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  1. Twins Minor League Report (5/6): That Dirty Baxendale

    We'll lead tonight's report off with some injury news. Kernels RP Tyler Jones was placed on the D.L. with a strained flexor tendon. (If you're curious to know exactly what that means, I looked it up and, knowing I'm not a doctor, am more confused than I was before.) To take Jones's place in the bullpen is Alexander Muren, who played for the GCL Twins last summer after being drafted out of CS-Northridge.

    Also heading to the disabled list is Miracle INF/OF Adam Bryant. Bryant, activated ...
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  2. Gleeman and the Geek, Ep 92: Slumming It

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ID:	3999Aaron and John talk about why their Minnesota Twins podcast was dumped off of the radio this week and whip through several dozen small topics. These include a discussion the Twins winning pace, the debate the meaning of "lucky", Joe Mauer's slump, the tragedy of losing Nick Punto, why Aaron likes girls who make bad decisions, road tripping to St. Cloud and Kevin Correia, Mike Pelfrey, Ryan Pressly, Kyle Gibson, Aaron Hick, Oswlado Arcia, Justin Morneau, Joe Benson, Clete ...
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  3. Twins Birthdays--May 6

    Also posted at wgom.org.

    Bill Hands (1940)
    Al Williams (1954)

    Right-hander William Alfred Hands pitched for the Twins for most of two seasons in 1973 and 1974. He was born in Hackensack, New Jersey, went to high school in Rutherford, New Jersey, and signed with San Francisco as a free agent in 1959. Hands struggled early in his minor league career, and as a result he spent a full year in Class D, Class C, Class B, and Class A. After a fine season in 1962 at Class
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  4. Monday Morning Madness

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    Hello all. I'm going to try to be more consistent with my posts. I figure, if anyone actually wants to read the senseless ramblings of a madman, the madman should probably be conscientious enough to provide the ramblings in a consistent manner. A couple weeks back, I posted a Gimmick Post with some fun gimmicky ideas and I enjoyed writing it. I have also written some series recaps here and there, but I usually only have time to hit the ...
  5. Three-Bagger: Pelfrey's Progress, Plouffe's Paradox & Rebounds

    * Last week, I wrote that Mike Pelfrey's struggles had a reached a point where he should be removed from the rotation until he demonstrates legitimate signs of progress. In his next start, which came Sunday afternoon in Cleveland, that progress was plenty evident. Go figure.

    Sure enough, Pelfrey delivered his best start of the season by far, with six innings of one-run ball. His fastball flashed a couple ticks higher on the gun than we ever saw in April, and the added velocity (along ...
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  6. Twins/Indians (Games 25-27)

    Twins at Cleveland

    Except Tonight (Game 25)

    For me, skipping the 10th inning of an extra innings game is like skipping the opener of a rock concert. You usually don’t miss much.

    Except tonight, when the Twins crapped out in extra inning (singular).

    Because I am a fan of the heart and not of the head, I assume the Twins will win all games where the score stays close. And when a home run comes flying out of the Magical Land of Parmelee, the ...
  7. Twins Minor League Report (5/5): Berrios Baffles Bats

    All of the Minnesota Twins’ affiliates played afternoon games on Sunday, as did the big league club. As we alluded to yesterday, the Twins had some interesting pitchers taking the mound, and they had mixed results. Sam Deduno and Cole De Vries both made their first rehab starts of the year. Top Twins Prospects JO Berrios and Alex Meyer also made starts. There were several very good offensive and pitching performances. There were also a few errors that proved costly.

    The Ft. Myers Miracle ...
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  8. Samuel Duduno !!!!

    He'll be able to pitch again on Friday. I hope it is for the Twins.

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  9. Twins Birthdays--May 5

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    John Donaldson (1943)
    Larry Hisle (1947)
    Mike Redmond (1971)

    Infielder John David Donaldson did not play for the Twins, but began his professional career in their minor league system. Born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, he signed with the Twins as a free agent in 1963. He played for Class A Orlando that year, hitting .251, and was chosen by the Kansas City Athletics in the first year player draft. He hit .315 at Class A in ...
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  10. The Birthday of Charles Albert "Chief" Bender, Minnesota's First Hall of Famer

    Before there was a Winfield, a Molitor, or a Mauer, there was a Bender.

    Charles Albert "Chief" Bender was born in Crow Wing County on May 5th, 1884. He bounced between his home on the White Earth Reservation, and various boarding schools. At a teenager, Bender was recruited by the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Carlisle Pennsylvania, the first of many off-reservation boarding schools. Carlisle is perhaps most known for it's resident coach, Pop Warner, and his star player, ...
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  11. Twins Minor League Report (5/4): Red Wings Power

    It was quite the power display for the Rochester Red Wings, something the Twins AAA-affiliate needed badly. Clete Thomas and Chris Colabello continue to make their case for a big league job. Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton continue to make their cases for being the #1 prospect in baseball going into the 2014 season.

    The Twins fell again in Cleveland, but there was plenty to watch in the Twins minor leagues. There was good pitching. The top prospects each had multi-hit games. And, the Red ...
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  12. Interview with my Anger

    Hello Twins Daily Participants,

    It appears fortune is on my side today as I have lined up an interview with my Anger. Some may find that a strange concept, but I very often have problems accessing certain areas of my emotional palette. My anger is a very private entity and mostly, he only shows up when I least expect it, which in turn has made my adult life an adventure, a mess and somewhat interesting - mixed together with a handful of days spent in the local detention center. Just ...
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  13. Draft Preview: "Personal Cheeseballs" (Hitters)

    At some point, while researching for a previous draft, I came across a Baseball America podcast where they were discussing their “personal cheeseballs”. At first I was a little confused, but quickly came to realize that these “cheeseballs” were their favorites. In fact, to qualify to be a “personal cheeseball” you have to fit into only two categories: one – be a favorite; two – don’t be too good.

    For example, one of the BA guys (I think it was Callis, but I could be wrong) really ...

    Updated 05-04-2013 at 03:09 PM by Jeremy Nygaard

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  14. Twins Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Month - April

    After going through the top performing Hitters and Starting Pitchers from April, its’ time to now check out which relief pitchers performed the best in April. The Twins announced their choices of Byron Buxton and DJ Baxendale as their Hitter and Pitcher of the month, respectively. As we saw with the starting pitcher list, using an beginning and ending point (such as a month) can alter how the numbers look. Alex Meyer may be been #1 or #2 on the list if not for one inning in which he gave up four ...
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