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  1. Major Comeback in New Britain

    
    Chris Herrmann celebrates his
    first inning home run.
    Mauer's 2013 backup???
    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]


    Unlike their parent club, the New Britain Rock Cats put up a fight after the odds were stacked ...
  2. Duensing ramping up his velocity in the 'pen

    Original post from North Dakota Twins Fan
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    For the second season in a row, the Twins have taken a player who had previously served as a starter and given him a prominent role in the bullpen. Last year the Twins were very pleased with the performance of Glen Perkins as he developed into their most reliable arm in the bullpen. In a lot of tough situations, Ron Gardenhire ...
  3. Tuesday Night Game Notes

    The Twins were pretty well dominated by the Red Sox on Tuesday night, losing 11-2. Nick Blackburn was crushed. Matt Maloney was crushed. The offense didn’t come through. There was even some bad defense. Its’ a good thing that there are plenty of positive things going on in the Twins farm system to give us positive stuff to talk about!
    Here is a look at the Twins minor league scores and highlights from Tuesday:

    ROCHESTER, SYRACUSE


    The Red Wings were rained out on ...
  4. Mauer Making a Statement?

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ID:	738The Twins have played 18 games this year, and Joe Mauer has been in the starting lineup for every single one. That's right – you might not have noticed, but the embattled catcher has not taken a day off this season after missing half of the 2011 campaign due to various ailments.

    This is the longest Mauer has even gone into a season without stopping to rest, and it's not like the early schedule has been particularly forgiving, with only one day off and ...
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  5. 2012 Day-by-Day - April 24

    It's late. I've worked both my jobs two days in a row, going on a 3rd. The Twins forgot to play tonight and thus my recap and commentary will be non-existent

    Minor League teams won all 3 of their games. Rochester got rained out.

    I'm going to switch back to posting a link to the Google Docs instead of "embedding" it in the blog post. Not sure who is reading this, if anyone, but I plan on updating this all season long, so if you read this and have a preference ...
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  6. What Happened To All The Swagger?

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ID:	734After punishing spring training pitchers and promoting himself this offseason, Danny Valencia’s output in the regular season has left something to be desired. Coming off a down year in 2011 and made promises of rebounding and rededicating himself for this season. Rather than coming out the gates to a hot start, he now finds himself on the hot seat poised to lose starts.

    What has gone wrong for the Twins third baseman?

    In 2011, I attributed his ...
  7. One Very Telling Statistic

    As I was leaving Target Field tonight, I noticed the game attendance was 33,000 and change. On a beautiful night early in the season with the Boston Red Sox in town, we still had over 6,000 empty seats in Target Field. It used to be that when a team like Boston or NY was in town, we would sellout and have another couple of thousand people packed in the ballpark with standing room only tickets. I know that I plan on going to all the games that I have tickets for this year, but with the product ...
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  8. 2012 Minnesota Twins Prospects #4 Liam Hendriks

    source: theaustralianbaseballdigest.mlblogs.com




    4. Liam Hendriks, RHP, 23 years old


    2011 stats: 12-6 with a 3.36 ERA in 139.1 innings, with 111/21 K/BB for New Britain & Rochester
    Last Year's Rank: 6
    Acquired: ...

    Updated 04-25-2012 at 08:02 AM by shawntheroad

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  9. The Ride or the Glory

    Over the last few weeks, many people have posted about the Twins lack of wins. The poor record last year, along with the slow start this year has people calling for everything from blowing up the team, to firing the manager and front office, to increasing the payroll 20% in an effort to bring in more talent. I suppose a strong amount of emotion helps to show the strength of the fan base.

    Over the offseason, the Twins did not blowup the team. Rather they patched up holes with some ...
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  10. Saying If Only This Or That Had Happened Won’t Change the Outcome

    Originally posted at http://troystwinsdugout.wordpress.co...e-the-outcome/

    The Twins so far this season have a record of 5-12. One of the reasons for this is the fact that they've not taken advantage of scoring opportunities. They've hit into 19 double plays. Not only that, they’re 8-47 with runners in scoring position in their past five games.

    Last night's 6-5 loss featured an excellent opportunity in the eighth ...

    Updated 04-24-2012 at 06:25 PM by Troy Larson

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  11. Fire Terry Ryan immediately!

    The Twins are 5-12. Terry Ryan has brought this team into the 2012 season woefully unable to compete at the major league level. Doing things "The Twins Way" or "The Terry Ryan Way" isn't working. No hard feelings. The Twins should clean house and simply try something different. The new GM should start by firing the entire field staff on Day One. How about starting a list of managerial candidates? Hrbek, Molitor, Carew, Smalley, Laudner, Or my favorite, how about Dan Gladden, ...
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  12. Snappers game live this afternoon

  13. Big Ten Update

    Current Big Ten standings:
    (Conference record, overall record)

    1. Purdue 12-3, 31-6
    2. Michigan State 7-5, 26-13
    Minnesota 7-5, 23-19
    4. Nebraska 8-7, 26-15
    5. Penn State 6-6, 18-21
    6. Indiana 6-6, 18-22
    7. Ohio State 7-8, 22-18
    8. Illinois 5-7, 22-17
    Iowa 5-7, 16-19
    10. Michigan 4-8, 17-24
    11. Northwestern 5-10, 13-23

    Standings summary: There are only 4 teams in the conference that could be called good. ...
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  14. Liriano to Skip Next Start

    According to Rhett Bollinger, Ron Gardenhire confirmed that Francisco Liriano will skip his next scheduled start and will make his next start in Anaheim on May 1. Gardy said that he attributes Liriano's troubles to both mechanical issues as well as nerves with guys on base. He said that Anderson will watch Liriano throw BP sessions this Thursday and Saturday as they watch for progress.

    After Liriano's last start, Gardy said that they would "take a step back" and look at ...
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