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  1. Valencia Optioned to Rochester

    Immediately following the Twins loss tonight against the Angels, the team announced that they had optioned 3B Danny Valencia and Designated LHP Matt Maloney for Assignment. The selected the contract of RHP PJ Walters and OF/2B Darin Mastroianni.

    Valencia has really struggled with the bat and glove throughout the season, and yet the timing here is a little surprising. The hope would be that he is able to figure things out down in Rochester and come back and resume his role as the team's ...
  2. How many chances is too many?

    PART 1: Nick Blackburn

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ID:	896The 2012 season has gotten off to rocky start for starting pitcher Nick Blackburn. After posting an 0-4 record in 5 starts with a 6.84 ERA, fans are looking for some answers from the six year veteran--answers to questions from "When is he going to turn it around?" to "How many more chances is this guy going to get?"

    I am asking the second question as well. As much as I hate to sell a player off down the ...

    Updated 05-08-2012 at 04:06 PM by SpinnesotaGirl

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  3. A History Lesson: Twins Pitching - Draft Edition

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ID:	902I was scanning through box scores this morning, pausing on the box score of the Twins' latest defeat and suddenly I had a particular curiosity. After writing yesterday about how an organizational change in philosophy is needed, I thought, "Besides the Twins current lot of mediocre pitchers, who else is out there that has come through the Minor League system with the club...what have been their results?" As I compiled the list, with the the help of some ...

    Updated 05-08-2012 at 11:20 PM by Nick Nelson

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  4. Get to Know: Brian Dozier

    Tonight, Brian Dozier made his Major League Baseball debut. He fielded a ground ball off the bat of Albert Pujols in the first inning and made all of the plays throughout he game. He was hitless in his first three at bats against Jered Weaver. In the bottom of the 8th inning, he singled right up the middle against reliever Dave Carpenter for his first big league hit. At first base, he as patted on the helmet and congratulated by Albert Pujols. Soon after he scored his first run.

    It ...
  5. Twins Minor League Notebook

    I was asked to be a guest on KFANís Baseball Weekly with Gleeman & The Geek on Sunday. I was on the second segment of the show and shared a Good, a Bad and an ďOtherĒ story. It was a fun segment and I encourage you to listen to the podcast, if you havenít already.

    It was fun to do some research on each of those topics, and I thought that I would share some of that with you today. Obviously we could talk about Miguel Sano and Eddie Rosario, and thatís good, but we want to make sure ...
  6. Sunday Afternoon Game Notes

    The Twins fell behind early and were not able to catch up despite two solo home runs by catcher Ryan Doumit. That was pretty much it for the Twins offense . Simply, there were very few positives to be found in the Twinsí 1-5 road trip to the west coast. (To be fair, even in good years the Twins havenít done well on west coast trips.) The loss drops the Twins to 6-20 on the season. There have been a few changes this week, and I canít help but feel that there are more to come.

    On Monday, ...
  7. Saturday in the Park

    The Twins got a Quality Start from Jason Marquis, but the bullpen struggled mightily and in the end, it was too much Felix Hernandez as the Mariners topped the Twins 7-0. The King went eight shutout innings against the Twins and allowed just one hit, a ground ball single between first and second base in the fourth inning.

    It was the third time in their last four games that the Twins have been shutout. Earlier in the day, the Twins did announce that Justin Morneauís wrist was not getting ...
  8. Friday Night Lights (Wins, Sano and Speculation)

    The Twins return from a day off. However, they are still in the Pacific time zone, so that means some late games!! For those that didnít stay upÖ shame on you (just kidding!), but you missed a good game. With Scott Ullger at the helm, Carl Pavano was caught by Drew Butera, and Pavano responded with six shutout innings. Marinersí lefty Jason Vargas also held the Twins scoreless through six. The Twins got to the Mís bullpen for three runs in the top of the 7th, thanks to a couple of walks, an error ...
  9. Thursday Night Game Notes

    The Twins had a much needed day off on Thursday after being shutout in back-to-back games at the hands of the Angels including being no-hit by Jered Weaver (Who they will get to face against at Target Field in his next start). Hopefully the players were all able to get a day away from baseball in Seattle!

    Weather affected a couple of the Twins affiliates, but here is a look at the Twins minor league scores and highlights from Thursday:

    ROCHESTER 4, EMPIRE STATE 3

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  10. This is all just a bad dream...right?

    "Wake me up when it is over." I have heard this in reference to bad movies, horrible television shows, lectures in college auditoriums--the list goes on. Add now to the list "wake me up when the Twins game is over."

    After being shutout for two straight games and being no-hit on Wednesday by Jared Weaver, the Minnesota Twins are beginning to give the term "the Bad News Bears" a whole new meaning. From their pitching to their hitting, the Twins are an all-around ...

    Updated 05-03-2012 at 12:06 PM by SpinnesotaGirl

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  11. Twins Minor League Hitter of the Month - April

    Earlier this week, I handed out the ďawardsĒ for Twins minor league relief pitcher and starting pitcher of April. In each case, I was able to profile six pitchers and there were good numbers. Today, I am going to profile five Twins minor league hitters who had solid Aprils. Unlike with the pitchers, it was really tough to come up with hitters. If Iím being honest, it was a two-player race for the April Hitter of the Month. And, today, when the Twins have an off day after being shut out two straight ...
  12. Jered Weaver No-Hits Twins

    The Twins were hoping to salvage game three of their series in Anaheim against the LA Angels. Instead, the Twins got another poor start and the bats were shut down. In fact, the bats managed to do nothing. Jered Weaver, one of baseball's best starting pitchers, threw a no-hitter against the Twins.

    The Angels won the game 9-0, but Weaver kept Twins fans interested in the game with his efforts. In fact, he kept the national television audience on their toes.

    In the eighth ...
  13. Tuesday Night Game Notes

    The next time someone says that the Twins (or whichever team) is wasting roster spots by signing minor league free agents and hoping, remind them of Jerome Williamsí performance against the Twins on Tuesday night in LA. Formerly one of baseballís top prospects (12-13 years ago), Williams has been signed as a minor league free agent several times. He should be proud of his three-hit shutout against the Twins. He had Twins hitters baffled all night (insert joke about how difficult that really is to ...
  14. Twins Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Month - April

    Last night, I posted my choice for the Twins minor league relief pitcher of the month, Deolis Guerra. I also mentioned five other bullpen guys that deserved recognition for their strong starts. This morning, Iíll post my choice for the Twins minor league start pitcher for April. There were some pretty good options, but in the end, the choice was pretty easy. As always, I welcome feedback in the Comments if you have any thoughts, questions, or want to Ďvoteí for your choice.

    From a ...
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