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  1. Twins Birthdays--April 13

    Also posted at wgom.org

    Jeff Bittiger (1962)
    Kevin Ohme (1971)


    Right-hander Jeffrey Scott Bittiger pitched in three games for the Twins in 1987. He was born in Jersey City and went to high school in Seacaucus, New Jersey. Bittiger was drafted by the Mets in the seventh round in 1980. His minor league numbers were fairly solid–his best year was 1982 with AA Jackson, when he went 12-5, 2.96 with a WHIP of 1.22 and 190 strikeouts in 164 innings. He was promoted ...
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  2. Does Defense really win Championships?

    As I was watching the first of a three game series with the Mets, there was one thing that caught my eye in why the Mets were destroying in that particularly game. It seemed like no matter what Twins tryed to do the Mets were always one step ahead of them.

    But that thing wasn't how bad worly was pitching or how well the Mets hit agianst our bullpen, but it was rather their defense.

    Throughout the game Twins hit the ball hard and far all over the diamond, but each ...

    Updated 04-13-2013 at 12:30 PM by Anorthagen

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  3. Weather Wins... and so do the Miracle

    The weather conditions have wreaked havoc on the baseball schedule for much of this week. Games from the Midwest to the Northeast have been postponed, and the story was the same for Friday night. The Cedar Rapids Kernels were weathered-out for the fourth straight day. New Britain was supposed to play a late-morning game on Friday but it was postponed. Finally, the Rochester Red Wings scheduled game in Pawtucket was postponed by rain. Doubleheaders are scheduled, hopefully for days that the weather ...
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  4. Wha Happened? #2 (@ Orioles and Royals)

    We're happy to keep guiding you through the strange but true events of the Twins 2013 season
    *Note: Events are not actually true, but would be very entertaining if they were.

    Here's our second edition of Twins recaps as only we can do them: inaccurately but chock full of puns and bad jokes!


    Game 4

    Orioles 9-Twins 5
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  5. Josh Roenicke & Minnesota Twins Welcome Home Luncheon

    For the second straight year, Ticket King, purchased an entire table and attended the Minnesota Twins Welcome Home Luncheon at Target Field. The Welcome Home Twins Luncheon benefits the Minnesota Twins Community Fund. It is a well run event and gives us at Ticket King an excellent opportunity to give back to the community and also to get fired up for the Minnesota Twins season!!!

    This year, eight of us joined Minnesota Twins player Josh Roenicke for lunch at Target Field. For those ...
  6. April not kind to the Twins

    Originally posted at Twinstrivia.com | TWINS TRIVIA is hopefully a fun and informative site that will help you to better enjoy the Minnesota Twins and their wonderful history.



    It is too early to tell what kind of team the Twins have for 2013 but from what I have seen in the nine games they have played so far, it is a team that is playing better than what it has the last two seasons. I am not saying they are playoff bound but the team is at least entertaining to ...
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  7. Twins Birthdays--April 12

    Also posted at wgom.org.


    Pedro Hernandez (1989)


    Left-hander Pedro Michel Hernandez has not played for the Twins yet, but joined their farm system in late July of 2012. He was born in Barquimsimeto, Venezuela and signed with San Diego as a free agent in 2006. He did very well in rookie ball but struggled in his first two tries at Class A. He took a substantial step forward in 2011, pitching well in both A and AA, although he struggled in four AAA starts. ...
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  8. Pettersen Propels Another Miracle Win

    The Twins had their first scheduled off-day of the season on Thursday. They were in Minnesota watching the snow fall. As they look forward to a weekend, interleague series against the New York Mets, the forecast is for snow to fall in Minneapolis throughout the day on Friday. Hopefully they will be able to get some games in. Inclement weather caused the Cedar Rapids Kernels to postpone a game for the third straight night. Three affiliates did play last night. Kyle Gibson was on the mound for the ...
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  9. Friday Links-N-Thinks

    Everything was nice and fuzzy last Friday when the Twins had pulled off some nice wins and they had themselves near the top of the American League. Things have changed in the last week as the club got swept by the Kansas City Royals and the Twins are near the bottom of the AL Central.

    It is still early in the year so there is plenty of things that could change. Joe Mauer wasn't hitting the ball very good for the first few games of the year but he has started to come around. Josh Willingham ...
  10. Q&A with Jake Mauer (Part II)

    Yesterday, I posted Part 1 of my interview with Jake Mauer, the manager of the Cedar Rapids Kernels. Cedar Rapids is the home of the Twins Low Class A affiliate in the Midwest League. We discussed his goals as a manager/coach, the language barrier that there can be in baseball, the best part of managing and much more. He even discussed the similarities between Byron Buxton and Joe Mauer. In Part 2 today, Mauer will discuss several more topics including the importance of development versus winning, ...
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  11. Breaking Bad: Aaron Hicks' Early Struggles

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ID:	3729Leading baseball in strikeouts probably is not what Aaron Hicks had in mind when he daydreamed about his first week in the major leagues.

    He probably has visions of scorching liners into the right-center gap or sending a shot into the overhang in right field. He pictured himself dancing off of first and swindling second with blaze of dust behind him. Instead, he has made so little contact at the plate that his bat is going through separation anxiety.
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  12. Paying to see the home team take batting practice

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    There is already a lengthy thread in the forum, about the Twins' abortive offer to let fans watch home-team batting practice for $15; I did not get too worked up about the topic at first but I contributed and the obsessive reader may see a theme or two repeated here. Well written essays, pro and con, are also found at
    http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/44474154/
    and
    http://www.brandonwarne.com/2013/04/...ch-bp-my-take/ ...

    Updated 04-12-2013 at 12:23 AM by ashburyjohn

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  13. Fun with Stizzles

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    I just realized that my free trial of the Baseball Reference play index is going to expire on Monday. Very sad. Although, if you read this post, you already know that I am planning to purchase a subscription anyway. Happy times! Now that you can relax with this knowledge, let's find some fun stats and occurrences and seasons and whatever. Oh, and I apologize for the word "stizzles" in the title. It should read "stats" ...
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  14. Q&A with Jake Mauer (Part I)

    As you know, I was able to spend four days in Cedar Rapids last week. I arrived in time for their Meet the Kernels event at Perfect Game Field. At a press conference, hitting coach Tommy Watkins introduced me to manager Jake Mauer. Over the next few days, I had a chance to talk to Watkins, pitching coach Gary Lucas and Mauer quite a bit. Below, you can read Part 1 of a two-part Q&A with the Kernels manager.

    Before we start, here is a little background. Jake Mauer is the older brother ...
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