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  1. Traveling With The Twins: PNC Park

    I could be a Pirates fan.

    Believe me, I know all that implies. As a middle-aged Twins fan, I've felt Pirates fans' pain, albeit in lesser doses. I can sympathize with the hopelessness and even apathy that sets in after years of mismanagement.

    Watching the supposedly competitive Bucs yesterday didn't inspire me to join them anytime soon. If you're wondering what the "traditional" Twins philosophy - pitching, defense and maybe a little hitting - looks like in the NL, ...
  2. Patience Probable with Prep Picks

    Since the Twins drafted outfielder Byron Buxton with the second overall pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, the question I hear most is, “When do you think we will see Buxton in a Minnesota Twins uniform?” We can all venture our guesses bases on what we’ve read about an 18 year old, but no one knows. He could come up as a 20 year old in 2014, as a 24 year old in 2018, or he may never make it up to the big league club.

    Another question I have heard frequently over the last two years is when ...
  3. 2012 Day-by-Day - June 20

    Hitter of the Day:
    Niko Goodrum - SS - ELZ - APP: 2-5 2 3B (2), 3 RBI, 2 R

    Pitcher of the Day:
    Francisco Liriano: 6.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO


  4. Wednesday's Wild Night in the Minors

    It is officially the first day of summer and that means action will be heating up across the baseball world. The Twins found themselves in a pitchers duel in Pittsburgh with Francisco Liriano throwing one of his best games of the year. A rough seventh inning meant that Liriano wasn't able to pick up the win but a late inning home run from Josh Willingham pushed the Twins to a 2-1 victory.

    Some injuries to the Rochester bullpen forced the Twins to make some transactions in the farm ...
  5. A bold new world

    So this is slightly intimidating for me. My name is David, I grew up in southern Minnesota and have been a baseball/Twins fan for a long time. I've never written a blog before and only recently have begun participating in any sort of online forum (I used to comment on the mlb.com website but that grew old). I stumbled upon this website through the Star Tribune Twins Centric page and have loved every minute that I spend here. Since then I have abandoned reading the actual Twins Centric site and spend ...
  6. Liriano Rediscovers the Slider

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ID:	1303Francisco Liriano’s first six starts of the season were nothing short of disappointing.

    With plenty of raw talent, the Twins potential rotation leader failed miserably, throwing 26.2 innings, allowed 37 hits (six of which were home runs), posted a terrible 21-to-19 strikeout-to-walk ratio and failed to pitch into to the sixth inning in all but one start.

    In that time, Liriano was drastically out of whack mechanically and the coaching staff had ...
  7. Reasons For Hope

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Size:  13.4 KBYou'd figure a team that lost 99 games last year, and now finds itself on pace to lose 96 this year, would instill little confidence in its fan base. Yet, as we creep up on the season's halfway point, I find myself feeling rather optimistic about the Twins' future.

    No, I don't believe the club is going to miraculously climb back into the AL Central race this year. But I do think that, given some of the positive signs we've seen, the path back to contention ...
  8. The Rock Cats' June Swoon

    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    Rocky the Rock Cat: Proud to be
    an American
    The New Britain Rock Cats find themselves in the middle of a tough stretch of baseball. They lost last night, 8-1, to the Altoona Curve, and ...
  9. Bullpen overuse could hurt by season's end

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    After Tuesday night's contest in Pittsburgh, the Twins have played roughly 40% of their regular season schedule and the team is currently under .500 by 14 games. Being at the bottom of the American League is a rough spot for any team and there can be plenty of fingers pointed as to why the Twins have gotten to this point. The offense has failed to score runs and the pitching staff has left plenty to be desired ...

    Updated 06-20-2012 at 08:00 AM by Cody Christie

  10. 2012 Day-by-Day - June 19

  11. Tuesday's Twins Minor League Daily

    Well, the Twins lost tonight, 7-2 to the Pirates. At least it was in a beautiful ballpark. I enjoyed watching the Twitter feeds of the Twins beat writers, reporters and other journalists this afternoon, as they were filled with pictures of PNC Park. I have to say, I love Target Field, but PNC just might have us beat. At the very least, it was nice to see Trevor Plouffe continue to swing the hot bat (2-for-3 with a walk), and Denard Span homered. Hopefully they have better luck tomorrow.

    Updated 06-20-2012 at 06:35 AM by Seth Stohs

  12. On R.A. Dickey and His Recent Dominance

    By now, you’ve probably heard about the dominant stretch R.A. Dickey has put together over his last few starts. He’s thrown back-to-back 1 hitters, and here’s his stat line from those two games combined: 18 IP, 1 R (unearned), 2 H, 2 BB, 25 K. In particular, look at that K/BB ratio. From a knuckleballer! Now how about his last 6 starts?: 48.2 IP, 21 H, 2 R (1 ER), 5 BB, 63 K, 3 complete games.

    As a Twins fan, it may be a bit bittersweet to see this from Dickey, because he was ...
  13. Change of Scenery is Great for Pirates Garrett Jones

    A look at the Pirates stat page, and you can’t help but ask how they are doing it. Andrew McCutchen is hitting .325/.382/.541 (.923) with 11 doubles, three triple and 11 home runs. He also has 13 stolen bases, and is one of the best defensive centerfielders in baseball. No other Pirates hitter is batting over. 271. No other Pirates hitter has an OPS higher than .734.

    That hitter with a .734 OPS is a name that should be familiar to Twins fans. Garrett Jones is an everyday player and ...
  14. Cuddyer signing "totally unnecessary"

    I hear lots of griping about the lack of starters. I think Terry Ryan has put a more professional team on the field with smart moves. Sure they won't win the central, but I believe TR will assemble more pitchers in the offseason.

    Even other writers think so

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