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    by 07-23-2014, 12:12 AM
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    Many were frustrated when the Twins signed Kevin Correia to a multi-year contract in December of 2012.

    It wasn't the price -- $10 million over two years is a fair rate for a No. 5 starter. It was the fact that, after a 99-loss season in which the rotation was terrible, their biggest offseason signing was a No. 5 starter.

    To his credit, unlike so many free agents, Correia came as advertised, and maybe a little better. He's been completely healthy in his two seasons with the Twins and has posted a 4.40 ERA. While below average, that's not a terrible mark for the guy at the tail end of your rotation.

    Of course, Correia hasn't really functioned as
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    by 07-22-2014, 06:47 AM
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    The details are coming together for the Touch ‘Em All Pub Crawl sponsored by Proximo Spirits. Remember, tickets are on sale on Friday at 8 AM at this link and not only will they be sold at a discount that day, we have a history of selling out early. Here is what we know so far….

    First, since Proximo makes some damn fine liquors, we’ve been promised a couple of incredible drink specials throughout the trip from some high-end products like Maestro Dobel Tequila. I’m telling you this early in the story so you can start pacing yourself right now.

    We’ll meet up at noon at Barrio Tequila Bar in Lowertown, which also has been awarded some of the best Mexican food in the Twin Cities. They’re hinting at an all-you-can-eat
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    by 07-21-2014, 10:48 PM
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    As July comes to a close, the inevitable discussion (at least in Twins Territory) turns to what assets the team could/should part with. This season, as the team slowly but surely heads to a fourth straight 90-loss campaign, names like Kurt Suzuki, Kendrys Morales, Josh Willingham, Kevin Correia and even Brian Dozier have surfaced. But there's another player -- a guy that not as many are discussing, but who has more value, perhaps, than most of these guys combined: Glen Perkins.

    Let's
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    by 07-22-2014, 10:59 PM

    The Florida State League announced that Byron Buxton was that league's player of the week. In games played from July 14-20 and he went 10-for-20 at the plate with one triple, two home runs, four runs batted in and scored six runs. Buxton is currently listed as day-to-day after being hit on the wrist by a pitch. He is expected to be back in the line-up by the end of this week.

    There were a few different roster moves made throughout the system on Tuesday. Yohan Pino was recalled by the Twins to make the start at Target Field. To make room for him, the team sent Monday's starter Kris Johnson back to Rochester. Relief pitcher Alex Muren was promoted from Cedar Rapids to Fort Myers. Over 29 appearances, he had a 2.89 ERA with 44 strikeouts and eight walks.

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 4, Durham 0
    Box Score
    While making
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    by 07-21-2014, 09:38 PM
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    A fan/writer in the stands at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium in Cedar Rapids was watching a group of six or seven Kernels players working in the batting cage on bunting for hits. It was five hours before game time. Manager Jake Mauer was observing. Twins minor league hitting coordinator Bill Springman was feeding the pitching machine.

    Hitting coach Tommy Watkins was joyfully encouraging the players, but the 34-year-old former Twins infielder put his money where his mouth was. He took a regular spot in the group and managed to bunt the ball three feet in from the third base foul line every time. Only twice did he bunt the ball elsewhere, and those were the two times he pushed a bunt to within two feet of the first base line.


    all Tommy Watkins photos by Steve Buhr


    All the while, Watkins exuding passion for the game, encouraging the players to work but be sure to have fun as they’re doing it.

    As his friend and Kernels manager Jake Mauer said, “I wish
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    by 07-22-2014, 01:25 AM
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    So here's the deal: I spent the last 90 minutes typing up the minor league report only to have the whole thing vanish when trying to add the picture you see over there. If it was 10:30... fine, I could handle that. But it's not. It's 1:15 am and I just got worked over by my wife TWICE playing Ticket to Ride. Well, not just worked over. Worked over about three hours ago before I started to write my original piece.

    So instead of getting the full version, you're going to get a slightly expanded Jeremy's Twitter-like Minor League Report.

    RED WINGS (box scores are linked)

    Durham 5, Rochester 1

    Chris Rahl continues to hit well, but the team is starting to feel the effects of the Twins' playing
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    by 07-22-2014, 03:30 PM
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    Seth and Jeremy are back at their regularly scheduled time for another Hangout. (That's 9pm on Tuesday, in case you forgot.)

    Some topics for tonight include "Mid-season Top 10 prospects" and trade deadline talk. As always, we'll provide you with more minor league talk than any single human wants to hear. But we'll do it like it's our job.

    We encourage you to ask questions. And you can do that below, on Twitter (@twinshangouts) or by watching the show live and using the Q and A feature on our event page.
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    by 07-21-2014, 06:42 AM

    The Tampa Bay Rays finished off a three game sweep of the Minnesota Twins on Sunday afternoon with a 5-3 victory in the heat at Target Field. Kevin Correia wasn’t able to continue his recent run of solid pitching, as he lasted just four innings and gave up runs in each of the first three.

    In the minors, the starting pitching was the story of the day, but in a good way as all four full-season affiliate starters pitched into the sixth inning. Read on to find out what happened in the
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    by 07-21-2014, 08:10 AM

    Does MLB offer their teams refunds for entire series? Can an MLB team get a "do over" on the first series out of a break? If a tree falls in the woods, could it possibly join the Twins' lineup and produce a few hits? Is suckatude a word?

    Oswaldo Arcia
    Arcia went 0-4 on Friday night, sat against a tough lefty on Saturday and then returned on Sunday with another 0-3, this time with two strikeouts and he was pinch hit for in the 8th inning. Arcia is clearly not
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    by 07-21-2014, 12:07 AM
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    Sponsored by Ticket King

    The forecast for the next few days calls for highs in the 80s and 90s, with a lot of sun. Hot days will give way to warm nights while sunlight glows well past suppertime.

    Sorry for waxing poetic, but… July in Minnesota. There's hardly anything better.

    Remember when going to catch a ballgame meant filing into a stuffy Dome and missing out on these glorious summer nights? It wasn't so long ago. Weeks like this are what Target Field was built for.

    There is an added level of baseball drama -- that being the team's desperate need to embark on a "miraculous run."

    Getting swept by the last-place Rays was a disastrous start to a crucially important homestand. Now, the reeling Twins need to damn near win out in the next two series
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    by 07-20-2014, 10:29 PM
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    Aaron and John talk about the All-Star experience, the Twins making it clear they should be sellers at the trade deadline, what to do with Kurt Suzuki, Aaron's illnesses, John's dancing, paying to get rid of Ricky Nolasco, details on the August pub crawl, why Danny Santana is rushed but young pitchers aren't, ex-girlfriends in the wild, Josh Willingham falling apart, and dwindling television ratings. You can listen by downloading us from iTunes, Stitcher or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com. Or just click below:

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    by 07-13-2014, 12:31 PM
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    The upper-levels of the Twins minor league system is stocked with relief pitchers performing at a high level. Here is a quick rundown:

    Michael Tonkin (AAA, 24)- Tonkin has been arguably the best reliever in the Twins system since the start of 2012. This year in AAA, Tonkin has a 3.08 ERA—nothing special—but his K and BB numbers are excellent: 26 K’s to just four BB’s in 26.1 innings. He’s been even better in this department since the start of June: 18 K’s to one BB in 18.1 IP. Tonkin
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    by 07-18-2014, 10:39 AM

    The big All-Star bash in Minneapolis is behind us now and by most accounts, it was somewhere between very successful and close to perfect.

    I saw the Futures Game/Celebrity Softball Game in person on Sunday and watched the Home Run Derby and ASG on the tube. My conclusion is that, while I wouldn't say it was all perfectly staged and performed, the Twin Cities and those from MLB and the Twins who were involved all did themselves proud.

    It was the kind of event that could
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    by 07-13-2014, 12:56 PM
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    Sponsored by RubricLegal.com

    UPDATE: We had a winner. Please congratulate joemama who will be attending the game on September 3rd. Nice job.

    Now you have a reason to watch the All-Star Game.

    To celebrate Minnesota being the center of the baseball world this week, Twins Daily’s Official Law Firm, Rubric Legal (formerly Snyder Gislason Frasier) is giving away front row tickets to a Twins game to a reader that guesses this year’s All-Star Game MVP. Just leave your guess in the comments below and we’ll
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    by 07-20-2014, 06:09 AM
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    The Twins lost on Saturday to David Price and the Rays by a score of 5-1. The positive for the Twins was that they were able to turn five double plays in the game. In other words, it could have been worse. They will try today to avoid the sweep.

    Trevor May returned to the mound for the Red Wings after missing almost a month. JO Berrios made his second start for New Britain and was tremendous. A couple streaks came to their ends. Continue reading to see what happened in the Twins minor leagues on Saturday:

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 2, Norfolk 4
    Box Score

    Trevor May returned to the mound for the first time in almost a month. The right-hander gave up one run on three hits and a walk in three innings. Mark Hamburger came on and threw two shutout innings, walking one. Edgar Ibarra pitched a scoreless sixth inning. However, in the 7th frame, he gave up a single and a walk before
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    by 07-18-2014, 10:00 AM
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    As the Twins put the All-Star Game behind them and gear up for the final 68 games on the schedule, they face much uncertainty. They're only six games below .500 -- a marked improvement from recent years -- and although they trail the Tigers by 10.5 games in the Central, they are within seven games of a wild-card spot.

    While it's nice to be in a spot where contention is a feasible scenario, we've got to keep in mind that the Twins are still behind seven other AL clubs in the wild-card race and -- more importantly -- they just aren't a great team. Not right now, anyway.

    As such, the focus needs to be on taking steps to build that great team for next year and beyond. This means auditioning young talents here in the final months, and making decisions on which current

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