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  1. Riffing on the Rotation

    As April has shifted into May, the Minnesota offense has cooled off a little bit but continues to get the job done. On Friday they were shut out for just the second time all year, but they bounced back to score 11 runs in a pair of wins on Saturday and Sunday. The series victory over the weekend brought the Twins back within a game of .500.

    The offense seems sustainably effective, with Joe Mauer starting to heat up, Oswaldo Arcia preparing to return, and several other lineup fixtures ...
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  2. Cliff Notes to the 2014 Twins: Ch. 1 April

    We know how it is. Life is busy: with work and family and social engagements, there are a lot of demands on your time. So, if you've missed some developments in the first month of the season, you're perfectly normal. Missing baseball games is not unlike missing reading assignments for school, so we're happy to provide this series of Cliff Notes to summarize, explain and analyze the story that is the 2014 Twins Season.
    "Chapter I: April"

    Summary: At the beginning of the
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  3. Yohan Pino to help?

    Ok, go ahead, call me crazy. I get it. But is it possible we're missing something here that could prove helpful?

    When the Twins re-acquired Pino this off season I offered a simply "meh" like the rest of you. AAA filler who might not finish the year or even make the club if a few things break right. But with his incredible start I had to sit down and take a look at his career numbers.

    He has a career 3.7 to 1 SO to BB ratio and a career BA against of .239 including ...
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  4. Twins Minor League Report (5/3): Pino's Still Perfect

    Something clearly hadn't been right with Mike Pelfrey in his recent starts and the Twins finally did something about it on Saturday morning. Pelfrey was placed on the disabled list with a left groin strain. Sam Deduno will take Pelfrey's spot in the rotation after he has continued to pitch well out of the bullpen.

    Danny Santana is the man taking Pelfrey's spot on the active roster. The Twins plan to use him in a variety of roles especially since the club already has two other shortstops ...
  5. The Twins need more Brian Doziers

    Brian Dozier wasn't a high draft choice. He had a breakout minor league season in 2011 and became a prospect for the Twins mostly because of the dearth of talent at shortstop, which was then his position. Dozier was then assigned to Rochester and got a promotion to the Twins after a hot start in Triple A. Brian's rookie season was by most measures disappointing and ended with a demotion back to Rochester without a September recall.

    2013 looked to be a year of decision for Dozier. ...
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  6. Some Samples No Longer Small: Pitchers

    Sample sizes for a few ratios are becoming large enough to consider. For pitchers, strike out rate stabilizes at 70 batters faced and ground ball and fly ball rate stabilizes at 70 balls in play. By stabilizing, that doesn’t necessarily mean it is the new expected rate. It does mean that any significant changes from previous year cannot be written off to small sample size. For minor leaguers a drop or change likely coincides with a step up in classification and the necessary adjustment. It is also ...

    Updated 05-03-2014 at 02:16 PM by jorgenswest

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  7. Twins Minor League Report (5/2): Diamond's Redemption?

    After a rough, Mother Nature influenced series, in which the Twins were forced to use every one of their pitchers in a double-header vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday, they received a valiant effort from their prized off-season acquisition, Ricky Nolasco, on Friday night to stave off a catastrophic pitching predicament moving into the weekend.

    Although Nolasco was able to save the bullpen with a complete game, 3-earned run effort, it wasn’t enough to save himself from ...

    Updated 05-03-2014 at 03:43 AM by Steve Lein

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  8. Shortstop found, Johnson not viable...cf?

    Escobar clearly took command of shortstop, will he continue to hit? Not at that rate for sure..but at least he gives you the possibility of making contact...

    Kris Johnson? No Way.. Wait for Jose....

    CF? I really like Fuld but History suggests...He will falter...Trade a AA prospect for established CF? I certainly wouldnt put all my eggs in The Buxton Basket
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  9. Rotation woes

    One possible outcome of the come to jesus meeting with Pelfrey (as mentioned) might be to eat the salary since he sounds against both bullpen and demotion options. Frankly, I am all for it a) because it is not my money b) at least Nishi had the class to forego his last year of guaranteed money which the brass could apply to this contract mistake and c) how much would it cost to bring back Scott Baker?? Surely his AAA numbers bode well for AT THE MINIMUM an improvement over what Pelf has given us. ...
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  10. Twins Minor League Report (5/1): 8 Games in the Org

    If you are a real baseball junkie, Thursday was a great day of baseball. The Twins organization played EIGHT baseball games yesterday. The Twins played two (lost both), the Red Wings played one (squandered a great pitching performance), the Rock Cats palyed two (split a double header), the Miracle played one (a lopsided loss) and then Kernels played two as well (swept both sides of a double header). With so much baseball action on Thursday, we will get right to it!

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  11. Twins Minor League Report (5/1): 8 Games in the Org

    If you are a real baseball junkie, Thursday was a great day of baseball. The Twins organization played EIGHT baseball games yesterday. The Twins played two (lost both), the Red Wings played one (squandered a great pitching performance), the Rock Cats palyed two (split a double header), the Miracle played one (a lopsided loss) and then Kernels played two as well (swept both sides of a double header). With so much baseball action on Thursday, we will get right to it!

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  12. Game Thread: Twins v Dodgers double-header, 5/1 @ 12:10pm and 6:10 CT

    Quote Originally Posted by ChiTownTwinsFan View Post
    Omg. This is not a fun game to watch.
    Well said. If the Twins were publicly owned, this would be in the opening statement of a prosecution against ownership. Nobody's perfect, you can't win 'em all, etc. But enough is enough.
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  13. The No Juice Podcast, Episode #3: Old Blue

    Since it has been raining for 40 days and 40 nights, this week’s No Juice midweek shortcast tackles the timely question: Should the Twins have put a damn roof over Target Field?

    Since neither of us was alive to keep the Metrodome from being built, joining Dan and I to discuss this heated topic is my Dad, Old Blue. You can listen at our website or catch us on iTunes.


    Be sure to follow @NoJuicePodcast on Twitter.
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  14. Brian Dozier is good at baseballing: Talk to Contact EP 81

    Do you know who Kenny Wilson is? How about Brandon Waring? You can download the new Talk to Contact (@TalkToContact) episode via iTunes or by clicking here.
    Apr 30, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier (2) attempts to field a ground ball in the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY ...
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