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    by 07-14-2012, 03:00 PM

    [LEFT]The Twins took another tough loss last night against an AL West opponent. Liriano was on top of the game, striking out 15 batters over 8 innings but lost the game with one mistake pitch that A's left fielder Gomes sent out of the park for a grand slam.

    Tonight, we see two young pitchers take the mound in Cole De Vries and Tommy Milone. Milone, a lefty, made his debut last September and has been one of the young arms that has powered Oakland back to a winning record this season. De Vries, a St. Louis Park resident, has been
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    by 07-14-2012, 08:05 AM

    Francisco Liriano struck out 15 batters in eight innings for the Twins on Friday night, and he got a loss. The talented left-hander was pitching with his form from 2006. Unfortunately, he also had the fourth inning. It started with a single by Jemile Weeks. One out later, Denard Span dropped a fly ball. Liriano then issued a walk. With the bases loaded, Liriano served up a pitch that Johnny Gomes knocked for a grand slam. Outside of the one inning, Liriano was dominant. Josh Willingham homered twice and drove in all three runs but it wasn’t enough as the Twins lost 6-3. Willingham now has 21 home runs. Joe Mauer and Denard Span were each 2-4.

    Friday afternoon was the deadline for 2012 draft picks to sign. In the end, the Twins signed 27 of their 43 draft picks, including their first 11 picks.

    With that, here is a look at the Twins minor league scores and highlights from the Friday the 13th games in the system. Kyle Gibson was back on the mound in the GCL. How did he do? Which Twins pitcher carried a no-hitter into the late innings? Did Liam Hendriks continue his IL dominance? Which five hitters had three hits on Friday?
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    by 07-13-2012, 03:00 PM

    Finally, back to baseball. After three days of zero ball and one night of awful All-Star play where the National League drubbed the American League 8-0, we can finally get back to baseball that (mostly) matters. Tonight, the Twins square off against the A's, who entered the break on quite a tear to bring their record back up to .500 at 43-43. The Twins didn't fare quite as well going into the break, losing two wrenching extra innings affairs against the Texas Rangers. But there is light at the end of the tunnel... Young Twins starters
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    by 07-13-2012, 02:32 PM

    Happy Friday! I hope you made it through the week and you are looking forward to the weekend. It's hard to believe that it is already the 13th of July. Where is the time going from this summer? Make sure you spend some time this weekend enjoying the warm weather and the wonderful outdoors. It won't be long and we will all be stuck inside for another frigid winter across Twins Territory. At least the Wild should be worth watching this season with their newest additions.
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    by 07-13-2012, 12:28 AM

    The Big Picture
    At the All Star Break last year, the Washington Nationals were playing .500 baseball (46-46) but were already 11.5 games back behind the National League East leading Phillies.

    To be sure, it was just their second non-losing first half of the season since they emigrated from Montreal. Prior to last season, DC had entered just one midseason classic with a winning record. When MLB moved the Expos to the nation’s capital, the newly christen Nationals posted a 52-36 record heading into the All Star Break, leading the division by two-and-a-half games. Of course, Washington would go 29-45 in the season’s back half and wind up in last place.
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    by 07-12-2012, 11:35 PM

    Another slow day around baseball.

    The Twins activated RP Matt Capps and optioned Kyle Waldrop back to Rochester. The Wings currently have six pitchers on the disabled list, so getting another arm is probably pretty welcome.

    The Twins reached agreements with 23rd round pick P Travis Huber from Nebraska and 28th round pick P Carson Goldsmith.

    It was also announced that 6th rounder Andre Martinez (P) will not actually sign after it was reported he agreed to a deal that would pay him $60K over slot.
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    by 07-12-2012, 12:27 PM

    The Twins have reinstated reliever Matt Capps from the 15-day disabled list.

    Capps was placed on the disabled list on June 25 (retroactive to June 24) with right shoulder inflammation. In his two outings with the Fort Myers Miracle Capps worked two innings while striking out one against Florida State League competition.

    To clear room, the Twins have optioned reliever Kyle Waldrop to Rochester.

    In Capps' absence, the Twins have used Glen Perkins and Jared Burton as the team's closers. Perkins
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    by 07-12-2012, 07:04 AM

    The Big Picture
    The Orioles are currently seven games behind the New York Yankees in the AL East. However, they are currently 45-40 as the second half starts and that puts them 0.5 games ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays for the second Wild Card. The Orioles last finished with a .500 record (and last made the playoffs) in 1997. For that matter, the last time the O’s finished with more than 70 wins was 2005 when Lee Mazzilli was the team’s manager. (Mazzilli’s son LJ was the Twins 9th round pick this June. He is yet to sign and may go back to U Conn for his senior season.) All Star Adam Jones has been Mr. Everything for the O’s. He leads the team in nearly every statistical category including Batting Average (.289), OBP (.330), Hits (98), Home Runs (20) and RBI (44).
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    by 07-12-2012, 06:04 AM

    Here we are, probably the most boring couple days during the baseball season -- the All-Star break. It was nice to see Joe Mauer get a hit last night, and interesting to see him play first base. It's tough to be too positive about the Twins right now. Sure, Josh Willingham, Ben Revere and Scott Diamond have exceeded expectations, but there's not a whole lot else to hang your hat on if you just look at the Twins right now. So, let's take a look at the affiliates, the Future Twins (#futuretwins if you're following me on Twitter for Rock Cats updates).
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    by 07-11-2012, 07:19 PM

    The Big Picture
    The Pirates are in first place at the All-Star Break. Oops - hold on. I didn’t say that with the right emphasis. Let me try again. The PIRATES are in FIRST F*$%ING PLACE at the ALL-STAR BREAK.

    Wha? How?
    That’s a fair question, considering their offense has scored 345 runs this year, 21st in the majors. The answer is that their pitching and defense has been outstanding, resulting in the 5th best team ERA in the league.

    Why They Will Trade With The Twins
    For starters, they’re “in a buying mode” according to their manager. And they’re looking for offense.
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    by 07-11-2012, 06:16 PM

    Last night I posted an article musing about what it might take for the Twins to get back into the AL Central race in the second half. It was mostly the stuff of pipe dreams, naturally, since the club would need to play .650-plus baseball and leapfrog four teams, requiring an historically unprecedented turnaround. Nevertheless, it was a fun escape from the painful realities of a lost season. (At least for those who were willing to play along.)

    Even accepting those realities, there will be plenty of intriguing storylines for fans to follow in the final months of this 2012 season. Here are a few:
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    by 07-10-2012, 10:44 PM

    Here at the All-Star break, the Twins find themselves 11 games out of first place, with a record 13 games below .500. The most likely scenario is that they sell off their assets within the next couple weeks and coast to a forgettable finish near the bottom of the division.

    But just what would it take for the Twins to surge back to the top of the division here in the second half? Anyone would have to admit that it's still possible, if extremely improbable. We've seen this team make up some significant deficits after the break in years past under Ron Gardenhire.
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    by 07-10-2012, 02:28 PM

    • A ground ball to the shortstop for the first out.
    • A walk.
    • A ground ball to second base which was turned into an inning-ending double play.

    That may not seem like much to get overly excited about, but for Twins fans, it was a good day!

    For the first time since he was placed on the Disabled List on August 2, 2011, Kyle Gibson pitched off of a mound in a game on Tuesday morning.
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    by 07-10-2012, 01:18 PM

    It's that time of year, folks. The All-Star Game is upon us. Tonight, Matt Cain of the San Francisco Giants goes up against Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers. As has been much-discussed here at Twins Daily, Joe Mauer is the only representative for the Twins. What inning do you see him entering the game? How many ABs will ol' Joe get tonight?

    And most importantly, do you care about the All-Star game?

    Here are your starting lineups, be sure to join in the game conversation found below! I apologize in advance for not providing the wall of stats for this game... Sorting out individual All-Star stats was proving to be too difficult so
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    by 07-10-2012, 10:15 AM

    Joe Mauer is the Twins lone All Star representative tonight in Kansas City. In over 52 seasons in Minnesota, the Twins have had many All Stars, obviously at least one each year. There are the greats of the game, like Killebrew, Carew and Puckett who went to many All Star games. And there are the Coomer's and Engel's. Below, I'll post all of the Twins All Star representative by years, with some notes to follow. Feel free to discuss the best and the worst, and any other notes you find interesting:

    1961 - Harmon Killebrew, Camilo Pascual
    1962 - Earl Battey, Jim Kaat, Camilo Pascual, Rich Rollins
    1963 - Bob Allison, Earl Battey, Harmon Killebrew, Zoilo Versailles
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    by 07-10-2012, 12:33 AM

    Twins players scattered all over the place to enjoy their All Star breaks. Joe Mauer is the team’s lone representative in tonight’s All-Star game. On Monday night, it was the Tigers’ Prince Fielder who out-slugged Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista to win his second Home Run Derby. The Rochester Red Wings also began their All-Star break with no game on Monday. New Britain played an early afternoon game and with its completion, they are now on their All-Star break. Each of the other Twins affiliates played on Monday. Only the GCL Twins will play on Tuesday as the minor leagues do not schedule games the day of the big league All Star game.

    With that, here is a look at the Twins minor league scores and highlights from Monday’s games in the system. For those with concerns about the Twins system, you will notice that each of the Twins three 2011 1st round picks had good days.

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