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  1. Twins Minor League Report (7/17): Kohl Stewart Looks Like an Ace!

    The Twins didn't lose today, and they haven't lost a baseball game for almost a week! The Twins return to the diamond on Friday, fresh off the All Star fun in Minneapolis, and are riding a hot stretch, having won five of their last seven games.

    With the All Star games over in the Minor Leagues as well, we have a full slate of Minor League action to discuss.

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    Red Wings Report
    Rochester 4, Norfolk 7
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    Updated 07-18-2014 at 06:53 AM by Eric R Pleiss

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  2. Twins Minor League Report (7/3): Alex Meyer Bounces Back

    The Twins took an early lead against the Yankees and Masahiro Tanaka but could not hold as the Yankees came storming back in the fifth inning with a couple of home runs against Phil Hughes. The Twins tried making a game of it, but the Yankees ran the score up to 7-4 and the Twins did not have enough firepower to hang in.

    Lots of tight games down in the Minor League system, as every full season affiliate played a one- or two-run game. Let's get to it.

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    Updated 07-04-2014 at 06:58 AM by Eric R Pleiss

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  3. Rock Cats' Top Bats Scuffling

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    Spring turned to summer a couple weeks ago here in Connecticut. We're beginning a stretch of 90 degree weather and high humidity. Over the past couple weeks, the Rock Cats played great baseball, winning a franchise record 11 in a row. As you would expect, pretty much everything was clicking -- timely hitting, solid pitching, and it certainly didn't hurt that Eddie Rosario were getting comfortable with regular game action.



    But, then, as ...
  4. What can we expect from Jorge Polanco?

    Some rather unexpected news moved across the Internet on Thursday as we heard Jorge Polanco, he of High-A ball experience, would replace Yohan Pino on the 25-man roster in time for Thursday's game in Anaheim.

    Manager Ron Gardenhire had been vocal about his desire to add another bench player at the expense of the pitching staff, but not many would have predicted the 20-year-old from San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, would be the one to get the call to The Show.

    So ...
  5. Twins Minor League Report (6/24): Big News for Berrios, Vargas

    If not for injuries to top prospects Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton, it's likely that both players would be heading to their second straight Futures Game. With both players on the shelf, the Twins will have the opportunity to showcase some of their other top talent on Sunday of All-Star week.

    The rosters were announced for the MLB Future's Game on Tuesday and the Twins will be represented by first baseman Kennys Vargas and right-handed pitcher Jose Berrios. Vargas is near the top of the Twins minor league leader board in almost every major offensive category. ...
  6. Twins Minor League Report (6/23): Berrios, Roberts Lead Miracle

    The Twins have a scheduled off day before starting a series in Anaheim against the Angels.

    The club is expected to make a move before tomorrow's game. The belief is that they'd like to get down to 12 pitchers. While the exact moves are unknown, it should be noted that Chris Herrmann was replaced in tonight's game for no apparent reason.

    We should know more tomorrow.

    Moving on to Monday's action:

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  7. The Only Cup I Need is a Coffee Cup

    While the rest of America is struggling to find a seat on the World Cup bandwagon and spouting off regurgitated soccer stats, we here at Twins And Losses have been MIA. Plain and simple, we’ve been busy with life, and we suck! So here’s a photo that hopefully brings a smile to your faces:

    Some quick notes:
    - Kevin Correia’s monthly ERA total has gone down drastically ...
  8. What is sustainable for Danny Santana?

    My first exposure to Danny Santana was a spring game against the Red Sox in March. While I certainly remember his flashy play (1-3 with a 2B, a walk and a SB), it was a costly 5th inning fielding error, leading to a 2-run Red Sox rally that gave the defending champs the game, that stuck with me as a perfect example of the inconsistency of Santana’s young career.

    That defensive inconsistency was the reason many assumed Santana’s first call-up in early May would be a short one, but he ...
  9. The Cloudy Future of Aaron Hicks

    On May 24th the Twins were in San Francisco for the second game of a three game series. Aaron Hicks was the starting center fielder that day and this day would mark a turning point in his career. Whether it was a turning point for the better or for the worse, remains to be seen.

    Ryan Vogelsong, a right-handed pitcher, was the Giants starter that day. This meant the switch-hitting Hicks was batting left-handed. Hicks would struggle on this day going 0-for-3 with a strikeout. He would ...
  10. The Rundown: Morales and Contending in 2014

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    On Sunday, the Twins announced the signing of free agent DH/1B Kendrys Morales to a prorated $12M deal that will pay him roughly $7.5M over the rest of this season. With Morales no longer tied to draft pick compensation following last week’s first-year player draft, the timing of the deal was not a surprise. The fact that he signed with the Twins, however, certainly qualifies as one. For one thing, it was widely assumed that Morales would sign with ...
  11. Nice to Arcia Again*

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    (Originally posted on twinsandlosses.com)

    “That’s approaching Jim Thome territory.”

    Those were the words that Dick Bremer used to describe Oswaldo Arcia’s mammoth four hundred and twenty-two foot grand slam to right field against the Brewers on Thursday night.

    Despite losing the last game in this year’s Border Battle, there are a multitude of good things to take away from the four game series: the Twins took two games ...

    Updated 06-08-2014 at 01:05 AM by Twins and Losses

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  12. Are we giving Aaron Hicks a raw deal?

    I’ll start by saying that I’m not an Aaron Hicks lover. I can’t disagree with Rob Antony and Ron Gardenhire’s critique of his preparation, and I’ve always been an unabashed Denard Span guy (note: hugely excited that he ended up in DC, where I live now). But I do think we (the Twins-loving public) have been giving Hicks a raw deal by bashing the year he’s having.

    First off, the easy part: let’s look at his OBP. I noticed today that, of the 32 major league center fielders that have 100+ ...
  13. The No Juice Podcast, Episode #6: Deckstravaganza and Social Media

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ID:	7492On this week’s podcast episode, Dan Anderson and Parker Hageman take a field trip: The No Juice Podcast heads to Target Field to experience the Twins’ Deckstravaganza event.

    There, the guys talk about the recent happenings with the Minnesota Twins, take your Burning Twitter Questions™, assign blame to the response of a high school prank, and chat with Keith Beise, the team’s social media coordinator. They also shot a handy video for you that demonstrates ...
  14. The No Juice Podcast, Episode #6: Deckstravaganza and Social Media

    Attachment 7492On this week’s podcast episode, Dan Anderson and Parker Hageman take a field trip: The No Juice Podcast heads to Target Field to experience the Twins’ Deckstravaganza event.

    There, the guys talk about the recent happenings with the Minnesota Twins, take your Burning Twitter Questions™, assign blame to the response of a high school prank, and chat with Keith Beise, the team’s social media coordinator. They also shot a handy video for you that demonstrates ...
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