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  1. The "Black Holes"--Part I

    As the season approaches the one-third mark, the Twins have slipped well below .500 and are now in a logjam of teams (a half game ahead of Toronto and Seattle, tied with KC, a half game behind the Angels) that has to look up to see respectability and only solidly ahead of one team (the woebegone Astros). Starting pitching is the main culprit, but the team hasn't produced offensively either. The Twins are 10th in runs per game, 14th (next to last) in OPS and homers and last in slugging. The offensive ...
  2. Twins Birthdays--May 29

    Also posted at wgom.org

    Mike Stenhouse (1958)
    Matt Macri (1982)

    Outfielder/first baseman Michael Steven Stenhouse played for the Twins in 1985. He was born in Pueblo, Colorado, attended Harvard, and was drafted by Montreal in the first round of the January Secondary draft in 1980. His father, Dave Stenhouse, pitched for the Washington Senators in the 1960s. He hit very well in the minors, but never got much of a chance in the big leagues. In 1982, Stenhouse hit ...
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  3. Twins Birthdays--May 28

    Sorry, yesterday was a busy day.

    Mike Maksudian (1966)
    Lester Oliveros (1988)


    Catcher/first baseman Michael Bryant Maksudian played in five games for the Twins in 1993. He was born in Belleville, Illinois, went to high school in Parsippany, New Jersey, and attended the University of South Alabama. He was signed by the White Sox as a free agent in 1987. He was a fairly solid hitter in the minors, but did not hit well enough for a first baseman and did not ...
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  4. Mason Melotakis Serves as Kernels Stopper

    Through May 21, the Cedar Rapids Kernels had built up an impressive 30-13 record and held a five game lead over their closest competition in the Western Division of the Midwest League.

    They then left town for a quick three-game road trip to Beloit after taking three out of four games from Kane County. They had no clue at that time that they not only would get swept by the second place Snappers on that trip, but would also return home and drop all three games of a series against the ...
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  5. Twins' broadcaster Cory Provus discusses advanced stats in the booth

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ID:	4211With the advancement of statistical analysis playing a prominent role in major league front offices, some teams have begun to gear their broadcast teams towards being able to move the dialogue forward with their fan base over the airwaves.

    The Houston Astros hired Robert Ford and former major league knuckler Steve Sparks to push the needle for the revamped front office, which includes plenty of brain power making decisions based on sciences rather than guts, ...
  6. Two Occurances in Wisconsin: Twins at Brewers (Games 47-48)

    Twins at Brewers

    Wanting What Uecker’s Got (Game 47)

    Twins found a win on their first game of the series in Milwaukee. I listened to the first inning on the radio and monitored the rest of the action on my phone. I only half believe giving up on a team hurts their chances of winning, but I absolutely know they won in spite of my pessimism today.

    Listened to Bob Uecker call that first inning. Still weird to think about him having a stalker for all of those ...
  7. Twins Minor League Report (5/28): Pitching the 2012 Draft Arms

    We are all very excited about the potential of Jose (JO) Berrios. DJ Baxendale has been the best pitcher in the Twins organization to this point in the season. Tyler Duffey has been strong and consistent through the year. Two other 2012 draft picks made impressive starts in the Twins farm system on Tuesday night. 2nd Round Mason Melotakis looked to end the Cedar Rapids Kernels’ six-game losing streak. 11th round pick Taylor Rogers looked to keep things rolling for the Miracle while putting up some ...
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  8. For Parmelee, the Clock is Ticking

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ID:	4205Chris Parmelee offered Minnesota Twins fans a glimpse of his offensive ability on Monday in Milwaukee, when he launched a majestic, 420-foot home run to center field.

    Unfortunately, those glimpses have been entirely too rare for the 25-year-old. The solo shot was just his fourth homer – and seventh extra-base hit – of the season, leaving him with a .215/.293/.331 hitting line. That’s miserable production for a plodding right fielder whose value is tied almost ...
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  9. Twins MLB Draft Profile: Brandon Shipley, RHP

    Who IS This Guy?
    Shipley is a former shortstop that only moved to the mound full-time last year. He is still among the top 10 talents in the draft because of his low-effort delivery and the effectiveness of some of his pitches. His recent performances for Nevada have him moving quickly up the draft boards.

    In the past, he has hit 99 mph with his fastball but he is more consistently in the 92-95 mph range. His best pitch is his changeup, which counters his fastball nicely. His ...
  10. MLB Draft Preview: Should Twins Draft for Need or Best Available at Pick Number Four?

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    Originally published on www.rantsports.com

    The Major League Baseball Amateur Draft is fast approaching and the Minnesota Twins are currently slotted to pick fourth overall. With the way the season has been going for the Twins, many fans are already setting their sights back on the future and the draft is always a good place to drum up optimism and hope for a struggling team’s future.
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  11. For no particular reason

    From the game thread today, regarding Dozier batting second:

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    In times of trouble, you go with what you know.
    When he finds himself in times of trouble,
    Brother Gardy looks at second.
    Speaking words of wisdom:
    Bat him second.

    And in the hour of darkness,
    He is looking right at second base,
    Speaking words of wisdom,
    Bat him second.

    Bat him second, Bat him second,
    Bat him second, Bat him second,
    Whisper
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    Updated 05-28-2013 at 07:21 PM by ashburyjohn

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  12. 25 Minnesota Twins Drafts in 25 Days: 2004

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    Hello again, Twins Daily. We are getting closer and closer to draft day. With a little over a week left until the Twins make their next draft choices, I present to you my recaps from 2001, 2002, and 2003. Just click the years to see which of those three drafts was the most handsome.

    Here is 2004:

    The 2003 draft produced Scott Baker and heartache. First-round pick Matt Moses never reached the Majors, marking ...
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  13. The Many Sides of Carlos Gomez

    It has been four seasons since Carlos Gomez last wore the uniform of the Minnesota Twins. At that point in his career, he was a hotshot 23-year old outfielder that was heading to his third club in four years. The defensive side of the ball was his calling card and his offensive game still looked to be in the infant stages.

    The Twins acquired Gomez as the top prospect in the famous deal that sent Johan Santana to the New York Mets. He would play 290 games in Minnesota while hitting ...
  14. Twins Minor League Report (5/27): Vantastic

    As Seth broke yesterday, the Twins added C Chris Herrmann to their roster after OF Wilkin Ramirez was lost to an alleged concussion. (Which proved to be a real concussion when he blew chunks on the team flight to Milwaukee.)

    Rochester didn't make a corresponding move when they announced the move this morning, leading me to believe one wouldn't be made before Trevor Plouffe, who is recovering from his own concussion, is activated on Wednesday and Herrmann was sent back down.
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    Updated 05-27-2013 at 09:28 PM by Jeremy Nygaard

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