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  1. Rejiggering the 2014 Twins: starting pitching

    All along this year, I have been holding out hope that the 2014 Twins could compete to win their division. Although things look a bit dimmer now than at the beginning of the year, I'd like to think that's still true. I've been mulling over what needs to be done to make that happen.

    I was at Target Field for Saturday's game against the Indians. My first disappointment was that Kevin Correia was pitching--but I couldn't any Twins pitcher that I'd rather see. I settled into my seat and ...

    Updated 07-23-2013 at 09:56 PM by PSzalapski

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  2. End of Twins, Beginning of Baseball (Twins vs. Indians 92-94)

    No More All-Star Moments (Twins 3 Indians 2 Ė Game 92)

    This is the story of the 2013 Twins, and thereís really not a whole lot left to cover in these remaining games. True believers will hold out for a miracle, a string of victories, and playoff glory. I love all things TC, but I canít believe in this campfire tale.

    If it happens, Iíll jump on the bandwagon and stand in the parade like I always belonged there.

    The Twins came out of the All-Star Break plucky, ...
  3. Gleeman and the Geek, Ep 103: Trade Deadline 101

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ID:	4885Aaron and John talk about what to expect from the trade deadline, Scott Diamond's demise, John reviewing ballparks and beer from his West Coast vacation, criticizing an opposing manager for once, analyzing the Twins' defense, dating by way of pitching matchups, eating money to move Justin Morneau, what to buy from the Metrodome wreckage, golf vs. baseball and the notion of clutch, and time traveling to kill middle infielders.

  4. Twins Minor League Report (7/21): Arcia, Sano, Walker Provide Power

    More close games in the system today. With the deadline looming and all affiliates at the max, it will be interesting to see how each team is shuffled in the coming weeks as all of the affiliated clubs are in the playoff hunt.

    The Twins, too, may be looking for help both sooner and later. Some of the guys on the doorstep fared well today, while others didnít.

    Box Score

    The Red Wings got back to their winning ...
  5. JU Duo Doing Part for Kernels

    Adam Brett Walker II and Jonathan Murphy played next to each other in the OF @ Jacksonville University (FL) but came up short in terms of an ASUN title. The duo is definitely doing thier part to lead the CR Kernels to a second half divisional title. Murphy is also an exceptional outfielder (possibly best) according to manager Jake Mauer.
    Murphy .350+ BA
    Walker 21 HRs and 85 RBI
  6. Trade Talk: Los Angeles Angels (... of Anaheim)

    Buyers or Sellers

    Itís somewhat unusual these days to see the trade deadline looming and the Angels not making any moves, but in all likelihood thatís whatís going to happen this season. Los Angeles is mired in mediocrity while Texas and Oakland appear to be running away with the division.

    Of course Arte Moreno (a more likeable imitation of a Steinbrenner) could continue to funnel money in an attempt to right the ship immediately, but not only does that seem like a lost ...
  7. A return to the 2013 FA pitching market half way through the season.

    In light of John's recent suggestion, I went ahead and compiled the results of the 2013 free agent pitching market. I excluded pitchers that ended up as relievers, and I excluded pitchers such as baseballs version of Gandolf the Gray (Jamie Moyer) who did not sign.

    The results were surprisingly better than I thought they'd be, but I'm not so certain that we at Twins Daily would have gotten them right. I'm too lazy to look up all of the suggestions from last winter, but the names ...
  8. Twins Birthdays--July 21

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    Jim Manning (1943)
    Mike Cubbage (1950)
    Kimera Bartee (1972)
    Brian Buchanan (1973)
    Willie Eyre (1978)

    Right-hander James Benjamin Manning made five appearances with the Twins in 1962. He was born in LíAnse, Michigan, went to high school in Ewan, Michigan, and signed with the Twins as a free agent in 1961. He had a fairly mediocre year in Class D Wytheville in 1961, but started 1962 in the majors. He lasted almost
  9. Twins Minor League Report (7/20): Summers Night

    There were post-game fireworks at Target Field on a beautiful night for baseball. Let's take a look at what happened around the club's affiliates.


    Box Score

    The first of a few action-free games from the Twins perspective.

    Offensively, Oswaldo Arcia returned to AAA and homered. He also walked once and struck out once. Jeff Clement and Drew Butera both doubled.

    Liam Hendriks pitched 5.1 innings. ...
  10. Minnesota Twins: Ron Gardenhire Doesnít Have Lineup to Manage Effectively

    Last night I was able to take in a Minnesota Twinsí game live for the first time this season and I came away with one thought in mind: Ron Gardenhire is sure making it tough for me to defend him with the managerial moves he is continually making. Last week I came out with an article that, in essence, supported Gardenhire and stated that firing him would change nothing. To access this article, simply click here. Based on that article, I believed that Gardenhire hadnít lost his ability to manage and ...
  11. Twins Minor League Report (7/19): Friday Night Lights

    Eddie Rosario has been on fire since his promotion to New Britain. In 33 games, he is hitting .318/380/.473 (.853) with ten doubles, two triples and two home runs. Meanwhile, the offensive adjustment to AA has been more of a challenge for Miguel Sano. In 32 games, he is hitting just .204 with 32 strikeouts. He is talking 10% of the time, and he has 13 extra base hits. Last night, the two of them led the Rock Cats to a 8-7 win. Meanwhile, the Cedar Rapids Kernels got a great start, and some major ...
  12. Twins Birthdays--July 20

    Also posted at wgom.org

    Tony Oliva (1938)
    Jason Miller (1982)
    Alexi Casilla (1984)

    Outfielder Tony Pedro Oliva played his entire career for the Twins, playing briefly in 1962-1963, making the team for good in 1964 and staying through 1976. He was born in Pinar del Rio, Cuba, and signed as a free agent with Minnesota in 1961, one of the last Cubans allowed to leave the country to play major league baseball. The Twins released him, but he continued ...
  13. Twins Birthdays--July 19

    Also posted at wgom.org

    Billy Gardner (1927)
    Dan Graham (1954)
    Gus Gandarillas (1971)

    Infielder William Frederick ďSlickĒ Gardner played for the Twins for a couple of months in 1961, then managed them from 1981-1985. He was born in Waterford, Connecticut and signed with the New York Giants as a free agent in 1945. He was up and down a lot in a lengthy minor league career, reaching AA in 1945, dropping back to Class A through 1948 (with one year ...
  14. An interview with 1995 Rookie of the Year Marty Cordova

    Originally posted at An interview with 1995 Rookie of the Year Marty Cordova | Twinstrivia.com

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    Recently I was lucky enough to have an opportunity to interview 1995 AL Rookie of the Year Marty Cordova. We talked about Marty's nine-year big league career from the time he was drafted by Minnesota in the tenth round of the 1989 draft until he retired from baseball in 2005. Cordova played for the Twins (1995-1999), Blue Jays (2000), ...
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