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    by 06-27-2013, 08:29 PM

    This is the 8th story in "Those Damn Yankees" series, stories about Twins-Yankees rivalry by some of our favorite Twins Daily writers, leading up to the Bombers visit July 1st to the 4th.

    I used to be the worst kind of person in the world: a Yankees fan that didn't live in New York. As lewd and annoying as they might be, you can't blame a New Yorker for being a Yankees fan -- let's face it, their other option is the Mets. But if you don't live in New York, and your family isn't from there, it's a serious character flaw that makes a person cheer for that team. But I did.
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    by 06-27-2013, 07:48 AM
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    The fourth place Minnesota Twins look to get back on track against the third place Kansas City Royals in a four game set at Target Field. It will be a daunting task, as the Royals will be sending both Ervin Santana and James Shields to the mound in the series.

    But what Twins fans are most interested in seeing is the MLB introduction of Kyle Gibson, a right-hander that fans have been clamoring to see in Minnesota since Opening Day. The 25 year-old started 15 games for the Red Wings, posting a 3.01 ERA with a 7.7 K/9 ratio and 2.7 walks
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    by 06-26-2013, 11:48 PM
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    Tonight in New York, the NBA will hold its annual player draft. In Minnesota, the talk is of Flip Saunders and which direction he will choose to lead the Wolves in his first draft. For St. Cloud native Nate Wolters, it will be one of the most important nights of his life. The 6-5 point guard, who played his prep hoops at St. Cloud Tech and college ball for the Jackrabbits of South Dakota State, is expected to be drafted sometime between the late first round and the middle of the second round.

    Nate Wolters is also a huge fan of the Minnesota Twins. Recently, I had the chance to chat with Wolters about the draft, his collegiate career, and his Twins fandom!
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    by 06-26-2013, 09:50 PM
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    MLB made it official on Wednesday afternoon.

    Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton are the "future" and they will both be participants in this year's MLB Futures Game. This game features some of the best talent in the minor leagues from each organization. The teams are broken up into a World Team and a US Team so Sano and Buxton will be on opposite squads.

    Because of some rainouts on Tuesday, there were a ton of games in the Twins system on Wednesday. Let's see who else is part of the Twins future
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    by 06-26-2013, 08:32 PM

    This is the 7th story in "Those Damn Yankees" series, stories about Twins-Yankees rivalry by some of our favorite Twins Daily writers, leading up to the Bombers visit July 1st to the 4th.

    The Twins, according to legend, are afraid of the Yankees. And you know what, after some quick post-season exits at the hands of the Yankees, that is a pretty easy narrative to build. Add the fact that the Twins have struggled to beat the Yankees in the regular season, despite the Twins having fairly successful regular season teams for most of the 2000ís, and you begin to see how that narrative continues to grow.
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    by 06-26-2013, 02:26 PM
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    This afternoon, MLB announced the rosters of the Futures Game, which will be played on July 14th, two days before the All-Star Game in New York. The Twins will have one player on the World team and one player on the USA team. It likely will come as no surprise that Miguel Sano (Dominican Republic) will be playing on the World team and Byron Buxton (Georgia, USA) will play for the US team.

    Last year, Oswaldo Arcia was the lone Twins representative. He hit a double in the game against Pirates pitching prospect Jameson Taillon.
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    by 06-26-2013, 08:03 AM

    For those who are unfamiliar with this feature, I scour the most reliable internet sites trying to determine whether or not a former Minnesota Twin is forgotten or not. I use all the best sites Ė Wikipedia, Google, Bing, eBay, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Baseball Reference. If the player isn't featured to my liking, he is officially forgotten. The entire first paragraph will come from my own memory though. No guarantees of accuracy or insight. At the very end, I will ask one random person if he remembers the player. Letís start with someone I barely remember.

    My memories of Bernardo Brito
    Can I say pass? I certainly remember his name because it's hilarious.
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    by 06-26-2013, 07:02 AM
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    One of the pitchers in the Minnesota Twins farm system who has begun to garner more attention is Logan Darnell. The 24-year-old left-hander was 6-6 with a 2.61 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP in 15 starts at New Britain this year. Last Thursday, he threw a complete game, four-hit shutout against the Erie Sea Wolves. I had been occasionally getting questions about Darnell from readers, but following that start, there were a lot more inquiries. What does he throw? When will he get promoted? What is different from last year?
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    by 06-26-2013, 06:31 AM

    With all the hype and excitement surrounding the Kyle Gibson promotion, the Minnesota Twins, behind closed doors, are likely pondering a more complicated question: who is going to get the axe to make room for Gibson's long-term presence in the rotation? Twinsí General Manager Terry Ryan has stated that once he promoted Gibsonóbarring some historically awful performancesóit would likely be for good, which means that someone is going to have to be removed from the rotation, absent going to a six-man
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    by 06-25-2013, 11:12 PM
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    It was a night of debuts in the Twins system Tuesday. Aaron Hicks finally made his first ever appearance in a AAA game as he started rehab from his hamstring injury. Logan Darnell also made his AAA debut. Matt Summers replaced Darnell in the Rock Cats rotation and started Tuesday. And likely, the debut you were most looking forward to came in Palm Beach as Byron Buxton played his first game for the Miracle. How did their debuts go, and how was 2013 draft pick Tanner Mendonca in his professional debut?

    Check out what happened in the Twins farm system on Tuesday:
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    by 06-25-2013, 09:56 PM
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    What Clete Thomas experienced last year at the major league level was the opposition's complete ownership of the airspace in and around the strike zone. He was, as the internet kids say, pwned.

    In 29 plate appearances in 2012, he struck out 16 times and did not draw a walk. What the data tells us, but does not need to, is that in this small sampling Thomas was a complete free-swinger. Not only that, he was chasing after anything that moved in the general vicinity of the stadium. This resulted in a quick and much needed demotion to Rochester.

    The whiffing did not stop while playing in The Flower City (Authorís note: itís a thing, look
    Will Justin Morneau be traded at the deadline?
    by 06-25-2013, 09:42 PM
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    The Twins needed a big year from Justin Morneau. Not because it was going to help push them over the top, but because a productive Morneau may have yielded a prospect or two at the trade deadline that would prove helpful toward the rebuilding effort.

    Unfortunately, Morneau has done very little this year to make himself an appealing trade chip. While many (including myself) were expecting a return to form of sorts since the former MVP had seemingly shaken all his injury woes, his performance has only reinforced the fact that he is not the player he once was. Not even close.
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    by 06-25-2013, 08:01 AM

    This is the 6th story in "Those Damn Yankees" series, stories about Twins-Yankees rivalry by some of our favorite Twins Daily writers, leading up to the Bombers visit July 1st to the 4th.

    You wake up hazy -- perhaps a little hung-over and still tasting those apple-tinis from the previous night. Across from you in the king size bed, an aging baseball superstar stirs, gently clutching a bear-skin blanket. His eyes open. He kisses you gently on the nose and says "that was nice." He informs you that he's called a Towncar to take you home. Derek Jeter then rises, stretches, and waves a nude hello to Manhattan from his apartment at the top of Trump Tower.
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    by 06-25-2013, 05:02 AM
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    It's pretty rare when you read me writing about any advanced statistics. I don't mind reading them and trying to understand what they mean and what they are telling me about a player. But I very rarely use more than a Triple Slash line (BA/OBP/SLG) with the OPS in parentheses. I like OPS, but like all stats, it needs to be used in context, and it's OK to ask questions about it.

    For instance, OPS is a combination of On-Base Percentage (OBP) and Slugging Percentage (SLG). On-Base Percentage looks at the number of times a player gets on base by hit, walk or hit by pitch. Slugging Percentage basically assigns a value to all hits. A single is one base. A double is two bases. A triple is three bases and a home run is four bases.

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