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  1. Weekly Links-N-Thinks

    It wasn't the best week for the Twins as the team lost the rubber game of their three game set with the Orioles on Sunday. This was followed by losing two out of three games to the dreaded White Sox.

    Even with the poor play, Joe Mauer continues to be one of the best hitters in the game (.519/.594/.704 in the last 7 days). Aaron Hicks showed off all of his skills in one game to help the team to their only win of the week. It wasn't all bad for Justin Morneau either as he hit over .460 ...
  2. When Will Gibson Get a Chance?

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ID:	4099Mike Berardino, the excellent new beat writer for the Pioneer Press, linked to a new story on Wednesday with an amusing teaser: "Attention Gibsonites: Kyle Gibson takes a step back at Rochester."

    Gibsonites. I like it. And it’s a label I’ll proudly wear because, from my view, it seems obvious that Gibson should be on the major-league roster by now.

    Yes, it's true. The right-hander had a poor outing on Wednesday. The Twins are of course no strangers
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  3. Twins Minor League Report (5/16): Buxton Blasts Kernels to Win

    All four Minnesota Twins minor league affiliates played on Thursday night. Two of them won in dramatic, walk-off fashion. One was a two-run single, and one was a lot more dramatic than that. One of the other Twins affiliates won in shutout fashion, just the way you write it up. Starter goes seven, dominant reliever with a strong eighth and another dominant reliever with a scoreless ninth inning. Also, the Twins now have a new organizational home run leader as of today, so you’ll want to check that ...
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  4. 129 College pitcher names everyone should know before the 2013 MLB Draft

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    Every year about this time, I present profiles of College and High School players that the Minnesota Twins might draft. Last year, I identified pitching as a high need, so I presented the profiles of 23 pitchers, all potential Twins' draft picks. The Twins, properly, went ahead and picked a High School outfielder instead. I will be doing something different this year. Like past years, I will continue to present mini-profiles ...
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  5. Wha Happened? #6 (Indians, Red Sox, Orioles and White Sox)

    Rumors of our demise our greatly exaggerated. Rumors of the school year ending, our student teacher leaving and our work load increasing dramatically are absolutely accurate. Here now, a pseudo-recap of the weeks since the Twins last got a day off.
    Game 27

    Indians 7 - Twins 6
    Long ago I first wrote about the magical Land of Cleve, a blighted kingdom where no team can win for long and where all the knights in the land eventually flee for other kingdom's with better ...

    Updated 05-16-2013 at 03:05 PM by PeanutsFromHeaven

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  6. Twins Birthdays--May 16

    Also posted at wgom.org

    Billy Martin (1928)
    Jack Morris (1955)
    Tack Wilson (1956)
    Mark Funderburk (1957)

    Second baseman Alfred Manuel “Billy” Martin played for the Twins for about four months in 1961 and later became a coach and manager for them. He was born and raised in Berkeley, California and began playing professional baseball in 1946. He played for unaffiliated teams for four years, the last two of them for Oakland in the Pacific Coast League. ...
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  7. Twins Minor League Report (5/15): Colabello Crushes

    The Twins concluded their three-game series with the White Sox by playing a little Wednesday afternoon baseball. With how bad the White Sox looked in recent weeks, it seemed like the Twins should be able to earn a series win. That didn't happen as the Sox took the final two games of the three-game set.

    Joe Mauer has been on fire lately and his recent hot streak has him in some rarefied air. He took over the active career leader board for batting average. Albert Pujols (.323 BA) had ...
  8. A Quick Case of the Sox (Games 35-37)

    White Sox at Twins

    Four Sacks of Groceries and Two Dingers (Game 35)

    When the Twins have a three run lead, it’s safe to grocery shop without excessive worry.

    When the Twins are behind, each trip down the grocery store aisles is pure agony. Every spare moment and empty space offers an opportunity to check the score on your cell phone. When the other team’s runs pile on, it’s hard to keep shopping.

    The Twins rewarded my trust with a surplus of ...
  9. Draft Preview: "Personal Cheeseballs" (College Pitchers)

    Last week, I took a look at three prep hitters that I hope the Twins seriously consider drafting in next month’s draft. I decided to expand the series and today will take a look at three college arms.

    To be considered a “personal cheeseball”, I set out two rules: be a favorite of mine and don’t be too good.

    Without further adieu, here are my three college pitchers:

    Stephen Tarpley, LHP, Scottsdale CC

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  10. Geeking Out: Pitch To Contact and Team Batting

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ID:	4085Numbers can be so clean. Until they aren’t.

    Yesterday we studied strikeouts/game and runs/game for teams and found a “correlation coefficient,” which is a number between -1 and 1. 1 means there is a perfect correlation, like the temperature in Fahrenheit and the temperature in Celsius. -1 means there is a perfectly negative correlation, like the amount I spend and my checking account balance. And 0 means there is no correlation, like the amount I spend and ...
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  11. What is Oswaldo Arcia doing with his arms?

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    The Minnesota Twins are going through a bit of a rough patch. The White Sox are terrible, but hit the Twins hard today and won the series. The Twins rotation is not performing. Mike Pelfrey seems jolly, but that's not enough. Vance Worley has cool glasses, but that's not cutting it. Pedro Hernandez is a lefty, but even that isn't getting the job done.

    In addition, there are questions about the offense. Is Josh Willingham ...
  12. Arcia Front Runner for AL Rookie of the Year?

    Well Twins fans I guess it was inevitable Arcia is being mentioned by national media as the only current AL Rookie worth mentioning as a possible Rookie of the Year candidate at the quarter mark of the young 2013 campaign. Here's the link [url]http://www.foxsportssouth.com/story/Rookie-Watch-Miller-solidifies-status-wi?blockID=901977&feedID=9785[/url]
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  13. Free Agent Pitching: 20/20 Hindsight

    By the end of the coming weekend, the Twins will have reached the one-quarter mark of the season with 40+ games under their belts. It’s as good a time as any to reflect upon how some of the decisions made by General Manager Terry Ryan in building the team’s roster have turned out.

    As a team, the Twins have been hovering over the .500 mark most of the season and, after Monday night’s win over the White Sox, they are one game over the break-even point. Over the weekend, Ryan told 1500ESPN ...
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  14. Contemplating Cole De Vries

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    On Wednesday night in Rochester, New York, Cole De Vries will take the mound for the Red Wings in what could be his final rehab start before being taken off the disable list. The right-handed hurler has been dealing with a strain on the outer part of his forearm and he has yet to appear in a game for the Twins this season.

    De Vries is an interesting player in the Twins system. Last season, he was finally rewarded for his time and dedication to the ...
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