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  1. How valuable is Eduardo Escobar?

    When the Twins traded Francisco Liriano to the Chicago White Sox last July, it seemed like the club was getting a bag of balls and some chewing gum in return. There wasn't much to get excited about with names like Pedro Hernadez and Eduardo Escobar. Flashforward a couple of months later and it is starting to look more and more like the Twins got some servicable players.

    Escobar has built himself a nice little niche in the Twins clubhouse. Manager Ron Gardenhire uses him as a late inning ...
  2. Ozzie Guillen, Twins Manager in 2014??

    Hey all,

    This is a crazy idea, but why not?

    Ron Gardenhire's contract is up at the end of this year, and if the Twins Way winds up producing another 90 loss season, it may be time to shake up the culture of Twins Nation.

    Ozzie Guillen would do that in a flash.

    Consider the wave of Latino talent moving up through the Twins system. Ozzie might fit in well with a changing clubhouse. He is popular with the local media, who ate up his Pirhanna quotes: ...
  3. Twins 3, Tigers 4: The Value of Each Play

    On Monday night, the Minnesota Twins began a three-game series in Detroit against the Tigers. It was Mike Pelfrey facing Max Scherzer. You likely watched the game or saw the box score already when you read this, so you know that the Twins fell by the final score of 4-3.

    It was interesting to watch the game while at the same time calculating the Twins Win Expectancy after each and every play throughout the game. Win Expectancy is a number that changes with every game situation. Someone ...
  4. Twins Minor League Report (4/29): The Bats are ALIVE!

    The Twins blew a three-run lead thanks to one swing of Prince Fielder's bat and lost another one-run game. (The third time that's happened in the past five days.)

    Congratulations to Adam Walker, who was named MWL Player of the Week. The Milwaukee native went 8-for-21 (.381) with five home runs and 16 RBI. His OPS for the week was 1.238.

    It was quite an adventurous day on the farm today. You should continue reading, but not before I warn you: The Twins are a few years ...
  5. There's no Punting in Baseball

    From time to time, I pause in my pursuit of the goofiest possible photoshops, to write things about other things. Such writing reflects my opinions and is not reflective of the opinions of editors at Twins Daily or readers like you. I hope it inspires questions and discussion, and if it simply irritates you, don't worry I'll be back to the photoshops soon.

    As you may know, people really like sports.

    Lots of people.

    Millions of people.
  6. Q & A with JD Williams

    Cedar Rapids Kernels outfielder JaDamion (J.D.) Williams is in his fourth season with the Minnesota Twins organization. He was drafted by the Twins in the 10th round of the 2010 amateur draft.

    After a very productive 2011 season at Rookie League level Elizabethton, where he hit .324, Williams hit only .237 for the Beloit Snappers a year ago and accumulated an on-base percentage of .311.

    In his second year in the Midwest League, Williams is off to a much better start for
  7. Twins Birthdays--April 29

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    Ron Washington (1952)

    Infielder Ronald Washington was with the Twins from 1981-1986. Born and raised in New Orleans, Washington signed with Kansas City as a free agent in 1970. He was in the Royals’ system for six years, only one of them higher than Class A, and did nothing of any particular note apart from play several positions; he was used as a catcher, outfielder, shortstop, and second baseman. Washington was traded to the Dodgers after the ...
  8. Strong Start Bodes Well For Twins

    Justin Morneau and Josh WillinghamT.S. Eliot once famously wrote that April is the cruelest month, and for the Twins that adage has held true over the past two years. Between 2011 and 2012, the team went 15-33 during the season's first month while watching devastating injuries pile up – from Tsuyoshi Nishioka's broken leg and Joe Mauer's bilateral leg weakness to Scott Baker's unscheduled Tommy John surgery.

    Against that backdrop, the first four weeks of this 2013 campaign have been blissful, ...
  9. Gleeman and the Geek, Ep 91: Radio Return and It's April

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ID:	3915Aaron and John's Minnesota Twin podcast moves to KFAN 100.3 FM, but that's not the only change. The Twins relatively positive start also fuels their most optimistic episode, where they talk about Kevin Correia's fantastic start, the bullpen's impact and depth and the struggles some of the younger players in the lineup are facing. Here are:

    Or click ...
  10. Weekend Thoughts - 4/28/2013

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    The Twins split their four-game series with Texas this weekend. Unfortunately, I missed the Sunday game due to something called "Couples Shower." I was not aware of such thing, but have since decided that these should be outlawed completely. I won a game of Bingo where all the numbers were replaced with wedding terms. I was told I could pick any prize I wanted, so I chose "watching the Twins' game." This was met ...

    Updated 04-28-2013 at 10:08 PM by Brad Swanson

  11. Twins Minor League Report (4/28): Duffey Does it Again

    t was bound to happen. The four Twins full-season minor league affiliates had all won each of the past three days. That’s a 12-0 record. On Sunday, that streak broke as two of the affiliates won. That said, all four games were decided by two runs or less. There is some very good baseball being played in the Twins farm system.

    Speaking of very good baseball, the Minnesota Twins are back over .500 again after a 5-0 win over the Texas Rangers. Kevin Correia continued his impressive April ...
  12. Rochester Red Wings Review: This is What We've Been Waiting For

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    After finishing an eight game home stand at 3-5, the Rochester Red Wings took the short trip up the New York Thruway to Syracuse to play the Chiefs (Nationals). Last season the Red Wings won just three games in Syracuse, something that they would match in their first trip to NBT Bank Stadium.

    The Bats Come Alive

    In their four game series against the Chiefs, Rochester scored 31 runs on 50 hits. ...
  13. Ranger/Twins - Punch for Punch (Games 18-21)


    Have Cap, Will Travel (Game 18)

    Took the wife to Wits at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, where Michael Ian Black joined the show for the evening. Black is a comedic laser so sharp you can correct people’s vision with his jokes.

    Wits projects tweets onto the wall before the performance and at intermission. Couple tweeters in attendance used the board as a way of checking the score. Caught a couple Twins caps and jackets in the audience, ...
  14. Anagram update

    Previously I posted anagrams of the 2013 Twins active roster. Here are permutations on some recent additions:

    Oswaldo Arcia
    Iowa Carloads
    I Also A Coward
    A Cow Loads Air

    Scott Diamond
    Candid Mottos
    Misadd Cotton
    Condom Tit Ads

    Pedro Hernandez
    Preharden Dozen
    Pardoned Her Zen
    End Red Porn Haze

    Updated 04-30-2013 at 05:59 PM by ashburyjohn

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