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  1. Rolled Sox (Twins versus White Sox - Games 66-68)

    Holding a Handful of Water (Twins 7 White Sox 5 Game 66)

    As a kid, I used to fill my cupped palm with water to see how long I could hold onto it. No matter how steady I held my hand, the water always slipped away.

    I grew up Iowa. We made our own fun and we liked it.

    As an adult Twins fan, the feeling returns to me. Game after game I see the Minnesota team find a big inning like their four run first inning and then slowly let it slide through their ...
  2. Twins fans have to face unusual situation....

    Gardy resigning?
    Ryan actually giviing up actual value for a trade?
    Too many rookies playing?
    Mauer retiring?
    Morneau traded?

    No much more strange than these...ready?

    Ok, here goes...

    We have a Decent Starting Rotation!!!!!!!!!!!

    Did you think we could ever say that this year?
  3. Why is Buxton still in CR?

    I wasn't upset last week when Buxton wasn't promoted because I thought it made sense. The Kernels hadn't clinched until the middle of the week and then when they did it was too late. Fort Myers was off all weekend for the Florida St All Star Game. Why would you promote somebody so they could sit around all weekend. Then when you had to wait till Monday you might as well as let him play in the all star game. I kept waiting all day yesterday to hear news about the promotion. Still waiting. ...
  4. Twins Birthdays--June 20

    Also posted at wgom.org

    Juan Castro (1972)

    Infielder Juan Gabriel Castro played for the Twins in 2005 and the first part of 2006. Born and raised in Los Mochis, Mexico, Castro signed with the Dodgers as a free agent in 1991. He had decent batting averages in the minors, but did not walk very much nor did he show much power. He gained a reputation as a fine fielder, however, and made his major league debut as a September call-up in 1995. He spent the next two years going ...
  5. 2013 Elizabethton Twins Preview

    Tonight, the Elizabethton Twins season gets underway. They will attempt to end this season the same way that they ended the 2012 season. OK, maybe not in quite as dramatic a fashion as requiring a walk-off, extra inning grand slam, but the goal will again be to win an Appalachian League title. Long-time manager Ray Smith, along with long-time hitting coach Jeff Reed and second-year pitching coach Henry Bonilla, have built a bit of a dynasty in Tennessee.

    The 2013 roster is quite interesting. ...
  6. Trading Away: The Position Players

    This is the time when people often make some wild trade speculations. I try not to do that here, but to propose who could be traded and what is realistic to get in return. The Twins can do very well here if they are willing to be sellers.

    The Twins are going to have to make some key decisions about who to keep and what they can get for 2014 and beyond. In what follows, I lay out some moves that could be made for the short and long term as the Twins try to figure out 2014 and the future. ...
  7. Twins Minor League Report (6/19): Sano's 1st AA Blast

    The Cedar Rapids Kernels are in the midst of their All-Star break so they were out of action on Wednesday night. This didn't stop the Twins from announcing that one of their top prospects, Max Kepler, would be joining that club. He had been at extended spring training as he worked to recover from an elbow injury. The power hitting outfielder will take over a corner outfield spot since Byron Buxton is manning center field in Cedar Rapids.

    Liam Hendriks was also reinstated from the disabled ...
  8. Q&A with Antoan Richardson

    After spending 8 seasons, playing for four different major league organizations, as well as two independent teams, Antoan Richardson may be racing his way back to the major leagues. In AA-New Britain, Richardson showcased his speed and ability to get on base hitting .336, with 14 steals and a .456 OBP in 33 games. Since being called up to the AAA- Rochester ...
  9. Gibson should NOT be called up...

    Albers has shown the constituency the Twins say they are looking for. Can the twins resist the pressure to bring Gibson up, or will they do the right thing and bring Albers up?
  10. Twins Birthdays--June 19

    Also posted at wgom.org

    Doug Mientkiewicz (1974)
    Alex Preito (1976)
    Dustan Mohr (1976)

    First baseman Douglas Andrew Mientkiewicz played for the Twins in all or part of seven seasons. He was born in Toledo, went to high school in Miami, and attended Florida State. He then was drafted by Minnesota in the fifth round in 1995. He started slowly but had a big year in New Britain in 1998, batting .323 with 16 home runs. That resulted in a September call-up, and ...
  11. Those Damn Yankees: Chuck Knoblauch

    Love 'em or hate 'em, the Yankees are headed to town in early July. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the first of four Twins postseason defeats at the hands of the Bronx Bombers, so we thought we'd take the opportunity to look back at what has been a lopsided -- but always entertaining and memorable -- rivalry between the two franchises. Over the next couple weeks leading up to the Yankees series at Target Field, various writers here at Twins Daily will look back at some of the Yankee moments ...
  12. Twins Minor League Report (6/18): Koch, Vargas Lead Miracle

    On Tuesday morning, we woke up to the news that the bus driving from Ft. Myers to Elizabethton was involved in a fatal accident. Fortunately all of the Elizabethton players and personnel were alright. The driver of the other car passed away. We should be seeing rosters for the E-Twins and the GCL Twins shortly.

    On Tuesday night, eight Kernels played in the Midwest League All Star game. We should also hear about any player promotions on Wednesday. There were a couple of great performances ...
  13. Bryon Buxton continues to impress

    Byron Buxton speeds down the first base lineStop me if you have heard this already but Bryon Buxton is doing stupid good stuff on the baseball field.

    Already Buxton has proven that he is far and above the competition level in the Midwest League. He is leading the league in on-base percentage (.431), slugging (.561), runs scored (65) and weighted on-base average (.422). More conventionally, he is second in batting average (.344) and triples (8), and third in walks (40). That does not even begin to ...
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  14. Three-Bagger: Slowey, Gibson & May

    * The Marlins announced this week that they've demoted Kevin Slowey to the bullpen to make room in their rotation for Nathan Eovaldi. Twins fans will recall how splendidly the last attempt to convert Slowey to a reliever turned out.

    On some level, unless you're one of the many local scribes who openly despises him, you've got to feel for Slowey. He has actually been pitching reasonably well this year; at least, as well as could be expected of him. He's had a few clunkers, especially ...
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