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  1. Twins Minor League Report (8/19): Pitchers Get It Done... AGAIN!

    We've been dealing with dreadful pitching in the major leagues pretty much everyday since... well... 2011. Today was more of the same. In fact, Kyle Gibson was sent back to Rochester after today's outing.

    There were some other minor league moves as well. A.J. Pettersen was moved from New Britain to Fort Myers along with Matthew Summers. To make room, Fort Myers sent Alex Swim back across the street.

    On a positive note, those in the FSNorth viewership got to see a glimpse ...
  2. Twins Minor League Report (8/14): Atherton Sparkles

    http://nodaktwinsfan.comThe Twins bullpen had been solid in recent weeks before laying an egg at the hands of the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday afternoon. Casey Fien gave up three runs and later in the game Glen Perkins and Ryan Pressly allowed some late inning runs. Joe Mauer had five hits and came within one hit of tying Kirby Puckett's team record of six in a game.

    There was some exciting action this evening as multiple teams were part of walk-off wins. Not all of those walk-offs ...
  3. Twins Recent Trade Deadlines Have Been Underwhelming

    For the Minnesota Twins, the last handful of trade deadlines have been mostly uneventful. This seems out of character for a team that has posted one of baseball's worst records in the last few seasons. There are different ways for a team to rebuild and the Twins were very active during last offseason by dealing away Denard Span and Ben Revere. Minnesota doesn't necessarily need to move away pieces that will still be with the club in the offseason.

    That being said, it would make the ...
  4. 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 heíd 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 doesnít include Andrew Albers and Logan Darnell, both southpaws ...
  5. Twins Minor League Report (6/29): Goncalves, Pitchers en Fuego

    Merry Gibsmas! Kyle Gibson made his Major League debut this afternoon in front of a nearly-packed house. If you're waiting to get home to watch Gibson's start on DVR, I won't ruin it for you.

    ROCHESTER RED WINGS 0, SYRACUSE CHIEFS 1
    Box Score

    Offensively, the Red Wings just didn't get it done. Doug Bernier and Jeff Clement both doubled and, throw in a Bernier single, that's all the hits they accounted for today.

    Aaron Hicks struck out twice in an 0-for-4 ...
  6. Twins Minor League Report (6/3): Vote for Pedro

    The only Twins news of the days was the purchasing of OF Clete Thomasís contract. To make room on the 40-man roster, LRP Tyler Robertson was designated for assignment.

    LRP Blake Martin was promoted from New Britain to take fill Robertsonís lefty role in Rochesterís bullpen.

    INF Joel Licon was summoned from Extended Spring Training to Cedar Rapids to help while SS Niko Goodrum recovers from yesterdayís concussion.

    All the moves made today are reflected here. ...
  7. Twins Minor League Report (5/29): Rochester Comebacks

    The Twins finished off their road trip with two wins in Milwaukee over the last couple days. Now the border battle moved to Target Field for a couple of games.

    Trevor Plouffe was reinstated from the 7-day concussion disabled list but he was a late scratch with some left calf tightness. This meant Chris Colabello was sent back to Rochester. Maybe it was because the rookie wore the wrong jersey on Tuesday night. This leaves the Twins with three catchers on their roster including Chris ...
  8. Twins Minor League Report (5/24): Ain't No Sunshine

    If seeing this makes you not watch tonight's Twins game, you can thank me later.

    Ain't no sunshine when the Twins are on
    It's not warm when they play
    Ain't no sunshine when the Twins are on
    And they've been gone for way too long
    I'm not sure they know how to play.

    One a less depressing note...

    Transaction round-up for today:

    Rochester fills the spot vacated by Deduno by activating #FreeAnthonySlama. If Anthony Slama was
    ...
  9. Contemplating Cole De Vries

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    On Wednesday night in Rochester, New York, Cole De Vries will take the mound for the Red Wings in what could be his final rehab start before being taken off the disable list. The right-handed hurler has been dealing with a strain on the outer part of his forearm and he has yet to appear in a game for the Twins this season.

    De Vries is an interesting player in the Twins system. Last season, he was finally rewarded for his time and dedication to the ...
  10. Are the Twins a .500 club?

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    It's getting close to the end of the first fourth of the season and the Twins are still flirting with the .500 mark. There is a lot of baseball left to play but it has been an encouraging first portion of the season for Twins fans. Some surprise pitching performances, a good offense and a stingy bullpen have the club in range of the top of the division.

    So how did this Twins team get here and is this pace sustainable for the remainder of the season? ...
  11. How valuable is Eduardo Escobar?

    When the Twins traded Francisco Liriano to the Chicago White Sox last July, it seemed like the club was getting a bag of balls and some chewing gum in return. There wasn't much to get excited about with names like Pedro Hernadez and Eduardo Escobar. Flashforward a couple of months later and it is starting to look more and more like the Twins got some servicable players.

    Escobar has built himself a nice little niche in the Twins clubhouse. Manager Ron Gardenhire uses him as a late inning ...
  12. Fun So Far

    Six games is only the first step in a marathon, but the Twins have been more entertaining than I though they would be. I don't think any of the question marks have been answered, but they have managed to be in every game and managed to squeak out three one-run wins out of the first six games.

    I am not getting my hopes up, but there are a lot of things that make this club worth watching. In no particular order, here are some observations I have after one week of baseball.
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  13. Saturday in the Minor League Parks

    Three batters into the game, Nick Blackburn had given up two mammoth home runs and the Twins were down 3-0. He actually settled down nicely after that, giving up just one more run (a second long BJ Upton home run) and working into the 7th inning. The bullpen did a nice job and kept the Rays at four runs. Unfortunately, the Twins offense didnít do much in this game off of David Price. Justin Morneau and Darin Mastroianni each had two hits. Brian Dozier hit hit sixth home run. The Twins fall to 49-64. ...
  14. Monday in the Minors

    A ten run second inning was more than enough run support for Scott Diamond who won for the 10th time this season. The left-hander worked the first seven innings and gave up three runs (2 earned). Jeff Gray and Luis Perdomo each threw a scoreless inning.

    It was the offense in this game. In that ten-run inning, Josh Willingham hit his 29th home run. The next batter was Justin Morneau, who hit his 14th home run. The entire team batted around again, and #6 hitter Ryan Doumit also homered ...
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