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On-site Twins coverage from Brandon Warne, Zone Coverage Twins beat reporter

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8/18 GAME NOTES: Twins Use Power, Speed for 10 Unanswered Runs in Comeback Win over Diamondbacks

The Twins were in a festive mood on Friday night. They honored Rod Carew by showing heart after being down 3-0 just two innings into the game. They also honored his offensive pedigree by pounding out 17 hits. The offense also provided some in-game fireworks prior to the customary postgame ones that happen every Friday at Target Field.   What it all added up to was 10 unanswered runs — including seven over the final three innings — in a 10-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Target Field on Fr

Brandon Warne

Brandon Warne

8/18 PREGAME NOTES: Godley vs. Santana, Enns Injury Update, Gardy Back

It’s warm and overcast as the Minnesota Twins prepare to open a three-game interleague series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. It’ll be righty Zack Godley (2.95 ERA, 3.17 FIP in 106.2 innings) going for the Diamondbacks, with Ervin Santana (3.28 ERA, 4.71 FIP in 156.1 innings) taking the ball for the Twins.   More on that in a bit.   This will be the first regular-season meeting between the Twins and Diamondbacks since Sept. 22-24, 2014 — also at Target Field. The Twins the last two games of th

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Brandon Warne

8/17 GAME NOTES: Twins Split Doubleheader, Break Home Losing Streak Against Indians

Robbie Grossman’s swinging strikeout against Nick Goody to end the first game of Thursday's doubleheader was the icing on a very frustrating cake for the Minnesota Twins. Not only did it cap a 9-3 loss to push the Twins back to .500, but also sealed a dubious team record as the 19th time a Twin had struck out against Indians pitching.   In fact, most of the game was emblematic of the Twins’ recent pursuit of the Indians in the standings. The Indians didn’t play particularly well all day, and let

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Brandon Warne

Garver's College Coach Says He's Been Called Up

It looks as though Twins fans may finally get their wish, as Mitch Garver is headed to the big leagues according to Ray Birmingham.   https://twitter.com/BirminghamRay/status/898395795552063488   Birmingham is the head coach of the University of New Mexico Lobos baseball team, where Garver played from 2010-13 before the Minnesota Twins took him in the ninth round of the 2013 draft.   UPDATE: Garver's mother has also retweeted the original tweet. UPDATE II: Gail also tweeted that they'll be in Mi

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Brandon Warne

8/15 GAME NOTES: Bombs over Bartolo in 8-1 Loss to Cleveland

For three innings Tuesday night at Target Field, Bartolo Colon was a veritable Harry Houdini.   The 44-year-old righty worked in and out of danger, and was staked to a 1-0 lead before allowing three solo home runs over a two-inning span on the way to an 8-1 loss to Danny Salazar and the Cleveland Indians in front of nearly 30,000 fans at Target Field.   The loss sent the Twins to a stunning 0-8 against the Indians at home this season. The Twins are 5-1 against Cleveland at Progressive Field this

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Brandon Warne

8/15 PREGAME NOTES: Colon vs. Salazar, Perkins Lurking and Santiago Sidelined

It’s overcast and warm as the Minnesota Twins prepare to take on the Cleveland Indians in the first of three games to start a six-game homestand. It’ll be a pair of righties tangling on the mound, as the Indians will send Danny Salazar (4.15 ERA, 3.72 FIP in 80.1 innings) out while the Twins will counter with Bartolo Colon (6.77 ERA, 4.73 FIP in 94.1 innings).   More on that in a bit.   The Twins come into the series 59-57 -- five games behind first-place Cleveland and in search of their first w

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Brandon Warne

WARNE: August Waiver Trade Candidates for the Minnesota Twins

We’ve established the rules for post-July 31 trades. Now we should take a look at who the Twins might target, right?   It’s pretty easy to isolate three areas where the Twins can use some help: Starting pitching Relief pitching Batters who can hit left-handed pitching   The pitching woes are hard to miss. Only the Rangers (6.4) have gotten fewer strikeouts per nine innings from starting pitchers than the Twins (6.9), and just four teams have posted higher ERA from their rotations than the T

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Brandon Warne

WARNE: Power Ranking the Twins 25-Man Roster — 2.o

One exercise that is fun, and in the interest of full disclosure gets a lot of people reading and talking, is ranking things in order as a “power ranking.” No seriously, if you call something a “power ranking” you’re guaranteed to see traffic go through the roof. I’m thinking of calling my podcast “power ranking.”   OK, I’m kidding.   But it’s a fun exercise to apply to a team’s 25-man roster. My general theory — and this can be altered if viewers think there is a better way — is to base a playe

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Brandon Warne

Vargas Down, Enns Up as Twins Continue Roster Churn

Kennys Vargas spent one day with the Minnesota Twins in his latest stint, as the club announced Thursday morning that the first baseman/designated hitter has been sent back to Triple-A Rochester following the previous night’s game.   Vargas appeared in Wednesday night’s game to pinch-hit for starter Bartolo Colon, popping out in foul territory in the eighth inning. Vargas, who was granted a fourth-year option by MLB, has been promoted by the Twins four times this season, but has failed to capita

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Brandon Warne

My Nickname Jerseys for the Twins

In late August, teams around MLB will wear uniforms with nicknames on the back as the first-ever “Players Weekend.” It’ll be spanning Aug. 25-27, and the jerseys will have unusual designs to inject some more personality in the game.   You can find the full actual list of nicknames the Twins will wear here:     But if we were in charge, what would we put on the jerseys? Here’s our list -- and it’s all in good fun: Jason Castro - Michaels Chris Gimenez - The Janitor Joe Mauer - Joseph Patr

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Brandon Warne

8/8 GAME NOTES: Bombs Away! Twins Swat Five Homers in 11-4 Win over Brewers

Matt Garza was in a charitable mood on Tuesday night at Target Field. His team staked him to a 1-0 lead, and he gave it back twofold. His team turned around a half-inning later by doubling the original lead to 4-2, and he again paid it back doubly by again putting his team behind the 8-ball with an 8-4 deficit.   The final damage for the right-hander was 3.1 innings, eight earned runs, four home runs allowed and an early shower as the Twins pummeled their old friend 11-4 in front of 34,186 fans.

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Brandon Warne

8/8 PREGAME NOTES: Mejia vs. Garza, Closer Music and Miggy Back

It’s mostly sunny and super warm as the Minnesota Twins prepare to wrap up the first half of a home-and-home series with the Milwaukee Brewers. Youngster Adalberto Mejia (4.30 ERA, 4.85 FIP in 83.2 innings) will take the mound for the Twins, while former Twins righty Matt Garza (3.68 ERA, 4.03 FIP in 88 innings) will toe the rubber for the Brewers.   More on that in a bit.   Miguel Sano is back in the lineup after a three-game absence following being hit by a Tony Barnette pitch on Friday night

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Brandon Warne

WARNE: What on Earth has Gotten into Eddie Rosario?

You may have noticed that Eddie Rosario has been hitting higher in the order of late. Part of it has been that the Twins have faced a number of lefties lately, and he’s one of the few batters on the team holding their own against them. Part it is also that Miguel Sano has been sidelined for the past few days after getting hit on the hand with a pitch against the Texas Rangers.   But perhaps a large part of it stems from the fact that Rosario is having a nice offensive season, too. For the season

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Brandon Warne

8/5 GAME NOTES: Hamels Returns Favor in Complete Game 4-1 Win over Twins

For the second night in a row, a Minnesota Twins starter dug a hole in the first inning. For the second night in a row, a starter tossed a complete game at Target Field.   Unfortunately for the Twins, the parallels stop in between those two sentences. One night after Bartolo Colon dug an early 2-0 hole and pulled himself out of it in a complete-game win, Rangers stud lefty Cole Hamels continued his July roll into August as he scattered four hits and just one unearned run in a 4-1 win over the Tw

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Brandon Warne

8/5 PREGAME NOTES: Hamels vs. Gibson, Santiago and Perkins Heading Out, Sano Still Sore

It’s overcast and warm as the Twins prepare for game three of a four-game weekend series against the Texas Rangers. It’ll be left-hander Cole Hamels (4.01 ERA, 4.64 FIP in 76.1 innings) dealing for the Rangers this evening with righty Kyle Gibson (6.08 ERA, 5.52 FIP in 94.2 innings) returning from Rochester to make the start for the Twins.   More on that in a bit.   The roster move initiated Friday night became official on Saturday, as Zack Granite was sent out to Triple-A Rochester to make room

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Brandon Warne

8/4 GAME NOTES: Colon Overcomes Rocky Start to Toss Complete Game in 8-4 Win over Rangers

Like a young fighter perhaps half his age, Bartolo Colon was on the ropes and in danger just two pitches into Friday night’s game. The Minnesota Twins righty allowed a single to leadoff hitter Shin-Soo Choo and a double off the fence in right to shortstop Elvis Andrus, and the Rangers were immediately in business. One batter later, Adrian Beltre looped a single into center to bring home both runners, and the Rangers had an early 2-0 lead just 10 pitches into the game.   At this point, who knew i

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Brandon Warne

8/4 PREGAME NOTES: Colon vs. Perez, O'Rourke Progressing, Injury Updates, Concert Fallout

It’s overcast and warmer than Thursday as the Minnesota Twins prepare for game two of a four-game weekend set against the Texas Rangers. It’ll be left-hander Martin Perez (5.13 ERA, 4.48 FIP in 112.1 innings) toeing the rubber for the Rangers against righty Bartolo Colon (7.70 ERA, 5.09 FIP in 78.1 innings) for the Twins.   More on that in a bit.   Manager Paul Molitor said there were no reported issues with the grass in the outfield after multiple concerts were held at Target Field while the te

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Brandon Warne

WARNE: August Trades and You -- A Primer

The July 31 non-waiver trade deadline is pretty straightforward -- you’re either traded, or you aren’t. It’s after that where it gets a bit....complicated. In fact, players can technically be traded up until the end of the regular season, but they must be in an organization and on the 40-man roster on Aug. 31 to be eligible for postseason play.   In short, that’s why you might see some trades that happen between Aug. 1 and the end of the month.   The Twins have been no stranger to these types of

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Brandon Warne

Twins Trade Kintzler to the Washington Nationals for LH Pitching Prospect, IFA $

The trade deadline came and went, and for the second season in a row, the Minnesota Twins shipped an All-Star out as closer Brandon Kintzler was traded to the Washington Nationals for left-handed pitching prospect Tyler Watson and $500k in international bonus pool money, the Twins announced.     Kintzler’s Twins tenure ends with a 2.98 ERA (3.64 FIP) in 99.2 innings across parts of two seasons. Kintzler, who turns 33 on Tuesday and will be a free agent at season’s end, had allowed 100 hits

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Brandon Warne

Twins Flip Jaime Garcia to the Yankees for Two Pitching Prospects

The Jaime Garcia era in Minnesota is over after 6.2 innings, three earned runs, one win and zero home games. The 31-year-old lefty is headed to the Bronx, as both teams announced the Minnesota Twins were shipping the veteran to the New York Yankees for left-handed pitcher Dylan Enns and right-handed pitcher Zack Littell.   Garcia’s tenure with the Twins lasted a total of six days, as he -- along with catcher Anthony Recker -- was acquired from the Atlanta Braves on July 24 for right-handed pitch

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Brandon Warne

Twins Trade Catcher Murphy to Diamondbacks for Minor-League Reliever Moya

The 40-man roster churn for the Minnesota Twins continued on Thursday, as the team shipped catcher John Ryan Murphy to the Arizona Diamondbacks for left-handed reliever Gabriel Moya. Both teams confirmed the move via press releases.   Moya will head to Double-A Chattanooga to get his Twins career underway, the team announced. Moya will be very familiar with the league, as he was a Southern League All-Star this season.   Murphy was the odd man out behind the plate as the Twins had amassed five ca

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Brandon Warne

Twins Complete Trade for Braves LHP Jaime Garcia

The upshot is this: this trade shows that Thad Levine and Derek Falvey have a pretty good idea of what’s going on with this Twins teamThe long-rumored, yet once-thought-perhaps-dead trade for Jaime Garcia has come to fruition, as the Atlanta Braves announced on Twitter Monday afternoon that the team had moved the left-handed starter, along with catcher Anthony Recker and cash for minor-league pitcher Huascar Ynoa     According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Twins are taking on the rema

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Brandon Warne

7/23 GAME NOTES: Twins Drop Longest Nine-Inning Game in Team History, Series to Tigers

The Minnesota Twins had an answer for almost everything the Detroit Tigers did on Sunday afternoon — at least until the ninth inning. The Twins threatened late and closed to within a run in both the seventh and eighth innings, but ultimately fell 9-6 to drop not only the game, but the series to the Tigers.   The loss dropped the Twins to 49-48 — and third place in the American League Central.   It was clear early that the game did not have a good pace, and that stood the test of time with a fina

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Brandon Warne

7/23 PREGAME NOTES: Mejia vs. Boyd, Armed Forces Appreciation and Granite Growth

It’s overcast and warm -- but a bit cooler than the last two nights -- as the Minnesota Twins prepare for the rubber game of a three-game weekend set with the Detroit Tigers. It’ll be a pair of lefties doing battle in this one, as Adalberto Mejia (4.22 ERA/5.07 FIP in 70.1 innings) will toe the rubber for the Twins against Matt Boyd (5.58 ERA/4.60 FIP in 61.1 innings) of the Tigers.   More on that in a bit.   It’s Armed Forces Appreciation Day at Target Field, and in addition to some pregame stu

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Brandon Warne

7/22 GAME NOTES: Twins Withstand Late Rally to Even Series with Tigers

Kyle Gibson set a season-high with 7.1 strong innings and the bullpen held on for dear life as the Minnesota Twins prevailed with a 6-5 win over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night at Target Field. What started out as a 6-0 lead in the eighth inning quickly snowballed into a one-run win, but the Twins managed to even the series with the rubber game looming on Sunday afternoon to wrap up the 1987 World Series reunion weekend.   “Gibby was really good,” manager Paul Molitor said. “I don’t know if

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