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  1. Twins Players of the Week

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    This is the third installment in this series. You can find all of them here in reverse chronological order. I will be doing these approximately weekly or at the end of every 2 series.




    In the last 2 series against the Rays and Red Sox the Twins as a team hit an underpowered .241/.326/.310 with 1 HR and scored 21 runs. This helped them finish only 1-5 in these series.

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  2. Who is NOT Hot in the Twins minors? 2012 version 1

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    This is the first version of the 'who is NOT hot in the Twins' minors' series for 2012. I have been doing the Who is hot in the Minors series for a few years now and I decided that a complimentary list might be in order. I will be updating those every month or so, as well. The current who IS hot list can be found here

    Without further ado, here is the list, going from AAA to A. The clubs represented are AAA ...
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  3. Random Tuesday Twins Thoughts and Tidbits

    Here is this week's installment:


    • Very disappointing loss to the Red Sox last night, but some highlight reel plays and lots of near misses. Unfortunately that left the Twins with a 5-12 record, seven games under .500 and 5.5 games behind the Tigers.
    • The official rule 4 MLB draft order has been announced and the Twins have 6 picks in the top 100, including the second overall pick
    • Phillip Humber, another player discarded by the Twins, pitched a perfect
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  4. Who is Hot in the Twins minors? 2012 version 1

    Originally published at The Tenth Innning Stretch
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    This is the first version of the 'who is hot in the Twins' minors' series for 2012. I have been doing this for a few years now and 3 weeks into the 2012 season, there are enough IPs and PAs and is about time I get the first version of 2012 out. I will be updating those in pretty much monthly basis.

    About a month into the minor league seasons now, it is not surprising to confirm that the Twins have a nice pitching ...
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  5. Twins Players of the Week

    Originally Published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    This is the second installment in this series. You can find the first one here and all of them here in reverse chronological order. I will be doing these approximately weekly or at the end of every 2 series.

    In the last 2 series against the Yankees and Rangers the Twins as a team hit a respectable .279/.328/.434 with 6 HR and scored 28 runs. This was not enough to get them to finish better than 2-5 in these ...
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  6. Why was Luke Hughes cut by the Twins? The plot thickens...

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    Yesterday, I have written why Luke Hughes got a rotten deal but the Twins, but I think I let another reason out: this was a great way for Twins' manager Ron Gardenhire to get his consanguine Drew Butera up to majors, claiming that he could use 3 catchers.



    Interestingly enough, Stealing a page from Pontius Pilatus' book, Terry Ryan, the Twins' interim GM, washed his hands from accountability on player ...

    Updated 04-20-2012 at 09:47 AM by Thrylos

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  7. 5 reasons why Luke Hughes got a rotten deal by the Twins

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    By now the fact that the Twins have designated Luke Hughes for assignment to clear a 25-man roster for Jason Marquis is old news. I have always felt that Luke Hughes was a player with a lot of potential but for some reason the Twins did not see that and unfortunately might be added to a list of players including David Ortiz, Sergio Santos and Garrett Jones who have flourished after the Twins released them.

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  8. Random Tuesday Twins Thoughts and Tidbits

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    Here is this week's installment, tax deadline edition:
    • Public service announcement: If you have not filed your taxes yet, uncle Sam gives you till midnight tonight to do so
    • Twins' OF Josh Willingham, after he was named Twins' position player of the week here, was officially named AL player of the week.
    • The Twins finally win the opening game of a series in Yankee Stadium. Last time they accomplished that feat it
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  9. 5 Little known facts about the newest Twins' OF, Clete Thomas

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    The Twins have announced that they have selected OF Clete Thomas, on waivers from Detroit. Clete Thomas bats left-handed and has played in all 3 outfield positions, but he has more experience in Right Field. After Darin Mastroianni, he is the second OF on waivers claimed by the Twins in 2012. He will take Scott Baker's 40-man roster spot and a corresponding move (either demoting Ben Revere who has options or waiving ineffective ...

    Updated 04-14-2012 at 02:38 PM by Thrylos

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  10. Twins Players of the Week

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    The Twins are 2-4 in this early season, after being swept in their first series at Baltimore and winning the series against one of the AL darlings, the LA Angels at the home opener at Target Field, 2-1. This series win is very hopeful, because if they Twins win 60-70% of their series, they will be in the post-season. They stand at 50% right now and winning the Rangers' series, will put them at 66%, which is right on course. ...
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  11. Twins' Organization Player and Staff Birthdays List

    Did you wonder when is the Birthday of your favorite player in the Twins' Organization? Did you know that Brian Dozier and Justin Morneau shared Birthdays? So do Chris Parmelee and Nick Blackburn. And the NewBritain clubhouse will have a lot of fun on August 20th, the shared birthday of both their pitching and hitting coaches (Bobby Cuellar and Tom Brunansky). And do you know the most popular day as far as Twins' organization players and staff birthdays go? It is November 24th when 6 members ...
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  12. Random Tuesday Twins Thoughts and Tidbits

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    Here is this week's installment:
    • The opening day was a bummer but featured somewhat a comeback, for which I was thankful. Still the Twins lost, which is not good. My thoughts as I was watching that game are here. The second game debacle did not put me in a great mood and the third game was the cherry on top. At least there were a couple of bright points: Swarzak's performance on short notice, Jamey Carroll's
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  13. Random thoughts from the Twins' Opening Day game

    Originally posted at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    Not necessarily in any order. Just notes I was making while watching the game:
    • Luke Hughes was the emergency backup Catcher? Say what? I thought that it would had been Josh Willingham who actually caught before. And (I did double check) Luke has played in every position of the field in pro ball(including P) but C.
    • Mauer and GIDP are not a good combination. So are Pavano and his 86 mph "fast"ball, esp when
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  14. Twins' Opening Day facts

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    Happy Opening Day to the Minnesota Twins who are starting the 2012 season by playing at the Baltimore Orioles at 3:05 PM local time. Here are some facts about the Twins' opening days of yore:
    • The Twins lost their last 3 opening days
    • The Twins' overall record, since they moved to Minnesota, on opening day is 25-26, so with a win today, they will be back to .500
    • The following pitchers made the most opening day starts for the
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