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  1. Behind Brian Dozier's Turnaround

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ID:	5224At the end of May, Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier was batting a sad .214/.259/.299 and providing little reassurance that he would be able to consistently hit major league pitching. Since then, however, Dozier has been on fire offensively and has posted a robust .254/.340/.492 line with 10 home runs in his last 270 plate appearances.

    This turnaround has been amazing for Dozier, but it has not been entirely unexpected. In the spring, Dozier showcased ...
  2. Twins Birthdays--August 16

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    Rick Reed (1964)
    Quinton McCracken (1970)


    Right-hander Richard Allen Reed pitched for the Twins from 2001-2003. He was born in Huntington, West Virginia, attended Marshall University, and was drafted in the 26th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1986. He made his major league debut with Pittsburgh in 1988. He spent the next eight years bouncing back and forth between AAA and the majors, first with the Pirates, then with Kansas ...
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  3. 20 Twins Trades: Goodbye Johan

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed! I also wrote about the Carl Pavano mustache trade earlier this week. You can read it here.

    Ok, I'm going to need a second. It's just... it's hard to talk about this one. I mean... it's Johan. He was my favorite... PLAYER! BLAHAWAAWA! I'm sorry. I'm sorry! I can't do it! I'M JUST SO UPSET. I MEAN, HE'S JOHAN SANTANA, WHY DID THE TWINS HAVE TO TRADE HIM AWAY?!? ...

    YOU'RE CRYING! ...

    NO! JUST LEAVE ...
  4. Trevor May: Still Hopeful

    It's been a consistently inconsistent season for Trevor May

    Tonight's game was a laugher. No real offense to speak of for New Britain until the game was well out of hand. In fact, it's not even worth discussing Sano or
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  5. Twins Minor League Report (8/15): Stewart Sets Career Highs

    There were a few minor league moves to take place on Thursday. Outfielder Darin Mastroianni was due to come off the disabled list but he was in the middle of a hitting slump so he was optioned to Rochester. There might be a chance that he gets back to the big leagues this year but he had options left and it would be better for him to get his legs under him.

    Outfielder Aaron Hicks has been dealing with a nagging injury. Rochester put him on the 7-day disabled list with a right heel ...
  6. What's the Plan: Alex Meyer

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Size:  10.9 KBWhen they acquired him in exchange for Denard Span last winter, the Twins envisioned Alex Meyer as a power arm with front-end upside that could be plugged into the big-league rotation within a year or two.

    Unfortunately, although he has pitched well enough while on the field, his first season as part of the organization hasn't clarified a whole lot regarding his future. Meyer missed a full two months due to shoulder soreness and just recently began ...
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  7. Will the real Twins please stand up?

    This has been a strange year for the Twins. I don't know if most realize it but take a couple of horrendous stretches out that amount to about 3 weeks of games and the Twins are 8 games over .500. The Twins had a 10 game losing streak and another where they lost 11 out of 12. So which team are they closer to be being? The one that was gawd-awful for 3 weeks or the one that has been pretty decent about 85% of the time? If a hitter was batting .290 for the season but that was done by batting .250 ...
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  8. Manager - How much difference can one make?

    It is commonly accepted that one manager is not worth more than another manager - that the results would be the same no matter who is at the helm.

    However, if one looks at the standings over the last few years, it appears to me that a manager might make quite a bit of difference.

    Bob Melvin in Oakland, Buck Showalter in Baltimore, Terry Francona in Cleveland, John Farrell in Boston, Clint Hurdle in Pittsburgh to name a few have turned teams around over the last couple of ...
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  9. Twins Birthdays--August 15

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    Jim Snyder (1932)
    Joe Lis (1946)
    Tom Kelly (1950)
    Randy Johnson (1958)


    Second baseman James Robert Snyder played briefly for the Twins in 1961-1962 and 1964. He was born in Dearborn, Michigan, went to Eastern Michigan University, and was signed as an amateur free agent by the St. Louis Browns in 1952. He spent the next ten years in the minors, playing in the organizations of St. Louis/Baltimore (1952-56, 1957), the ...
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  10. Twins Minor League Report (8/14): Atherton Sparkles

    http://nodaktwinsfan.comThe Twins bullpen had been solid in recent weeks before laying an egg at the hands of the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday afternoon. Casey Fien gave up three runs and later in the game Glen Perkins and Ryan Pressly allowed some late inning runs. Joe Mauer had five hits and came within one hit of tying Kirby Puckett's team record of six in a game.

    There was some exciting action this evening as multiple teams were part of walk-off wins. Not all of those walk-offs ...
  11. Talk To Contact: Ep 49 - Andrew Albers Awesome Adventures

    Episode 49 of the Twins baseball podcast, Talk To Contact (@TalkToContact), is now available for download via iTunes or by clicking here.
    This week Paul returns from the wilderness to banter with Eric and Cody about Andrew Albers who continues to impress and pitch well with his 86mph fastball, Brian Dozier and his silky smooth hair, the loss of Jamey Carroll, the return for Drew Butera and other happenings surrounding ...
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  12. Glitches in the Order of Things (Twins versus Indians 116-118)

    We’re So Happy, Andrew Albers (Twins 3 Indians 0 – Game 116)

    Andrew Albers must’ve felt relieved when he finally hit the sack last night. He picked the Twins up with his right arm, the Twins fans up with his left, and still pitched a complete game shutout. That’s a lot of weight to haul around.

    I miss watching the games on cable more as the season stumbles toward a finish. Carroll’s gone to the Royals, who are eyeing life beyond the season finish. Even if the players ...
  13. Dog Days: The Ideal Offense

    Hello Humans...my name is Sidney. I am a dog. I am going to write some blog posts this month.


    My humans normally write this blog thingy about baseball and good stuff. But lately they've been all tired and stuff. They get up and run many miles while I sleep on the porch. They work on things like spreadsheets and lesson plans while I sleep on the couch. They clean up the house ...
  14. Views from Rock Cats Games - Sano, Rosario, May, Rohlfing, Santana

    What do we really have, and how close are they really?

    Isn't that the real question we always ask? After reading BA and Sickels and Law, you want to see "how do these guys compare with the hype?" This year, I decided to travel a little bit and see some these guys for myself. Here are some quick observations based on seeing multiple games. The quick punchline -- the future is bright, but we're not there yet.

    Sano
    The Good
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