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  1. Hicks Shaping Up As Bruno Success Story?

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ID:	3834On April 13th at Target Field, Aaron Hicks went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, dropping his batting average to .047. It was the seventh time in 10 major-league games that he'd notched multiple strikeouts, and in total the rookie had whiffed in a whopping 43 percent of his plate appearances.

    With the season two weeks old, even Hicks' most staunch supporters were facing the reality that his struggles amounted to more than a mere slump. He was overwhelmed and ...
  2. Game 15 - Sunday and Everything's All Right.

    Spent the day with friends I hadn't seen in far too long and observed the Twins cementing a victory, via my phone, on the drive home.

    Plus, the sun is starting to smack back the zombie hordes of winter snowdrifts. Groovy.

    There was another Twins fan present at our afternoon gathering, so I felt no shame about checking the score. There are those other times when you have to monitor the boys of summer without getting caught.

    What's your strategy?

  3. Weekend Thoughts

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    The Twins have swept two consecutive series, but due to crazy sucky weather, it only adds up to a four-game winning streak. The weather is still cold, but the Twins are hot right now. They sit in second place after beating the White Sox in two straight, and are only a half game behind the powerhouse Royals. This week, they received good enough starting pitching, solid offense, and great performances out of the bullpen. Is it sustainable? ...
  4. Gleeman and the Geek, Ep 90: Star-Studded Brewing

    Aaron and John return to 612 Brew and are joined by a couple guests: Parker Hageman of Twins Daily and 612 Brew's head brewer Adam Schill. Together, they dissect a ridiculously short week for the Twins, Big Papi's speech, wonder from whom will Oswaldo Arcia take playing time, explain why you should subscribe to Minnesota Business magazine, catch up with some top Twins prospects with hot starts, explain what happened after the last podcast, review the Darin Mastroianni injury saga, and review Dick ...
  5. Sunday Minor League Report; Fireworks in Palm Beach

    It may have only been two games, but as a Twins fan, there is not much better than sweeping the Chicago White Sox. On Sunday, the Twins scored four runs in the seventh thanks to an RBI single by Aaron Hicks, followed by a bases-clearing double by Josh Willingham. Scott Diamond got his first win of the season and Glen Perkins got the save.

    Down on the farm, there were several terrific performances. PJ Walters. Nate Hanson. Miguel Munoz. Lance Ray. Drew Leachman celebrated his birthday ...
  6. Are the Red Wings Starting to Turn it Around?

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    Coming off a dismal 1-5 road trip the Rochester Red Wings came home to start an 8 game home stand against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders (Yankees) and Pawtucket Red Sox. Coming into their game Monday against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the Wings had lost four in a row and had been outscored 24-8 in those games.

    More of the Same

    In the four games against the Railriders ...
  7. Adopt a Prospect Volume 2: Helping Luis Perdomo get his Groove Back

    When last we left Louie P. he was capping a stellar 2012 season with an abysmal September call-up full of tears, recriminations and the natural side-effects of too much time spent around Jose Bautista.

    It was a tumultuous offseason for Perdomo as well, getting cast down from the opulence of the majors to an out right assignment to Rochester. He also lost his bearded prominence among Twins' pitchers to a couple ...
  8. Vance Worley's change still a work-in-progress

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ID:	3820After his start on Opening Day, I chatted with Twins starter Vance Worley about his on-going efforts to add a change-up to his arsenal.

    Worley’s response was that he had not quite comfortable throwing this particular pitch. Being a “feel” pitch, the right-hander bounced between throwing a split-finger change and a more conventional circle change, he admitted to rarely throwing it.

    On Saturday at USCellular Field, Worley told reporters after ...
  9. Twins Birthdays--April 21

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    Jesse Orosco (1957)
    Terry Tiffee (1979)

    Left-hander Jesse Russell Orosco pitched the final eight games out of 1,252 in his career with the Twins in 2003. Born and raised in Santa Barbara, Orosco was drafted by Minnesota in the second round of the January draft in 1978. He had an outstanding year at Elizabethton in 1978, posting a 1.12 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP in 40 innings. That off-season he became the player to be named later in a deal that
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