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  1. The Elusive Twins' 5th Starter Battle: It does not exist and it is not a bad thing...

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    One of the most contested spots for the Twins, on paper, this Spring Training was going to be that of the 5th starter. The newly signed (or re-signed) Ricky Nolasco, Phil Hughes and Mike Pelfrey, in addition to holdover veteran Kevin Correia, had four spots, while the three out of option guys (Samuel Deduno, Scott Diamond and Vance Worley, in alphabetical order) were to battle for that fifth spot, maybe with the addition of first ...
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  2. Trevor May and First Pitch Strikes

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    Last season in New Britain, I watched 4 or 5 of Trevor May's starts. I'm still higher on him than most people are, because a few things became apparent to me after watching him -- all of which are fixable (to a degree, anyway): 1) the defense behind him was sometimes lousy (I'm looking specifically at the left side of the infield -- Danny Santana and Miguel Sano), leading to extra pitches made and extra batters faced to get the job done; 2) control issues
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  3. Updated Twins Spring Training Battle Dashboards Reflecting the First Cuts

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    Here are the latest Twins Spring Training battle dashboards updated for yesterday's game and the Spring Training cuts. The players who were cut are not longer listed. You can find all of the 2014 Spring Training dashboards here) :

    A reminder of the scoring system:



    For the pitchers, I quantify using a measurement created by Bill James more than a decade ago called "Game Score".
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  4. Gleeman and the Geek, Episode 136: Spring Training and Memorable Butts

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ID:	6714Aaron and John talk about going to Twins spring training in Florida, Byron Buxton and the first batch of Twins cuts, drunken women debating the quality of their butts, Johan Santana signing with the Orioles, hanging out at Mason's Restaurant downtown, housewarming gifts, singing bartenders, the Miguel Sano aftermath, giving shoutouts, and Twitter tabs.You can listen by downloading us from iTunes, Stitcher or find it atGleemanAndTheGeek.com.
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  5. Glorious Leader Conquers First Base

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    Supreme Chairman Mauer Conquers First Base"
    All is...uh...good" Glorious Leader Announces

    Fort Kelly, TT


    Following our secession from the United States of America last October the wonderful nation of Twins Territory has been savoring the sweet nectar of freedom bestowed upon us by our one and only glorious leader: Joeseph Mauer.


    While the Supreme Chairman surprised many by announcing his transition ...
  6. Payroll and Roster Notes

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    The Twins made their first round of cuts this morning. I figured this was as good of time as any to highlight some things that are important (to nerds like me) as the regular season opens and progresses.

    The Roster and Payroll page has been updated to include a lot of new information. It was mostly re-shuffling of where minor league guys might go. It also included the batch of most recent international signings.

    PAYROLL

    One ...
  7. The Twins make their first cuts of Spring Training and there are just a few surprises

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    Yesterday I speculated about the first cuts of the Spring Training for the Minnesota Twins. This morning the Twins announced these cuts and there were only a couple names I have not mentioned yesterday. After these 16 cuts, the Twins now have 48 players in the major league camp. Here is the full list of the cuts:

    40-man roster:

    Optioned to AAA Rochester Red Wings:

    LHP Logan Darnell
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  8. A Very Special Mailbag

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    My wife is a colorful character. Seriously, here is a picture of her:


    No, wait, that's Dora the Explorer. My wife does have a lot of pizazz and a curious nature though. Why not put her inquisitive nature to good use? I thought, "hey, I can get a blog post out of this." If nothing ...

    Updated 03-08-2014 at 08:54 PM by Brad Swanson

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  9. Speculation on the Twins' first Spring Training cuts and updated battle dashboards

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    Like most teams the Minnesota Twins will be announcing the first cuts of the major league Spring Training camp very soon. Who will those players be?

    One group of players who gets cut first are players on the 40-man roster who do not have much likelihood to make the team and were added on the roster for protection's sake. I think that Logan Darnell, Max Kepler, Jorge Polanco and Kennys Vargas will be the four casualties ...
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  10. Not a Game - He's Talking Practice - He's Talking Practice

    Minor leaguers have been in camp for 2+ days and there is no information on the happenings of our minor leaguers:
    How are practices going?
    Who looks in shape or out of shape?
    What interesting drills are guys going through?
    What guys are practicing new positions and how do they look?
    Are they with teams or soley position groups at this point of camp?
    When do games start? Are there schedules available to post?

    I'm Talking Practice Fellas - Practice. ...
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  11. How long will Mauer stay at 1B

    When I first heard that Mauer was moved to 1st, I was thrilled. Then I started to wonder, why first base?

    We have Arcia and Willingham in the corners. Mauer seems to be a better athlete and certainly has a better arm than both.

    Sano is at 3B and has been described as a project there. I can't imagine him being a better athlete than Mauer, even at 30. I hear Sano has a good arm, but I am giving Mauer the nod there as well.

    I can see Mauer playing 1B when ...
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  12. Inside, Outside And Truth

    Bloggers and sabrmetricians are sometimes portrayed as treating players as tumbling dice. It's rhetoric meant to discredit and vilify, but it's not totally without merit. I know this because I think I'm about to treat Kyle Gibson and Chris Colabello as tumbling dice.


    Insiders (players, coaches, etc.) and outsiders (sabrmetrician, bloggers) have vastly different perspective on players and their development in two important ways. First, there is the matter of how much we value ...
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  13. Troys Twins Chat Tonight

    hello Twins Fans! Tonight starting at ten, I'll once again host Troy's Twins Chat. My dad and I will talk about Twins topics. We'll take a look at some of the players on the Twins and how they are performing so far in spring training. If time permits, we may go into other MLB/sports topics.

    To listen to the show live or to listen to it later, click on the following link. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/the-tro...oys-twins-chat
  14. Diamond's Back Foot and Twins Spring Training Dashboards

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    The Twins lost to the Baltimore Orioles' travel squad yesterday in a pretty bad way (11-5.) Here are the Spring Training Battle Dashboards updated after yesterday's game:

    For position players:



    For pitchers

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