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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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 leagueís 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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  4. 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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  5. Message From The King: Best Seats In The House For Heckling The Yankees

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    Címon, you can admit it Ė itís 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), thatís their business. But when they come to our quaint little ballpark, some plain talk should inform them ...
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  6. Twins Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Month - June

    Itís hard to believe that the baseball season is three months complete already. As we enter the month of July, itís time to take a look at the top hitters, starting pitchers and relief pitchers in the Minnesota Twins minor league system during June. We will start with the relief pitchers. Last month, there were not many strong bullpen performances, but in July things were much better.

    One year (and about two weeks) ago, Michael Tonkin and AJ Achter were working out of the bullpen ...
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  7. Trade Talk: The Washington Nationals

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    Last year, the Nationals won 98 games, the most of any team in baseball. And though they didnít make it past the first round of the playoffs, it was supposed to mark the beginning of an era, fronted by top shelf, super young and (maybe most importantly) affordable talent like 24-year-old Stephen Strasburg and 20-year-old Bryce Harper.

    Viewed through that lens, 2013 has been a disaster. But without those expectations, there is still ...
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  8. Twins Minor League Report (7/1): Kernels Still Poppin'

    The story on the farm today was... RAIN. Rainouts, specifically.

    ROCHESTER RED WINGS, NEW BRITAIN ROCK CATS, FORT MYERS MIRACLE and GCL TWINS were all postponed.

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    CEDAR RAPIDS KERNELS 6, PEORIA CHIEFS 3
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    Mike Pelfrey packed his family up in the Cities yesterday and made the trek down to Cedar Rapids for a rehab start today. In six frames, he allowed two runs (one home run) and struck out six. He reportedly ...
  9. Your pick Correa or Buxton

    With the recent release of the MLB Futures game roster, it came to no ones surprise that Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton were on that list. Sano who was making a mockery of high-A ball and is now starting to catch fire in Double A. And Buxton who was also destroying low A ball in Cedar Rapids now finds himself in high-A and has yet to make a strong impact there (having only played 4 games there).


    Now lets say you just became a hugely dedicated Twins fan and had no idea when or ...
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  10. Beautiful Games: Why Baseball and Soccer Go Hand-in-Foot

    On Friday Mrs. Peanut and I will go to England/Scotland on vacation, this means there will be very few PFH blogs coming out (I have a few scheduled to drop in absentia), but in preparation for that and as fine example of laziness time-management, I'm using a blog from another site: The Montanan Hooligans' World Cup Center since it relates to why I love baseball. If what I write makes you even slightly curious about more soccer writing, feel free to check that out...and know that while baseball might ...

    Updated 07-01-2013 at 12:10 PM by PeanutsFromHeaven

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  11. First Half Review - Minor League Ball Can Be Crazy Sometimes

    Sorry it has taken me so long to get back on here folks, but Iíll give you my latest news here. Here is a review of the first half. It has been quite a whirlwind.

    I arrived in Florida with my wife in early January, so I have been doing Twins related activities for a while now. The first change of plans occurred when I found I would be heading to Cedar Rapids to start the season. I was sent down the last week of Spring Training and began to prepare for the trip back up north. In the ...
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  12. Twins Birthdays--July 1

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    Justin Huber (1982)

    First baseman/outfielder Justin Huber had two at-bats with the Twins in 2009. He was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia and was signed by the Mets in 2000. He hit well throughout his early minor league career, reaching AAA briefly in 2004. He was then traded to Kansas City, for whom he reached the majors for a week in June and then received a September call-up in 2005. He had been a catcher in the Metsí system, but was ...
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  13. Monday Morning Madness: July 1, 2013

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    The Twins and Royals split a four-game series over the long weekend. It was an EPIC series! Well, it wasn't all that epic, but PHANTOM CAM made it a bit more epic. I'll be honest, I'd like to watch an entire game in PHANTOM CAM. Although, that would take a few years. Think of all we would see though! Here are some thoughts I have from the PHANTOM CAM series.

    Kyle Gibson

    I believe Kyle Gibson made his debut ...
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