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  1. Twins roster on July 4

    This Twins team is not a playoff team. That shouldn't be a surprise. The over under 73 wins looks generous now. They are not 15 million dollars or a serviceable reliever away from 90 wins.

    At some point this season it will be time to invest playing time in the future in spite of the growing pains. As I chose a date to put in the headline, I tried to account for the "Super Two" arbitration deadline. There will be some players with 2+ years of service time that will be eligible ...
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  2. Powerful Mauer

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ID:	802 Joe Mauer must have read my post yesterday. There can be no other explanation. He hit a triple in the first inning, driving in Span and then scoring on Morneau's single. If you reconstruct the inning with Mauer hitting a single or drawing a walk instead, and overlook that every change could result in a different approach by the opponents thereafter, this was worth an extra run.

    He followed up with a none-out double in the third. This resulted in no scoring ...
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  3. Instant Replay (not "if?" or "when?", but "how?")

    After a close game decided by a questionable call, the conversation often turns to the topic of Instant Replay. This time, Iíll start it.

    Iím not interested in rehashing the pros and cons of instant replay, which have been debated for years. The expansion of replay seems inevitable at this point. But as with most issues, the devil is in the details, and there does not seem to be a consensus on how expanded replay will work.

    Who can initiate replay review? If managers can, ...
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  4. 2012 Day-by-Day - April 27

    Going with a new format tonight. Less commentary, added Hitter and Pitcher of the Day.
    Leave me comments with any suggestions or questions.


    Hitter of the Day: JaDamion Williams - Beloit Snappers (A) - LF
    3-5 2 2B (3), 3B (1), 2 RBI, 1 R, SB (5)

    Pitcher of the Day: Andrew Albers - New Britain Rock Cats (AA) - LHP
    6 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 6 SO, 1 BB, ND


    Here's Todays' Recap:
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...VE&output=html
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  5. Friday Night Minor League Lights

    The Twins lost yet again in a back-and-forth battle against the Royals. The Twins had plenty of runners on base again but didnít get enough to score. There was the occasional good pitch, good (or umpire-assisted) defensive plays and some bad luck. Carl Pavano just didnít have it, and the defense was also unable to hold a lead. The Twins have now lost six in a row. The Royals have won 3-0.

    Here is a look at the Twins minor league scores and highlights from Friday:

    ROCHESTER
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  6. Twins Players of the Week

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    This is the third installment in this series. You can find all of them here in reverse chronological order. I will be doing these approximately weekly or at the end of every 2 series.




    In the last 2 series against the Rays and Red Sox the Twins as a team hit an underpowered .241/.326/.310 with 1 HR and scored 21 runs. This helped them finish only 1-5 in these series.

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  7. Three Wishes

    You are walking down the street on this Friday afternoon when you bump into something. You look down and notice that you just kicked a lamp of some sorts. You reach down and notice that it's quite dirty, so you start to rub it and notice that it is quite shiny. Suddenly, smoke starts coming out of the lamps opening and POOF! A magic genie is kind of floating in front of you. At least you hope it is a magic genie because otherwise the guy standing in front of you is a little scary.

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  8. The Twins vs Royals

    by , 04-27-2012 at 12:30 PM ("And we'll see ya' ... tomorrow night.")
    Well I get to take a look at two teams that I have a futures bet with a buddy on what team would win more games this year. Of course I took the Twins. Both teams are a futile 5-14. Both teams needed each other at this point, I am glad the Twins get to do it at home, or maybe the Royals are glad to see the Twins on the road since they can't win a game at their own place. 0-10 at home for the Royals to start the season in a season they host the All Star game and a lot of buzz surrounding the team ...
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  9. Mauer Power

    I was thinking about the 2012 Twins' imbalance on offense, between getting on base (acceptable) and power (low). A guy we look to for power is Joe Mauer, so I decided to see where he stands at this early stage of the season. Arbitrarily I picked his 2008 season as a benchmark - an excellent season by any standard, but not as insanely high a bar to set as his 2009 season, and one very much in line with his career numbers. In 2008 he had 633 plate appearances, and so far in 2012 he has 83. If ...
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  10. Friday Links-N-Thinks

    Original post from North Dakota Twins Fan
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    Since the last time you joined me for an edition of "Friday Links-N-Thinks," the Twins have only one one game and that was on last Friday. It has been a rough week for Twins fans as the team looked to get back on track against the struggling Red Sox. This didn't happen but the one consolation prize is the fact that the Royals come to town this weekend and they have their own share of problems to deal with this season. Hopefully ...
  11. A Spantastic start to his season

    Heading into the 2012 season, the Twins had plenty of question marks throughout the lineup. Among those unanswered questions was center fielder Denard Span.

    The concern was Span, like Justin Morneau to a less extent, would be unable to play consistently throughout the season at a high level. After all, Spanís concussion in the middle of the 2011 season sidelined him for an extended period of time and, when he returned for 14 games in August and September, he provided minimal production, ...

    Updated 04-27-2012 at 01:10 AM by Parker Hageman

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  12. Genies, Series Recap, and Other Notes

    Originally posted at k-bro's baseball blog

    Sometimes a baseball team loses games, and sometimes it refuses to win. And this series showed us perfect examples of both.


    Tuesday's game was a genuine clunker by the Twins. It happens. No biggie.


    Monday's and Wednesday's games, however, were totally winnable. And the Twins...didn't.


    As much as leaving men on base drives me nuts, that's not the Twins' biggest problem. Obviously, ...
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  13. 2012 Day-by-Day - April 26

    I mistakenly labeled my last blog the day-by-day for April 26, but today is the actual 4/26 update.

    The Twins had a much needed day off. As I'm sure we're all aware of now, Pitching Coach Rick Anderson had a 20 minute, closed-door meeting with all pitchers and both catchers to discuss the current state of the staff. It's really hard to say how effective these meetings are, but if nothing else, this proves to everyone that the fans are not the only people disgusted by the play of the ...
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  14. Disengaged

    I must declare from the onset of this article that I am a Twins fan tried and true. from 1997-2000 I was a victim to their horrible performances, In 1998 a burgeoning slugger made the team following spring training. His name was David Ortiz, he didn't do too much offensively to warrant any negativity and he was sent down. From what I can remember, he was not doing things the way they wanted them to be done. The Twins that year had a horrible offense and if my memory serves me right, Molitor was ...
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