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  1. Rock Cats Push Winning Streak to 5

    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    The New Britain Rock Cats defeated the Portland Sea Dogs tonight 10-5. Despite the lopsided score, this game actually took 11 innings to produce a winner. The sides were knotted at 5 runs until the Rock Cats exploded for 5 runs in the 11th inning, and then shut down the Sea Dogs in the home half to secure the victory.

    For all the runs tonight, New Britain only accumulated 9 hits (they also walked 5 times). Big producers ...
  2. Twins win 7-3, shake Yankee Stadium monkey off of their back

    The 7-3 victory over the New York Yankees on Monday night was one that helped knock the collective monkey off of their backs for the Minnesota Twins. After all, Yankee Stadium – be it the original or this new theme park – has long given the Twins fits.

    Individually, too, Twins players shrugged off the load that had been weighing them down to lead to the third win of the season.

    Carl Pavano, who became a pariah in the five boroughs after his disabled tenure with the ...
  3. Twins Hitting Streaks ( 5+ games )

    I like to follow consecutive game hitting streaks, but I have problems remembering who has hit what and when...

    Updated 04-16-2012 at 09:26 PM by Neinstein

  4. MLB Payroll By The Numbers

    Every year USA Today examines the salaries of the Major League Baseball teams and their players and publishes them. Let's see that their numbers tell us about the Twins recent payroll cut....

    Swimming Upstream
    Twins payroll went from $112.7M last year to $94.1M this year, a decrease of $18.6M or 17%.

    Overall, MLB payrolls increased 6%. If the Twins payroll from 2011 would have increased 6%, the payroll would have been $119.5M, $25.4M more than actual level.
  5. Who hits 3rd?

    There seems to be lots of angst with the M and M boys right now. Flipping Morneau and Willingham in the order to create matchup issues later in games seems simple enough, even though Gardy won't do it. So, who should bat third in this lineup? If not Mauer, then who? If Mauer, then give your reasons. And remember, professional sports is all about "what have you done for me lately?"

    My pick? Span

    My batting order right now would be Carroll, Mauer, Span, ...
  6. When are the Twins going to get serious?

    Nine games into the season, the Minnesota Twins sit with a record of 2-7. This is second only to the San Diego Padres who hold a record of 2-8. After pulling out two wins against the Los Angeles Angels, the Twins were swept by the high powered Texas Rangers in three games. Two steps forward, three giant flops back. Is there a method to this madness?

    The blame game has been in full tilt already this season ranging from blaming the lack of home runs on the stadium design (Jim Thome sure

    Updated 04-16-2012 at 09:31 PM by SpinnesotaGirl

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  7. Rebuilding the Minnesota Twins

    This beautiful photo, taken by former Twin Michael Cuddyer,
    illustrates the main concern for the Twins organization:
    empty seats
    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    The White Sox officially announced that they were ...

    Updated 04-16-2012 at 10:50 AM by Twins Fan From Afar

  8. Are we living in the "Golden Age" of catchers?

    Original post from North Dakota Twins Fan

    There has been an influx of contract extensions for catchers in recent weeks with Carlos Santana of the Indians being the latest to sign on the dotted line. Some think the Indians might have locked up baseball's top catcher but that title can be debated with players from both leagues coming out on top. ...
  9. 2012 Day-by-Day - April 15

    Minors go 3-1. Twins lose a heartbreaker and get swept by what could end up being the 3 time AL Champion.

    Daily Recap:

    Minnesota Twins 2012 Season Day-by-Day
  10. Stranded, Series Recap, and Other Notes

    Originally posted at k-bro's baseball blog

    So much for the Texas Rangers not being able to win in Target Field. Prior to Friday, the Rangers were 1 - 9 in Target Field.

    Looks like they got over whatever was bothering them.

    The Rangers didn't really blow the Twins away; the Twins failed to capitalize.

    Key Notes from the Series:

    • That relay play on Sunday by Thomas to Casilla to Mauer to mow down Adrian Beltre

    Updated 04-15-2012 at 11:01 PM by Kirsten Brown

  11. Offense Lagging Along With M&M Boys

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ID:	642Pat Borzi of MinnPost wrote a column last week suggesting that the current iteration of the Twins lacks heart. He drew a comparison to the 2002 team, which was being celebrated during the opening series at Target Field, stating that it's "hard to imagine this roster, especially the younger players, clawing and scrapping like their counterparts from 10 years ago."

    I don't know about all that, but I would say this team has been suffering from the absence of ...
  12. 2012 (Bobby) Darwin Award — for Best Start to Twins Season

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    Originally posted at VeryWellThen.Com

    It's time for the Second Annual Bobby Darwin Awards, issued by this very website: VeryWellThen.Com.

    The award goes to the Twin with the fastest start within the first week to ten days of the season. The award gets its name from Bobby Darwin -- who debuted with a hot start as a 29 year old rookie center fielder for the Twins in1972, right around the time I was forming my first baseball ...
  13. Boom.. Sano happens.

    Finally went to a game that A.) the Snappers won and B.) Sano connected. Both were worth the wait. Really. 18 years old. Wow. The only question was how far the moment we heard it. Glad I went today and not yesterday, considering the extra innings and the distance to Clinton. Beside the Sano home run I guess the most impressive player was Micheal Tonkin, he kept the Lumber Kings under control for over 3 innings. I think he has spent enough time in the MWL, time to head south for him. It's late and ...
  14. Sunday Game Notes and Highlights

    The Twins took a tough 4-3 loss on Sunday afternoon to fall to 2-7 on the young season. The Twins arrived in New York City on Sunday night and will play four games against the Yankees starting on Monday. They then go to Tampa to play the Rays before getting to play the Red Sox. We all knew it would be a tough start to the season. It’s definitely shaping up to be just that. Down on the farm, the Twins affiliates went 3-1, and at least there are plenty of storylines to follow.

    Liam Hendrik’s ...
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