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  1. The Mid-month (or Thereabouts) Roster Catch Up Update

    Originally posted at k-bro's baseball blog

    The last time I talked about the Twins roster changes, Danny Valencia had just been traded and Tsyoshi Nishioka had been called up to replace him. That was August 6th. The Twins have made a move or two since then. Let's review.


    August 6: Nishioka was called up to replace Valencia on the roster. Since he makes $3 million a year, it was worth giving him another chance to see if he could hack it in the bigs. In fact, ...
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  2. EMERGENCY! Post - Blackburn and Nishioka

    This is like the mother lode for frustrated Twins fans. I mean, take both of these guys out in one fell swoop! I hardly enjoyed these two players as a fan. Blackburn was a player that I harped on repeatedly, refusing to give him credit for pitching one important game back in the 2008 Game 163 (we lost that game too, no one seems to remember that). I felt he was living off that reputation for far too long, considering his failures over the past 3 years. I did not know what to think about Nishioka ...

    Updated 08-20-2012 at 08:50 PM by Brad Swanson

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  3. Jorge Polanco

    This guy was signed the same year as Sano and supposedly had a great glove and minimal bat. I see he is hitting pretty well, does anyone know if his fielding is good or great in the middle infield?
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  4. 2012 Draft Power Rankings-8/20/12

    A few notes from the past week regarding the 2012 Draft Class:
    • Jose Berrios jumps to the #1 ranking thanks to a dominant performance last Friday against Kingsport (5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 11 K)
    • As I suspected last week, Taylor Rogers made his next appearance out of the bullpen, likely due to his high number of innings pitched.
    • Three players didn't accumulate any stats this past week. Luke Bard, who I suspect is still dealing with the injury that caused him to leave his Aug 10th appearance
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  5. Mounting losses mean improving draft stock

    It has been rough for the Twins over the course of the last 10 games with the team managing one victory during that stretch. The lone victory since August 8th came in a fairly one-sided win versus the Tigers last Monday. It has been painful to watch the games and see the offense failing to score runs in important situations. Even this ...
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  6. Gleeman and the Geek: Ep 55: Demoted Dozier and Brutal Blackburn

    Aaron and John talk about Brian Dozier's demotion to Triple-A, Nick Blackburn's ongoing awfulness, whether the Twins are collapsing down the stretch again, the latest "day-to-day" injury proving anything but, where and when Chris Parmelee will play, KFAN producer Ryan Donaldson's puking story, and preparing for the return to full-time podcasting. Here are:


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  7. Sunday Minor League Game Notes

    The Twins fell to 50-70 on the season after a weekend sweep at the hands of the Seattle Mariners. On Sunday, Sam Deduno gave the Twins another Quality Start despite doing his best Deduno impersonation. The effectively wild righty gave up just two runs despite allowing five hits and walking six batters. He walked in the tying run and the go-ahead run scored on a double play. Jeff Gray pitched in the seventh inning and gave up three runs to put the game out of reach. Glen Perkins came in and struck ...
  8. Deciphering Deduno

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ID:	2062The second-best pitcher in Minnesota's rotation is a 29-year-old journeyman with five innings of previous major-league experience who has issued 36 walks in 46 innings this season.

    Obviously, that speaks to how bad the club's starting pitching has been, but it also speaks to the success Sam Deduno has enjoyed in spite of his outrageously bad control. The right-hander has tallied five quality starts in eight turns, and with a little run support on Sunday he ...
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  9. Mondayne Notes - 8/20/2012

    The Mondayne Notes will be posted either late Sunday night or on Monday. They are best accompanied by this specific version of "Spinning in Daffodils" by Them Crooked Vultures.

    The Games


    Monday - Win over Detroit - 9-3

    Samuel Deduno walked fewer than he struck out. Ryan Doumit hit a late bomb to put it away.

    Tuesday - Loss to Detroit - 8-4

    The Twins scored 4 unearned runs in the 3rd inning, but Doug Fister pretty much shut them down ...
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  10. End of the Year Top 50

    As the second top 50 I've done this year (cheating?), a LOT has changed. From now on until the end of the year, I don't expect much to change. I've gone through all the stat-sheets on every affiliate and included a few international signings as well. Age, performance, and relative level were all the most important factors. Tools also played a very important part. A player with a .300 BA and no HRs or SBs is not going to get anywhere here. From now on, I'll probably use this as a reference in regards ...
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  11. Which Pitchers On The Twins Roster Deserve A Chance Next Year

    Originally posted on The Terrific (Minnesota) Twins blog http://terrificmntwins.blogspot.com/


    The Twins obviously need to do something with their starting rotation next year, and maybe need to make a few adjustments to their bullpen too. Here is a look at which pitchers the Twins should have on their big club next year for sure, who should get a look at the big club or be on the radar in the minors, who should be evaluated after they recover from injury, and who the Twins
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  12. The Day-to-Day Zone

    THE DAY-TO-DAY ZONE

    FEAR IN A HANDFUL OF ROSIN PART 3

    A MR. HORRORPANTS SCREENPLAY

    BASED ON AN IDEA BY MICHAEL HAAS (@digitalHaas)


    INT. BLACK AND WHITE. A MOD 50s LIVING ROOM. THERE ARE SEVERAL COUCHES MADE UP OF LIGHT GRAY RECTANGLES. A COFFEE TABLE SITS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROOM, COVERED IN MAGAZINES.

    DENARD SPAN ENTERS THE ROOM, LOOKING CONFUSED AND FRUSTRATED. HE SITS ON ONE OF THE COUCHES.

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  13. Saturday in the Minor League Parks

    The new guys continued to impress in their second games with the Twins, and Scott Diamond put in another quality start, but on this night, there wasn’t enough offense and the team lost in walk-off fashion in the ninth.
    Scott Diamond started and gave up two runs on nine hits over 6.2 innings to keep his ERA below 3 (2.95). Alex Burnett got him out of the 7th, and Jared Burton worked a scoreless eighth frame. Tyler Robertson came out to start the ninth inning. He gave up two hits and a walk ...
  14. Minnesota Twins Minor League Weekly Transactions: 8/11-8/17

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    This is the third instalment of this series. You can find the older ones here (most recent on top.) Promotions and demotions are listed under the team where the player currently plays (this means promotions to the Minnesota Twins will not be listed here)

    Here are the transactions in all levels in the Twins organization from August 11th until yesterday August 17th:

    Rochester Redwings (International ...
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