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  1. What is Oswaldo Arcia doing with his arms?

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    The Minnesota Twins are going through a bit of a rough patch. The White Sox are terrible, but hit the Twins hard today and won the series. The Twins rotation is not performing. Mike Pelfrey seems jolly, but that's not enough. Vance Worley has cool glasses, but that's not cutting it. Pedro Hernandez is a lefty, but even that isn't getting the job done.

    In addition, there are questions about the offense. Is Josh Willingham ...
  2. Arcia Front Runner for AL Rookie of the Year?

    Well Twins fans I guess it was inevitable Arcia is being mentioned by national media as the only current AL Rookie worth mentioning as a possible Rookie of the Year candidate at the quarter mark of the young 2013 campaign. Here's the link [url]http://www.foxsportssouth.com/story/Rookie-Watch-Miller-solidifies-status-wi?blockID=901977&feedID=9785[/url]
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  3. Free Agent Pitching: 20/20 Hindsight

    By the end of the coming weekend, the Twins will have reached the one-quarter mark of the season with 40+ games under their belts. It’s as good a time as any to reflect upon how some of the decisions made by General Manager Terry Ryan in building the team’s roster have turned out.

    As a team, the Twins have been hovering over the .500 mark most of the season and, after Monday night’s win over the White Sox, they are one game over the break-even point. Over the weekend, Ryan told 1500ESPN ...
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  4. Contemplating Cole De Vries

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    On Wednesday night in Rochester, New York, Cole De Vries will take the mound for the Red Wings in what could be his final rehab start before being taken off the disable list. The right-handed hurler has been dealing with a strain on the outer part of his forearm and he has yet to appear in a game for the Twins this season.

    De Vries is an interesting player in the Twins system. Last season, he was finally rewarded for his time and dedication to the ...
  5. Twins Birthdays--May 15

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    Scott Watkins (1970)
    Justin Morneau (1981)
    Brian Dozier (1987)

    Left-hander Scott Allen Watkins pitched for the Twins for about two months in 1995. He was born in Tulsa, went to high school in Sand Springs, Oklahoma, and was drafted by Minnesota in the 23rd round in 1992. A reliever throughout his minor-league career, his numbers were not particularly impressive until 1995, when he posted a 2.80 ERA, a 1.06 WHIP, 20 saves, and 57 strikeouts ...
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  6. Twins Minor League Report (5/14): Lee, Walker Propel Kernels

    Overall, it was not a good day for the Minnesota Twins’ minor league affiliates. However, you’ll want to see what the Cedar Rapids Kernels’ most productive and most exciting hitters did on Tuesday.

    Kyle Gibson was back on the mound for the first time since his complete game shutout. How did the Red Wings right-hander back up his strong performance? Antoan Richardson performed the duties of leadoff hitter very well. Cedar Rapids also made several transactions.

    Check out ...
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  7. How to beat the Kernels

    The Cedar Rapids Kernels are sporting a 25-11 record through the first six weeks of the Midwest League season. That's good for a .694 winning percentage. How good is that? Over the course of a Major League 162 game season, a team would have to win 113 games to match that winning percentage.

    The Kernels are 12-2 at home and 13-9 on the road.They are 16-7 at night and 9-4 in day games. They've beaten right-handed starting pitchers at a 19-8 rate and have a 6-3 record when opponents have ...

    Updated 05-15-2013 at 01:28 AM by SD Buhr

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  8. Tom Brunansky is getting the feel for the job

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ID:	4076In what is thought of as one of the greatest Simpsons episodes of all-time, Nuclear Power Plant owner turned softball manager, C. Montgomery Burns gave one of his ringers, Daryl Strawberry, an invaluable hitting tip.

    “You there. Strawberry. Hit a home run,” advised the decrepit hitting instructor. Strawberry took the counsel and smacked a dinger onto the Springfield Expressway. In a perfect world designed by major league hitting coaches, life would be that ...
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  9. Twins Offense Looking To Its Heart

    After finishing the month of April ranked near the bottom of the American League in most categories, the Twins’ offense has undergone a stunning turnaround here in May, where they led the league in scoring through Tuesday. Prior to Wednesday's loss to the White Sox, the Twins had averaged 6.2 runs per game this month and had crossed the plate five or more times in eight of their past nine games.

    A sleeping beast awakened, indeed.

    Can this unit continue to excel and help ...
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  10. Geeking Out: Pitch To Contact And Team Pitching

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ID:	4070Pitch To Contact - at this point, I think we can go with capital letters, don't you? That phrase and philosophy have drawn a fair amount of criticism, a chunk of which is just snark, but some of which at least tries to ground itself in statistical analysis. In a thread started yesterday on Twins Daily, there was a lot of debate on Pitch To Contact, what it means and what we really know about its effects.

    When Bill James unveiled several new tools for analyzing ...
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  11. Near and Far, 1: Positional Analysis (1B)

    This is the first part in a series examining the Twins system, position-by-position in order to get both a near and long-term perspective of Twins' system. With regard to first base, there are a number of question marks, certainly, but it also seems to be the case that there is some hope both in the near future and definitely down the road.

    Let's go from top to bottom, starting with the Twins:

    Minnesota:

    Justin Morneau: LH, DOB: 5-15-81. STATS: .296/.340/.415 ...
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  12. 25 Minnesota Twins Drafts in 25 Days: 1990

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    Hello Twins Daily! I am continuing my journey through the last 25 Minnesota Twins drafts. As promised, I will not post each here, as I don't want to create any clutter. If you are interested in previous entries, you can find them here:

    1988

    1989

    There! Here's 1990:

    The 1989 draft produced one of the biggest names of the Twins' last quarter-century, in Chuck Knoblauch. How could the ...
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  13. Twins Birthdays--May 14

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    Bob Thurman (1917)
    Dave LaRoche (1948)
    Hosken Powell (1955)
    Pat Borders (1963)
    Larry Sutton (1970)

    Outfielder Robert Burns Thurman did not play for the Twins, but was briefly in their farm system at the end of his career. Born in Kellyville, Oklahoma, he played semipro ball until 1941, when he went in to the Army for World War II. Upon leaving the Army, he became a victim of baseball’s color barrier, playing in the Negro ...
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  14. Are the Twins a .500 club?

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    It's getting close to the end of the first fourth of the season and the Twins are still flirting with the .500 mark. There is a lot of baseball left to play but it has been an encouraging first portion of the season for Twins fans. Some surprise pitching performances, a good offense and a stingy bullpen have the club in range of the top of the division.

    So how did this Twins team get here and is this pace sustainable for the remainder of the season? ...
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