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  1. What is reasonable return for Twins' veterans?

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed! Check out this cool Kevin Slowey time line I made!

    There has been a lot of talk about trading the Twins established MLB players for prospects in recent weeks. This concept has become a bit more complicated due to the Twins' relative success this season. A terrible team is an easy seller while a great team is an eager buyer. The Twins are neither great nor terrible. The difficulty for the Twins' front office will be determining who is ...
  2. Weekly Links-N-Thinks

    The Twins put together a solid series against the White Sox to earn a three-game sweep. The rival Sox are plummeting in the AL Central but it is still nice to beat a hated foe. Powerful offensive performances and some decent pitching helped to club in the series. Now it will be time to see what the team can do when they head out on the road for a couple of series.

    Some of the other Twins headlines from this week included: Justin Morneau finally ended the longest home run drought of ...
  3. Twins Minor League Report (6/20): Darnell Delivers

    The Appalachian League started on Thursday night and Elizabethton started where they left off last year. On Friday, the Gulf Coast League will begin. The Cedar Rapids Kernels began the second half of their season. Kyle Gibson had another terrific start for Rochester, but it was not the best start in the organization on this day.

    Keep reading to see what happened in the Twins farm system on Thursday:

    Rochester Red Wings 5, Scranton/Wilkes Barre RailRiders 2

    Box Score ...
  4. Twins' Rotation is Begging For Change

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ID:	4499Scott Diamond picked up a win in Thursday’s sweep-clinching victory over the White Sox, but his outing could hardly be described as a strong one. Facing arguably the league’s worst lineup, the lefty made it through five innings with only one run allowed but fell apart in the sixth, coughing up a single and back-to-back homers before getting yanked with one out.

    It marks the seventh time in his last eight outings that Diamond has failed to complete six innings. ...
  5. Rolled Sox (Twins versus White Sox - Games 66-68)

    Holding a Handful of Water (Twins 7 White Sox 5 – Game 66)

    As a kid, I used to fill my cupped palm with water to see how long I could hold onto it. No matter how steady I held my hand, the water always slipped away.

    I grew up Iowa. We made our own fun and we liked it.

    As an adult Twins fan, the feeling returns to me. Game after game I see the Minnesota team find a big inning – like their four run first inning – and then slowly let it slide through their ...
  6. Twins fans have to face unusual situation....

    Gardy resigning?
    Ryan actually giviing up actual value for a trade?
    Too many rookies playing?
    Mauer retiring?
    Morneau traded?

    No much more strange than these...ready?

    Ok, here goes...

    We have a Decent Starting Rotation!!!!!!!!!!!

    Did you think we could ever say that this year?
  7. Why is Buxton still in CR?

    I wasn't upset last week when Buxton wasn't promoted because I thought it made sense. The Kernels hadn't clinched until the middle of the week and then when they did it was too late. Fort Myers was off all weekend for the Florida St All Star Game. Why would you promote somebody so they could sit around all weekend. Then when you had to wait till Monday you might as well as let him play in the all star game. I kept waiting all day yesterday to hear news about the promotion. Still waiting. ...
  8. Twins Birthdays--June 20

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    Juan Castro (1972)

    Infielder Juan Gabriel Castro played for the Twins in 2005 and the first part of 2006. Born and raised in Los Mochis, Mexico, Castro signed with the Dodgers as a free agent in 1991. He had decent batting averages in the minors, but did not walk very much nor did he show much power. He gained a reputation as a fine fielder, however, and made his major league debut as a September call-up in 1995. He spent the next two years going ...
  9. 2013 Elizabethton Twins Preview

    Tonight, the Elizabethton Twins season gets underway. They will attempt to end this season the same way that they ended the 2012 season. OK, maybe not in quite as dramatic a fashion as requiring a walk-off, extra inning grand slam, but the goal will again be to win an Appalachian League title. Long-time manager Ray Smith, along with long-time hitting coach Jeff Reed and second-year pitching coach Henry Bonilla, have built a bit of a dynasty in Tennessee.

    The 2013 roster is quite interesting. ...
  10. Trading Away: The Position Players

    This is the time when people often make some wild trade speculations. I try not to do that here, but to propose who could be traded and what is realistic to get in return. The Twins can do very well here if they are willing to be sellers.

    The Twins are going to have to make some key decisions about who to keep and what they can get for 2014 and beyond. In what follows, I lay out some moves that could be made for the short and long term as the Twins try to figure out 2014 and the future. ...
  11. Twins Minor League Report (6/19): Sano's 1st AA Blast

    The Cedar Rapids Kernels are in the midst of their All-Star break so they were out of action on Wednesday night. This didn't stop the Twins from announcing that one of their top prospects, Max Kepler, would be joining that club. He had been at extended spring training as he worked to recover from an elbow injury. The power hitting outfielder will take over a corner outfield spot since Byron Buxton is manning center field in Cedar Rapids.

    Liam Hendriks was also reinstated from the disabled ...
  12. Q&A with Antoan Richardson

    After spending 8 seasons, playing for four different major league organizations, as well as two independent teams, Antoan Richardson may be racing his way back to the major leagues. In AA-New Britain, Richardson showcased his speed and ability to get on base hitting .336, with 14 steals and a .456 OBP in 33 games. Since being called up to the AAA- Rochester ...
  13. Gibson should NOT be called up...

    Albers has shown the constituency the Twins say they are looking for. Can the twins resist the pressure to bring Gibson up, or will they do the right thing and bring Albers up?
  14. Twins Birthdays--June 19

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    Doug Mientkiewicz (1974)
    Alex Preito (1976)
    Dustan Mohr (1976)

    First baseman Douglas Andrew Mientkiewicz played for the Twins in all or part of seven seasons. He was born in Toledo, went to high school in Miami, and attended Florida State. He then was drafted by Minnesota in the fifth round in 1995. He started slowly but had a big year in New Britain in 1998, batting .323 with 16 home runs. That resulted in a September call-up, and ...
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