the snarky ...
  2. Twins prepare for trade deadline

    Will Justin Morneau be in a Twins uniform in August?On a gorgeous Minnesota July afternoon, Jack Goin, the Twins’ manager of major league administration and baseball research, sits in the Target Field broadcast booth high above the playing field. Down below, the Twins are take batting practice and a variation of infield warm-ups that happens behind protective screens at every base. There is controlled chaos with batted balls going every which direction. The team is preparing for that evening’s game.

    Goin, ...
  3. Twins Minor League Report (7/23): Sano, Buxton homer

    The second half of the minor league season is well under way. Some of the Twins affiliates are trying to find their way into the playoff race. A few of the farm teams are trying to fight through some injuries and keep players on the field. It will be an interesting couple of months leading up to the playoffs.

    Earlier on Tuesday, a roster move had to be made to fit Nick Blackburn into the rotation for Rochester. His promotion from Double-A meant another pitcher had to go the opposite ...
  4. Reviewing Rotation Reinforcements in Rochester

    If it wasn't obvious before his latest poor performance, it certainly seems obvious now that Scott Diamond is in line for a demotion from the Minnesota Twins rotation. Since pitching well in his first five starts back in April and May, the lefty has gone 2-7 with a 6.65 ERA, 1.73 WHIP and 28/24 K/BB ratio in his past 13 turns.

    It would be one thing if he were showing signs of improvement, but that's not the case. In his last three outings, Diamond has surrendered 16 hits, 10 walks, ...
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  5. Kernels roster changes but results don't

    With just 40 games remaining in their regular season schedule, now seems like a good time to step back and take a look at the state of the Cedar Rapids Kernels.

    It's almost laughable to even question whether or not the affiliation switch from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to the Minnesota Twins has been good for Cedar Rapids. Of course it has, by pretty much every measurement.

    The Kernels have already qualified for the Midwest League postseason by virtue of their ...
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  6. Q&A with Andrew Albers

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    Entering his fifth professional season, Rochester Red Wings pitcher Andrew Albers has been on of the biggest reasons for the team’s recent success. Albers is 10-4 with an ERA of 2.97, 105 strikeouts versus just 29 walks. One of the two Red Wings selected to represent the International League in the All-Star game; this has been a breakout season for Albers. After batting practice on Monday, and doing another ...
  7. Lefty, Not Named Glen Perkins, Could Soon Be on the Move

    As the trade deadline approaches in eight days, a lot of the attention surrounding the Minnesota Twins will likely center around Justin Morneau and closer Glen Perkins. Although the asking price is said to be steep for Perkins and the Twins appear content waiting for the right deal for Morneau, the Twins do have other players that teams have been calling about and it is possible the team may be more willing to move these players for a cheaper price.

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  8. Marcum Waived

    Mets are set to Waive Marcum, interested?

    Updated 07-23-2013 at 04:45 PM by Chance

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  9. 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 ...
  10. "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 ...
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  11. 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

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  12. Twins Birthdays--July 23

    There are no players with connections to the Minnesota Twins born on this day.
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  13. 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 ...
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  14. 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. ...
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