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    by 04-18-2014, 10:59 PM
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    I remember asking Kyle Gibson several years ago what it meant to be the Twins #1 prospect. He said that it was an honor, but all being a prospect meant was that you hadn’t done anything yet. It is a great point for all to remember.

    Friday was the third time this season when Twins top pitching prospects were all on the mound. Friday was a good reminder that there is a reason these guys are at the levels they are at, that there is still work to be done.

    The Twins lost the opening game of their three game set in Kansas City and are back at .500 (8-8). There were also five Twins minor league games on Friday, and the Twins affiliate lost each of them.

    Here is a look at what happened in the Twins farm system on Friday, but first a look at the Transactions:

    TRANSACTIONS

    The big news was that Jason Bartlett has decided to retire from baseball. According to a Mike Berardino
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    by 04-19-2014, 09:34 AM

    The Minnesota Twins are currently 2nd in the AL in runs scored (86), 1st in OBP (.353) and 1st in walks (82). They also lead the AL in runs per game at 5.76. That’s not too bad for an offense that was routinely picked to finish towards the bottom of the league in nearly every category.

    Yes, it’s only April and the sample size is incredibly small – but it’s a good start.

    The offense has been bolstered by improved performances from multiple players including a breakout
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    by 04-17-2014, 07:40 PM
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    You know how in between innings, sometime the mascot comes out with a pneumatic gun and shoots t-shirts or hot dogs or whatever into the crowd? Have you ever seen him shoot out pizzas? Want to know why?

    Because there’s a lot better way to give away free pizzas.

    By now you’ve noticed that the Twins and Papa John’s have teamed up to offer 50% off pizzas using the ‘TWINSWIN’ promo code the day after a Twins win. What you don’t know is that Papa John’s is also giving away a few hundred pizzas this year to the Twins Daily community. And in a far less messy manner than having TC
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    by 04-18-2014, 08:44 AM
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    Over his career, Phil Hughes has seemingly been one solid secondary pitch away from taking over the world.

    Since his prospect days, his curveball was considered this dangerous weapon. For Hughes, unfortunately, the pitch never manifested as that killer pitch as projected. Eventually, the pitch was unceremoniously dropped from his arsenal in 2012.

    When asked why the deuce took the backseat to other pitches in his repertoire, Hughes cited his inability to execute as one of the main reasons.

    “It was one of those things where basically it became a first-pitch strike pitch and that’s all I was using it for, and that’s not what I want it to be,” Hughes said in the clubhouse this spring.
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    by 04-17-2014, 10:03 PM

    The season is still very young. I don't want to get too wrapped up in early optimism, but something has to be said about the lineup and production thus far, especially considering the generally pessimistic nature I think most of us felt at the close of spring training.

    There was a lot of gnashing of teeth, despite the "they can't be any worse, therefore they must be at least somewhat better" mantra. There are flaws and concerns still to be sure. (I'm not here to necessarily
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    by 04-17-2014, 11:13 PM
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    There were four games in the Twins' farm system, and the Twins were able to play a split double header at Target Field in some record cold conditions. More impressive, they were able to win two games against the Blue Jays, a team they have been crushed by in recent years. Kyle Gibson threw eight shutout innings in the afternoon game. In the evening game, the Twins used eight eighth inning walks, and three wild pitches in that same inning, to turn a 5-3 deficit into a 9-5 win.

    It would be very cool if the story in the minor leagues on Thursday were to become a great story of the Twins 2014 season as well. Who was it? Well, keep reading to find out…

    Here is a look at what happened in the Twins' farm system on Thursday. And, by the way, it's another Top Pitching Prospect Day on Friday.


    RED WINGS REPORT
    Game 1 - Rochester 1, Pawtucket 2 (11 innings)
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    by 04-16-2014, 10:28 PM
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    Winter just does not want to go away. Much of the state of Minnesota woke up to cold and even snow on Wednesday. The weather has been difficult around the country. New Britain was weathered out. The Minnesota Twins game on Wednesday night against the Blue Jays was postponed. They will play their regularly scheduled game at 12:10 on Thursday and then the makeup game at 6:10.

    When there is a doubleheader, teams are able to add a 26th player. The Twins will promote the recently acquired Eduardo Nunez. In his week with Rochester, he has played shortstop, third base, right field and DH.

    Here is a look at what happened in the Twins farm system on Wednesday:
    by 04-16-2014, 08:45 PM

    To say that Rochester Red Wings pitcher Scott Diamond has had a tough start to the 2014 season, would be putting it mildly.

    Diamond, Rochester’s opening day starter, is 0-2 on the season with an International League worst 15.58 ERA. If that large number wasn’t enough, through just nine innings pitched in three starts, Diamond has allowed an IL worst 25 hits and walked seven.




    After his last start against the Pawtucket Red Sox, when he pitched four
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    by 04-16-2014, 06:52 AM
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    The people who pay attention to such things during professional baseball’s offseason were pretty much in agreement in their expectations for this team coming out of spring training in Fort Myers.

    The starting pitching should be quite improved, perhaps the best it has been in a few years. The bullpen should once again be sound. But when the topic turned to the offense, one question was nearly universal, “Where will the runs come from?”

    Now, roughly two weeks in to the 2014
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    by 04-16-2014, 06:55 PM

    The Twins fell to the Blue Jays on Tuesday night due in large part to the wheels falling off the Phil Hughes strikeout express in the 6th inning. After cruising through five innings, limiting the Jays to four hits while striking out five batters, Hughes suddenly couldn’t retire a single batter and was forced from the game clinging to a 2-1 lead with two runners on and no outs. Those runners went on to score (plus one more for good measure), which left Hughes with a disappointing stat line of 5.0
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    by 04-15-2014, 11:03 PM
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    For the second Tuesday in a row, weather played havoc on the Twins farm system. Only half of the teams were able to get on the field and both of those teams didn't exactly like the results on the night. Some hitters continued their hot starts to the year, but the pitching seemed to be the biggest problem on this night

    Fans who braved the weather at Target Field got to see Phil Hughes get off to a great start before giving up a chunk of runs in the sixth inning. The Blue Jays have held the Twins number in recent years. Since 2010, Toronto has a 21-7 record versus Minnesota and things haven't been pretty during that stretch.
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    by 04-15-2014, 10:43 PM
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    In 2013, the Minnesota Twins rotation was essentially in shambles from the get-go. Liam Hendriks started the team's fourth game of the season. Pedro Hernandez started the sixth.

    Those two combined with Andrew Albers, P.J. Walters and Cole DeVries to make a total of 40 starts for the Twins last year. Now, they're all out of the organization, buried in Triple-A for other clubs (or in Korea) and unlikely to spend much if any time in the majors.

    Meanwhile, the Twins have vastly improved their pitching depth, and that's reflected by the group that lies in waiting at the Triple-A level should the starting five experience anything resembling last year's plight.
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    by 04-15-2014, 07:54 AM
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    After yesterday's off-day, the Twins are back tonight and so is the newest edition of Twins Hangouts. Seth and I will cover the last week of action in Twins Territory - the .500 big league club and the early success of the four affiliates.

    So grab your favorite beverage, pop some popcorn, turn down the lights and the volume on the television and join us as we hangout and talk Twins.
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    by 04-14-2014, 08:52 PM
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    ~ sponsored by Ticket King ~
    Often Blue Jays don’t migrate, staying in cold weather most of the year. This year’s flock follows their example, coming to town during a cold snap, confident they can feast on a Twins team they beat five times in six tries last year. They shouldn’t count on it; unlike their namesakes, these Blue Jays live indoors. So for hardy Minnesota Twins fans, which game is the best ticket?

    The History
    The Blue Jays aren’t often listed among the ranks of MLBs most depressing clubs, but last year they “celebrated” 20 years since their last postseason appearance.

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