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    by 04-22-2014, 10:22 PM
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    * The Twins rank third in the American League in run-scoring, which is pretty surprising on its own but even more so when you consider that Joe Mauer has chipped in very little thus far.

    I certainly don't mean to contribute to the typical Mauer panic that arises any time he goes through any kind of slump, but the slow start is noteworthy. Early on, he's striking out way more than ever before (27 percent K-rate) yet hitting for no power (three extra-base hits and a .321 slugging percentage in 90 plate appearances).

    In fact, dating back to spring training, Mauer has 33 hits and 29 of them are singles. That's not going to help change his
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    by 04-23-2014, 12:21 AM
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    The narrative for Joe Mauer this offseason was that the transition to first base was going to heal his legs, provide him with superhuman power, and maybe help him find the missing Malaysian plane in his spare time.

    So far, none of that has happened.

    To Twins fans, the most relevant is the power. Through 19 games this year, he has just three extra base hits in his back pocket - two doubles and a home run. Beyond that, Mauer has not accumulated 24 strikeouts in 90 plate appearances, an extremely high rate by his standards. While the conversation revolving around his lack of dingers and ribbies is mindbogglingly shortsighted, there are some elements to his early season numbers that may help confirm some of what the “eye-testers”
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    by 04-22-2014, 09:57 PM
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    The game was a struggle for Kyle Gibson on Tuesday night. The Rays pounced on him for seven runs and he was saddled with his first loss of this young season. David Price pitched nine strong innings and showed why he is one of the best pitchers in baseball.

    The good thing is that it appears as if Brian Dozier is going to continue to hit a lot of home runs this season. Chris Colabello also seemed comfortable at the plate as he collected his second home run. He also saw 20 pitches over his four at-bats while no other Twins player saw more than 14.



    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 7, Pawtucket 5
    Box Score
    The Red Wings offense was very balanced as six different men had an RBI in the game and most of the damage came in a six-run
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    by 04-22-2014, 06:59 AM
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    On Sunday, the Twins claimed 32-year-old OF Sam Fuld off waivers from the Oakland A’s, designating OF Darin Mastroianni for assignment (again) to clear a spot on the team’s 40-man roster. Fuld can play all three outfield positions, with his light offensive game built on above-average speed and making contact. Aside from an extended stint with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2011, Fuld is a career backup who at this point is a fourth outfielder on a quality major league roster.

    The acquisition
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    by 04-22-2014, 07:03 AM
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    The Cedar Rapids Kernels sported a 9-7 record as they departed for Peoria Monday for the first of seven road games before returning to Veterans Memorial Stadium on Monday, April 28. They enter the week just two games behind Kane County in the Midwest League’s Western Division standings.

    One reason for the success they’ve had thus far has been a power surge in the heart of their batting order.

    The Kernels lead the MWL in slugging percentage entering this week’s games largely
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    by 04-22-2014, 07:45 AM
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    Join Seth and I tonight at 9:00 pm. If you have any questions or comments, please leave below.

    Some topics on the agenda include: The fast start of Kyle Gibson, a new Trevor Plouffe, who's Sam Fuld?, and a glimpse into the future with the draft just a couple months away.




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    by 04-22-2014, 08:58 AM
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    As some of you may have noticed, Twins Daily was down for much of yesterday due to technical difficulties (primarily, the fact that I was in close proximity to the site and jinxed it given my recent string of bad luck).

    We appreciate the concern voiced over Twitter and Facebook and the error messages you forwarded on to me. Have no fear, the site was *not* hacked and no personal information was compromised. It was a (not so) simple upgrade issue with the server itself that spiraled into a chain of problems that kept the site out of action for
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    by 04-22-2014, 01:37 AM
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    Last season, Twins fans (and minor league geeks like me) hung on Miguel Sano's and Byron Buxton's every at-bat. In fact, the night I covered (and live-tweeted) Sano's New Britain Rock Cats' debut, I gained something like 200 Twitter followers. Sure, Sano is exciting -- a kid with game-changing power and an electric personality. But behind every Sano or Buxton are hundreds of players that never get the recognition they deserve.

    Since I've been following the New Britain Rock Cats, my
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    by 04-22-2014, 07:31 AM
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    The title of today's article is based on Rihanna's "Diamonds", which I heard on KDWB today and which was written in less than 15 minutes. Not a coincidence, it took longer than 15 minutes to write the following report.

    The Twins had an off day yesterday and return to action this evening against the Tampa Bay Rays. Kyle Gibson will look to continue his early season success.
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    by 04-22-2014, 12:41 AM
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    I am all for getting the calls right if we have the technology, but I am not a fan of how the new replay rules are working. I think they need to be much more efficient (or quick!) to not annoy and potentially lose a small part of any team's fan base.

    With the new replay rules, something that has long been a part of baseball will be much more rare. There won't as many great manager/umpire arguments like there were in the past.

    We have all seen video of Earl Weaver and Billy Martin in the face of umpires. We have seen dirt kicked and caps thrown.

    I thought it would be fun to take a look back at Minnesota Twins history and go a little deeper.

    During the past offseason, video of a July 1978 Twins,
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    by 04-20-2014, 09:49 PM
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    Ron Gardenhire and Jason Kubel were insistent throughout spring training. Is it possible that they knew what they were talking about when they kept saying the veteran would be just fine when the regular season began? Fans and many writers wondered aloud which Jason Kubel we might see in 2014.

    Kubel hit just .196/.288/.283 (.571) in spring training, and that’s only because he ended the spring schedule on a good note. Fortunately, he has been able to flip a switch with the regular season and has been one of the Twins’ top offensive performers in the early weeks.

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    by 04-20-2014, 10:50 PM
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    Out of the 276 major-league players that accrued 300 or more plate appearances last year, Pedro Florimon and Aaron Hicks ranked 257th and 261st in OPS, respectively.

    Although they made up for it somewhat with strong defense at key positions, both were among the worst hitters in baseball, so it was puzzling that the Twins entered this season without much in the way of backup plans at either shortstop or center field.

    Unfortunately, Florimon and Hicks have both been offensive liabilities early on, and their lackluster production now has the club scrambling for potential replacement options.
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    by 04-20-2014, 11:07 AM
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    SUNDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE

    The Twins and Red Wings were the only two organizational teams in action on this Easter Sunday. Coincidentally, both teams used strong starts from their pitchers and big offensive outputs to power their records back to .500.

    The Twins announced before today's game that they were awarded OF Sam Fuld off waivers. (He'll join the team on Tuesday.) To make room for Fuld, Darin Mastroianni was designated for assignment.
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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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