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  1. Offensively, Twins Remain Uneven

    "We have holes. And some of it is pitching, and some of it is not. There are other areas we need to address."
    - Terry Ryan as reported by Phil Mackey


    The Twins rotation currently ranks 29th in the majors in ERA and 28th in innings pitched. But Ryan is right – they aren’t the only sore spot that will need to be addressed this offseason.

    The decision to promote and play Tsuyoshi Nishioka at second base highlights one such area. The Twins rank 29th in the ...
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  2. Minor League Odyssey – Day Eight – Game Five (Fort Myers)

    As soon as I get to the stadium tonight, I can tell that I am moving up the chain and getting closer to how things are done in the big leagues – for the first time, I have to pay for parking ($3). The stadium itself is actually a stadium – it isn’t just a ball field surrounded by stands – which you would expect given that it is the spring training home of the parent club. Two main seating options: there are the $9.50 box seats which are individual plastic seats situated in the lower half of the ...

    Updated 08-08-2012 at 03:21 PM by IdahoPilgrim

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  3. Minor Leagues: Affiliation Questions and Answers

    This was originally posted at Knuckleballsblog.com.

    Over the past month or more, I’ve alluded a few times to the fact that the Twins’ Player Development Contracts (PDC) with a number of their minor league affiliates were set to expire after the current season. In fact, all four of their PDCs with their “full-season” affiliates (A, Advanced A, AA and AAA) were expiring.

    Nobody really expects their Advanced A team, the Ft. Myers Miracle, to shop around for a new affiliation, ...

    Updated 08-08-2012 at 01:58 PM by Jim Crikket

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  4. Tuesday Night Twins Minor League Report

    Down 5-1 going through six innings, the Twins collected three unearned runs in the seventh inning. Cleveland’s All-Star closer Chris Perez came on and gave up three runs in the top of the 9th, two of them unearned. The Twins won 7-5 in unlikely fashion. Sam Deduno was back on the mound for the Twins. This time, he lasted just four innings and gave up four runs on five hits and five walks. He struck out three. Jeff Manship came on and gave up a run on two hits and two walks in his two innings. He ...
  5. Twins over the next 52 games

    So, the Twins have 52 games left in this 2012 season. We can all agree that the first two months of the season were probably the hardest things for us to watch since last year. The ray of light that has us moving up the standings comes from the Twins being 13-12 since the All-Star Break, and at least four of their losses were very close and could have gone either way.

    So, I am much more of a late-night person than an early morning person, so I decided to look at the Twins' record against ...
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  6. It's All Good in the Outfield

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ID:	1833Last year, Minnesota's outfield was a mess. Among players who put in significant time at an OF spot, only Michael Cuddyer and Jason Kubel posted an OPS over .700, and neither appeared in more than 77 games as on outfielder (Cuddyer due to Justin Morneau's injury, Kubel due to his own). This, along with Denard Span's costly injury, left a lot of at-bats for the likes of Delmon Young, Jason Repko, Rene Tosoni and a rookie Ben Revere, all of whom struggled mightily.
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  7. Minor League Odyssey – Bonus Coverage – GCL Twins

    I get into Fort Myers about quarter to two – too early to check into the motel, so I decide to buzz out quick to the Lee County Sports Complex to see if I can catch the tail end of the GCL game. Sure enough, I manage to take in the last couple of innings. I drive in the main entrance to Hammond Stadium, go past the empty parking lots, and at the west end of the complex pull off the road onto the grass where a number of cars have created a makeshift parking lot. Walking past the Twins offices here ...

    Updated 08-07-2012 at 09:56 PM by IdahoPilgrim

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  8. Morneau no longer thrown for a curve

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Size:  17.0 KBLast night Justin Morneau hit multiple home runs in a game for the third time this season. As impressive as that is, the most noteworthy aspect about that feat is that the Twins first baseman hit both of those off of curve balls – something that he had done only once since 2010.

    Heading into Monday’s game against the Indians, Morneau’s numbers against curves had been very underwhelming. According to Fangraphs.com, his Pitch Value on curveballs had been 5.7 ...
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  9. A Road Trip to Beloit

    Originally published at Knuckleballsblog.com

    I drove up to Beloit over the weekend to catch a couple of baseball games between the Twins' Class A affiliate, the Snappers, and the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. The Rattlers and Snappers finished first and second, respectively, in the first-half standings of the Midwest League's Western Division, so I anticipated that they would play some decent baseball. They did.

    If you want to read a lot about the games themselves, I'm going ...
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  10. Random Tuesday Twins Thoughts and Tidbits

    Originally posted at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    Here is this week's installment:


    • The Danny Valencia trade to the Boston Red Sox last Sunday is old news, but if you have not checked it yet, here is a mini scouting report of Jeremias Pineda, the Dominican switch-hitting Center Fielder the Twins received in return.
    • Speaking of the Danny Valencia trade, here. here are a couple of reactions on his trade by current Twins' players. Danny's reactions are here:
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  11. Can Nishi be a Major League Baseball player?

    Originally posted at The Terrific (Minnesota) Twins Blog

    The question of whether or not Tsuyoshi Nishioka can be a Major League Baseball player is an interesting debate, with many people being on one side of the spectrum. The obvious answer is yes, because he is right now. Sorry, but someone had to make the smart remark to the question so I am just beating them to it. To answer the real question lets take a look at some numbers to support each side of the question, and
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  12. Monday in the Minors

    A ten run second inning was more than enough run support for Scott Diamond who won for the 10th time this season. The left-hander worked the first seven innings and gave up three runs (2 earned). Jeff Gray and Luis Perdomo each threw a scoreless inning.

    It was the offense in this game. In that ten-run inning, Josh Willingham hit his 29th home run. The next batter was Justin Morneau, who hit his 14th home run. The entire team batted around again, and #6 hitter Ryan Doumit also homered ...
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  13. Morneau vs. The Void

    If The Twins Are Willing To Trade Morneau This Offseason, There Should Be Options

    Last week, as the trade deadline approached, Justin Morneau was featured in the latest trade rumors. That made sense. First, Morneau had been productive and healthy. Second, Chris Parmelee is raking at first base in AAA but shut out in the majors. Finally, Morneau is still owed about $19M for the rest of this year and next. Moving him would give the Twins that much more money to spend on pitching this ...
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  14. A Collection of Thoughts

    Originally posted at k-bro's baseball blog

    A bunch of random thoughts that individually aren't enough for a blog post, but collectively are, well, something. Or not.


    Buh-bye Danny
    In a sudden, but not necessarily surprising move, the Twins traded Danny Valencia to the Red Sox for rookie-ball outfielder Jeremias Pineda.


    Danny seemed to be pretty popular with his teammates, but his relationship between with the organization was becoming ...
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