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  1. Priorities: The Best Backup Catcher in Baseball

    The Twins are a team of many needs.

    Doumit fills the need of back up catcher and emergency RF. He hits well for a catcher, but at best adequately for a DH or RF. He doesn't defend well at either spot. As he declines, his best role will be back up catcher and pinch hitter. He will do that job well. He will be a good guy in the club house.

    Essentially by signing him now, they have begun the winter process of rebuilding this team through free agency. Is this the best first ...
  2. Friday Night Minor League Lights

    The Twins got just one run off of Royals’ starter Luis Mendoza and found themselves down 4-1 going into the bottom of the ninth. Jonathan Broxton came in the Twins scored two off of him. They had the tying run at third base with two outs but were unable to score. The Twins lost 4-3. Saturday will be a long day as the Twins and Royals will play a double header with Game 1 at noon and Game 2 scheduled for 6 p.m.

    Here is a look at the Twins minor league scores and highlights from Friday: ...
  3. Twins Ink Doumit to Two-Year Extension

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ID:	1416Cross one name off the trade deadline "selling" list. Ryan Doumit is here to stay – at least for the foreseeable future.

    Pleased with the impact of their offseason acquisition, the Twins announced Friday that they've signed the backup catcher and frequent DH to a two-year contract extension worth $7 million.

    As the 2011 season came to a close, it had become clear that the catcher position was in drastic need of an upgrade. Joe Mauer, battling ...
  4. Baseball and Stupidity

    There are things in this game that are seriously driving me crazy. An example:

    The Twins are up by three runs in the top of the ninth. Capps (or Perkins or Burton) is warming up in the pen to come in to pitch the bottom of the 9th for the save. The Twins hit a homerun making it a four run game. Capps will sit down and Burnett will start warming up. Why? Because it is no longer a save situation. The only instance in sports where a managers decision is based solely on whether or ...
  5. Friday Links-N-Thinks

    Original post from North Dakota Twins Fan

    After a rough series with the White Sox, the Twins had an off day on Thursday to enjoy the Harmon Killebrew Foundation Golf Tournament and other activities in the Twin Cities. The team will pick up play this weekend with four games against the Kansas City Royals and that includes a day-night doubleheader on Saturday. At this point last season, the Twins made a run to pull themselves a little closer before the All-Star Break and ...
  6. Can Nick Blackburn be fix?

    For the 9-to-5ers in Twins Territory, those who did not attend the game should consider themselves lucky they stayed in the office rather than witness Nick Blackburn’s last start on Wednesday afternoon.

    For the second consecutive start, Blackburn was punished across the field, allowing another pair of home runs to Chicago’s Adam Dunn and Alex Rios. The one-time groundball-getter has failed to induce the batted ball types that earned him that label. In those two starts, he managed to ...
  7. Thursday's Minor League Round-up

    It was an off-day on a hot day for the Minnesota Twins. For season ticket holders and others, you may have spent the evening listening to fans grill Trevor Plouffe and Scott Diamond. Some highlights from the 6th Fan Forum:

    Scott Diamond:
    The best thing about being Canadian? It’s being Canadian!
    On differences between Atlanta and Minnesota: “The atmosphere… feeling welcome.”

    Trevor Plouffe:
    On his hair – “I probably will (grow my hair out).”
    On ...

    Updated 06-28-2012 at 10:23 PM by Seth Stohs

  8. Twins Daily Live Twins Chat Starts at 11 a.m. on Friday

    Seth will be answering your Twins-related questions here on Friday, starting at 11:00 a.m. central time and going until about 1:00 p.m. Ask questions on the Twins, players, trade deadline, minor league topics, history or whatever you like. It's a lot of fun. If you're interested in watching like, stop back and ask your questions!

    Twins Daily Live Twins Chat

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    Updated 06-28-2012 at 10:15 PM by Seth Stohs

  9. Diamond and Plouffe talk to Season Ticket Holders

    Original post from North Dakota Twins Fan
    As part of the Twins off day on Thursday, the Twins held their sixth Fan Forum with current third baseman Trevor Plouffe and left-handed pitcher Scott Diamond. This conference call allows season ticket holders, "On-Deck" members, and group organizers to ask a variety of questions in the hour long event. There were also multiple prizes given ...
  10. Time to Get Down to Business

    After losing 2 lefties in 1 day, the Yankees would
    seem to be a logical desitnation
    for Francisco Liriano
    After I not-so-closely followed yesterday's Twins debacle on my computer, I realized that this game was the turning point for me. ...
  11. Filling out the 2012 All-Star Ballot

    Frequent visitors to this site might have noticed the logo on the right side of the page for the Baseball Bloggers Alliance. There are a few different obligations that come along being part of this organization. Through out the year, the members vote on who should be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, all of the end of the season awards (MVP, Rookie of the Year, etc), and various ...
  12. 2012 Twins Draft: A Closer Look at the First Five Rounds

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    Byron Buxton

    Position: OF
    Age: 18
    Drafted: 1st Round, 2nd pick

    The Twins have always been infatuated with toolsy outfielders so it wasn’t a surprise when they passed on several high end collegiate pitchers in order to grab Buxton with the 2nd overall pick. Even without that infatuation it would have been hard to pass up on a player that many consider to be ...
  13. Wednesday's Twins Minor League Daily

    Oh boy, it was a rough one for the Twins, who took the "pitch-to-contact" mentality to a new level when they gave up a combined 21 hits to the White Sox in what ended up being an ugly 12-5 loss.

    After the game, it was announced that pitcher Kyle Waldorp had been recalled to Minnesota, and Jeff Manship was optioned.

    It was also announced that the Twins acquired pitcher Shairon Martis from the Pirates. Don't get too excited; this sounds just like a move to acquire ...

    Updated 06-28-2012 at 05:39 AM by Twins Fan From Afar

  14. Trade Target Team Profile: Texas Rangers

    The Big Picture

    The Rangers have been the American League representative in the World Series each of the past two seasons. In 2012, they are 46-29 and battling with the New York Yankees for the best record in the league. To no surprise, the Los Angeles Angels have started playing (pitching) better and despite a slow start, they are just 4.5 games behind Texas.

    Why They Will Trade With the Twins

    The Rangers don’t have a lot of needs. Generally, they are considered ...
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