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  1. Twins Minor League Report (6/28): Colabello, Sano Power Display

    It’s almost like they know. Coming into Friday, Miguel Sano had 20 total home runs this season. Chris Colabello had 18. In his first two at bats on Friday, Colabello homered to catch up to Sano. But it wasn’t long before Sano hit his 21st. Then, a little more than an hour later, Sano hit his 22nd homer of the year. It’s almost like last year when Trevor Plouffe and Josh Willingham seemed to homer so frequently on the same day. The two are easily the top home run hitters in the organization. The ...
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  2. Is Trading Glen Perkins Worth It?

    One of the bright spots for the 2013 Minnesota Twins’ season, so far, has been the performance of their bullpen, specifically their closer Glen Perkins. With this being the first full season that Perkins has been the closer for the Twins, Perkins has performed like a stable and clutch veteran and the rest of the league certainly has taken notice. According to a Tweet sent by ESPN Baseball Expert Buster Olney, if the Twins were to make closer Glen Perkins available this July, prior to the trade deadline, ...
  3. Royals Present a Note of Prospect Caution

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ID:	4605On Thurdsay, the Twins and Royals kicked off a four-game series at Target Field. The two teams are nearly even in the standings, although the ways they've reached their present records have been drastically different. Kansas City owns the American League's lowest team ERA by a sizable margin, thanks in large part to the additions of James Shields and Ervin Santana, who have both been fantastic. Meanwhile, Minnesota's staff has been among the league's worst.
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  4. Fastball key to Samuel Deduno's success

    Samuel Deduno likes to refer to his fastball as “crazy”, hinting that the pitch has a mind of its own.

    As opponents haplessly attempt to put wood on it, Deduno’s fastball also confuses the Pitchf/x computer system. Deduno’s movement – the diving, the darting, the running, et cetera -- tricks the system into believe he has multiple variations of a fastball. Plenty of those offerings are bucketed as a cut fastball. However, when asked about his fastball last year, catcher Joe Mauer confirmed that it is the same four-seam fastball ...
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  5. 20 Twins Trades: Viola for the broken heart of a seven-year-old

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    Back in 1989, the Twins ripped my tiny heart out and traded my favorite person from New York for a bunch of crap that I didn't care about. Let's investigate why they would devastate a child in such a manner.

    I also recapped the Tom Brunansky for Tom Herr trade on Thursday. If you want to, you can read it here.

    The Trade: BREAKDOWN!

    On July 31, 1989, the Minnesota Twins traded the truly beautiful ...

    Updated 06-28-2013 at 11:19 AM by Brad Swanson

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  6. Twins Birthdays--June 28

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    Don Baylor (1949)
    Chris Speier (1950)
    Clay Christiansen (1958)
    Ron Mahay (1971)
    Corey Koskie (1973)

    Outfielder Don Edward Baylor played in twenty games for the Twins in 1987 and also played in seven post-season games. Born and raised in Austin, Texas, he was drafted in the second round by Baltimore in 1967. He had a tremendous minor league record, hitting .310 or more every season and hitting 20 or more home runs in his ...
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  7. Weekly Links-N-Thinks

    Another week of baseball's regular season has come and gone.

    For the Twins there was plenty of news this week. The Marlins turned out to be pesky but they have been surprising more than one team in the National League so far this season. Kyle Gibson will be making his big league debut on Saturday and this is a moment to get a little bit excited about. Twins fans have heard his name for multiple seasons.

    Ryan Doumit had a cool slide, Byron Buxton is good at baseball, and ...
  8. Twins Minor League Report (6/27): Stuart Turner wins Johnny Bench Award

    It was a big day for Minnesota Twins’ second-round draft pick Ryan Eades. He agreed to terms with the Twins and will report to Elizabethton. The E-Twins have played the past two days without two of their catchers. Third-round pick Stuart Turner and ninth-round pick Mitch Garver flew to Wichita because they were two of the three finalists for the Johnny Bench Award for the nation’s top collegiate catcher. In a ceremony on Thursday night, Turner was named the winner of the award.

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  9. The Yanks Are Coming

    I became a Yankees fan in 1962, near the end of a long period when it was fashionable to hate the Yankees. I went the opposite direction, partly because of my contrary nature and also to annoy my dad. I didn’t realize the dynasty I glommed onto would end so soon.

    I was at the 1965 Opener at Met Stadium between the Yankees and Twins. Mickey Mantle started a ninth-inning rally that allowed the Yankees to tie the game when Cesar Tovar later dropped a two-out pop up. However, Tovar ...
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  10. A Checklist for Kyle Gibson

    The 2009 MLB Draft has to feel like eons ago to Mr. Kyle Gibson. He was supposed to be a high first round pick but some injury concerns caused him to drop to the Twins with the 22nd pick. In 2010, he went on a tear through the Twins farm system as he started in High-A and finished the year at Triple-A. The club named him the minor league pitcher of the year and he looked to be one step away from the big leagues.

    Tommy John surgery would halt his progress in 2011 and he has been slowly ...
  11. Those Damn Yankees: A Minnesota Twinkie in King Rivera's Court


    I used to be the worst kind of person in the world. A Yankees fan that didn't live in New York. As lewd and annoying as they might be, you can't blame a New Yorker for being a Yankees fan -- let's face it, their other option is the Mets. But if you don't live in New York, and your family isn't from there, it's simple douchebaggery that makes a person cheer for that team. But I did.


    It all started because the Twins broke my heart by trading Rick Aguilera -- twice -- and fell into ...
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  12. Diamond's Struggles: What to Expect Going Forward

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    Scott Diamond has struggled mightily this season, with an ERA of 5.40 after last year’s stellar 3.54 ERA. Some of this regression was expected; not only did Diamond greatly exceed expectation but he also posted a 3.94 FIP in 2012. The real question is the cause of Diamond’s struggles this season: if he has truly taken a step back, expect his struggles to continue, and he may lose his spot in the rotation. However, if Diamond’s poor performance has been more a result of bad luck, there is a good
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  13. I threw 151 pitches in a game

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    The Twins drafted me in the first round (third overall) out of St. Anthony's High School in 1987. I made my major league debut with the Twins on July 31, 1991 at Yankee Stadium in relief and pitched 2 innings. I pitched for the Twins from 1991-1993 before being traded to the Chicago Cubs.
    During my time in Minnesota I had a 16-17 record with a 4.61 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP. In 259.2 innings ...
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  14. Twins Birthdays--June 27

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    Wayne Terwilliger (1925)
    Chuck Coles (1931)
    Luis Rodriguez (1980)


    Willard Wayne Terwilliger, known as “Twig”, did not play for the Twins, but was part of their organization for several years. Unrelated to Dick Terwilliger, who was also born on June 27, they are the only two people with the last name “Terwilliger” to have played in the major leagues. He was born in Clair, Michigan, attended Western Michigan University, and was signed ...
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