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    by 08-07-2012, 02:00 PM

    The Twins kept rolling last night, defeating the Indians 14-3 and sending Cleveland to its tenth consecutive loss. Now just two games behind the Tribe for third place, the Twins send Deduno to the mound, hoping to reign in his control just long enough to deliver Minnesota another win.

    Built on the back of a ten run second inning, the Twins chased Cleveland starter McAllister out of the game after he retired only five Twins batters. This bodes well for Minnesota, who now play Cleveland two more times while the Indians
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    by 08-07-2012, 11:19 AM

    Last night Justin Morneau hit multiple home runs in a game for the third time this season. As impressive as that is, the most noteworthy aspect about that feat is that the Twins first baseman hit both of those off of curve balls – something that he had done only once since 2010.

    Heading into Monday’s game against the Indians, Morneau’s numbers against curves had been very underwhelming. According to Fangraphs.com, his Pitch Value on curveballs had been 5.7 runs BELOW average – making it the third worst output against benders in all of baseball.

    But now, after two home runs off of uncle charlies from Zack McAllister and Josh Tomlin, Morneau is looking tougher to retire on that pitch.

    Why is this significant to his progress?
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    by 08-07-2012, 01:12 AM

    A ten run second inning was more than enough run support for Scott Diamond who won for the 10th time this season. The left-hander worked the first seven innings and gave up three runs (2 earned). Jeff Gray and Luis Perdomo each threw a scoreless inning.

    It was the offense in this game. In that ten-run inning, Josh Willingham hit his 29th home run. The next batter was Justin Morneau, who hit his 14th home run. The entire team batted around again, and #6 hitter Ryan Doumit also homered in the same inning. Later, Justin Morneau hit his second home run of the year, his 15th homer of the season, and the 200th of his career. Ben Revere went 4-5 to extend his hitting streak to 20 games. Joe Mauer had three more hits, including two doubles.

    Here is a look at the Twins minor league scores and highlights from a quiet Monday night of games in the minor leagues.

    ROCHESTER 2, EMPIRE STATE 9
    Justin Morneau - Healthy and Rockin Again
    by 08-06-2012, 11:56 PM

    If The Twins Are Willing To Trade Justin Morneau This Offseason, There Should Be Options

    Last week, as the trade deadline approached, Justin Morneau was featured in the latest trade rumors. That made sense. First, Morneau had been productive and healthy. Second, Chris Parmelee is raking at first base in AAA but shut out in the majors. Finally, Morneau is still owed about $19M for the rest of this year and next. Moving him would give the Twins that much more money to spend on pitching this offseason.

    No deal was consummated, and it doesn’t sound like one was close, but that doesn’t mean the end of the rumors.
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    by 08-06-2012, 10:53 PM

    In a move that is rather surprising, Twins Daily has learned the 2012 first-round draft pick Byron Buxton and supplemental first-round pick Jose (J.O.) Berrios have been promoted to short-season Elizabethton.

    Buxton, an 18-year-old outfielder from rural Georgia, was the #2 overall pick in this June's draft. He signed a $6 million signing bonus and reported to Ft. Myers. He missed about ten days with a hamstring injury, but has been playing well of late. In 27 games with the GCL Twins, Buxton is 19-88, hitting .216/.324/.466 (.789). He has four doubles, three triples, four home runs and 14 RBI. He has also stolen 14 bases.

    Berrios, an 18-year-old right-hander from Puerto Rico, was the first of two supplemental first round picks the Twins had in the 2012 draft. He has been terrific for the GCL Twins. In eight games, he has thrown 16.2 innings. He has given up just seven hits, walked three and struckout 27 baters. He is 1-0 with four saves and a 1.08 ERA.
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    by 08-06-2012, 03:33 PM

    For the second consecutive season, the Twins have been a pretty awful baseball team to watch. As long-time Minnesota fans, we at Twins Daily understand that. I'm not a Vikings fans so maybe I don't understand it quite as much as some of you saps, but I still understand the sentiment behind being very, very angry at your favorite team. Some of this frustration boils over into the comments section of articles and into the TD forums.

    Lately, it's been a bit of an issue and that's going to stop. We've had a rash of posters who have stooped to calling each other names and that isn't the type of environment we're trying to foster here at Twins Daily. So, as of this point, if you see someone calling another person names or insulting their obviously rich family lineage, let us know about it. It's really easy. There's a "Report Post" function under every post made on TD (it's the little triangle with the exclamation point in it).

    Now that I have that out of the way...
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    by 08-06-2012, 02:00 PM

    The Twins had quite a weekend for themselves, taking three of four in Boston and almost rallying for the second consecutive day on Sunday, scoring three runs in the ninth before ultimately falling 6-4. Overall, it's hard not to consider the weekend a success, as the Twins received solid pitching and timely hitting across the board.

    Continuing the road trip, the Twins drop by Cleveland for three games to face the wilting Indians. Cleveland, losers of their last nine games, has been struggling to do anything right and
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    by 08-06-2012, 07:39 AM

    Sunday was an interesting day in the world of Twins baseball.

    The Twins had a chance to complete a 4-game sweep in Fenway Park. Josh Willingham and Ryan Doumit both homered in the ninth to make it interesting, but the rally fell short.

    At one point early in the game I overheard Dick Bremer announce that Danny Valencia had been traded to the Red Sox. I can't say I was surprised that he was traded, though the timing - with Plouffe being hurt - did catch me off guard. Read more about the Valencia trade here.
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    by 08-06-2012, 01:08 AM

    Sending Tsuyoshi Nishioka to the minors at the outset of this season was a fairly obvious decision, given his immense struggles as a rookie last year. Leaving him there for the majority of the summer has also been an easy choice, as his play in Triple-A has offered no indication that he belongs in the big leagues.

    That remains true now, after a "hot" month of July in which Nishioka batted .298 but posted a meager .702 OPS, but nevertheless the Twins elected to bring him back to the majors when Sunday's Danny Valencia trade opened up a roster spot.
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    by 08-05-2012, 10:24 PM

    Aaron and John talk about dumping Danny Valencia, bringing back Tsuyoshi Nishioka, what the trade deadline inactivity means, what can be done about the Twins' medical staff, John's new motorcycle, Alex Wimmers' elbow surgery, and a report about Miguel Sano and the Beloit prospects from special guest Seth Stohs. Here are:


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    by 08-05-2012, 02:20 PM

    The Minnesota Twins have traded third baseman Danny Valencia to the Boston Red Sox for minor league outfielder Jeremias Pineda. Valencia, who started the year as the Twins everyday third baseman, has spent most of the year in Rochester but was recalled two weeks ago when Trevor Plouffe was injured. He was hitting .198 with a 522 OPS and also struggled in AAA, hitting .250 with a 688 OPS. Replacing Valencia on the 25-man roster will be Tsuyoshi Nishioka.
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    by 08-05-2012, 09:51 AM

    The weather has certainly been a factor in Beloit the first three days of this trip. The first two days, it was so hot. Temperatures hovered in the mid-90s and humidity was quite high. On Saturday, however, the weather was a little different and that crazy humidity finally burst into some impressive thunderstorms. Would there be baseball, or would we have to make a tough decision about whether to stay for a doubleheader on Sunday? (Note- we had already decided we would!)

    Saturday morning started out well with some high-quality blog writing (my opinion, maybe not yours).
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    by 08-05-2012, 07:46 AM

    Note from Seth - Thank you to J-Dog Dungan for stepping up last night and helping with the minor league report. It was very helpful!
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    The Twins made their game against Boston very interesting, waiting until the last inning to uncork the big hit they had been looking for all game, with the three-run home run from Mauer winning the game for them.

    ROCHESTER 6, TOLEDO 0

    P.J. Walters made a rehab start for AAA Rochester. He lasted 2 innings, giving up no runs, hits, walks or K's. Esmerling Vasquez then tossed the next 4, giving up 2 hits, 1 BB, and struck out three and received the win. The game was ended early due to a rain delay after the top of the 7th.
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    by 08-04-2012, 11:50 AM

    Let's see if Twins Daily can do some good....

    Next Sunday, the 12th, Twins pitcher Glen Perkins and his wife Alisha are organizing a 5K in downtown Minneapolis to raise money for the fight against cyctis fibrosis (CF). The whole Bonnes family is joining in, so if you would like to run with us at our glacial (or at your own) pace, sign up at their site and then let me know in the comments below and we'll work out a meeting place.

    For those who can't make it, please consider sponsoring my run. This is the first time the Twins Daily community has tried something like this, but I suspect that with so many members contributing daily to the site, they'll also contribute to such a good cause. My goal is just $150, and I'd rather have 150 members contribute $1 than five contribute $30 so know that whatever you can throw in is appreciated.


    Here is some more information...

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    by 08-04-2012, 11:33 AM

    Where I live, I only watch the Twins on TV when they play the Yankees, Mets or Red Sox. Last night, though I missed seeing the comeback! It was definitely great to hear that both Morneau and Carroll had 4 hits -- Morneau, especially. Let's take a look at how the affiliates performed last night.

    Also, sorry this is late -- my internet was down this morning!

    ROCHESTER 3, TOLEDO 1
    Shairon Martis had a very solid start for the Red Wings, going 7 innings, allowing only 1 run on 3 hits, striking out 8 and walking 2. Bobby Lanigan pitched the remaining 2 innings, striking out 2.
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    by 08-04-2012, 10:03 AM

    Day 2 in Beloit was a good day. Then again, it was a Friday and I wasn’t at work and it was a day all about baseball. How could it be bad?!

    In today's blog, I'll talk about the Snappers 8-1 win over Brian Buchanan and the Kane County Cougars. There are a lot of observations on players before and during the game and much more. This if a fun team to watch with a lot of good players and people!

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