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  1. Should Fransisco Liriano Become A Full Time Reliever?

    Originally Posted at http://troystwinsdugout.wordpress.co...time-reliever/

    Recently, the Twins have moved Fransisco Liriano to the bullpen. Since then, he's made two relief appearances and hasn't allowed a run.

    On Monday, he pitched two innings of relief against the Cleveland Indians. He retired the tribe in order in the seventh. In the eighth, he walked the bases loaded before working out of the jam.

    Earlier ...
  2. The Ex-Twins in Rochester

    (This is a cross-post with my blog on baseball in general, the Baseball Continuum. The version there has more pictures and links.)

    Quick, ignore the logos and team names, what team is this?

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    Well, it's the Rochester Red Wings. But it's filled with players who have been a part of the Twins over the rather disastrous past season-and-a-half. Revere is now back up with the Twins (saving Rochestarians from having to hear him sing), ...
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  3. Changing Luck

    Back in February, I framed the Twins' rotation as a series of five coin flips. Looking back, it's funny how the worst case scenario seems to have struck in every single situation:

    Carl Pavano … Heads, he remembers how to miss a few extra bats and returns to the form he showed while winning 17 games two years ago. Tails, his performance continues to descend as he ages into his late 30s.
    Francisco Liriano … Heads, he regains his fastball command and helps power the top of
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  4. Buyer's Remorse to the Tune of $23,000,000.

    As any Twins fan knows, Joe Mauer was to be the centerpiece around which the Twins built their team. After inking him to a 8 year, $184 million dollar deal, Mauer's success has been spotty at best. Thursday's 0-5 performance with 5 runners left on base is just the latest in a rough patch for Mauer who is now hitting .265 on the season.

    Many fans, myself included, have been openly critical of Mauer and his inability to truly lead the team, perform under pressure and to stay healthy for ...

    Updated 05-17-2012 at 06:27 PM by SpinnesotaGirl

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  5. Profiles of the Top 22 Pitchers for the 2012 MLB Draft: Kevin Gausman

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    With the Twins having a severe need for pitching in the organization as well as six picks among the top 100, it is certain that more than one of those picks (and probably the second overall pick) will be used to draft a pitcher. To this respect, I am presenting profiles of the top 22 pitching prospects for the 2012 MLB draft.

    I will be presenting these alphabetically, and at the end I will rank them. I will be ...
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  6. Soon one year has passed...

    One year ago today, the Twins lost one of the most important people in the history of the franchise. It is hard to believe that one year has already come and gone. I put together the following poem to honor Harmon Killebrew and his lasting legacy.

    It's been one year since you have come and gone,
    But your impact is still felt like the morning dawn.
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    Updated 05-17-2012 at 02:17 PM by Cody Christie

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  7. Who is NOT Hot in the Twins minors? 2012 version 2

    This is the second version of the 'who is NOT hot in the Twins' minors' series for 2012. I have been doing the Who is hot in the Minors series for a few years now and I decided that a complimentary list might be in order. I will be updating those every month or so, as well. The current "who IS hot" list can be found here and the former "who is NOT hot" list can be found here. This list is getting smaller, but it is unfortunate to see one of the Twins' top prospects (Adrian ...
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  8. Can the Twins improve going forward? What do we hope for at the May 16th mark?

    by , 05-16-2012 at 11:11 PM ("And we'll see ya' ... tomorrow night.")
    I wanted to take a look at some points that have been hot topics for the last couple weeks. I wanted to look at the best way to improve the teams performance right now, and as the homer would say right the ship.

    At this point being 10 games back and being 15 games under .500, I am not giving the Twins much of any chance of doing anything, but I can talk about it. I also want to mention some Joe Mauer topics that have been a non stop thing the last couple weeks.
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  9. Hope in Beloit?

    I spent a couple days watching the Beloit Snappers (including Twins Daily's own AJ Pettersen). My write up and picture links are up at Twinkietown.
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  10. Wednesday's Twins Minor League Daily

    The Twins had a big victory tonight, 11-7, over the Tigers. Everyone except Erik Komatsu was involved in the hitting, and that's a great sign. It's tough not to be excited about Brian Dozier. True, it's a small sample size, but he has exceeded expectations so far, including a big 3-run home run early in tonight's game. But enough about the current Twins. Tonight's focus is about the Future Twins. All the minor league affiliates were in action tonight, and here's a recap of what transpired.
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  11. Factors for Frustration

    When spring training opened up in late February, I posted an article called Twins Two-Way Planning in which I said that the Twins 2011 roster was probably built perfectly to go one of two directions. In essence, if things went poorly, they had enough one-year, veteran contracts of guys that other teams might have interest in at the trade deadline. The Twins could get prospects to help push forward the rebuilding process.

    However, the other scenario was, “IF seven or eight of the factors ...
  12. 2012 Day-by-Day - May 16

    The Day-by-Day's make their glorious return tonight. My apologies as my 9 day streak of working over 100 hours caught up to me. Everything is updated through the games of May 16th. I will continue to update these as frequently as possible.

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...VE&output=html
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  13. Are We Ever Biased Towards Umpire Bias?

    There is no question that umpires have biases. The question is whether we want them or not.


    A couple of years ago I reported on a book that I was reading titled Scorecasting by Tobias J Moskowitz and L. Jon Weerthem. This writeup is going to copy a lot of that story. The book is similar to the book Freakonomics, except that it focuses exclusively on sports. If you have an iPad or iPhone, you can download the first chapter for free – and just that much changed forever how I watch ...
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  14. Mickey Hatcher - The Original Red Dog

    For those of you too young to remember the Mick when he played for the Twins, let me take a few minutes to enlighten you:

    Mickey Hatcher was loved in Minnesota. Not so much because he was a great player (though he was decent enough to be a semi-regular starter), but because he was slightly crazy. Everybody loved him. There are a few stories about him I would like to share.

    On May 4, 1984, Dave Kingman hit a towering fly ball that went up through one of the drainage holes ...
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