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    by 08-31-2012, 11:23 PM

    It was another exciting night in the Twins minor league system. Find out how the Elizabethton Twins did in the decisive Game 3 in their Appalachian League semi-final against Danville. How did Kyle Gibson do in his second start for Rochester? Oswaldo Arcia and Aaron Hicks had strong games, but see how Chris Herrmann got to play hero for the New Britain Rock Cats. It was a busy night in the Twins farm system.

    The Twins game in Kansas City scheduled for Friday night was postponed because of massive rainfall caused by the overland rains for the storm formerly called Tropical Storm and Hurricane Isaac.
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    by 08-31-2012, 09:10 PM

    On Friday night, the Elizabethton Twins topped Danville (Braves) by the score of 4-2. In doing so, they advance to the Appalachian League Championship series where they will take on Burlington (Royals). The Best of 3 series begins on Saturday.

    The E-Twins got going early on Friday. In the first inning, Max Kepler doubled. First baseman DJ Hicks then homered to give the Twins a 2-0 lead. Danville scored one in the top of the third, but the Twins came back in the bottom of the fourth. With Appy League Player of the Year Candido Pimentel at bat, a passed ball scored Travis Harrison. Then in the 5th inning, Hicks doubled and scored on an RBI single by Byron Buxton.
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    by 08-31-2012, 01:12 PM

    Last week, I investigated which position players on the current 40-man roster can help a potential Twins playoff team. If you want to read it, click here. In my mind, the first possible contending season is 2014, although I feel that could be a bit of a stretch. For the purposes of this post, I am going to look at 2014 as the first year of the turnaround, which might be putting too much faith in the rebuilding process. There are some very interesting position players on the 40-man roster. Pitchers, not so much.

    Again, we will start at the bottom and work our way up.
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    by 08-31-2012, 08:10 AM

    The 2014 All-Star Game was finally given to the Twin Cities this week but there were plenty of other happenings for Twins Territory. Joe Mauer was placed on waivers and the national media freaked out over what turned out to be a none story. After sitting for over a week and then playing in a handful of games, Denard Span was finally put on the DL even though rosters expand this weekend. Chris Parmelee destroyed Triple-A pitching for most of the year and he finally got called up. Now he has to show his stuff at the big league level if they can find at-bats for him.
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    by 08-30-2012, 11:42 PM
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    Concerns over Joe Mauerís defense has grown exponentially as the number of opposing kleptomaniacs have continued to accumulate more and more bases.

    A one-time Florida State quarterback recruit, earlier in his career Mauer had thwarted over 30% of would-be base-stealers but has seen that number drop to league average as injuries and age have taken a toll on him. This year, however, that rate has dropped to a league-worst six percent Ė stopping just three runners with his own arm. Whatís more is that the oppositionís appetite to motor on the basepaths has increased significantly too.
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    by 08-30-2012, 10:47 PM

    The Twins lost to the Mariners this afternoon and Denard Span was placed on the disabled list. Placing Span on the DL was a curious move, since rosters expand in a couple of days, and there are rumblings that he may be shut down for the rest of the year.

    If you've noticed that the "Rosters & Payroll" page hasn't been updated in a couple of days, I apologize. Hopefully by Monday it will be back up-to-date.

    Letís take a look around todayís action:
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    by 08-30-2012, 07:48 AM

    The minor league season is about to wrap up. A couple teams -- E-Town and Beloit -- are headed to the playoffs, which is great for fans of the minor league system. Let's take a look at the action down on the farm.

    ELIZABETHTON 4, DANVILLE 0
    The 2012 Appalachian League Playoffs, Series 1 (the semi-finals), pits familiar post-season foes the Twins and the Braves. The E-Town Twins got the first victory in this best-of-3 series, so they hold a major advantage now. E-Town won on the road, so they will play tomorrow night at home, hoping to wrap up this series with consecutive wins. Here's the rundown of tonight's action:
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    by 08-30-2012, 03:15 AM
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    Sam Deduno put together the best start of his career on Wednesday night. Pitching against the Seattle Mariners, Deduno threw seven shutout innings and allowed just two hits. He struckout a career high nine batters. Most important, and probably most inexplicable, he walked no one. He improved to 5-2 and dropped his ERA to 3.72. To say he has been a pleasant surprise is quite the understatement.
    Don't buy into the hype. Joe Mauer isn't getting traded.
    by 08-30-2012, 02:28 AM
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    Ask yourself this question, and be honest in your reply: If Joe Mauer were becoming a free agent this offseason, is there any chance Ė ANY chance, whatsoever Ė that he would fetch a six-year, $138 million contract?

    I think the answer is pretty clearly no.
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    by 08-29-2012, 06:56 PM

    Well, this is just precious.

    The last time the All-Star game to be held in Minnesota was in 1985. The night of the game, just prior to the national broadcast, Channel 11 (when they were WUSA, not KARE) had a special that covered it.

    It's a half-hour long, so make yourself comfortable if you want to watch it. You won't regret it. Among other gems, it includes....


    • A lead story about how the Metrodome is a terrible ballpark.
    • Tom Ryther, out of breath and in short shorts, trying to catch flyballs in
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    by 08-29-2012, 12:57 PM

    Originally posted at Knuckleballsblog.com.

    These days, itís not often that I go more than a couple of days without getting asked whether I think the Twins will be the Major League affiliate of my home town Cedar Rapids Kernels in 2013. When Iím not answering that question, Iím the one asking it of pretty much anyone I can think of who might have some insight.

    At the beginning of August, I was telling people I thought it was about a 50-50 proposition. The Twins and Cedar Rapids make a lot of sense for a number of reasons on both sides.
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    by 08-29-2012, 12:36 PM
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    The big debate in the baseball world has been the Washington Nationals decision to shut-down Stephen Strasburg, one of the best young starting pitchers in the game. He is pitching in his first full season at the big league level as he only pitched at the end of last season since he was recovering from Tommy John surgery. Nationals fans see their team in first place and they want Strasburg to help the franchise reach the playoffs for the first time since the team moved to DC. But despite pressure from outside sources, the front office for the team is holding their ground and telling the media that Strasburg will be shut down at some point in the next couple weeks.

    Almost a decade ago, the Cubs were in a similar position with a young pitcher of their own.
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    by 08-29-2012, 10:16 AM
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    It was not more than a month or so ago that third baseman Trevor Plouffe was the hottest thing in the Twin Cities. Essentially, he was ďCall Me MaybeĒ personified.

    Prior to taking a Luke Hochaver offering on the right thumb back on July 20, Plouffe was compiling decent number Ė including otherworldly stats in the power department such as 11 home runs in 26 games. However, since his return on August 20 he is now just 8-for-56 (.142) and has yet to hit for extra bases.

    The depressed performance has spurred a debate regarding Plouffeís long-term starting viability and Twins GM
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    by 08-29-2012, 07:12 AM
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    UPDATED at 1:30 CST for Official announcement!

    For fans of the minor leagues, this time of year is pretty fun. The Elizabethton Twins will be starting their playoff run tonight. September call-ups can start happening on Friday. The minor league regular seasons come to an end on Labor Day and then more players get called up while those playoff runs start.
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    by 08-29-2012, 06:00 AM

    Even though they are a last place team like the Twins, the pesky Seattle Mariners have seemed to have the Twins number in 2012. For the second night in a row, the Twins couldn't get much offense going and it's tough to win games without scoring runs. The good news is that the Twins are getting closer to getting the second pick in next year's draft. Only the Cubs and the Astros have a worse record than the Twins so this recent stretch of poor play has pushed Minnesota ahead of Colorado.

    I spent the evening taking in some Independent League Baseball as the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks returned to Newman Outdoor Field. There was a Bobblelection held as fans had to pick between getting an Obama bobblehead or a Romney bobblehead. The first candidate to run out of bobbleheads would be declared the winner.
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    by 08-28-2012, 11:12 PM

    On the surface, this 2012 Twins campaign seems painfully similar to last season's train wreck. On this date a year ago, the Twins sat with a 56-77 record, which sadly compares favorably to their current 52-77 mark. Both seasons were marked by abysmal starts, midsummer rebounds and late implosions (at least the current squad is headed that way, with an 8-17 record since the start of August).

    Yet, looking beyond the similarly horrible results, this season has provided Twins fans with much more in the way of long-term reasons for hope.

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