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  1. The Rise (And Trade) of Andrew Albers

    Ron Gardenhire slowly walked out to the mound at Kauffman Stadium for a move that he didn't really want to make. Andrew Albers pitched into the ninth inning without allowing a run and it was his big league debut.Unfortunately, his pitch count had run up to 109 and it was time to get the bullpen involved.

    It was a tremendous debut and it was hard to imagine things getting better from there... but they would.

    In his next outing, Albers was even more impressive. In front of ...
  2. Would a Johan Santana reunion make sense?

    It has been five seasons since Johan Santana last wore the uniform of the Minnesota Twins. In the mean time, he has been dealing with multiple injuries and ineffective pitching performances. He missed all of the 2011 season as he dealt with a shoulder problem and he won't pitch in 2013 because of another should issue. Last season with the Mets, he tossed 117 innings with a 4.85 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.

    Not exactly the numbers Twins fans were used to seeing from their former ace pitcher. ...
  3. Pumping the Brakes

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    On Saturday night, the Twins faced off against White Sox ace Chris Sale, widely regarded as one of the best pitchers in all of baseball in just his second season as a full-time starter. They countered with an ďaceĒ of their own in Canadian lefty Andrew Albers, a 27-year-old journeyman who was pitching in the independent Can-Am league as recently as 2010. I refer to Albers as an ace not because I believe that he is one (far from it), but because just two ...
  4. Andrew Albers: Season Breakdown

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    Before the 2013 season, Andrew Albers had never won more than eight games in his professional career, never struck out more than 100 batters, and had only pitched more than 100 innings one time, but that was before 2013. This season has been a breakout year for the Kentucky grad, in 22 starts with the Rochester Red Wings Albers has won 11 games, struck out 116 batters while walking just 32 and has an ERA of ...
  5. What to Expect From Andrew Albers

    When the Minnesota Twins sent down Scott Diamond to Triple-A last week, it was a foregone conclusion that the team would call up left-hander Andrew Albers to take Diamondís spot in the rotation. Albers certainly earned his promotion as he posted a 11-5 record with a 2.86 ERA, 1.179 WHIP, 2.2 BB/9, 7.9 SO/9 and a 3.63 SO/BB over 132.1 innings in 22 starts this season, but what can fans expect to see when Albers makes his debut?

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  6. Waitin' With the Wings: Andrew Albers

    With the trade deadline coming and going, there could be some changes on the horizon with the Twins roster. These might not be immediate changes but the club is on the way to their third straight losing season and different players should be given an opportunity at the big league level. In the next couple of weeks, I will look at some of the names on the Triple-A roster that could earn a call-up before the end of the season.

    This series called "Waiting With the Wings" will profile ...
  7. Twins Minor League Report (7/26): Albers Does It Again

    The story of Miguel Sano's benching after a slow home run trot has certainly taken on a life of it's own. There have been multiple websites and media outlets that have picked up the tale. He wouldn't play again on Friday and it will be interesting to see when he gets back on the field. He can be a difference maker to the Rock Cats offense and the team wants to try and get back to the .500 mark. Sano can help to make that happen.

    Sano might be getting a lot of the attention for the ...
  8. Q&A with Andrew Albers

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    Entering his fifth professional season, Rochester Red Wings pitcher Andrew Albers has been on of the biggest reasons for the teamís recent success. Albers is 10-4 with an ERA of 2.97, 105 strikeouts versus just 29 walks. One of the two Red Wings selected to represent the International League in the All-Star game; this has been a breakout season for Albers. After batting practice on Monday, and doing another ...
  9. Twins Minor League Report (7/21): Arcia, Sano, Walker Provide Power

    More close games in the system today. With the deadline looming and all affiliates at the max, it will be interesting to see how each team is shuffled in the coming weeks as all of the affiliated clubs are in the playoff hunt.

    The Twins, too, may be looking for help both sooner and later. Some of the guys on the doorstep fared well today, while others didnít.

    ROCHESTER RED WINGS 5, SYRACUSE CHIEFS 3
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    The Red Wings got back to their winning ...
  10. Twins Minor League Report (7/17): Rosario Sizzles

    Much like the Major League squads, the best players at the Triple-A level gathered for their All-Star Game on Wednesday evening. The Rochester Red Wings had two representatives, Chris Colabello and Andrew Albers, and they both played roles in different parts of the game.

    Colabello was the starting first baseman for the International League team and he batted in the third spot in the order. After not hitting any home runs in the Triple-A Home Run Derby, Colabello looked to make some ...
  11. Twins Minor League Report (7/3): Red Wings and Miracle Fireworks

    Many of the Twins minor league affiliates celebrated Independence Day early with offensive explosions. The Red Wings and the Miracle had men up and down their line-ups knock in runs to help their clubs to come out victorious.

    There were a few minor league news and notes that took place on Wednesday afternoon. Catcher Danny Lehmann was released by the club after spending time on the disable list this season. He had only played 18 games this season and he was a career .229/.317/.301 ...
  12. Twins Minor League Report (6/7): Albers Twirls Gem

    It's Day 2 of Major League Baseball's Rule 4 Draft and the Twins continued to add some new talent to an already strong organization. A variety of pitchers and one college catcher highlight the Twins second day of making picks.

    Those players haven't signed yet but there are plenty of other players already in the system and on the field on Friday night. Let's see how the organization fared under the Friday Night Lights.

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  13. Independent Thinking

    The Twins organization is filled with players from all over the globe. They scout the entire country, Canada and Puerto Rico for the draft. Theyíve done a nice job signing international players in recent years. The Twins do a great job in Australia. They have players from Europe and talent from Taiwan. They have players from Central and South America, but also from South Africa.

    Chris Colabello

    The last couple of seasons, the Twins have gone in a direction ...
  14. Tuesday Minor League Scoreboard

    Brett Andersen made his first start in just over a year since he had Tommy John surgery, and the lefty was back in fine form. He gave up just one run on four hits and no walks in seven innings. Sean Doolittle pitched a perfect eighth. Then former Twins reliever Grant Balfour recorded his 12th save with a perfect ninth. In other words, the Twins offense just did not show up. Trevor Plouffe was again 0-4 and is now 2-29 in eight games since his return from the DL. Jamey Carroll was 0-3, and he now ...
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