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  1. Cardinals 3, Twins 2: The Hits Keep on Not Coming

    Yeah, it's only the second week of March. But early in spring training, positive signs have been hard to come by for this offense.

    Today at Hammond Stadium, the Twins snapped a string of 27 consecutive scoreless innings, but did so without a run-scoring hit. Their two runs both came on bases-loaded walks. The latter took place with two outs in the ninth inning, drawing the Twins within a run of the Cardinals before Rene Tosoni grounded out to second on the first pitch of the next at-bat ...
  2. Autograph Seeking

    Though I’ve never been a huge “autograph-hound”, I have enjoyed hanging around the “Down on the Farm” section at TwinsFest. I do that mostly to get a chance to converse with the players, but I also usually get a ball or 8x10 signed as well. As I started to find 8x10 photos of players online and at TwinsFest, I figured it would be worth a shot to send them down to Spring Training and see what happened.

    I thought I’d start a list and share it; ...

    Updated 03-17-2012 at 05:34 PM by Jeremy Nygaard

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  3. Projected Twins Roster

    If you follow the tremendous work of 1500 ESPN's Phil Mackey, you know that every Sunday, he posts an updated 25 man roster projection. Phil is in Ft. Myers and talking to players, coaches and front office personnel, so he may have some insider information. But, I think that we can all do our own roster projections because until we get to April and the team has to announce their 25 man roster, anything can happen. I hope to post my projection updates each Friday and hope that you will leave your ...

    Updated 03-09-2012 at 09:29 AM by Seth Stohs

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  4. Arriving in Ft. Myers for Spring Training - Tim Shibuya

    What was I supposed to expect going into my first Spring Training? As my report date neared, I decided I had no clue what to expect. And as I thought more about it, that is how it seemed it should be. Where would the fun in life be if we knew everything that was going to happen? So I embraced the surprises at every turn and figured the less I plan (outside of waking up in time for the bus) the better it would be.

    As I got off the plane in Ft. Myers on Tuesday, bag after bag with the ...

    Updated 03-09-2012 at 09:06 AM by Seth Stohs

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  5. Friday Links-N-Thinks

    It was a fun week for Twins fans as the first spring training games of the season were broadcast on television. This gave people their first view of the players who will comprise the roster of the 2012 version of the Twins. One of the fun things about spring training games is that a variety of fringe members for the 25-man roster are fighting for their chance to make it to the big leagues. Some players will succeed and others will fail but that is part of life as a professional baseball player. ...

    Updated 03-09-2012 at 08:22 AM by Cody Christie

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  6. Francisco Liriano, Glen Perkins & Friday Links

    [Originally posted at Twins Fan From Afar]

    The Twins' offense hasn't really showed up this far in Spring Training, but yesterday, Francisco Liriano had a great 3-inning start against Tampa Bay, striking out five and, most importantly, walking none. Additionally, the three innings took only 34 pitches to get through. Sure, many in Tampa Bay's lineup weren't major league hitters, but it's still encouraging and hopefully is a sign of things to come.


    The big Twins news ...
  7. Updated Twins Bullpen Battle Dashboard; 3/9/2012

    This was originally posted at The Tenth Inning Stretch and reposted here
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    You can read the basic premise in detail behind this dashboard here. The summary is that I have created a visual dashboard that uses Bill James' Game Score to measure the performance of each pitcher who is vying for a spot on the Twins' 25-man roster (you can see their profiles here) and track their performance through spring training.

    Performances are classified as "above average" (green ...
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  8. Glen Perkins and the future

    Question: Why is this graph smiling?

    Answer: Because its owner just locked in $10.3 million guaranteed.



    On Thursday morning, the Twins announced that they have extended Glen Perkins through 2015with an option for 2016. Heading into 2011, based on his substandard results such as his strike out rate, this would have been unheard of, a Twitter punch line among baseball ...
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  9. The Terry Ryan Era is about to begin, In depth look at a prop bet with my good friend

    by , 03-08-2012 at 03:40 PM ("And we'll see ya' ... tomorrow night.")
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    This is going to be my first ever blog on this site and I want to continue blogging about the Twins this season, I will have to say I have had one other blog and it was really fun to do, I want this one to last and I am going to have fun with it. What really got me wanting to do this was a bet that I made with a friend, and I really started looking at baseball prospectus for about 3 hours and I could have gone on and on, as baseball prospectus is
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  10. Position Analysis: First Base

    Likely Starter: Justin Morneau
    2011 Stats: .227/.285/.333, 4 HR, 30 RBI, 19 R, 0/0 SB

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    Potential Backups: Joe Mauer, Luke Hughes, Ryan Doumit, Chris Parmelee, Sean Burroughs, Steve Pearce, Aaron Bates

    Through a couple weeks of camp, this much can be said for Justin Morneau: he hasn't raised any warning flags yet. He's been able to get through all his workouts, he's participated in a few exhibition contests and he laced a hard double ...
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  11. Twins, Perkins Agree to Contract Extension

    The Twins announced this morning that left-handed relief pitcher Glen Perkins had agreed to and signed a three year contract extension worth $10.3 million. The contract includes an option for 2016.

    In January, Perkins and the Twins avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $1.55 million contract for 2012. We do not yet have the breakdown for his annual salaries going forward, but an average annual salary of $3.43 million puts him in line with other top young bullpen arms.

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    Updated 03-08-2012 at 09:10 AM by Seth Stohs

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  12. Quantifying the Twins Spring Training bullpen battle: Bullpen Battle Dashboard

    Here is the basic premise: The Twins have a whole bunch of relievers in their Spring Training Camp who are batting for 3 spots on the 25-man roster. I listed and analysed these players previously. Spring training is long and it is hard to track each appearance of each player, trying to have an objective view of how this battle might be ending (or at least trending,) especially, when the usual statistics fail with such a small sample size. Yesterday I created a dashboard to look at each pitcher's ...

    Updated 03-08-2012 at 02:41 PM by Thrylos

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  13. Justin Morneau and the "Honeymoon Period"

    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    All the reports have been great. He woke up early for the first day of training camp, lost a little weight, has participated in all drills, and stands ready, today, to play in back-to-back games. From the little that I have watched, he appears healthy (if a little thin) and alert, and his swing looks as good as it did at any point last year (maybe that's not saying a lot, but you have to take the positives where they come). In short, if ...

    Updated 03-08-2012 at 08:34 AM by Twins Fan From Afar

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  14. Contending or not, Liriano could be gone


    When every team reports to spring training in Florida or Arizona, there is hope surrounding the beginning of a new season. Each team has a clean slate and only one team can call themselves champions from the previous year. Besides the St. Louis Cardinals, every other team left the field last year with an unfulfilled feeling inside and a bad taste in their mouth. Some of that taste ...
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