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  1. Friday Links-N-Thinks

    Original post from North Dakota Twins Fan
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    The first two games of the season have been complete and I can honestly say I have yet to watch a single pitch. One of the problems was that both of the contests were not on any major channel and the other issues was the games were being played very early in the morning. I still don't know how I feel about the first two games of the season being played in Japan. It is great to spread the game to international markets but I love ...

    Updated 03-30-2012 at 07:03 AM by Cody Christie

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  2. Position Analysis: Relief Pitcher

    We wrap up the Position Analysis series with a look at the relief corps, which could best be described as "unstable." There's little question that the Twins will proceed with seven relievers and a short bench, as is their standard; to fill those seven spots, they brought a veritable army of flawed pitchers to compete in Ft. Myers.

    With a week left to go, it appears that the Twins have settled on which arms they will carry north. As is always the case in spring training, this is subject ...
  3. July Trade Deadline-- What if's. A look at options for 2013 MN Twins.

    by , 03-29-2012 at 11:36 PM ("And we'll see ya' ... tomorrow night.")
    I admit this is kind of ridiculous looking at this before the beginning of the season, but being bored after watching a horrible Golden Gophers basketball game, I wanted to take a look at the Twins options if they are out of the race and looking to unload, what that looks like, and what are the options for 2013.

    Free Agents for the 2012 season for the Minnesota Twins

    Carl Pavano (37)
    Scott Baker (31) 9.25M option
    Fransicso Liriano (29)
    Ryan Doumit (32) ...
  4. Radke at Menards?!?!?

    i was driving on 394 eastbound in golden valley and saw on the message board that radke was doing autographs from 8-8 today....it was 7:18.....meant to be, i had just bought my dad(a tigers fan in michigan) a twins hoodie, so i did a uturn and went and met radke.......strange world, reminds me of eastbound and down, no disrespect to rake
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  5. Predictions from the MLB Fan Cave

    One of our first challenges in the MLB Fan Cave was to give our personal predictions for the 2012 MLB season. Obviously, I'd like to say the Twins will do well but I am also not naive enough to believe we've figured out the majority of our issues that became apparent last year. There is a lot to figure out with this club and while the Twins will do better than they did last season, I'm hesitant to call them frontrunners in the AL Central especially with such powerhouse competition from team's like ...
  6. Twins Report from Fort Myers. March 29th edition: Gibson and Hicks and the minors

    This post was originally posted in its entirety at The Tenth Inning Stretch. Because of the image limitations I can only post some of it. To see the whole post with 16 action photos of Twins' players from today's minor league games including top Twins' prospects, please go here
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    Double Bill today at Fort Myers: The Twins' AAA club played the Red Sox' equivalent at Field 2 and the Twins' AA club played the Red Sox' equivalent at Field 3. At the same time while the Twins were ...
  7. Zips projections from ESPN 70 wins 92 losses.

    by , 03-29-2012 at 05:20 PM ("And we'll see ya' ... tomorrow night.")
    70 wins 92 losses was the consensus on the simulations from Zips. ESPN, and the bloggers from SweetSpots blogs have the prediction of the AL Central:

    Tigers
    Royals
    Indians
    Twins
    White Sox

    WHY AM I OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE TWINS THIS YEAR? SOMEBODY HELP ME? HELP ME TO THE FACT THAT I AM NOT THAT MUCH OF A HOMER TO THINK THE TWINS WILL WIN MORE THAN 75 GAMES, AND BE BETTER THAN THE ROYALS? Or am I crazy!?!?!?!?

    The Twins are going ...
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  8. Morneau DHing: Fine by this Fan

    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    To say that Justin Morneau has been locked in the past few games is an understatement. How does 7-for-14 with 3 home runs and a double sound? If this was the regular season, we'd be beginning a campaign for Morneau to win the AL Player of the Week Award. Although these were only Spring Training games, his offensive performance was meaningful in the larger scheme of things. By "larger scheme," of course, I'm referring to Morneau's
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  9. Replacements could fill back end of the rotation


    The Twins went into the start of this spring with a little different feel in regards to their starting rotation. Last season there was a battle between six or seven players to fill the five roles needed to complete the starting rotation at the beginning of the year. This year the Twins seemed set with five players penciled in to occupy the rotation when the team would break camp ...
  10. New Britain Rockcats Projection

    I apologize for the mistakes I made on the Rochester roster, but I will try to do a better job in New Britain. With that being said the New Britain roster is more difficult because it is more fluid. Alot of the New Britain roster will be determined by what happens with the Rochester roster. Guys that don't make the Rochester roster, but that still hang around will likely go the New Britian. FYI if you think I got a lot wrong on the Rochester Roster you haven't see anything yet just because we ...

    Updated 03-29-2012 at 08:42 AM by travistwinstalk

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  11. Bromberg, Slama Look Return after Lost Seasons

    Following a 99-loss season, the Twins had many more transactions than most offseasons. A couple of those transactions may have been considered minor to most, but definitely stood out to me. Shortly following the season, the Twins chose to designate reliever Anthony Slama for assignment. He was removed from the 40 man roster, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Rochester. When the Twins announced the additions to their 40 man roster in late November, they also announced that they had removed David ...

    Updated 03-29-2012 at 01:54 AM by Seth Stohs

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  12. Position Analysis: Starting Pitcher

    Last year, the rotation was an utter disaster, with Twins starters ranking 26th in the majors in ERA and WHIP. Short outings taxed an already ill-equipped bullpen and frequently put games out of reach before the offense had much of a say.

    It's not hard to see why these pitchers struggled so badly. Beyond injuries that hindered performance, the starting corps posted a lower strikeout rate than any other AL club; allowing that much contact in front of a substandard defense led to a league-worst ...

    Updated 03-28-2012 at 11:40 PM by Nick Nelson

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  13. Someone please help me on this...

    As you can tell from my handle, I do not have a great amount of respect for the radio work of a certain Mr. Dan Gladden. Over the last few years, my circle of friends and I have had countless discussions over what he does/doesn't bring to the broadcasts, and why on Earth the Twins continue to keep him in the booth. Quite frankly, I do not know why he is still there. Anybody who listens to the games hears the same things I do:

    - Going off on tangents while there is action going on. Somehow
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  14. Twins Report from Fort Myers: March 28th edition

    This post was originally posted in its entirety at The Tenth Inning Stretch. Because of the image limitations I can only post some of it. To see the whole post with a dozen Action Photos of Twins' players from today's game against the Phillies, please go here
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    This afternoon was the Twins' game with the Phillies at Fort Myers. The Minor League games also started early today, so the side fields were pretty quiet. As usually before Twins' games at Fort Myers, a select ...
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