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    by 04-22-2014, 09:57 PM
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    The game was a struggle for Kyle Gibson on Tuesday night. The Rays pounced on him for seven runs and he was saddled with his first loss of this young season. David Price pitched nine strong innings and showed why he is one of the best pitchers in baseball.

    The good thing is that it appears as if Brian Dozier is going to continue to hit a lot of home runs this season. Chris Colabello also seemed comfortable at the plate as he collected his second home run. He also saw 20 pitches over his four at-bats while no other Twins player saw more than 14.



    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 7, Pawtucket 5
    Box Score
    The Red Wings offense was very balanced as six different men had an RBI in the game and most of the damage came in a six-run
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    by 04-22-2014, 08:58 AM
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    As some of you may have noticed, Twins Daily was down for much of yesterday due to technical difficulties (primarily, the fact that I was in close proximity to the site and jinxed it given my recent string of bad luck).

    We appreciate the concern voiced over Twitter and Facebook and the error messages you forwarded on to me. Have no fear, the site was *not* hacked and no personal information was compromised. It was a (not so) simple upgrade issue with the server itself that spiraled into a chain of problems that kept the site out of action for
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    by 04-22-2014, 07:45 AM
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    Join Seth and I tonight at 9:00 pm. If you have any questions or comments, please leave below.

    Miss the live show? No problem! You can listen here or download here.

    Some topics on the agenda include: The fast start of Kyle Gibson, a new Trevor Plouffe, who's Sam Fuld?, and a glimpse into the future with the draft just a couple months away.




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    by 04-22-2014, 07:31 AM
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    The title of today's article is based on Rihanna's "Diamonds", which I heard on KDWB today and which was written in less than 15 minutes. Not a coincidence, it took longer than 15 minutes to write the following report.

    The Twins had an off day yesterday and return to action this evening against the Tampa Bay Rays. Kyle Gibson will look to continue his early season success.
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    by 04-22-2014, 07:03 AM
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    The Cedar Rapids Kernels sported a 9-7 record as they departed for Peoria Monday for the first of seven road games before returning to Veterans Memorial Stadium on Monday, April 28. They enter the week just two games behind Kane County in the Midwest League’s Western Division standings.

    One reason for the success they’ve had thus far has been a power surge in the heart of their batting order.

    The Kernels lead the MWL in slugging percentage entering this week’s games largely
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    by 04-22-2014, 06:59 AM
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    On Sunday, the Twins claimed 32-year-old OF Sam Fuld off waivers from the Oakland A’s, designating OF Darin Mastroianni for assignment (again) to clear a spot on the team’s 40-man roster. Fuld can play all three outfield positions, with his light offensive game built on above-average speed and making contact. Aside from an extended stint with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2011, Fuld is a career backup who at this point is a fourth outfielder on a quality major league roster.

    The acquisition
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    by 04-22-2014, 01:37 AM
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    Last season, Twins fans (and minor league geeks like me) hung on Miguel Sano's and Byron Buxton's every at-bat. In fact, the night I covered (and live-tweeted) Sano's New Britain Rock Cats' debut, I gained something like 200 Twitter followers. Sure, Sano is exciting -- a kid with game-changing power and an electric personality. But behind every Sano or Buxton are hundreds of players that never get the recognition they deserve.

    Since I've been following the New Britain Rock Cats, my
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    by 04-22-2014, 12:41 AM
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    I am all for getting the calls right if we have the technology, but I am not a fan of how the new replay rules are working. I think they need to be much more efficient (or quick!) to not annoy and potentially lose a small part of any team's fan base.

    With the new replay rules, something that has long been a part of baseball will be much more rare. There won't as many great manager/umpire arguments like there were in the past.

    We have all seen video of Earl Weaver and Billy Martin in the face of umpires. We have seen dirt kicked and caps thrown.

    I thought it would be fun to take a look back at Minnesota Twins history and go a little deeper.

    During the past offseason, video of a July 1978 Twins,
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    by 04-20-2014, 10:50 PM
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    Out of the 276 major-league players that accrued 300 or more plate appearances last year, Pedro Florimon and Aaron Hicks ranked 257th and 261st in OPS, respectively.

    Although they made up for it somewhat with strong defense at key positions, both were among the worst hitters in baseball, so it was puzzling that the Twins entered this season without much in the way of backup plans at either shortstop or center field.

    Unfortunately, Florimon and Hicks have both been offensive liabilities early on, and their lackluster production now has the club scrambling for potential replacement options.
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    by 04-20-2014, 09:49 PM
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    ~ Sponsored by Switch My Trip ~

    Ron Gardenhire and Jason Kubel were insistent throughout spring training. Is it possible that they knew what they were talking about when they kept saying the veteran would be just fine when the regular season began? Fans and many writers wondered aloud which Jason Kubel we might see in 2014.

    Kubel hit just .196/.288/.283 (.571) in spring training, and that’s only because he ended the spring schedule on a good note. Fortunately, he has been able to flip a switch with the regular season and has been one of the Twins’ top offensive performers in the early weeks.

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    by 04-20-2014, 11:07 AM
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    SUNDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE

    The Twins and Red Wings were the only two organizational teams in action on this Easter Sunday. Coincidentally, both teams used strong starts from their pitchers and big offensive outputs to power their records back to .500.

    The Twins announced before today's game that they were awarded OF Sam Fuld off waivers. (He'll join the team on Tuesday.) To make room for Fuld, Darin Mastroianni was designated for assignment.
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    by 04-19-2014, 09:34 AM

    The Minnesota Twins are currently 2nd in the AL in runs scored (86), 1st in OBP (.353) and 1st in walks (82). They also lead the AL in runs per game at 5.76. That’s not too bad for an offense that was routinely picked to finish towards the bottom of the league in nearly every category.

    Yes, it’s only April and the sample size is incredibly small – but it’s a good start.

    The offense has been bolstered by improved performances from multiple players including a breakout
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    by 04-18-2014, 10:59 PM
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    I remember asking Kyle Gibson several years ago what it meant to be the Twins #1 prospect. He said that it was an honor, but all being a prospect meant was that you hadn’t done anything yet. It is a great point for all to remember.

    Friday was the third time this season when Twins top pitching prospects were all on the mound. Friday was a good reminder that there is a reason these guys are at the levels they are at, that there is still work to be done.

    The Twins lost the opening game of their three game set in Kansas City and are back at .500 (8-8). There were also five Twins minor league games on Friday, and the Twins affiliate lost each of them.

    Here is a look at what happened in the Twins farm system on Friday, but first a look at the Transactions:

    TRANSACTIONS

    The big news was that Jason Bartlett has decided to retire from baseball. According to a Mike Berardino
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    by 04-18-2014, 08:44 AM
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    Over his career, Phil Hughes has seemingly been one solid secondary pitch away from taking over the world.

    Since his prospect days, his curveball was considered this dangerous weapon. For Hughes, unfortunately, the pitch never manifested as that killer pitch as projected. Eventually, the pitch was unceremoniously dropped from his arsenal in 2012.

    When asked why the deuce took the backseat to other pitches in his repertoire, Hughes cited his inability to execute as one of the main reasons.

    “It was one of those things where basically it became a first-pitch strike pitch and that’s all I was using it for, and that’s not what I want it to be,” Hughes said in the clubhouse this spring.
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    by 04-17-2014, 11:13 PM
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    There were four games in the Twins' farm system, and the Twins were able to play a split double header at Target Field in some record cold conditions. More impressive, they were able to win two games against the Blue Jays, a team they have been crushed by in recent years. Kyle Gibson threw eight shutout innings in the afternoon game. In the evening game, the Twins used eight eighth inning walks, and three wild pitches in that same inning, to turn a 5-3 deficit into a 9-5 win.

    It would be very cool if the story in the minor leagues on Thursday were to become a great story of the Twins 2014 season as well. Who was it? Well, keep reading to find out…

    Here is a look at what happened in the Twins' farm system on Thursday. And, by the way, it's another Top Pitching Prospect Day on Friday.


    RED WINGS REPORT
    Game 1 - Rochester 1, Pawtucket 2 (11 innings)
    Box Score
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    by 04-17-2014, 10:03 PM

    The season is still very young. I don't want to get too wrapped up in early optimism, but something has to be said about the lineup and production thus far, especially considering the generally pessimistic nature I think most of us felt at the close of spring training.

    There was a lot of gnashing of teeth, despite the "they can't be any worse, therefore they must be at least somewhat better" mantra. There are flaws and concerns still to be sure. (I'm not here to necessarily

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