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  1. Who's Quivering Now

    Actions speak louder than words. That phrase was shown heavily at the end of the Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels game. The game got interesting from the bottom of the eighth to the end of the game. The bottom of the eighth got started with a single from Efren Navarro and with a person on first and one out closer Fernando Rodney came in. Rodney pitched out of the jam and after the last out in the eighth he proceeded to do his tradition. Fernando Rodney has a tradition that after every game ...
  2. Buxton Out for Second Straight Game

    Byron Buxton has been on fire these past few days and was looking forward to staying hot this weekend against Daytona and Brevard County. Sadly, he hasn't touched the field. Buxton was 9 for 15 on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday night, but Saturday and Sunday he hasn't seen the field. The reason why he's been out is because of Friday night when Buxton was hit by a pitch on his injured wrist. The Fort Myers Miracle are holding him out for a couple games to give him some rest and to ice that wrist ...
  3. Buxton Goes 4 for 6 and Stays Hot

    Byron Buxton has been riding a hot streak at the plate since Wednesday. He went 3 for 4 on Wednesday night, 2 for 5 on Thursday night, and 4 for 6 on Friday night. Buxton just came off the disabled list from a wrist injury and has been looking good ever since. Last night he hit another home run against Daytona. This is his second straight game where he has hit a home run. Last night, Buxton had three singles, a home run, two walks, two RBI's, and three runs. It was a great performance from Byron ...
  4. Does Mauers refusal to catch void contract?

    Clearly Joe Mauer is not worth his contract as a non-catcher. I am sure when he signed that humongous contract,the Twins signed him as a catcher.

    I have clamored for years for Joe to play another position, i was wrong.

    He is worth way less as a position player.

    Now the question, is the contract valid when he refused to play the position he was signed for? If not, I am way willing to see Joe finish his playing days elsewhere.
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  5. Facing the music: The debacle of Kyle Gibson

    If Sam Deduno was given half the chance, that Kyle Gibson has, he would be substantially better. Gibson once again lays an egg....two more of these and something will have to be done with him.

    Yes at times Gibson has been brilliant....but he can not continue to lay eggs like he did last night...the rest of the season depends on how Gibson pitches, is he hurt?
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  6. 7/18 Around the Bases: Santana, Fuld, Dozier, Plouffe

    Even though the Twins had a rough game losing 6 to 2 to the Rays I still found a few things to highlight in my Around the Bases.

    Single: My Single moment goes to Danny Santana for his returning game. Santana has been sidelined for a while due to a bone bruise on his left knee. The All Star game allowed him a few more days to get rested and tonight was his first game back on the team. Santana went 1 for 4 with a single and a strikeout. Not impressive, but at least he's back and healthy ...
  7. Last Chance to Say Stuff about the All-Star Game

    Again, all this is available at our personal website...only with pictures!! YAY PICTURES!

    I'm surprised to note that I have not blogged about an all-star game in three years. Not in Kansas City, nor in New York. Maybe I was actually off living my life. But with the game in the Twin Cities, I was eager to both celebrate the festivities in person, and watch the game (with all the excellent athletes and irritating announcers that come along with it).



    Here's what I learned. ...
  8. Buxton's Hot Streak and Santana's Call Up

    Byron Buxton continues to hit a hot bat. Like I said in my lastest blog, Buxton went 3 for 4 on Wednesday night's game against Daytona. Buxton carried his performance from Wednesday night into Thursday night against Daytona again. Thursday night Byron Buxton went 2 for 5 with a home run and a single. His home run came in the top of the ninth inning as a solo shot. The team would later win that game 7 to 5 with a save coming from Tyler Jones. It's nice to see Byron Buxton doing well after all of ...
  9. Countdown Begins! 14 Days!

    Now that the All Star break is behind us it's time to start thinking about the Trade Deadline. July 31st is the last day where trades can happen for any baseball team. 14 days left until the Trade Deadline and there is much discussion on key players. Players like David Price, Ben Zobrist, Josh Willingham, Kurt Suzuki, and many more. The only big trade that has happened this season is between the Chicago Cubs and Oakland Athletics. The Athletics traded some key prospects for Jeff Samardzija and Jason ...
  10. Deal or No Deal: Considering Contract Extensions

    As the Twins put the All-Star Game behind them and gear up for the final 68 games on the schedule, they face much uncertainty. They're only six games below .500 -- a marked improvement from recent years -- and although they trail the Tigers by 10.5 games in the Central, they are within seven games of a wild-card spot.

    While it's nice to be in a spot where contention is a feasible scenario, we've got to keep in mind that the Twins are still behind seven other AL clubs in the wild-card ...
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  11. ASG Weekend Reflections

    The big All-Star bash in Minneapolis is behind us now and by most accounts, it was somewhere between very successful and close to perfect.

    I saw the Futures Game/Celebrity Softball Game in person on Sunday and watched the Home Run Derby and ASG on the tube. My conclusion is that, while I wouldn't say it was all perfectly staged and performed, the Twin Cities and those from MLB and the Twins who were involved all did themselves proud.

    It was the kind of event that ...
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  12. Twins Minor League Report (7/17): Kohl Stewart Looks Like an Ace!

    The Twins didn't lose today, and they haven't lost a baseball game for almost a week! The Twins return to the diamond on Friday, fresh off the All Star fun in Minneapolis, and are riding a hot stretch, having won five of their last seven games.

    With the All Star games over in the Minor Leagues as well, we have a full slate of Minor League action to discuss.

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    Updated 07-18-2014 at 06:53 AM by Eric R Pleiss

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  13. That's The Ticket: Rays of Sunshine


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    If you missed the All-Star festivities at Target Field over the past few days, perhaps the incentive of seeing one of baseballís hottest teams will bring you back downtown at a more reasonable price.


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    For most of their existence, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays were a league laughingstock destined to finish last in the AL East for eternity. Then they got a new ownership, smartened up and figured out how ...
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  14. Summary For Troy's Twins Chat For July 17 2014

    Hello Twins fans. Here's a run down of what dad and I talked about on tonight's show. My dad and I talked a little about our experiences at FanFest. We also talked about the All Star game itself. We also discussed upcoming roster moves for the Twins. To top it off, Dad and I made some predictions as far as the playoff picture is concerned. And one more thing, I commented on the Yankees fan who's suing ESPN for 10 million dollars.

    To listen to the show, click on the following link. ...
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