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  1. When will it end?

    For the first two games of this Yankees-Twins series, the Twins went off early by scoring 3 runs in last nights game, then only being able to score one more the rest of the game (thanks to a Parmalee solo shot). Then allowing the Yankees to not only tie the game with 3 unanswered runs, but let them carry on with their rain of terror by scoring 7 more ending in a blowout over the Twins.

    Following that up was the next night with- what do you know- the same result occurring. The only ...
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  2. 2013 American League All-Star Picks

    Down the stretch they come!

    Well, at least as far as voting goes for the 2013 MLB All-Star Game in New York City. There can be some debate over who should make the club. Some voters like to pick out the players that have had the best first half of a season in 2013. Others look at the last calendar year and try and pick out the rosters based on those performances.

    Today I break down the American League roster. There are some tough decisions at a couple positions but there ...
  3. 20 Twins Trades: Scott Erickson for dreck

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    I also wrote about the two Rick Aguilera trades on Tuesday, you can read them here.

    Just one day after trading away Rick Aguilera, one of the more popular players on the Twins team, General Manager Terry Ryan's bloodlust was cresting and he was hungry for another trade. Who would be his next victim?

    The Trade: BREAKDOWN!

    The Minnesota Twins traded Scott Erickson to the Baltimore Orioles for Scott Klingenbeck ...

    Updated 07-03-2013 at 11:59 AM by Brad Swanson

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  4. Play at the plate angers Twins’ manager

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ID:	4676Injuring what was one of his hottest in the month of June to what could have been an avoidable play by Indians’ catcher Yan Gomes is not lost on manager Ron Gardenhire.

    Ryan Doumit had been hitting .278/.345/.481 with three home runs, five doubles and a triple in June prior to suffering a sprained ankle in Cleveland on June 23. Since the incident, Doumit has sat out three games and has gone 5-for-20 (.250) without any extra base hits in his 21 plate appearances. ...
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  5. Play at the plate angers Twins’ manager

    Injuring what was one of his hottest in the month of June to what could have been an avoidable play by Indians’ catcher Yan Gomes is not lost on manager Ron Gardenhire.

    Ryan Doumit had been hitting .278/.345/.481 with three home runs, five doubles and a triple in June prior to suffering a sprained ankle in Cleveland on June 23. Since the incident, Doumit has sat out three games and has gone 5-for-20 (.250) without any extra base hits in his 21 plate appearances.

    Doumit, ...
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  6. Play at the plate angers Twins’ manager

    Injuring what was one of his hottest in the month of June to what could have been an avoidable play by Indians’ catcher Yan Gomes is not lost on manager Ron Gardenhire.

    Ryan Doumit had been hitting .278/.345/.481 with three home runs, five doubles and a triple in June prior to suffering a sprained ankle in Cleveland on June 23. Since the incident, Doumit has sat out three games and has gone 5-for-20 (.250) without any extra base hits in his 21 plate appearances.

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  7. Twins Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Month - June

    Yesterday, we reviewed the top pitching performances in June by the relief pitchers. Today, we’ll look at the top five starting pitchers in June. There were some strong performances, though there aren’t enough to need an Honorable Mention section. June is often a month when you start seeing some pitchers tire. There is a chance that some guys who have been starting to this point in the season will miss a start, or spend some of the second half of the season working out of the bullpen. By next month, ...
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  8. Twins Minor League Report (7/2): Kernels Kan't Win 'Em All

    A day after several of the Twins minor league affiliates’ games were rained out, it was nearly a full schedule on Tuesday night. Elizabethton had a night off, but Rochester played two games to make up for it. A Honkball star showed what he is capable of in New Britain. A big time international signing from last year celebrated this year’s International signing day with a nice game. A couple of big relief pitching prospects who hadn’t pitched in about ten days got back into action. A couple of pitchers ...
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  9. Trade Talk: Philadelphia Phillies

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    In July of 2012, the Phillies found themselves in a position to sell for the first time in a decade. Running on a string of nine straight 85-plus win seasons, the Phils were 12 games out of first place in the NL East at this time last year, and they ended up unloading Shane Victorino, Joe Blanton and Hunter Pence in the days leading up to the deadline.

    By comparison, Philadelphia's current 9-game deficit in the standings doesn't look ...
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  10. Twins sign Lewin Diaz

    As it is every July 2nd, teams begin to announce deals with "International Free Agents". This year is no different and the Twins made an early splash, signing Dominican 1B/OF Lewin Diaz as well as four others, according to Doogie Wolfson.
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    Diaz actually played in the Under Armour All-American Game at Wrigley Field last August, going 1-for-3 against many players who are older and were drafted in last month's draft. As the DH, ...
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  11. The Twins next shortstop should be...

    With all the talk of late as to who might be our "shortstop of the future", one thought keeps popping back into my head. It's a thought that probably has about as much chance of happening as my winning the lottery twice in my lifetime (and since I haven't won it once yet, unfortunately...) but I can't shake it. Thinking about it a little more has caused me to think about a few other things, like what you want in a shortstop, not just who should be playing the position.

    I'll ...
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  12. Kernels: Life After Buck and a Mike Pelfrey Appearance

    Minnesota Twins super-prospect Byron Buxton led the Cedar Rapids Kernels through a pretty amazing first half of their Midwest League season. They led the league’s West Division almost from wire to wire.

    Almost.

    But on Sunday, June 16, the Kernels gave up a late lead to the Peoria Chiefs and sealed their fate as the Division Runner-Up.

    That was the last day that Buxton wore his Kernels home whites on Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
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    Updated 07-02-2013 at 03:56 PM by SD Buhr

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  13. Twins Birthdays--July 2

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    Chuck Stobbs (1929)
    Samuel Deduno (1983)
    Rene Tosoni (1986)

    Left-hander Chuck Stobbs was an original Twin, appearing in twenty-four games for them in 1961. He was born in Wheeling, West Virginia, went to high school in Norfolk, Virginia, and signed with Boston as a free agent in 1947. He pitched very well that season for Class B Lynn, going 9-2, 1.72, got a September call-up at age 18, and never went back to the minors again. He may ...
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  14. Message From The King: Best Seats In The House For Heckling The Yankees

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    C’mon, you can admit it – it’s fun to hate the Yankees. Let go of your stoic Minnesotan demeanor for one minute and confess: you enjoy watching those pampered Gothamites get their come-upance. If they want to act like a bunch of fantsy-pants in their own stadium, surrounded by stockbrokers and thugs (and stockbroker thugs), that’s their business. But when they come to our quaint little ballpark, some plain talk should inform them ...
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