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    by 07-11-2013, 06:58 AM
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    Buyers or Sellers
    They’re buyers. The Diamondbacks currently hold a 2.5 game lead in the National League Western Division over the Los Angeles Dodgers. However, their 47 victories is the lowest of any division leader. They’ll want to hold off the Dodgers, the Rockies are just 4.5 games back, and ignoring the Giants (who are 6.5 games back) would probably not be wise either.

    What They Need
    Heath Bell is their closer. The 35-year-old veteran has 15 saves this year, but he also has a 4.59 ERA and a WHIP of 1.50. David Hernandez was a terrific set up man last year for the D-Backs, but this year, he has a 4.58 ERA. Veteran lefty Tony Sipp has an
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    by 07-10-2013, 11:17 PM
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    Earlier today I asked Twitter followers (and others) to tell me who they think the Twins will or should trade. I figured I could come up with some hypotheticals and the readers at TwinsDaily could weigh in on the different proposals. I’m not suggesting these are all trades I would make, but are deals I consider relatively fair (and that make sense) from both clubs’ views.

    I immediately got a lot of suggestions: Justin Morneau, Kevin Correia, Trevor Plouffe, Jamey Carroll, Mike Pelfrey, Josh Willingham and Glen Perkins.
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    by 07-10-2013, 10:23 PM
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    The New Britain Rock Cats didn't have a game on Wednesday evening but multiple players from their team participated in the Eastern League All-Star Game. New Britain was also the host city for the event and there were plenty of ESPN personalities at the event since it is so close to the headquarters of the four letter network. The Rock Cats' division, the East, lost the game 5-0.

    Danny Santana started the game at shortstop and was the lead-off hitter for the Eastern Divison. He went 0-for-2 with a strikeout. Josmil Pinto was the only player on his team with multiple hits. He played the entire game at DH and he went 2-for-4 with a double. Daniel Ortiz started the game in center field; he was held hitless in two plate appearances.
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    by 07-10-2013, 06:50 PM
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    The Twins announced on Tuesday that Michael Tonkin would be called up to make his MLB debut. The 23-year old right-handed relief pitcher has been in the Twins organization since 2008. He was drafted in the 30th round that year out of high school and he has spent the last six seasons working his way through the minor leagues.

    Tonkin was used as a starter in the lower level of the minors and he got mixed results.
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    by 07-10-2013, 12:18 PM
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    Like every other team in the MLB, the Twins spent countless hours preparing for "J2" or the International Free Agency period that begins July 2nd. With a spending pool that was the fourth-largest in MLB, the Twins were aggressive early, inking two players from the Dominican Republic the first day they were eligible to sign.

    TwinsDaily learned that another player they were interested in, Dutch 3B Ruar Verkerk, signed shortly thereafter. We had a chance to exchange some questions with the young Dutchman earlier this week.
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    by 07-09-2013, 11:21 PM
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    Kyle Gibson was back on the mound for the Minnesota Twins in Tampa on Tuesday night. On Tuesday afternoon, Michael Tonkin got the news he was promoted to the Twins as lefty Caleb Thielbar went on the bereavement list. Best wishes to the Thielbar family. It was also a tough day for a couple Twins minor leaguers. Kaleb Merck (Kernels) and Luis Nunez (E-Twins) were both given their releases by the Twins. At the same time, one of the Twins high draftees made his professional debut. And, I’m sure you’ll be shocked, Chris Colabello makes an appearance in this report after another big game.
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    by 07-09-2013, 09:58 PM
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    I can still vividly recall writing this Prospect Rundown late in the 2011 season. The article recapped the campaigns of each of my Top 10 Twins prospects, and the results were... depressing. While the big-league club was wrapping up one of its worst seasons ever, the farm system was in a state of disarray, with the top name fresh off Tommy John surgery and many of the other prominent prospects saddled with poor performance or injury.
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    by 07-09-2013, 09:20 PM
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    It's the top of the seventh inning and his team is leading by two runs. There are two outs, but the bases are loaded with opposing base runners.

    It's the kind of situation the best relief pitchers almost seem to relish coming in to face.

    Lefty Steve Gruver and right-hander Tyler Jones have been among the most reliable bullpen arms in the Midwest League this season and have presented a formidable lefty-righty combination out of the Kernels bullpen.
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    by 07-09-2013, 10:32 AM
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    Buyers or Sellers
    They’re buyers. The Cardinals are one of three teams in the NL Central, along with the Pirates and Reds, who have the three best records in the National League. Each seems assured of a playoff spot.

    However, only one of them is assured of a playoff series, and that’s the division winner. The other two will be subjected to the wild card playoff game, which could result in a quick ending to a promising season. So the Cardinals have plenty of incentive to figure out a way to separate themselves from that pack.
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    by 07-09-2013, 09:33 AM
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    After an injury-plagued 2011 season, the Twins had to take an alternative approach with Joe Mauer and his time on the defensive side of the ball. In 2012,he started 72 games at catcher, 42 games at DH, and 30 games at first base. It was the first time in Mauer's career where he started more than 100 games and didn't play at least 90 games behind the plate.

    In spring training, Mauer made it be known that he wanted more time at catcher. Ron Gardenhire and the Twins front office have met his request.
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    by 07-09-2013, 06:08 AM
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    Monday morning got out to a quick - and good - start when Baseball America released their mid-season Top 50.

    Byron Buxton was ranked the #1 prospect in all baseball.
    No. 1 talent in last year’s draft is even better than expected with power, speed, defense and an extremely advanced hitting approach
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    by 07-08-2013, 09:16 AM
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    The Minnesota Twins will host the 2014 All-Star Game at Target Field but a plethora of their former players will gather a year early for the Mid-Summer Classic. Seven former members of the organization will join current Twins players Joe Mauer and Glen Perkins. It would be great to see all nine men on the field in Minneapolis next year, so maybe they can all continue playing well for the next 162 games.

    Many Twins fans are familiar with the years being put together by Perkins and Mauer. Here's a look at the seasons being produced by the men that used to call Minnesota home:
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    by 07-08-2013, 09:14 AM
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    The Twins dropped two of three in their series against the Blue Jays and in the process, they dropped to eleven games below .500. The Twins are on a 70-win pace, which would be a huge improvement and a giant disappointment at the same time. Prior to the season, if you had told me the Twins were going to win 70 games, I'd have laughed so hard that my pants would have fallen down. I never wore belts. After the first third of the season, I had officially adjusted my expectations and pants. Now, I don't know what to think or what to wear in preparation. Here are a few thoughts I had from the Blue Jays series.
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    by 07-08-2013, 12:59 AM
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    This is really late. Typically, I post my choices for the monthly minor league award winners within days of the end of the month. Because of a trip to Cedar Rapids and a bum computer, the Hitter of the Month for June is a little tardy. But, better later than never, I guess. The players listed below performed well and deserve to be recognized. It was another good month for the hitters. We have a repeat winner and a few of the top prospects in this month’s report. In fact, there were enough who warranted recognition that I included a Top 6 and some Honorable Mentions.

    Let’s get to it. Here are my selections for the Top 6 Minnesota Twins Minor League hitters in June:

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