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    by 07-16-2012, 03:00 PM

    The Twins were swept by the Oakland A's in a three game set. This is not a very good team we're watching, folks. Well, at least half of it isn't very good.

    In an attempt to stabilize the rotation, the Twins are sending out their de facto ace, Scott Diamond (I suppose you can argue that Liriano is the ace, though he never seems to actually get any wins). Diamond looks to shut down the Orioles offense while the Twins look to get back on track against Chris Tillman. Tillman is making only his second start of the season,
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    by 07-16-2012, 10:39 AM

    Since the Twins took Aaron Hicks with their first round pick in the 2008 MLB Draft, there has been plenty of talk about the athletic outfielder fitting into the future plans of the Twins organization. Hicks was one of the highest draft picks the Twins had prior to drafting Byron Buxton in this year's draft and he seemed to have all of the tools to make him a very valuable player. It hasn't been a fast rise to the top for Mr. Hicks during his five years in the farm system for the Twins but he looks like he might slowly be figuring things out at the Double-A level with the New Britain Rock Cats.
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    by 07-16-2012, 09:21 AM

    by Nick Nelson

    If you're not familiar with the Twins' Official $1 Scorecard, you should be. It's sold at the program stands near the entrances to Target Field, and it's only one buck. How many things can you buy at the ballgame for a dollar? Aside from providing the necessary tools for a scorekeeper to do his/her thing, the scorecard also includes content that changes for each series. Even if Nick Nelson wasn't the guy supplying that content this year, I'd highly recommend picking up a copy each time you make it out to the park. It may be the best value at Target Field.

    Below you'll find an excerpt from the Twins' side of the next coming scorecard, which will be available during the Orioles series when action resumes after the All-Star break.


    Notable Trade Deadlines for the Twins

    With the non-waiver trade deadline just a couple short weeks away, here’s a look at some memorable past deadlines during the Ron Gardenhire era:
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    by 07-16-2012, 01:17 AM

    The Twins were beaten up pretty soundly by the juggernaut that is the Oakland Athletics. We should have known we were going to be in for a rough weekend when the Twins couldn’t squeeze a win out of their best pitching performance in almost five years. (It was nice to know you, Frankie.)

    Personally, I’m still holding onto Liriano, trying to sign him to an extension or offering him arbitration and taking the draft picks if he leaves, but that’s for another place on the website.

    (Semi-segue to the round-up…)

    During the game “Richard” asked TK about players in the minors. Kelly had some great perspective on guys. The player he talked most about was
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    by 07-15-2012, 10:46 PM

    Aaron and John talk about once again rooting for the worst team in the league, why Francisco Liriano is like religion, what defines an "A" or "B" prospect in trade talks, how passing on Mark Appel makes even more sense now, celebrating our 50th episode, Matt Capps' return, Carl Pavano's non-return, Aaron's refined drinking habits, and a whole bunch of mailbag questions from listeners via Twitter. Here are:

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    by 07-15-2012, 10:02 AM

    Cole De Vries had a rough outing last night as the Twins dropped a second consecutive game at home against the Oakland A's. In today's getaway game, the Twins face another tough young pitcher in Jarrod Parker, a righty who, again, made his MLB debut last September and has rolled this season to a 2.97 ERA.

    The Twins counter with Brian Duensing, who looks to continue stretching out and get back into starting form. Who do you expect to break out for the Twins offensively today? Do you expect Duensing to shut
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    by 07-15-2012, 09:29 AM

    I decided many years ago to stop collecting baseball cards. Much as I loved them, they didn't do much--they certainly didn't increase in value, and my packs tended to come up with a whole lot of relievers and utility infielders and not a lot of stars.

    But after our most recent move, I found a thick stack of my old cards and remembered how much I loved using them around the house. Sure enough, just about every card serves a purpose now, marking my place in one of the four or six books I'm reading at any given moment. I've even found fun in taking trading cards on vacation (using Michael Cuddyer to honor the Queen of Thailand, depositing Joe Girardi in a New Delhi intersection in a feeble attempt at winning back some playoff juju).
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    by 07-15-2012, 09:10 AM

    Oriiginally posted at Knuckleballsblog.com

    It seems ridiculous at this point to suggest Twins fans need to be prepared for disappointment. We’ve been getting slapped in the face by disappointment for going on two years, after all, and we’re pretty much resigned to this team continuing to disappoint us at least through the rest of this season. A lot of fans are already accepting disappointment as a near-certainty in 2013.

    How much more prepared for disappointment do we need to be?

    A bit more, I believe, and soon.
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    by 07-15-2012, 02:15 AM

    The Twins lost 9-3 to the A’s on Saturday night. It was a bad games for the Twins right from the start. Cole De Vries gave up four runs in the first innings, the big blast was a three-run homer off the bat of Chris Carter. The A’s hit three more homers in the game. The Twins rang the bases really poorly. The offense did very little against the A’s Tommy Milone. Brian Dozier and Josh Willingham each had solo home runs, but it was far from enough.

    With that, here is a look at the Twins minor league scores and highlights from the Saturday games in the minor leagues.
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    by 07-14-2012, 03:00 PM

    [LEFT]The Twins took another tough loss last night against an AL West opponent. Liriano was on top of the game, striking out 15 batters over 8 innings but lost the game with one mistake pitch that A's left fielder Gomes sent out of the park for a grand slam.

    Tonight, we see two young pitchers take the mound in Cole De Vries and Tommy Milone. Milone, a lefty, made his debut last September and has been one of the young arms that has powered Oakland back to a winning record this season. De Vries, a St. Louis Park resident, has been
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    by 07-14-2012, 08:05 AM

    Francisco Liriano struck out 15 batters in eight innings for the Twins on Friday night, and he got a loss. The talented left-hander was pitching with his form from 2006. Unfortunately, he also had the fourth inning. It started with a single by Jemile Weeks. One out later, Denard Span dropped a fly ball. Liriano then issued a walk. With the bases loaded, Liriano served up a pitch that Johnny Gomes knocked for a grand slam. Outside of the one inning, Liriano was dominant. Josh Willingham homered twice and drove in all three runs but it wasn’t enough as the Twins lost 6-3. Willingham now has 21 home runs. Joe Mauer and Denard Span were each 2-4.

    Friday afternoon was the deadline for 2012 draft picks to sign. In the end, the Twins signed 27 of their 43 draft picks, including their first 11 picks.

    With that, here is a look at the Twins minor league scores and highlights from the Friday the 13th games in the system. Kyle Gibson was back on the mound in the GCL. How did he do? Which Twins pitcher carried a no-hitter into the late innings? Did Liam Hendriks continue his IL dominance? Which five hitters had three hits on Friday?
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    by 07-13-2012, 03:00 PM

    Finally, back to baseball. After three days of zero ball and one night of awful All-Star play where the National League drubbed the American League 8-0, we can finally get back to baseball that (mostly) matters. Tonight, the Twins square off against the A's, who entered the break on quite a tear to bring their record back up to .500 at 43-43. The Twins didn't fare quite as well going into the break, losing two wrenching extra innings affairs against the Texas Rangers. But there is light at the end of the tunnel... Young Twins starters
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    by 07-13-2012, 02:32 PM

    Happy Friday! I hope you made it through the week and you are looking forward to the weekend. It's hard to believe that it is already the 13th of July. Where is the time going from this summer? Make sure you spend some time this weekend enjoying the warm weather and the wonderful outdoors. It won't be long and we will all be stuck inside for another frigid winter across Twins Territory. At least the Wild should be worth watching this season with their newest additions.
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    by 07-13-2012, 12:28 AM

    The Big Picture
    At the All Star Break last year, the Washington Nationals were playing .500 baseball (46-46) but were already 11.5 games back behind the National League East leading Phillies.

    To be sure, it was just their second non-losing first half of the season since they emigrated from Montreal. Prior to last season, DC had entered just one midseason classic with a winning record. When MLB moved the Expos to the nation’s capital, the newly christen Nationals posted a 52-36 record heading into the All Star Break, leading the division by two-and-a-half games. Of course, Washington would go 29-45 in the season’s back half and wind up in last place.
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    by 07-12-2012, 11:35 PM

    Another slow day around baseball.

    The Twins activated RP Matt Capps and optioned Kyle Waldrop back to Rochester. The Wings currently have six pitchers on the disabled list, so getting another arm is probably pretty welcome.

    The Twins reached agreements with 23rd round pick P Travis Huber from Nebraska and 28th round pick P Carson Goldsmith.

    It was also announced that 6th rounder Andre Martinez (P) will not actually sign after it was reported he agreed to a deal that would pay him $60K over slot.
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    by 07-12-2012, 12:27 PM

    The Twins have reinstated reliever Matt Capps from the 15-day disabled list.

    Capps was placed on the disabled list on June 25 (retroactive to June 24) with right shoulder inflammation. In his two outings with the Fort Myers Miracle Capps worked two innings while striking out one against Florida State League competition.

    To clear room, the Twins have optioned reliever Kyle Waldrop to Rochester.

    In Capps' absence, the Twins have used Glen Perkins and Jared Burton as the team's closers. Perkins

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