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    by 07-18-2014, 11:52 PM
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    The Twins lost their first game after the All-Star game to the Tampa Bay Rays. On Saturday, Phil Hughes will take on David Price in the second game of the series.

    There were some interesting games throughout the Twins farm system. Two games went into extra innings, and one of them involved the Ft. Myers Miracle who played almost two-full games worth of innings. However, two of the Twins top prospects each had big days at the plate for the Miracle, who had 23 hits. Alex Meyer was on the mound for the Red Wings on this night. Trevor May will finally make his return to the mound on Saturday.

    Friday was the deadline for signing 2014 draft picks. Reportedly, the Twins did not sign any more of their draft picks. They were able to sign their first 17 draft picks and 29 of their 40 selections.

    Without further ado, here is the Minor League Report for Friday night:

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    by 07-21-2014, 09:38 PM
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    A fan/writer in the stands at Veteranís Memorial Stadium in Cedar Rapids was watching a group of six or seven Kernels players working in the batting cage on bunting for hits. It was five hours before game time. Manager Jake Mauer was observing. Twins minor league hitting coordinator Bill Springman was feeding the pitching machine.

    Hitting coach Tommy Watkins was joyfully encouraging the players, but the 34-year-old former Twins infielder put his money where his mouth was. He took a regular spot in the group and managed to bunt the ball three feet in from the third base foul line every time. Only twice did he bunt the ball elsewhere, and those were the two times he pushed a bunt to within two feet of the first base line.


    all Tommy Watkins photos by Steve Buhr


    All the while, Watkins exuding passion for the game, encouraging the players to work but be sure to have fun as theyíre doing it.

    As his friend and Kernels manager Jake Mauer said, ďI wish
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    by 07-22-2014, 01:25 AM
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    So here's the deal: I spent the last 90 minutes typing up the minor league report only to have the whole thing vanish when trying to add the picture you see over there. If it was 10:30... fine, I could handle that. But it's not. It's 1:15 am and I just got worked over by my wife TWICE playing Ticket to Ride. Well, not just worked over. Worked over about three hours ago before I started to write my original piece.

    So instead of getting the full version, you're going to get a slightly expanded Jeremy's Twitter-like Minor League Report.

    RED WINGS (box scores are linked)

    Durham 5, Rochester 1

    Chris Rahl continues to hit well, but the team is starting to feel the effects of the Twins' playing
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    by 07-22-2014, 03:30 PM
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    Seth and Jeremy were back for another edition of Twins Hangouts.

    Jeremy recapped his Kernels trip (and baseball-filled week) at :02. Seth and Jeremy both shared their mid-season Top 10, with lots of details (:10) and that conversation lasted 39 minutes.

    At the 49-minute mark, the conversation turned into trade deadline talk before discussing Saturday's possible starting pitcher at 1:17.

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    by 07-21-2014, 06:42 AM

    The Tampa Bay Rays finished off a three game sweep of the Minnesota Twins on Sunday afternoon with a 5-3 victory in the heat at Target Field. Kevin Correia wasnít able to continue his recent run of solid pitching, as he lasted just four innings and gave up runs in each of the first three.

    In the minors, the starting pitching was the story of the day, but in a good way as all four full-season affiliate starters pitched into the sixth inning. Read on to find out what happened in the
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    by 07-21-2014, 08:10 AM

    Does MLB offer their teams refunds for entire series? Can an MLB team get a "do over" on the first series out of a break? If a tree falls in the woods, could it possibly join the Twins' lineup and produce a few hits? Is suckatude a word?

    Oswaldo Arcia
    Arcia went 0-4 on Friday night, sat against a tough lefty on Saturday and then returned on Sunday with another 0-3, this time with two strikeouts and he was pinch hit for in the 8th inning. Arcia is clearly not
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    by 07-21-2014, 12:07 AM
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    The forecast for the next few days calls for highs in the 80s and 90s, with a lot of sun. Hot days will give way to warm nights while sunlight glows well past suppertime.

    Sorry for waxing poetic, butÖ July in Minnesota. There's hardly anything better.

    Remember when going to catch a ballgame meant filing into a stuffy Dome and missing out on these glorious summer nights? It wasn't so long ago. Weeks like this are what Target Field was built for.

    There is an added level of baseball drama -- that being the team's desperate need to embark on a "miraculous run."

    Getting swept by the last-place Rays was a disastrous start to a crucially important homestand. Now, the reeling Twins need to damn near win out in the next two series
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    by 07-20-2014, 10:29 PM
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    Aaron and John talk about the All-Star experience, the Twins making it clear they should be sellers at the trade deadline, what to do with Kurt Suzuki, Aaron's illnesses, John's dancing, paying to get rid of Ricky Nolasco, details on the August pub crawl, why Danny Santana is rushed but young pitchers aren't, ex-girlfriends in the wild, Josh Willingham falling apart, and dwindling television ratings. You can listen by downloading us from iTunes, Stitcher or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com. Or just click below:

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    by 07-13-2014, 12:31 PM
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    The upper-levels of the Twins minor league system is stocked with relief pitchers performing at a high level. Here is a quick rundown:

    Michael Tonkin (AAA, 24)- Tonkin has been arguably the best reliever in the Twins system since the start of 2012. This year in AAA, Tonkin has a 3.08 ERAónothing specialóbut his K and BB numbers are excellent: 26 Kís to just four BBís in 26.1 innings. Heís been even better in this department since the start of June: 18 Kís to one BB in 18.1 IP. Tonkin
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    by 07-18-2014, 10:39 AM

    The big All-Star bash in Minneapolis is behind us now and by most accounts, it was somewhere between very successful and close to perfect.

    I saw the Futures Game/Celebrity Softball Game in person on Sunday and watched the Home Run Derby and ASG on the tube. My conclusion is that, while I wouldn't say it was all perfectly staged and performed, the Twin Cities and those from MLB and the Twins who were involved all did themselves proud.

    It was the kind of event that could
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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.

    To celebrate Minnesota being the center of the baseball world this week, Twins Dailyís Official Law Firm, Rubric Legal (formerly Snyder Gislason Frasier) is giving away front row tickets to a Twins game to a reader that guesses this yearís All-Star Game MVP. Just leave your guess in the comments below and weíll
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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
    Box Score

    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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