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  1. Wha Happened? #6 (Indians, Red Sox, Orioles and White Sox)

    Rumors of our demise our greatly exaggerated. Rumors of the school year ending, our student teacher leaving and our work load increasing dramatically are absolutely accurate. Here now, a pseudo-recap of the weeks since the Twins last got a day off.
    Game 27

    Indians 7 - Twins 6
    Long ago I first wrote about the magical Land of Cleve, a blighted kingdom where no team can win for long and where all the knights in the land eventually flee for other kingdom's with better ...

    Updated 05-16-2013 at 03:05 PM by PeanutsFromHeaven

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  2. A Quick Case of the Sox (Games 35-37)

    White Sox at Twins

    Four Sacks of Groceries and Two Dingers (Game 35)

    When the Twins have a three run lead, itís safe to grocery shop without excessive worry.

    When the Twins are behind, each trip down the grocery store aisles is pure agony. Every spare moment and empty space offers an opportunity to check the score on your cell phone. When the other teamís runs pile on, itís hard to keep shopping.

    The Twins rewarded my trust with a surplus of ...
  3. 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? ...
  4. Weekly Links-N-Thinks

    The Twins keep finding ways to surprise as the team still sits around the .500 mark and it is close to a month and a half into the season. Minnesota's bats finally woke up in Boston with some big numbers put up in the four game series by Oswaldo Arcia and Joe Mauer. The club took three out of the four games to close out their recent road trip.

    This weekend the Baltimore Orioles are coming to Target Field for a three game set. Baltimore is off to another good start after last year's ...
  5. The Gardy-Hicks Saga: Speculation Sentral

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    On Tuesday night, Aaron Hicks made a nice running catch and flipped the ball with his glove to Brian Dozier, all in one motion. I cheered; Ron Gardenhire hissed. Gardenhire was likely upset with how nonchalant Hicks was or perhaps jealous of how silky smooth Hicks is. Regardless, an ensuing "conversation" in the dugout was caught on FSN's cameras and set off an explosion of commentary and crying (mostly from me).

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  6. Twins Behind in Golden Age of Leadoff Hitter

    On Tuesday over at ESPN's Sweetspot, an article was penned about the golden age of leadoff hitters. Major League Baseball could be in the middle of one of the best year's ever for the leadoff hitter. 1965, 1975, 1987, and 2004 were some other great years for men at the top of the order but this year could be historic.

    Players like Shin-Soo Choo, Austin Jackson, Alex Gordon, Ian Kinsler, and Carl Crawford are leading a pack of leadoff hitters that are among some of the best in all of ...
  7. Weekly Links-N-Thinks

    The Twins continue their longest road trip of the year so far with games in Cleveland over the weekend. A four game series with the Boston Red Sox is looming at the beginning of next week but Minnesota needs to concentrate on beating opponents from the AL Central.

    To the surprise of many experts and fans, the Twins are still sitting around the .500 mark. The team recorded their 12th win on the first day of May. Last year, the Twins didn't record win number 12 until May 17 so it is ...
  8. Wha Happened? #5 (vs Rangers and @ Tigers)

    Here again, is a brief and not at all accurate reflection of how the Twins did over the past week

    Game 20

    Rangers 2 - Twins 1
    Despite the evening's overlong, numbingly-slow, seemingly interminable catalogue of the talents of others, the Twin Cities were delighted by their own brief shining moment of glory.

    But enough has been written about the Vikings' draft...The Twins also played and saw Josh Willingham hit a homerun in a losing effort to a ...

    Updated 05-02-2013 at 08:06 AM by PeanutsFromHeaven

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  9. The Future of Ron Gardenhire

    At the end of last season, things must have been a little tense around the Ron Gardenhire household. The Twins were coming off of back-to-back 90-loss seasons and Gardenhire only had one season left on his current contract. It was inevitable for some changes to take place and almost all of Gardy's coaching staff would not be hired back or would be reassigned.

    The sporting world can be cruel when a team isn't performing well on the field. Twins fans weren't used to this kind of shake-up ...
  10. Weekend Thoughts - 4/28/2013

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    The Twins split their four-game series with Texas this weekend. Unfortunately, I missed the Sunday game due to something called "Couples Shower." I was not aware of such thing, but have since decided that these should be outlawed completely. I won a game of Bingo where all the numbers were replaced with wedding terms. I was told I could pick any prize I wanted, so I chose "watching the Twins' game." This was met ...

    Updated 04-28-2013 at 10:08 PM by Brad Swanson

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  11. Putting Aaron Hicks in Perspective

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    Aaron Hicks is a batting average eating goblin. This would be a common refrain among Twins fans if ďbatting average eating goblinĒ was common baseball lingo. We should probably work on making that happen.

    More importantly, we should put Hicksís numbers into a little perspective. His astronomically, historically, atrociously low batting average, is astronomical, historic and atrocious, but let us free our minds a bit. The numbers Iím about to ...
  12. Friday Links-N-Thinks

    Tragedy struck Boston on Monday with the horrific bombings at the Boston Marathon.

    A very visible sporting event was attacked and this story hit home with a lot of us. It can be frightening to think about attacks happening at big events but people are resilient. There were numerous positive stories coming out of the tragedy. A former New England Patriots lineman carried a woman to safety and there were plenty of other stories like this.


    Many teams around the world of ...
  13. Finding solutions for struggling Aaron Hicks

    With the Twins struggling to find offense in the club's games this weekend, there have been a few boo birds roosting in the stands at Target Field. Some of these might be angry fans sitting out at a cold baseball game with nothing better to do. For others, it could be the frustration of the last couple of seasons coming to a head.


    Aaron Hicks has found himself in a bit of a rough patch to start his MLB career. According to FanGraphs version of WAR, Hicks has been the worst player in all of baseball this season. ...

    Updated 04-16-2013 at 12:46 PM by Kevin

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  14. A Really Bad Week

    Since the Twins won last Sunday to go 4-2, they have lost five consecutive games and fallen to the basement of the AL Central. More to the point, they now have one of the worst run differentials in the AL and their offensive, defensive, and pitching stats are among the worst, as well.

    There haven't been many positive surprises and there have been disappointments throughout the roster. The #1 disappointment has to be Aaron Hicks, hitting a microscopic .057 with an OPS of .155. Vanimal ...
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