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  1. Deduno Defies Conventions

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ID:	5036I've been bullish on Samuel Deduno, and it's been a point of disagreement between myself and some other generally like-minded Twins writers. Aaron Gleeman has repeatedly warned against buying into the right-hander's small-sample success and the Geek recently lamented the idea of a long-term contract.

    It's easy to see why any stat-savvy observer would hold reservations. Deduno has performed poorly in a number of key peripheral categories, namely strikeout-to-walk ...
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  2. Jonathan Murphy playing a big role in Cedar Rapids

    A year ago, Jonathan Murphy was a 22-year old 19th round draft pick out of Jacksonville University just starting out his professional baseball career in the Minnesota Twins organization with the Twins complex-rookie level Gulf Coast League team in Fort Myers.

    Today, Murphy is the primary leadoff hitter and centerfielder for the Cedar Rapids Kernels.

    Its not at all unusual for a second-year professional player drafted out of college to be spending time with the Kernels, ...

    Updated 07-30-2013 at 07:13 PM by SD Buhr

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  3. Miguel Sano L-R splits

    Sano's left-right splits at New Britain are backwards. His OPS against righties is .965, but against lefties, it is only .714 (overall .899). This would appear to be a positive stat in that his performance against lefties is likely to catch up and pass what he is already doing against righties.

    Anyone have access to his splits for earlier teams? Has this been a persistent pattern?
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  4. Which Twins are most likely to be traded?

    There are Top 10 lists for everything; prospect lists, all-time greatest Philly cheese steaks. Today, I thought Id work on a similar theme, but instead, Im going to make it a Top 11 list. Below, I will post, in order, the Top 11 Minnesota Twins players that could be traded in the next 23 hours. Number 11 is the one I would say is least likely (as of right now), and the Number 1 player is the one I would assume is most likely to be traded.

    Of course, guessing what will happen is a ...
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  5. Over/Under: 0.5

    That's the line I am setting for the number of Twins who are traded away before the next 24 hours elapse. I was going to set it at 1.5, but I think this line is more, well, in line.

    What have you got? Over, or under?
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  6. Twins Birthdays--July 30

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    Pat Kelly (1944)
    Scott Diamond (1986)


    The brother of Hall of Fame football player LeRoy Kelly and the brother-in-law of Andre Thornton, Pat Kelly had a solid professional career of his own. Outfielder Harold Patrick Pat Kelly appeared in 20 games for the Twins in 1967-1968. Born and raised in Philadelphia, he signed with Minnesota as a free agent in 1962. He had a huge year in 1964, hitting .357 with 16 homers in Class A ...
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  7. Trade Talk: Oakland A's

    Buyer or Seller?

    A year ago, many fans believed that the Oakland As and the Baltimore Orioles snuck into the playoffs. Most thought that there would be a return to reality in 2013. Apparently the reality is that both teams are pretty good. The As are currently 62-43 and have a five game lead in the AL West. The As have been linked to the likes of Jake Peavy in recent days, although that seems unlikely at this point, but the As are certainly buyers, with several needs.
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  8. Twins Recent Trade Deadlines Have Been Underwhelming

    For the Minnesota Twins, the last handful of trade deadlines have been mostly uneventful. This seems out of character for a team that has posted one of baseball's worst records in the last few seasons. There are different ways for a team to rebuild and the Twins were very active during last offseason by dealing away Denard Span and Ben Revere. Minnesota doesn't necessarily need to move away pieces that will still be with the club in the offseason.

    That being said, it would make the ...
  9. Farmville: Buxton Named FSL Offensive Player of the Week

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    All hail Lord Byron.

    It took him awhile to adjust to his new Fort Myers digs, but Byron Buxton is once again doing man things. On Monday, Buxton was named Florida State League Offensive Player of the Week for the week ending on July 28th, further cementing his status as the top prospect in baseball. To celebrate his latest achievement, he went 2-for-5 with a stolen base and a run scored Monday night, pacing the Miracle to a 5-0 win over Scott
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    Updated 07-30-2013 at 02:10 AM by jdotmcmahon

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  10. Twins Minor League Report (7/29): Red Wings are on fire!

    On July 2nd, the Rochester Red Wings were 11 games behind Pawtucket in the International League Northern Division. With a win tonight, and a Pawtucket loss, the Red Wings are now 60-51 and in sole possession of first place in the division. The Red Wings have now won 19 games in July, their most since 1999. Defense has been a big part of the Red Wings success. They have not committed an error in their last nine games, a span covering 82 innings. In fact, if you were to only look at errors, the Red ...
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  11. 2013 Twins Draft Choices - Progress

    I was curious about how our 2013 draft selections were doing. I thought I would share it with everyone.

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  12. Twins Birthdays--July 29

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    Bill Whitby (1943)
    Seth Greisinger (1975)


    Right-hander William Edward Whitby appeared in four games for the Twins in 1964. He was born in Crewe, Virginia, went to high school in Victoria, Virginia, and signed with Minnesota as a free agent in 1961. A starter for most of his minor league career, he did not do a lot in his first few years, but had a solid year at AA Charlotte in 1964. He was promoted to Minnesota for about two ...
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  13. Black Cat/White Dog: Superstition in the Bullpen

    The Rules:

    A black cat can be anything someone says that is good about your own team or bad about the visiting team. The opposite will inevitably happen.

    Example 1: Our starting pitcher is dicing up the other team today. Hes going to throw a shutout. Black cat. He will give up a run and come out of the game.

    Example 2: This team hasnt hit a home run in a while, they look awful at the plate. Black cat. They will hit a home run and start squaring balls up. ...
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  14. Call It What It Is

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    Samuel Deduno is off and running in 2013. He leads Twins starters in ERA and FIP, as well as opponent batting average, WHIP, and ground-ball percentage. But hes well known for his unpredictable pitches, and without a full major-league season at age 30, they've held him back. How wild are they?

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    R.A. Dickey is the leagues best ...

    Updated 07-29-2013 at 11:16 AM by E. Andrew

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