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    by 05-28-2012, 05:51 PM

    Happy Memorial Day!

    Jason Marquis was not claimed on release waivers Ė and both Marquis and the Twins declined sending him to Rochester Ė thus making him a free agent. The Twins will continue to pay the remainder of the $3 million owed to Marquis. If another team signs him to the minimum, the Twins bill will go down that much (probably $480,000). His Ė and Erik Komatsuís Ė removal from the 40-man leaves the roster at 38 men. Gardenhire also said he didnít expect the Twins to work out a trade for Komatsuís rights.

    The Twins Ė after a come-from-behind-win Ė are still tied with the Cubs in the race for the first pick in the 2013 MLB Draft. This yearís draft takes place a week from today.

    Letís take a spin around the farm:
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    by 05-27-2012, 09:20 PM

    I hope everyone is enjoying their Memorial Day weekend! All of the affiliates were in action today and this evening, and the Twins lost a tough one to the Tigers.

    There was some roster news, if you haven't heard it: Erik Komatsu was designated for assignment, and Jeff Manship joined the Twins. Best of luck to Komatsu in his professional career, and to Manship, as well. Additionally, starting pitcher David Bromberg was promoted from the AA Rock Cats to AAA Rochester. Congratulations to him! Let's take a look at what happened down on the farm today.
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    by 05-27-2012, 09:04 PM

    Aaron and John talk about Justin Morneau's resurgence, the Twins' options with the No. 2 pick, Jason Marquis' departure, Francisco Liriano's move back into the rotation, the best baseball movies of all time, first impressions of Cole De Vries, their PickPointz MVP picks, Johan Santana's return to greatness, and why Anthony Slama can't catch a break. Here are:

    by 05-27-2012, 08:36 AM

    Join Seth at 1:00 CST for a live Twins chat. Feel free to ask questions on the Minnesota Twins, the minor leagues, prospect rankings, the upcoming draft... or anything baseball-related. These chats are always fun and entertaining. This will be taking place during the Twins/Tigers series finale, so it'll be good. (Of course, if this time doesn't work for you to participate, you can come back later to read the transcript.) Click the "Read More" to join the chat.
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    by 05-26-2012, 11:38 PM

    The Twins lost on Saturday afternoon to Max Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers. Justin Morneauís ninth home run tied the game at two in the second inning. Unfortunately, in the top of the 5th, Carl Pavano gave up six straight hits (5 singles and a double) and gave up four runs. Denard Span cut the lead to 6-3 with his first home run of the season, but that was it. The Twins were able to get no closer and lost 6-3.
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    by 05-26-2012, 09:56 PM

    On Saturday night, Twins Daily tonight learned that the Twins have decided to promote right-handed pitcher Jeff Manship from AAA Rochester. He will be pitching out of the bullpen for the Twins.Manship was scheduled to start on Sunday afternoon in Gwinnett (Georgia) against the Braves affiliate, but instead he will be hopping on an airplane to join the Twins.

    Overall this season, Manship is 4-1 with a 3.08 ERA for the Red Wings. He pitched eight times out of the bullpen and made four starts. As a reliever, he threw 18 innings. He walked eight and struck out 18. In his four starts, he has thrown 20 innings and given up 16 hits, seven walks and struck out ten.
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    by 05-26-2012, 01:19 AM

    The Twins lost again, this time to the Tigers. They scored six runs on ten hits which should be enough most of the time. Unfortunately, Anthony Swarzak wasnít feeling well and it showed. He gave up six runs and didnít get through the fourth inning. Francisco Liriano gave up four more runs without completing three innings. Denard Span had three hits including two doubles, but it just wasnít enough.

    Ron Gardenhire was ejected moments after Jamey Carroll was ejected for the first time in his career. Gardy wasnít the only manager in the Twins organization to be ejected, and Carroll wasnít the only player. Here is a look at the Twins minor league scores and highlights from Friday:
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    by 05-25-2012, 08:52 AM

    Original post from North Dakota Twins Fan
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    The Twins have been playing a little bit better baseball and the team has been able to put together a few wins since the last time we were together for "Friday Links-N-Thinks." The rotation has been overhauled with a youth movement coming into the fold. The likes of Scott Diamond, PJ Walters, and Cole DeVries have been added to the roster to throw the ball over the plate.

    After the first game of the White Sox series, things looked to be going in the right direction for the Twins. A lot of fielding errors in the last two game put the team in a hole they would never be able to climb out of and the Sox won the final two games and the series. It was nice to see Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau hit a home run in the same game and hopefully the offense will follow the Twins back to Target Field.
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    by 05-25-2012, 08:03 AM

    The book on Ben Revere is that he is a slap-hitting, bloop-knocking, fast-running, somersaulting offensive contributor.

    In his first full season at the major league level last year, he demonstrated outstanding contact. Of course, the catch was that his contact did not go anywhere. Revere would drive the ball into the ground and try to leg it out. In fact, among those with at least 400 plate appearances last year, his 68.5% ground ball rate led baseball. When he did put the ball in the air, the majority of the time it was a dying quail just past the arms of an outstretched infielder. Had Revere been on a slow-pitch
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    by 05-25-2012, 01:36 AM

    The debut of Cole De Vries was a game with several ups and downs. De Vries struck out Alejandro de Aza, the first batter he faced. He threw a scoreless first inning. Then in the second frame, AJ Pierzynski got him. He was charged with three unearned runs in the third inning after an error, a pop up and a blooper. He then got seven batters out. Given a 5-4 lead, he went out for the 6th inning and served up back-to-back home runs to Paul Konerko and Alexi Rios and his debut was over. His line at the end of the day was six runs (3 earned) on six hits and a walk in five innings. He struck out four, but three solo home runs added up.

    Brian Duensing came in and gave up three hits and a walk. The biggest hit in his inning was a grand slam. Jeff Gray threw a scoreless inning. Jared Burton gave up a run in the eighth inning.

    The Twins fell 11-8 to the White Sox. The highlight for the Twins had to be Justin Morneauís day at the plate. He was 3-5 with his seventh and eighth home runs, both long blasts. Joe Mauer was 2-4 with a walk and his second home run. Alexi Casilla was 2-4 with a double. Denard Span was 2-5 with his tenth double.

    If you missed it last night, be sure to listen to last nightís Twins Minor League Weekly. Seth was joined by Kyle Gibson, David Bromberg and Drew Leachman. Here is a look at the Twins minor league scores and highlights from Thursday:
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    by 05-24-2012, 11:27 PM

    Early in the season, Justin Morneau looked a lot like he did last year at the plate. That is to say: he was tentative, consistently fooled by good breaking balls, and generally ineffective.

    At the end of April, he informed the team that his wrist had been ailing him for the better part of two weeks. He sat out a few days, then ended up on the disabled list, returning on May 16th.

    It would seem that the rest did him some good. Since coming back from the DL, Morneau has looked very much like his old self, and not just because he's once again playing first base on a regular basis after serving mostly as DH in the first month. He's locked in at the plate and crushing the ball in a way we haven't seen for almost two years.
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    by 05-24-2012, 04:56 PM

    Kyle Gibson, David Bromberg and Drew Leachman will be guests on tonight's Twins Minor League Weekly show. The show will start at 10:00 central time, and you can listen live or download later through this link.

    Kyle Gibson is about two weeks away from throwing off of a mound for the first time in about 10 months. We'll get updated on how he is doing.

    David Bromberg had a frustrating 2011 season, and his 2012 season certainly didn't start out well. But since returning to a starting role, he has been one of the best starters in the Twins farm system. What made the difference? We'll find out!
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    by 05-24-2012, 08:53 AM

    Today, we continue our trek through my Top 50 Twins Prospects list by looking at my choices for prospects 21 through 30. Yesterday we looked at prospects 31-40, and the day before I presented prospects 41 through 50. I think that this 21-30 group is interesting. You still have some young players who have great potential but havenít quite reached it... yet. You have a couple of players who have been ranked quite a bit higher who, for whatever reason, have fallen and are looking to move back up.

    Without further ado, letís get to the list. Here are my choices for Twins Prospects 21-30:
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    by 05-24-2012, 06:47 AM

    Original post from North Dakota Twins Fan
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    In the last couple of weeks, the Twins have seen a concerning development with two players in the upper levels of the minor leagues. Joe Benson and Rene Tosoni were demoted to New Britain after starting the year with the Rochester Red Wings. The most concerning thing for both of these players might be the fact that both of them got playing time in the major leagues during last year's dismal season. Each of these players is on a different path but the front office for the Twins has to be frustrated with their performance so far this year.
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    by 05-24-2012, 06:05 AM

    It's time again for my recap of tonight's action in the Twins' farm system. The parent club couldn't pull out a win tonight, so let's see how the affiliates fared.

    The Rochester Red Wings were off tonight. They are in last place in the International League North, 9 games out of first place with a 16-26 record.
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    by 05-24-2012, 01:34 AM

    Baseball is a great game. Almost every game has some sort of unique situation arise, allowing fans to try to get in to the minds of the players and managers. Is the starting pitcher beginning to lose his stuff or can he go another inning? Is the centerfielder cheating a bit by playing shallow to keep a runner from advancing or to cut off a short line drive and will the hitter be able to get something past him in to the gap?

    Yes, almost every game provides opportunities to wonder whatís going on in the minds of those on the field and in the dugouts. Even 16-4 games where the outcome was never in doubt past the second inning.

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