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    by 07-21-2012, 02:00 PM

    It required 11 innings and a great outing by Nick Blackburn but the Twins managed to pull off a 2-1 last night against the Kansas City Royals. Led by three hits from Joe Mauer (now firmly in second place in the AL batting race), the Twins look to get back on track against the Royals after (unnecessarily) dropping their last two games against Baltimore at home.

    Tonight, the Twins' best pitcher, Scott Diamond, takes the mound in hopes of starting a winning streak. Countering him is Luis Mendoza, who last faced the Twins
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    by 07-21-2012, 06:03 AM

    The Twins needed a couple of extra innings to earn a 2-1 win in Kansas City against the Royals. It was a terrific game for Darin Mastroianni who hit a solo homer and a triple. Josh Willingham drove in Joe Mauer in the 11th inning with what proved to be the winning run. The two teams will play at 6:00 central time on Saturday.

    It was a good day for the organization. The teams went 5-2 on the day. Oswaldo Arcia had a huge game, yet it was very difficult to decide who should be the hitter of the day because there were a lot of strong offensive performances.

    Here is a look at the Twins minor league scores and highlights from the Friday games in the minor leagues.
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    by 07-20-2012, 03:00 PM

    The Twins handed a late lead to the Orioles and lost yesterday's game, 4-3. That left them with a disappointing 2-5 homestand as they travel to Kansas City to meet the fourth place Royals and play a three game set.

    But hey, Nick Blackburn is back in the rotation! After pitching well in a couple of starts in Rochester, the Twins have brought Nick back to Minnesota in hopes that he's be and track and that his sinker is finally, uh, sinking. To counter, the Royals are offering their own struggling right-hander in Luke Hochevar
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    by 07-20-2012, 04:28 AM

    The Twins lost 4-3 to Baltimore to split a series with the Orioles. Tonight, they start a weekend series in Kansas City against the Royals. The Territory Train is packed full and heading to KC. Iím certain many other Twins fans will be following the team, watching some baseball, visiting the Negro League Baseball Museum and likely eating some really good BBQ. Yes, Iím jealous and need to get down to KC some day!

    Anyway, it was an interesting night in the Twins farm system. Rochester remains absolutely on fire thanks to a big come-from-behind win. But on Friday, best wishes go out to Red Wings reliever Carlos Gutierrez who is undergoing shoulder surgeryl New Britain and E-Town werenít able to finish what they started, so theyíl do that today. The Miracle were one hit away from a nice win. And, it was a great day for Beloit where they doubled their pleasure and fans got to witness Miguel Sano. What did he do on this night?
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    by 07-19-2012, 10:17 AM

    Originally posted at k-bro's baseball blog

    We're fully aware, now that the All-Star break is over, that the non-waiver trade deadline is looming (I hate the "looming" cliche -- it makes me think of a big shadow of a ghost looming with the players rumored to be traded cowering against the wall a la Scooby-Doo).

    Last season, the Twins did very little at the trade deadline. This year should be different; the Twins will most likely move a guy or two before the end of the month. What's different about this year:
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    by 07-19-2012, 10:00 AM

    The Twins cannot deliver Francisco a win. Again last night, the left-hander pitched a solid six innings, giving up two earned runs and striking out 10 batters. The Twins offense couldn't muster more than one run in nine frames and dropped the game 2-1 to the Orioles.

    This afternoon, we get Cole De Vries and a getaway lineup against Wei-Yin Chen, making the 18th start of his debut season. Chen has been one of the few solid parts of the Orioles rotation, pitching over 100 innings with a 3.80 ERA for Baltimore. The Orioles look for a split today while the Twins look to take three out of four from the fading O's.

    What do you expect from De Vries? Will Gardenhire run out a lineup that can win this game? Join the Twins Daily discussion and let us know!
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    by 07-19-2012, 09:54 AM

    The Big Picture
    The defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals are currently 47-45, 4.5 games behind both the Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates. They are also 4.5 games behind those two teams in the Wild Card race, but just three games back of the Atlanta Braves and 1.5 games behind the Dodgers for the second Wild Card. The team traditionally is not afraid to make a splash at the trade deadline. Last year, it was a deadline deal that is often credited for propelling the team to the playoffs late in the season. They wonít be afraid to pull the trigger on another deal this July.
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    by 07-18-2012, 11:15 PM

    This is always an interesting time of year, with the rampant trade speculation. Will the Twins trade Francisco Liriano? Denard Span? It's curious, but understandable, that they're listening on Josh Willingham. Make no mistake -- just two weeks from now, this team could, and probably will, look quite different. Let's take a look at how the affiliates performed today. With the potential for change in Minneapolis comes the likelihood of promotion for some of these kids.

    This game took forever -- 15 innings, in fact. Liam Hendriks had a great outing. He threw 7 innings and allowed only 1 run on 5 hits. He struck out 6 and walked 1.
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    by 07-18-2012, 03:00 PM

    The Twins rallied last night and defeated the Orioles in what seemed to be a never-ending game that finished just before 11pm Central Time. Led by a balanced hit attack up and down the lineup, the Twins came back from a 4-1 deficit and the bullpen held strong to finish the game with a 6-4 victory. Joe Mauer raised his batting average to .333, trailing only Mike Trout of the Angels in the American League.

    Tonight, Twins fans will see Francisco Liriano on the mound, going against the Orioles' Tommy Hunter. Liriano has
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    by 07-18-2012, 01:16 AM

    After an offensive explosion on Monday night, the Twins made things a little bit more interesting on Tuesday when they didn't take their first lead in the game until the seventh inning. This comeback was spurred on by four two out hits with Ben Revere and Joe Mauer knocking in the runs to make the difference in the 6-4 final score.

    It seemed like a showcase game for Joe Mauer as he went 3-for-4 in the game including an RBI and one walk. He also made a tremendous diving catch on a bunt attempt where he had to sprawl out in foul territory to snag the pop up. Mauer is making an attempt to catch Mike Trout for the league lead in batting average but Trout continues to have monster games as he went 4-for-6 on Tuesday. There is plenty of time left for Mauer to catch Trout so it will be interesting to see if the 20-year old rookie ever cools down.

    Mauer wasn't the only member of the Twins organization to impress on Tuesday night because there were plenty of good games in the farm system. Make sure to check out all the details below in this edition of "Tuesday's Trip through the Minors."
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    by 07-18-2012, 01:06 AM

    So the Kansas City Royals made one of the most lopsided trades when the acquired Jonathan Sanchez for Melky Cabrera since the natives swapped Manhattan Island to the Dutch for about 25 bucks.

    After a rebound season in KC, Cabrera is fully rejuvenated in the Bay Area, hitting .353/.391/.514 with 8 home runs for the Giants. Meanwhile, in 12 starts, Sanchez completely soiled the bed so badly that the Royals were recently forced to designate him for assignment.

    There was plenty of reason for the Royals to take a chance on the 29-year-old left-hander. According to his expected fielding independent figures, his 4.10 mark from
    Mike Trout is leading the Angels on a blistering midseason tear.
    by 07-17-2012, 09:42 PM

    The Big Picture
    When the Angels skidded to an 18-25 start, many in Anaheim were hitting the panic button. After the most aggressive offseason of any club in baseball, the offense was flatlining Ė thanks in large part to the remarkable struggles of LA's marquee acquisition: Albert Pujols.

    Akin to the 2006 Twins, who reversed course after a 25-33 start to win 96 games, the Angels have gone on a midseason tear, with rookie and MVP frontrunner Mike Trout leading the way. They are 5.5 games behind the Rangers in the AL West, but lead the race for the top wild-card spot. At this point, they've got to be feeling pretty good about their chances of making the postseason.

    Why They Will Trade With the Twins
    Of course, when you splurge for $316 million over the winter, simply making the postseason isn't enough. The Angels have championship aspirations, and with the Rangers and Yankees both looking especially strong, they'll need any edge they can get.
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    by 07-17-2012, 03:00 PM

    In the sort of pounding that would make Pythagoras proud, the Twins shelled the Baltimore pitching staff for 19 runs last night. Almost everyone on the team contributed offensively and Scott Diamond threw a workman-like start behind some slipshod defense by Denard Span, who certainly offset the mistake with a 5 RBI night.

    Tonight, we see Sam Deduno take the mound for the Twins, making only his second career MLB start. For the Orioles, Zach Britton will make his first start of the season. Having started 28 games last season, Britton
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    by 07-17-2012, 07:14 AM

    On Sunday, one of the directors of the documentary Ballplayer: Pelotero came to the Twins Daily forums and after letting us know where the movie could be viewed, answered several questions from readers. Iíve read so much about the film, watched trailers and eagerly anticipated being able to see it. I didnít know how I would be able to view it since I donít live in a metro area.

    Thankfully, it is available through several sources right now. Some cable providers have made it available as On Demand. It can currently be seen at St. Anthony Main Theatre in Minneapolis and other select theaters around the country. It is also available on iTunes, which is how I watched it.

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