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    by 07-13-2014, 12:56 PM
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    Now you have a reason to watch the All-Star Game.

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    by 07-20-2014, 06:09 AM
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    The Twins lost on Saturday to David Price and the Rays by a score of 5-1. The positive for the Twins was that they were able to turn five double plays in the game. In other words, it could have been worse. They will try today to avoid the sweep.

    Trevor May returned to the mound for the Red Wings after missing almost a month. JO Berrios made his second start for New Britain and was tremendous. A couple streaks came to their ends. Continue reading to see what happened in the Twins minor leagues on Saturday:

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 2, Norfolk 4
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    Trevor May returned to the mound for the first time in almost a month. The right-hander gave up one run on three hits and a walk in three innings. Mark Hamburger came on and threw two shutout innings, walking one. Edgar Ibarra pitched a scoreless sixth inning. However, in the 7th frame, he gave up a single and a walk before
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    by 07-18-2014, 10:00 AM
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    As the Twins put the All-Star Game behind them and gear up for the final 68 games on the schedule, they face much uncertainty. They're only six games below .500 -- a marked improvement from recent years -- and although they trail the Tigers by 10.5 games in the Central, they are within seven games of a wild-card spot.

    While it's nice to be in a spot where contention is a feasible scenario, we've got to keep in mind that the Twins are still behind seven other AL clubs in the wild-card race and -- more importantly -- they just aren't a great team. Not right now, anyway.

    As such, the focus needs to be on taking steps to build that great team for next year and beyond. This means auditioning young talents here in the final months, and making decisions on which current
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    by 07-17-2014, 12:18 AM
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    The All-Star Game is behind us. The Minnesota Twins and Major League Baseball put together an extraordinary event. It may have jumped up on us, but we are just two weeks away from the July 31 trade deadline. There were a couple trades made before the All-Star break, and I think that teams could start making deals quickly.

    The Twins come out of the All-Star break on Friday with a series at home against the Tampa Bay Rays. That will be followed by three games against Cleveland and four games against the White Sox, all at home. If things don't go exceedingly well through that ten game stretch, the Twins could decide to be sellers. If that's the case, the Twins have several trade candidates and over the next couple of weeks we will take a look at them.

    That said, today
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    by 07-18-2014, 06:45 AM

    The Twins didn't lose today, and they haven't lost a baseball game for almost a week!
    They return to the diamond on Friday, fresh off the All-Star fun in Minneapolis and riding a hot stretch, having won five of their last seven games.

    With the All-Star games over in the minor leagues as well, we have a full slate of minor league action to discuss.



    Red Wings Report
    Rochester 4, Norfolk 7
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    The Red Wings struck first, scoring
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    by 07-17-2014, 11:54 PM
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    If you missed the All-Star festivities at Target Field over the past few days, perhaps the incentive of seeing one of baseballís hottest teams will bring you back downtown at a more reasonable price.

    For most of their existence, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays were a league laughingstock, destined to finish last in the AL East for eternity. Then they got new ownership, smartened up and figured out how to beat the financial powerhouses from the big cities up the Atlantic coast.

    Since 2007, they have won 84 or more games a year and have made the playoffs in four
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    by 07-17-2014, 01:43 AM
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    The Minnesota Twins didn't play on Wednesday and won't play on Thursday. They will begin a ten-game homestand on Friday night with a three-game set against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rochester Red Wings and New Britain Rock Cats both had players participating in their leagues' All-Star games on Wednesday. On Thursday, all the Twins affiliates will return to action.


    One to watch will be the return of Trevor May to the Rochester Red Wings rotation. Is it possible that if he pitches well enough in his return from a calf injury, he could be up with the big league club by next week? And one of the Kerenls hitters is on a very impressive streak of late.


    Continue reading to check out what happened on Wednesday in the Minnesota Twins minor leagues.

    RED WINGS REPORT

    On Wednesday, the AAA All Star Game was played in Durham, North Carolina. The lone representative of the
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    by 07-16-2014, 01:26 PM
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    Join Seth and me tonight for a special Wednesday edition of Twins Hangouts. We shifted away from our typical Tuesday slot because of the All-Star Game, but return at 9pm.

    Expect there to be plenty of Futures Game (and nachos) talk, as well as other highlights from the weekend.

    We'll preview the "second half" of the Twins season.

    Miss an episode? Well, they're all available on our webpage and iTunes.

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    by 07-16-2014, 12:57 PM

    Single: The Single Award came from Idina Menzel at the opening ceremony for the All-Star Game. Not one, but two amazing performances. First, Menzel sang "Forever Young" for the thirty amazing teachers who were nominated by their respective teams. Then she sang a beautiful "Star-Spangled Banner" with a breath-taking flyby. The Minnesota Twins and MLB chose a great artist to sing the National Anthem and Menzel nailed it.

    Double: Mike Trout took home the MVP for the
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    by 07-15-2014, 11:58 PM
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    As I write this, I'm feeling pretty giddy. I just got done watching Glen Perkins pitch to Kurt Suzuki in the ninth inning of the All-Star Game, closing out a victory for the American League in Derek Jeter's final hurrah.

    Admittedly I don't usually get too worked up about pageantry of the so-called Midsummer Classic, but with my lifelong city being showcased -- and with our site holding an event downtown -- I couldn't help but get drawn in this year.

    Boy, was I impressed.

    With the exception of some sourpusses who actually forced MLB to publicly apologize for having the gall to set off fireworks during an event that takes place here once every three decades,
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    by 07-15-2014, 10:29 AM
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    It was a busy, long weekend, but it was a tremendous opportunity. I traveled from the tip-top of Minnesota, down to the Twin Cities on Saturday. I then spent all day Monday driving back home. One has a lot of opportunity to think while driving more than seven hours each direction, so I thought I would put together a quick Stream of Consciousness blog for today. I encourage you to leave your thoughts on All-Star festivities below.

    So bear with me. Iíll cover a lot of topics, and hopefully you enjoy this potentially chaotic format.



    Iíll start with my thoughts on being down at the All-Star Sunday festivities and go from there. But to wake up on Sunday morning and see my name in a byline in the Pioneer Press was pretty cool! I was asked to write
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    by 07-15-2014, 02:01 AM
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    Welcome to the unofficial midpoint of the 2014 Twins season. After teasing fans for different portions of the first half, the Twins find themselves in a familiar position at the break, last place in the AL Central. The Twins enter the break six games under .500 and 10.5 games behind the Detroit Tigers for the top spot in the division.

    Even though the team's record might not show it, there have been some positive things happening for the Twins this year. Kurt Suzuki and Phil Hughes are looking like fantastic free agent signings. Brian Dozier is in the midst of a breakout season at the plate. Even Kyle Gibson has started to look like he will be a long-term option as a starting
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    by 07-14-2014, 09:43 PM
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    As most eyes of the baseball world turn their focus to the Home Run Derby on Monday night and the All-Star Game on Tuesday, a few minor league affiliates are still playing. Both AA and AAA have their All-Star Game on Wednesday night.

    Red Wings Report
    The Red Wings have a three-day break before returning to the field on Thursday. Rochester already has Trevor May listed as their scheduled starter. This would put him in line to pitch again next Tuesday... or the same day as the Twins would need their #5 starter for the first time after the break. It's definitely something worth monitoring.

    Rock Cats Review
    New Britain 3, Reading 2
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    This morning, Ben Badler of Baseball America released an article promoting the prospect status of Tyler Duffey (subscription required). Essentially, Duffey has developed a changeup (in the 79-84 mph range) that Badler calls a "plus pitch". On Monday, Duffey threw 86 pitches and lasted 7 1/3 innings. He allowed only four hits
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    by 07-14-2014, 04:58 PM
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    It's always exciting - at least for me - to get to see guys play long before they are major leaguers. Whether it's watching Brian Dozier play for the Beloit Snappers or sit in the Metrodome during a blizzard watching a Tom Windle/Sean Manaea match-up, I enjoy it. I'm no scout, but trying to project how these guys will be against the greatest baseball players in the world is an exercise I enjoy doing.

    Yesterday, then, would classify as a highlight of my baseball-watching experience. No major leaguers, yet a lot of future All-Stars present.

    Seth and I were able to catch the U.S. team take batting practice. Baseball-wide, there are a lot
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    by 07-14-2014, 09:44 AM

    Weekend Recap

    Hey, two series wins in a row. The Twins out-slugged the slugging Rockies over the weekend, pulling to within six games of .500 with a ten-game homestand on the other end of the All-Star Break. They received a pretty balanced attack from their offense as just about every player contributed in some way. The offense has been so poor recently, perhaps this is a glimpse of what is to come in the second half. We can hope, right?

    Kevin Correia

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    by 07-14-2014, 12:32 AM
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    Last year, when the Twins reached the All-Star break, they were 14 games below .500 and 12 games back in the AL Central. In 2012, they had entered the break at 13 games below .500, and 11 games back in the division.

    Against that backdrop, their present standing -- 44-50 and 10.5 games behind the first-place Tigers -- looks downright palatable.

    The Twins had firmly established their irrelevance by the end of July after crumbling around the break in each of the past two seasons, and a week ago it appeared that they were caught in the exact same downward spiral once again.

    Yet they rebounded to win five of their last six games and

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