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  1. A TwinsTakes Preview of the 2014 Minnesota Twins - Back to Won, Twins Way

    by , Today at 01:32 PM (TwinsTakes.com Blog on TwinsDaily.com - Our Takes, Your Takes, TwinsTakes.com!)
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    The Minnesota Twins come into 2014 off a third straight season of over 90 losses. The last time the Twins went through a rough stretch like this was at the end of the 90ís when they had 4 straight seasons of over 90 losses and that was actually part of 8 consecutive seasons of finishing under .500 from 1993 to 2000 for our Minnesota Twins.

    When a franchise goes through bad stretches like that, they better have good scouting ...

    Updated Today at 01:38 PM by TwinsTakes-RD (Spacing)

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  2. Trevor Plouffe 2.0?

    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. Thatís not too bad for an offense that was routinely picked to finish towards the bottom of the league in nearly every category.


    Yes, itís only April and the sample size is incredibly small Ė but itís a good start.


    The offense has been bolstered by improved performances from multiple players including ...

    Updated Today at 09:34 AM by iTwins

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  3. Phil Hughes Attempts to Reinvent Himself In Minnesota

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ID:	7187Over his career, Phil Hughes has seemingly been one solid secondary pitch away from taking over the world.

    Since his prospect days, his curveball was considered this dangerous weapon. For Hughes, unfortunately, the pitch never manifested into that killer pitch as projected. Eventually, the pitch was unceremoniously dropped from his arsenal in 2012.

    When asked why the deuce took the backseat to other pitches in his repertoire, Hughes cited ...
  4. Yangervis Solarte- In the Zone, or What?

    It's gotten to the point where you can't make up what's happening with the Yankees this month. Sporting an infield that featured the likes of Yangervis Solarte, Scott Sizemore (first major league start), Brian Roberts and then later, Dean Anna and Kelly Johnson (along with Derek Jeter), the Yankees continued their remarkable and unlikely run to the top of the AL East in April. Tonight, Solarte started a picture perfect 5-4-3 triple play in the 2nd inning in the Yankees convincing 10-2 win ...
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  5. Yangervis Solarte- In the Zone, or what?

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    It's gotten to the point where you can't make up what's happening with the Yankees this month. Sporting an infield that featured the likes of Yangervis Solarte, Scott Sizemore (first major league start), Brian Roberts and then later, Kelly Johnson (along with Derek Jeter), the Yankees continued their remarkable and unlikely run to the top of the AL East in April. Tonight, Solarte started a picture perfect 5-4-3 triple play in the 2nd inning in the Yankees convincing 10-2 win over Tampa Bay Rays
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  6. The Twins Lineup and Production

    The season is still very young. I don't want to get too wrapped up in early optimism, but something has to be said about the lineup and production thus far, especially considering the generally pessimistic nature I think most of us felt at the close of ST.

    There was a lot of gnashing of teeth, despite the "they can't be any worse therefore they must be at least somewhat better" mantra. There are flaws and concerns still to be sure. (Not here to necessarily rehash the SS argument ...
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  7. "Knuckleball!" and R.A Dickey

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    Friends,

    It was a coincidence that "Knuckleballs!" arrived from Netflix at about the same time that R.A. Dickey started against the Twins. I watched the first half of the documentary by Rickie Stern and Annie Sundberg last night, and finished up after the Twins victory this afternoon.

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    What a great movie! This is a must-see for all seamheads out there. "Knuckleball!" documents ...
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  8. The Struggles of Scott Diamond

    To say that Rochester Red Wings pitcher Scott Diamond has had a tough start to the 2014 season,would be putting it nicely.

    Diamond, Rochesterís opening day starter, is 0-2 on the season with an International League worse 15.58 ERA. If that large number wasnít enough, through just nine innings pitched in three starts, Diamond has allowed an IL worse 25 hits and walked seven batters as well.




    After his last ...
  9. The one Deduno Strategy that would make sense....

    Gardy might just be as stupid as a fox. First if you have read my posts in the past, you know I am the President of the Sam Deduno fan club..(is there one?)

    First you have all this money in starting Rotation and you have Gibson who surprisingly has performed very well..but you also know Deduno is filthy and can beat ANY body..yes, Yankees you heard me right!...

    As much as I love Deduno, I have to admit a problem with him Late in the last two seasons.he has come up lame...so ...
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  10. Has the clock run out on Jared Burton?

    The Twins fell to the Blue Jays on Tuesday night due in large part to the wheels falling off the Phil Hughes strikeout express in the 6th inning. After cruising through 5 innings, limiting the Jays to 4 hits while striking out 5 batters, Hughes suddenly couldnít retire a single batter and was forced from the game clinging to a 2-1 lead with 2 runners on and no outs. Those runners would score (plus one more for good measure) which left Hughes with a disappointing stat line of 5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ...

    Updated 04-16-2014 at 10:57 AM by iTwins

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  11. Kernels Report: Who Are These Guys?

    The people who pay attention to such things during professional baseballís offseason were pretty much in agreement in their expectations for this team coming out of spring training in Fort Myers.

    The starting pitching should be quite improved, perhaps the best it has been in a few years. The bullpen should once again be sound. But when the topic turned to the offense, one question was nearly universal, ďWhere will the runs come from?Ē

    Now, roughly two weeks in to ...
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  12. Adding to the Joe Mauer discussion

    by , 04-15-2014 at 11:04 PM ("And we'll see ya' ... tomorrow night.")
    Joe Mauer is tied for the 8th highest salary in baseball in 2014. Could this be the worst money spent by a team in 2014? I want to say that I am a Joe Mauer fan. I have said from the beginning, I think the Twins needed to sign him, even though I wasn't a fan of what he was going to be paid. I also believe we should have attempted to trade him in 2012. Can I be a fan, blame the Twins, but also say they had to sign him all at the same time? I am not sure I can be fair on this, but I was always ...
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  13. Rotation Reinforcements Waiting in the (Red) Wings

    In 2013, the Minnesota Twins rotation was essentially in shambles from the get-go. Liam Hendriks started the team's fourth game of the season. Pedro Hernandez started the sixth.

    Those two combined with Andrew Albers, P.J. Walters and Cole DeVries to make a total of 40 starts for the Twins last year. Now, they're all out of the organization, buried in Triple-A for other clubs (or in Korea) and unlikely to spend much if any time in the majors.

    Meanwhile, the Twins ...
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  14. Twins Minor League Report (4/15): Kernels Streak Ends

    For the second Tuesday in a row, weather played havoc on the Twins farm system. Only half of the teams were able to get on the field and both of those teams didn't exactly like the results on the night. Some hitters continued their hot starts to the year but the pitching seemed to be the biggest problem on this night

    Fans who braved the weather at Target Field got to see Phil Hughes get off to a great start before giving up a chunk of runs in the sixth inning. The Blue Jays have held ...
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