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  1. Update on the Twins Spring Training roster battles



    This has been previously published at The Tenth Inning Stretch.

    I have highligheted the four questions the Twins need to answer this Spring Training previously. With a couple weeks in the books in Spring Training, the Twins so far have played 4 games (3 official and a "B" game that does not count in the standings or in the players' statistics officially) so there are hints of light for some of those.

    • The starting outfield: All indications
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  2. Time To Adjust "The Twins Way" At The Plate

    Recently JJ Hardy came out and mentioned that some of his success at the plate last season was due to going back to what he does naturally, which is pulling the ball. The Twins wanted Hardy to go to the opposite field. Hardy mentioned his first BP session with the Twins back in 2010, "My first round of BP with the Twins, I was trying to (pull the ball), and Rod Carew and those guys call me over and say, `That's not we want. We want line drives the other way,"' Hardy said. "So that ...
  3. Time To Adjust "The Twins Way" At The Plate

    Recently JJ Hardy came out and mentioned that some of his success at the plate last season was due to going back to what he does naturally, which is pulling the ball. The Twins wanted Hardy to go to the opposite field. Hardy mentioned his first BP session with the Twins back in 2010, "My first round of BP with the Twins, I was trying to (pull the ball), and Rod Carew and those guys call me over and say, `That's not we want. We want line drives the other way,"' Hardy said. "So that ...
  4. I Walked-Up With A Monster!

    In my continuing quest to improve the ferocity of Target Field Walk-Up Music, I have had an epiphany.

    For around a 100 years, horror movies have hired composers to add intensity to the moment. Why not go with the professionals on this one? After all, some of the Twins players could use a jolt of intensity in the pysch-out department.

    Here are some horror themes that would sound mighty smart pumping out the speakers at the ballgame.

    Song: "Psycho: A Suite ...
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  5. Former Twins First Baseman Don Mincher Dies at 73

    When the Twins came to Minnesota from Washington for the 1961, one of the players that came was 1B Don Mincher. On Sunday night, Mincher passed away at the age of 73.

    Mincher originally signed in 1956 with the Chicago White Sox. In April of 1060, he was traded along with Earl Battey and Cash to the Senators for Roy Sievers. He made his big league debut with Washington in 1960. He stayed with the Twins through the 1966 season when he was traded to the Angels with Pete Cimino and Jimmie ...
  6. Twins-Red Sox Reflections: Liriano's Strikes, Revere's Speed and Ray Chang's Head

    [Originally posted at Twins Fan From Afar]

    In the end, Francisco Liriano's pitching line yesterday looked fine on paper. He gave up no runs, walked one, and struck out two, in two innings. Still, though, even though this was his first start of the spring, I was left wanting a little bit more. The frustrating aspect of Liriano's outing, for me, was that 12 of his 25 pitches were ...
  7. Span continues to be tested this spring


    The Twins are only three games into their Grapefruit League schedule but Denard Span is making sure to put all of his concussion worries behind him. Over the course of the last handful of days, Span has been forced to make numerous plays on the ball that could be troublesome for a player who suffered a concussion last year. Even with all of these rough plays, Span has not suffered ...
  8. Parmelee's Promising Power

    There's a saying that goes: one man's persisting and possibly career-ending concussion aftermath is another man's opportunity. Something like that, anyway. Up to this point, things have gone smoothly for Justin Morneau, who has been able to get through all his workouts and delivered an RBI single in the Twins' Grapefruit League opener on Saturday. But the first baseman acknowledged recently that post-concussion symptoms continued to haunt him throughout the offseason, and that if they return he's ...

    Updated 03-13-2012 at 11:21 AM by Nick Nelson

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  9. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

    In Liriano's preseason debut he threw just over half (52%) of his pitches for strikes. What we need to see from Liriano is his ability to consistently throw under control. He's a wild card with a huge upside, as well as a huge downside. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Even in Liriano's no-hitter last season he showed signs of his split personality pitching. We all know and have seen what Liriano is capable of when he controls his pitches on a consistent basis. The Twins desperately need Liriano to pitch ...
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  10. Walks Help Sox Slam Twins

    When the Twins opened up Target Field in April of 2010, they played host to the Boston Red Sox. This afternoon, the Twins sent a split-squad team across Ft. Myers to play against the Red Sox in the first game in the new jetBlue Park at Fenway South. The near-Fenway clone is a beautiful park, and Twins fans should be excited about it because the Twins also are getting money for renovations and improvements to Hammond Stadium.

    The Twins won their inaugural Target Field game 5-2. The ...
  11. The Buterrible-Pun Men.

    Between the idea and reality, between the motion and the act, falls the home run Towles hit this afternoon.

    We terrible pun men wait by our computers, with our pointer fingers cocked and ready.

    We terrible pun men, already awaiting the opportunity to be the first to title a blog post "The End of a But-ERA" when the catcher is dropped from the roster.

    In this frozen land, we know only one smart-assed blogger can be the first to use "The End ...
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  12. Twins' Towles Towering Tater Tops Tampa 5-3

    Iím sure discussions were beginning about what would happen should this game need to go to extra innings. The Twins sent a split-squad roster to play the Rays, so there were only a certain number of pitchers available. Thatís when catcher JR Towles stepped to the plate with a runner on in the top of the 9th. The #3-catcher hopeful hit a fly ball that, with the help of a strong wind, landed on the other side of the fence for a two-run homer that gave the Twins a 5-3 lead.


    Towles ...
  13. Top 15 Prospects - #15 Carlos Gutierrez

    originally posted at www.TwinsTarget.com

    source: mlb.com
    15. Carlos Gutierrez, Right-Handed Reliever, 25 years old
    2011 stats: 2-3 4.62 ERA 57/31 K/BB in 62.1 innings for AAA Rochester.
    Last year's rank: 43
    Acquired: Drafted in the
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  14. Explaining Expanded Playoffs Using Spreadsheets With Pretty Colors

    Originally posted at k-bro's baseball blog

    You may have heard that MLB has changed the playoff scheme starting with this season by adding an additional Wild Card team to each league. Some people like it; some people hate it. I really don't have an opinion of it yet, because, honestly, I don't really understand it. I've read a lot of stuff about it, and it all makes my head hurt. I figured I'd map it out on some spreadsheets to see if that helps.


    Yes, I know, ...

    Updated 03-04-2012 at 12:49 PM by Kirsten Brown

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