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  1. Genies, Series Recap, and Other Notes

    Originally posted at k-bro's baseball blog

    Sometimes a baseball team loses games, and sometimes it refuses to win. And this series showed us perfect examples of both.


    Tuesday's game was a genuine clunker by the Twins. It happens. No biggie.


    Monday's and Wednesday's games, however, were totally winnable. And the Twins...didn't.


    As much as leaving men on base drives me nuts, that's not the Twins' biggest problem. Obviously, ...
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  2. Memories, Series Recap, and Other Notes

    Originally posted at k-bro's baseball blog

    Yeah, this series could've been uglier, but it wasn't pretty.


    Friday's game was nice and smooth on all levels -- Matt Capps even delivered an uninteresting save for smiles all around.


    Saturday's game was a fun pitchers' duel -- until a really ugly sixth inning. And the Rays had smiles all around.


    Sunday...ugh. Just...ugh!


    Notes from the series:

    • I
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  3. Shaking Pitchers, Series Recap, and Other Notes

    Originally posted at k-bro's baseball blog

    Did you know that it was possible for the Twins to win multiple games at Yankee Stadium? During the same year? The same series?


    I bet you thought that only happened in video games. But it really happened. Really.


    Not only did the Twins exceed expectations with this series, they also made it fun to watch. All the hitting is great. I like a lot of Twins hitting. Keep hitting, Twins. And if you want me ...
  4. Stranded, Series Recap, and Other Notes

    Originally posted at k-bro's baseball blog

    So much for the Texas Rangers not being able to win in Target Field. Prior to Friday, the Rangers were 1 - 9 in Target Field.


    Looks like they got over whatever was bothering them.


    The Rangers didn't really blow the Twins away; the Twins failed to capitalize.


    Key Notes from the Series:

    • That relay play on Sunday by Thomas to Casilla to Mauer to mow down Adrian Beltre
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    Updated 04-15-2012 at 11:01 PM by Kirsten Brown

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  5. Fun With Ridiculous Stats, Series Recaps, and More Notes

    Originally posted at k-bro's baseball blog

    The Twins have completed two series now, and after completely embarrassing themselves from the gate, they've rallied to make their record somewhat more respectable.


    I'm going to ignore the Orioles series because, frankly, I was unable to pay a lot of attention to it. I had to watch the three games in bits-and-pieces. Apparently, I didn't miss much.


    I was lucky enough to attend the Twins home opener. ...
  6. A Fan Base Divided

    Originally posted at k-bro's baseball blog




    So, the Twins have had a bit of a tough go of the start of the 2012 season, huh? And, apparently, there's nothing like going winless for the first four games to divide the fans.


    The optimists insist that four games is too small a sample size to get too worked up about yet, and the pessimists see ...
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  7. Don't Worry, Be Happy -- For Now

    Originally posted at k-bro's baseball blog

    Happy New Years' Eve, Twins Fans!


    Tomorrow at 2pm Twins Territory time, Denard Span will dig in the batters' box at Orioles Park at Camden Yard against RHP Jake Arrietta and begin the 2012 Twins season.


    And it's been a looong time coming. We all endured a long, cold off-season trying to remove the stench ...
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  8. I Like the Roster, Even If I Wouldn't Have Predicted It

    Originally posted at k-bro's baseball blog


    The Twins 25-man roster has been set, and I'm pretty excited about it. However, there are some surprises (at least for me) on it. Namely:

    • There are only two catchers on the roster and neither of them are named Drew Butera. We all know that Gardy loves having three catchers on hand in the miniscule chance that one of them gets hurt while the other one is the DH, or something like that. But no more of that. Joe Mauer
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  9. Catching Up On My Filing

    Originally posted at k-bro's baseball blog


    It's been a while since I've kept up with the Twins news. I figured I'd go back and see what I missed and file the info away as needed.

    File under: Recognizing a Good Thing While You Have It
    Glen Perkins signed a 3-year, $10.3 million extension with an option for 2016. Twins fans remember that things weren't ...
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  10. How Brad Radke Crosses Generations Through Spring Training

    originally posted at k-bro's baseball blog

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    You may have noticed that every time I talk about attending Spring Training games, I mention that I like to visit with the other fans, especially the retirees. I like the retirees because they always seem so happy. Since the game doesn't matter so much, it's pretty easy to develop a great, interesting conversation.



    Such was the case on Thursday the 15th, during that 15-7 debacle against the ...
  11. k-bro's Lame Spring Training Report: 2012 (Part 2)

    [continuation of Part 1]

    Tuesday:



    Nice seats for the Blue Jays game.



    This is the "Richard Simmons Burger": a cheeseburger topped with a bratwurst, a chicken breast, and bacon. Probably could have fed the whole row. $10.50


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  12. k-bro's Lame Spring Training Report: 2012 (Part 1)

    Originally posted on k-bro's baseball blog

    To be clear, the word "lame" in the title modifies "report" and not "Spring Training." Spring Training is always cool.


    If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you may have noticed that I took a nice vacation in beautiful Fort Myers, Florida. It was an amazing trip, and I had a great time.


    I was lucky enough to attend three Twins Spring Training games -- against the Yankee, ...
  13. Empty the Bucket

    Originally posted at k-bro's baseball blog

    If I think of my brain as a bucket, I sometimes imagine that it begins to overflow and I have to intentionally get some of my thoughts out of there before they just spill over and are gone forever.



    Here are some baseball-related bucket thoughts:


    Denard Falls Down
    During Saturday's ...
  14. Explaining Expanded Playoffs Using Spreadsheets With Pretty Colors

    Originally posted at k-bro's baseball blog

    You may have heard that MLB has changed the playoff scheme starting with this season by adding an additional Wild Card team to each league. Some people like it; some people hate it. I really don't have an opinion of it yet, because, honestly, I don't really understand it. I've read a lot of stuff about it, and it all makes my head hurt. I figured I'd map it out on some spreadsheets to see if that helps.


    Yes, I know, ...

    Updated 03-04-2012 at 12:49 PM by Kirsten Brown

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