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  1. Twins Birthdays--May 14

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    Bob Thurman (1917)
    Dave LaRoche (1948)
    Hosken Powell (1955)
    Pat Borders (1963)
    Larry Sutton (1970)

    Outfielder Robert Burns Thurman did not play for the Twins, but was briefly in their farm system at the end of his career. Born in Kellyville, Oklahoma, he played semipro ball until 1941, when he went in to the Army for World War II. Upon leaving the Army, he became a victim of baseball’s color barrier, playing in the Negro ...
  2. Are the Twins a .500 club?

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    It's getting close to the end of the first fourth of the season and the Twins are still flirting with the .500 mark. There is a lot of baseball left to play but it has been an encouraging first portion of the season for Twins fans. Some surprise pitching performances, a good offense and a stingy bullpen have the club in range of the top of the division.

    So how did this Twins team get here and is this pace sustainable for the remainder of the season? ...
  3. Hope for Hicks

    Coming into the game, centerfielder Aaron Hicks had a hitting line of .137/.239/.216 (.455). He had just five extra base hits in the first 30 games. He had struggled one defense as well as with the bat.

    And then came Monday night.

    After popping up in his first at bat, Hicks came up to the plate to lead off the 4th inning. He launched a long home run, 416 feet to straight-away centerfield.

    In the top of the 6th inning, the Twins lead had been cut to 5-3 with ...
  4. Twins Minor League Report (5/13): The Return of the 'Stache.

    Every affiliate was involved in a transaction today.

    The Red Wings placed P Liam Hendriks on the DL with right elbow inflammation. OF Antoan Richardson will take his place.

    The RockCats, losing Richardson to Rochester, get Deibinson Romero, who finally arrived in the States and is ready to play baseball.

    The Miracle activated OF Nate “That Pitch Hit Me” Roberts and sent INF Joel Licon back across the street.

    The Kernels add C Michael Quesada, ...
  5. Twins Birthdays--May 13

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    Johnny Roseboro (1943)
    Lenny Faedo (1960)
    Jack Cressend (1975)

    Catcher John Junior Roseboro was with the Twins from 1968-1969, near the end of his career. Born and raised in Ashland, Ohio, Roseboro signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers as a free agent in 1952. He hit very well for two years in the low minors, then missed a year due to military service. It took Roseboro a while to get going upon his return, but he hit .273 with 25 ...
  6. Mauer's hot streaks and chasing doubles

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    It has been a season of streaks so far this year for Joe Mauer.

    Things started well in the first couple weeks of the season. Through 14 games, he was hitting .393/.439/.574 with two home runs and five doubles. His batting average was high, he was hitting the ball out of the park, and the Twins team was surprising experts with their .500 record.

    It was quite as pretty at the plate for Mr. Mauer over the next 12 games. His batting numbers ...
  7. Monday Morning Madness

    Weekend Recap

    Twins' starters combined for 2 strikeouts in 17 innings against the Orioles. Yikes. Baltimore doesn't strike out a lot as a team, but my goodness, 2 strikeouts in 17 innings? The starters have to do better than that. I get the whole pitch to contact, let the defense do their thing, battle, achieve success idea, but this is too extreme for me. Strikeouts aren't everything and some pitchers can get away with low totals. However, not many can get away with it for a ...
  8. Gleeman and the Geek, Ep 93: 5000 Caolorie Mothers

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ID:	4049The Geek is in New York, so Aaron and special guest co-host Parker Hageman talk about whether the Twins are a legitimately decent team or a mirage, Joe Mauer's hot streak and high strikeout rate, funneling food into your face to become a star, Kyle Gibson's timetable, Mother's Day hijinks, Vance Worley's struggles, Glen Perkins being a nerd again, the pros and cons of cursing, and updating the bar-buying plans. Here are:

  9. Rizzo Signing a Model for the Twins?

    I'm starting to think this is the type of signing the Twins should start to use on some of their younger players like POTENTIALLY Arcia, Hicks, and other up and comers given they actually produce for at least half a season. Imagine if the Twins had been able to lock up Mauer much earlier and for much cheaper given the risk of a bust. By the way the key word here is POTENTIALLY given production ...
  10. Pressure is on for Twins starters

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Size:  24.1 KBKyle Gibson is anxious to finally reach the big leagues, and he's currently making a strong case in Triple-A with a 3.32 ERA and 1.16 WHIP through seven starts. His most recent outing was his most impressive: a complete game shutout with eight strikeouts, two walks and four hits.

    Gibson is on an innings limit this year and has already logged 40 innings in Rochester, increasing the urgency to call him up soon so he can spend time adjusting to the majors, ...
  11. Twins Minor League Report (4/12): Soul Patrol Part Deux

    Three minor league affiliates played on Sunday. The two upper-level minor league affiliates played very good, close ball games. Ft. Myers had a day off. The game in Beloit on Sunday was just crazy. You’ll note the final score looks much more like a football score than a baseball score. That is all good news for the Kernels hitters. It certainly doesn’t speak well for the Kernels starters on this day. Consider this early preview… Kernels outfielders (JD Williams, Byron Buxton and Adam Walker combined ...
  12. I'm the Away Team - Orioles at Twins (Games 32-34)

    Orioles at Twins

    A Damn Shame (Game 32)

    These days, it’s a lot easier to keep up with the Twins when you’re traveling.

    This can be perilous, however.

    For example, when the Twins blow a six run lead and you find out in the middle of a friendly conversation with your family. There are words and phrases that desperately need screaming, but politeness dictates you keep your mouth shut.

    I settled on letting out a wordless scream. I ...
  13. Twins 2013 Mock Draft Aggregate Predictions

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch

    The 2013 MLB Draft is less than a month away (it takes place from June 6th until June 8th.) The Minnesota Twins have the 4th pick this season, and there is a lot of disagreement (as is with every draft in every season in every sport) about who is the best pick for them and who they will select. And 'tis the season for mock drafts, so I am presenting the picks experts (and non-experts) think the Twins will make, and see ...
  14. Previous Entries

    Just throwing the stats out there, no analysis or deep reaching comments, yet! I may delve deeper into these as the season wears on, but for now I figured I would just post them and let the commentors read into and say what they want about them.

    My first thoughts are that even though the offense and starting pitching have room for major improvements, the team is doing quite well and should not give up this season as no one is running away with the division yet. However, if they need ...
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