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  1. Twins Hangouts: Tuesday, July 1

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    Seth and Jeremy return Tuesday night at 9pm to wrap up the happenings in Twins Territory. We connected Monday night to make sure we could hear each other (we could) and to make sure that our internet was working (it was), so hopefully we have more success than last week.

    Miss an episode? Well, they're all available on our webpage and iTunes.

    We'll talk about Jorge Polanco, Chris Parmelee, the starting rotation and - as we always ...
  2. Twins Minor League Report (6/30): Max Effort

    Monday was a pretty busy day for it being just a regular Monday in late June. The Twins left Texas on Sunday knowing that both 3B Trevor Plouffe and SS Eduardo Nunez were ready to be activated from the DL, yet no move was made after last night's game. And, from the sounds of it, all 25 guys in Texas took the plane back to Minneapolis.

    Monday afternoon, though, the Twins announced that, to make room for Plouffe and Nunez, SS Pedro Florimon (Rochester) and SS Jorge Polanco (Ft. Myers) ...
  3. Rock Cats' Top Bats Scuffling

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    Spring turned to summer a couple weeks ago here in Connecticut. We're beginning a stretch of 90 degree weather and high humidity. Over the past couple weeks, the Rock Cats played great baseball, winning a franchise record 11 in a row. As you would expect, pretty much everything was clicking -- timely hitting, solid pitching, and it certainly didn't hurt that Eddie Rosario were getting comfortable with regular game action.

    But, then, as ...
  4. Halfway Home and Hanging Onto Hope

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ID:	8041On Monday night at Target Field, the Twins will play their 81st game, officially marking the halfway point of this 2014 season.

    As we reach this key milestone, the state of the club can best be summed up by a lineup decision that took place in game No. 80. In the final game of a six-game road trip, with the Twins trying to snap a five-game losing streak, Ron Gardenhire inserted Chris Parmelee as his center fielder and No. 3 hitter.

    Now, I don't ...
  5. Cedar Rapids Kernels Game 6/28/14

    I made the trip to Cedar Rapids to see the Kernels game yesterday. I decided to finally make the trip because Rod Carew was there signing autographs and Chad Christensen (My Adopt-a-Prospect) would be playing in the game. Christensen looks a lot bigger than I expected him to be (listed at 6'3" 210 lbs). He played 1B in this game and is having a very solid season for the Kernels, hitting .292/.351/.438/.790 and leading the team in runs (48), SB (18), and is near the top of the team in most offensive ...
  6. Monday Morning Madness: June 30, 2014

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    Weekend Recap

    I wrote about Kyle Gibson's road struggles on Friday and then he totally redeemed himself by breaking the Twins' five-game losing streak with an excellent road effort. The rest of the series was a real drag, although Jorge Polanco's triple in the ninth on Friday was pretty exciting. In fact, Jorge Polanco's everything is pretty exciting.

    Joe Mauer

    Over the last ten games, Mauer has raised ...
  7. Picking the Home Run Derby Contestants

    Minnesota will host the All-Star Game in a little more than a couple weeks and this is the time of year where pundits start debating who should and who shouldn't be on the All-Star Game roster.

    One of the most exciting events in almost 30 years since Minnesota last hosted the game is the Home Run Derby. In 1985,the last year the Twins were the host, the first HR Derby was held and this event has exploded to a full-day prime-time event.

    It's always nice for the home team ...
  8. Twins Minor League Report (6/29): Strong Starting Pitching and Burdi's Debut

    The Minnesota Twins were able to end their 10-game road losing streak against the Texas Rangers on Sunday afternoon, behind a solid bounce-back effort from starter Kyle Gibson and clutch hitting from Kendrys Morales and unexpected spark plug Jorge Polanco. Gibson went eight efficient innings, allowing just two runs on ninety-five pitches (69 for strikes). Morales provided the winning RBI with a ninth inning double down the line in left to score Sam Fuld, and Glen Perkins closed out the ...
  9. Gleeman and the Geek, Episode 152: Falling to Pieces in More Ways than One

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ID:	8034Aaron and John talk about the starting pitching (and podcast hosts) falling apart, Jorge Polanco's rushed arrival, Alex Meyer and Trevor May having issues in the minors, Chris Parmelee as a center fielder, puking in cabs, throwing out backs, Joe Mauer turning things around, Eduardo Escobar returning to earth, Aaron Hicks going back to Double-A, and Clayton Kershaw vs. Johan Santana. You can listen by downloading us from iTunes, Stitcher or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com. ...
  10. Joe Mauer, Michael Bradley and the Problem with Artistic Athletes

    So I've been more or less completely consumed with the World Cup this month. Watching every match I can, reading interviews, reports, reviewing highlights, and writing like a maniac. But I still think of baseball (and can prove it with stuff on another blog), perhaps never more clearly than when I was watching a World Cup match with some friends last Thursday.

    We needed a point against Germany, or some good fortune in another match. Being Minnesota sports fans, we fully anticipated ...
  11. Twins Minor League Report (6/28): Bryan Haar Homers Twice

    When it rains, it pours. That was certainly the case Saturday in Minneapolis as the Twin Cities was drenched in yet another big rain storm. But it was also true down in Arlington where the Twins lost yet another road game to run their road losing streak to nine games. Kyle Gibson takes the hill on Sunday with a chance to send the Twins home on a positive note.

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  12. Who is the Twins next manager?

    I am very pro Gardenhire, overall. Though he and I do butt heads on occasion. Though I suppose he doesn't realize this on a daily basis or concern himself much with it.

    At 56, Gardy is still a relatively young man. I see no relative signs of slowing down. But he has made comment in the recent past about wanting to manage the Twins, at least, until the signs of rebuilding and turnaround are apparent. In theory, the talent on the roster now, the deep talent in the minors that will hopefully ...
  13. Twins Minor League Report (6/27): Walk-off's and Bid For Perfection...

    The Twins were lifeless for the entire game against Rangers starter Nick Tepesch, before Twins Daily’s #8 prospect Jorge Polanco made a big splash in the ninth inning with a two-RBI triple off closer Joakim Soria to make the score 5-4. Unfortunately, a Brian Dozier strikeout and Kurt Suzuki groundout would prevent him from becoming the Miracle ninth-inning hero.

    In the minors it was a very eventful night, including two walk-off games and near history among the affiliates. I apologize ...

    Updated 06-27-2014 at 11:40 PM by Steve Lein

  14. Who takes Pino place?

    I say move Nolasco to pen, call up May.

    What you guys think?
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