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    by 07-09-2012, 12:53 AM

    The Twins had two, touch, extra inning losses on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday night, it was Nelson Cruz that provided the game-winning hit. On Sunday night, it was Ian Kinsler. Sam Deduno had a very wild, but effective, Twins debut on Friday night. Cole De Vries was terrific, throwing seven scoreless innings against the potent Rangersí offense. Casey Fien made his Twins debut, showing off a mid-90s fastball in a scoreless inning. It was also a busy weekend in the Twins minor leagues this weekend with a few doubleheaders.

    By the way, be sure to check out the Adopt-a-Prospect forums. If there are any players that have not yet been adopted, feel free to start a thread for that player and brag him up. Find stories on them, show off their big games, and in general, just encourage discussion on those players.

    With that, here is a look at the Twins minor league scores and highlights from Saturday and Sundayís games in the system:
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    by 07-08-2012, 07:55 PM

    Aaron and John talk about the endless game of musical pitchers, revisit their preseason over/under predictions, answer Twitter questions from listeners, try to decide who comes off worse owning the same shirt, wonder if Nick Blackburn is worth having in the 2013 plans, review Samuel Deduno's first start, and try to keep Aaron from coughing up a lung. Here are:

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    by 07-08-2012, 01:55 PM

    For Twins fans who were fortunate enough to tune into last night's Twins-Rangers broadcast on FOX, they were treated with the soothing baritone of former pitcher Mitch "Wild Thing" Williams.

    Turns out, Williams is the new Joe Morgan of saying semi-crazy things on the air.

    In the top of the first, Denard Span on first base and discussing Texas's starter Derek Holland return from the disabled list, Williams said that he "does not believe in the slide step" - the abbreviated leg kick in which a pitcher expedites his throw home in order to keep the runner from stealing a base. His reasoning behind that was that it "leads
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    by 07-07-2012, 12:11 PM

    Francisco Liriano did a tremendous job on Friday night of building his trade value. The lefty gave up just one run in 6.2 innings against baseballís best offense. Jared Burton got four outs quickly. The Twins got enough offense, as well as some help from the Rangers defense, to put up five runs. Joe Mauer drove in two runs, and Justin Morneau homered. The two teams play again on Saturday as Sam Deduno makes his first Twins start.
    With that, here is a look at the Twins minor league scores and highlights from Friday:
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    by 07-06-2012, 09:15 AM

    The Fourth of July holiday means that the All-Star Break is quickly approaching and the Twins are near a break that might be good for a team that is struggling to find pitchers for their starting staff. There has been a well-worn road from Rochester to Minneapolis as the Twins try to find players to record outs for the big league club. Casey Fien and Sam Deduno will be the latest Red Wings to get called up to play with the Twins.

    After putting together five consecutive wins, the Twins lost back to back contests in Detroit. The loss on Thursday afternoon might have been the most disappointing as the Twins looked to be in control after a strong start from Scott Diamond. In the end, the big bats for Detroit prevailed against the Twins bullpen and now the team will head to Texas to end the first half against one of the toughest teams in the AL.
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    by 07-05-2012, 10:30 PM

    The Twins bats started off hot today and the team got another excellent performance from Scott Diamond. Gardenhire curiously gave the 8th inning to Alex Burnett, who allowed a hit and a walk before being relieved by Tyler Robertson who promptly served up a 3-run meatball to Prince Fielder. Anthony Swarzak, who also made an appearance despite being the only possible weekend starter on the active roster, gave up a home run to Delmon Young.

    After the game it was announced that Chris Parmelee would be heading back to Rochester to make room for P Sam Deduno, who would be having his contract purchased and starting Saturdayís tilt against the Texas Rangers. Deduno missed a month and half earlier this season with shoulder tendinitis.
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    by 07-05-2012, 10:07 PM

    So far this season Justin Morneau has seemed as comfortable facing lefties as Mitt Romney would as the opening act for a Phish concert.

    In spite of performing quite well against right-handed pitchers (hitting .310/.386/.561 and smacking 8 of his 10 home runs), among qualified hitters Morneauís .100 average off of left-handed pitching (8-for-80 as of Wednesday) is the lowest in baseball. This is not simply a fluky situation; the Twins first baseman is completely lost mechanically at the plate against his left-handed brethren.

    Prior to the nasty concussion in 2010 Morneau had handled lefties decent enough over his career. Dating back to 2004, he had hit lefties at a .269/.319/.468 clip. However, since the knee to
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    by 07-05-2012, 05:32 PM

    Twins Daily hopes that you and your families and friends had a fun and safe Fourth of July holiday. The Twins had the honor of facing reigning AL Cy Young Award and AL MVP Justin Verlander. The righty from Old Dominion dominated the Twins with the exception of a solo home run off the bat of Chris Parmelee. It was one of just four hits the Twins had in the game, and two of them were from Denard Span. Brian Duensing left the game after 4.1 innings. Then Kyle Waldrop and Cole De Vries each gave up homers to Miguel Cabrera, who is good at baseball, in case you were wondering.

    For all this and more, here is a look at the Twins minor league scores and highlights from Wednesday:
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    by 07-05-2012, 11:31 AM

    The Big Picture
    The Reds are currently 44-37 and one game behind the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL Central. They are just 1.5 games ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals. The Reds last won a playoff game in 1995 when they beat the LA Dodgers in the Division Series before being swept by the Braves in the NLCS that year. The last time they won a World Series title was a year before the Twins last won one (1990, beating the Aís in 4 games). The Reds have former MVP Joey Votto, who is also the odds-on favorite to win the award for the second time in 2012.
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    by 07-05-2012, 09:02 AM

    Well, it happened. The Twins winning streak was ended last night by a another strong pitching performance from Justin Verlander. Defeated 5-1, the Twins look to take three of four in Detroit against Tiger lefty Rick Porcello. To count, the Twins send Scott Diamond to the mound.

    If the Twins can win a four game set in Detroit, they'd have to be pretty pleased with themselves. The Tigers were the pre-season favorites to win the division and the the middle of their offense looks terrifying. What do you expect from Diamond
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    by 07-04-2012, 09:27 PM

    If the Twins want to sign Francisco Liriano to an extension, it will need to be in the parameters of what Liriano will make on the free agent market this winter. But its hard to know even roughly how much heíll command. Partly thatís because of his mercurial performance. But that problem is compounded by a free agent class that is unprecedented in pitching depth.

    It starts with two 28-year-olds, right-hander Zach Greinke and left-hander Cole Hamels that are both better than anyone in last yearís class. They both could reach nine figure deals with yearly salaries that approach $20M per year.

    But the really remarkable variable about the free agent class is the next level. There is a glut of ďpotentialĒ star pitchers and Liriano falls into that class.
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    by 07-04-2012, 01:15 PM

    Nick Blackburn was bad again last night. Really bad. Thankfully, the Twins were able to overcome an early deficit and defeat the Tigers 8-6. Willingham and Plouffe homered again and the Twins' pen put in a stellar performance to close out the game.

    Tonight is not going to be any easier. The Twins face off in the most lopsided pitching matchup of the series as Justin Verlander takes the mound for the Tigers against Brian Duensing and the Twins. Duensing will have to go deeper tonight as the depleted pen could be a problem
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    by 07-04-2012, 10:08 AM

    Earlier in the week, I posted the June Twins minor league starting pitcher and relief pitcher of the month of June. The starters were not too terribly impressive, but there were a lot of tremendous bullpen performances in June. So today, letís take a look at which Twins minor league hitters had the best June performances. Iíll let you be the judge of how impressive the performances were.

    Here are my selections for the Top 5 Twins Minor League hitters in June:
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    by 07-03-2012, 11:49 PM

    A rain delay in Detroit held up the start of the Twins game for an hour and a half. When the game got underway, it turned into a back and forth contest between the Tigers and the Twins. The Twins bash brothers of Josh Willingham and Trevor Plouffe each added another home run to their totals for the season as they continue to try and match each other for the team lead. Even Joe Mauer was able to hit his second home run in the past week with an opposite field home run in the later innings of the game.
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    by 07-03-2012, 10:47 PM

    The Big Picture
    The Bronx Bombers have made the playoffs in seven of the past eight years but have reached the World Series only once, when they beat the Phillies in 2009. For most teams, one championship in eight years would be perfectly adequate, but not for the Yankees. This is a franchise that appeared in the Fall Classic six times in nine years prior to their latest "drought."
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    by 07-03-2012, 02:00 PM

    The Twins go into tonight's second game at Detroit feeling pretty good about themselves. They're on a four game winning streak, all against division rivals. Of course, that could all change tonight as Nick Blackburn takes the mound again for the Twins. I won't bother dredging up the numbers; we all know Blackburn has struggled mightily this season. To top it off, Max Scherzer was scratched from the lineup at the last moment with hamstring tightness. In his place, the Twins will see Duane Below, a young lefty who has been

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