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    by 04-29-2012, 07:08 PM

    If Iíd told you before the season started that, 20 games in, Denard Span would have a .386 OBP, Joe Mauer would be hitting .329 and Justin Morneau would have an IsoP of .236, plus newcomer Josh Willingham would have a 1.114 OPS, what would you have expected the Twinsí record to be? Better than 5-15, I hope.

    There are a lot of reasons why it is that poor, and some of them are not easily solved, but I donít believe the offense is one of them.
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    by 04-29-2012, 07:00 PM

    Aaron and John talk about the Twins' terrible starting pitching, Delmon Young not going to Hebrew school, booing Joe Mauer, putting past division titles in proper perspective, Ben Revere's brief return, skipping Francisco Liriano, Ron Gardenhire's odd bullpen usage, and jinxing anything and everything. Here are:

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    by 04-29-2012, 05:23 PM

    The Twins actually won a game today. It's tough to complain about too much from today's Twins performance. Jason Marquis earned the win, and picked up the 4th Twins quality start along the way. The Twins scored 4 runs in the first, 2 runs in the third and 1 in the seventh, on their way to a 7-4 victory. Josh Willingham (a home run short of the cycle, go figure) and Danny Valencia (3 hits including a triple) led the way on offense, and the only Twins starters without a hit were Trevor Plouffe and Alexi Casilla. Matt Capps, as he is want to do, made it a little interesting in the 9th. But a win is a win!

    Here's a look at the Twins minor league scores and highlights from Sunday:
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    by 04-28-2012, 10:12 PM

    "You throw the ball, you catch the ball, you hit the ball. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and sometimes it rains."- Ebby Calvin LaLoosh, Bull Durham

    The rain came a tumbling down at Target Field on Saturday afternoon and the contest between the Twins and Royals was postponed because of the weather. By mid-afternoon, the skies had cleared up but the game had already been rescheduled as part of a day-night doubleheader on June 30.
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    by 04-27-2012, 10:24 PM

    The Twins lost yet again in a back-and-forth battle against the Royals. The Twins had plenty of runners on base again but didnít get enough to score. There was the occasional good pitch, good (or umpire-assisted) defensive plays and some bad luck. Carl Pavano just didnít have it, and the bullpen and defense were also unable to hold a lead. The Twins have now lost six in a row. The Royals have won three in a row.

    Here is a look at the Twins minor league scores and highlights from Friday:
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    by 04-27-2012, 12:59 PM

    You are walking down the street on this Friday afternoon when you bump into something. You look down and notice that you just kicked a lamp of some sorts. You reach down and notice that it's quite dirty, so you start to rub it and notice that it is quite shiny. Suddenly, smoke starts coming out of the lamps opening and POOF! A magic genie is kind of floating in front of you. At least you hope it is a magic genie because otherwise the guy standing in front of you is a little scary.

    But anyway, it is a magic genie and he says to you, "Your wish is my command. I can give you three wishes."

    Because you are such a big Twins fan, your first wish is to become the GM AND Manager of the Minnesota Twins for one day. Voila! Suddenly, you're sitting in the GMs office at Target Field, wearing your Twins uniform with a lineup card in front of you and a cell phone, ready to make transaction.
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    by 04-27-2012, 07:40 AM

    Original post from North Dakota Twins Fan
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    Since the last time you joined me for an edition of "Friday Links-N-Thinks," the Twins have only one one game and that was on last Friday. It has been a rough week for Twins fans as the team looked to get back on track against the struggling Red Sox. This didn't happen but the one consolation prize is the fact that the Royals come to town this weekend and they have their own share of problems to deal with this season. Hopefully this means the Twins can come out of the weekend with a series win before they head on the road again for a West Coast swing through Los Angeles and Seattle.
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    by 04-27-2012, 01:10 AM

    Heading into the 2012 season, the Twins had plenty of question marks throughout the lineup. Among those unanswered questions was center fielder Denard Span.

    The concern was Span, like Justin Morneau to a lesser extent, would be unable to play consistently throughout the season at a high level. After all, Spanís concussion in the middle of the 2011 season sidelined him for an extended period of time and, when he returned for 14 games in August and September, he provided minimal production,
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    by 04-26-2012, 09:33 PM

    The Twins had a much-needed day off on Thursday. Players were able to stay at home (or in their hotel room, or wherever theyíre staying), and get some things doneÖ hopefully that included getting some rest. The team will start a series against the Royals at home on Friday night. Hopefully the Twins bats can tee off against lefty Everett Teaford!

    Here is a look at the Twins minor league scores and highlights from Thursday:
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    by 04-26-2012, 02:58 PM

    Much has been made recently about the boo birds in Target Field singling out Joe Mauer while heís up to bat. It is somewhat hard to understand this early in the season while heís actually performing pretty well from a grand scheme perspective, batting .319 with a .410 On-Base Percentage.

    Heís played in every game, has knocked in some runners, and has even hit a HR over the limestone wall in right field.

    But peopleís eyes (including mine) are seeing something different, and thatís a lack of production in big moments and late in games. Hence the booís.
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    by 04-26-2012, 12:59 PM

    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    When a team is losing, like the Twins are so far this season and did all of last season, it's easy to complain. In fact, it feels really, really good to complain. I sincerely think that us fans deserve better than the product that the Twins have been putting on the field, and that we deserve better than some of the excuses we have heard from the front office and management. Still, though, there is only so much complaining one can do. I read almost every Twins blog, as well as the Star Tribune Twins content, and I peruse TwinsDaily -- and post and comment there -- very often. For the most part -- not counting the Star Trib -- the comments sections of the blogs and of TwinsDaily are great places for discussion. Sure, people often disagree, but it's mostly respectful disagreement. When I write something, I could care less if people disagree with me. In fact, that's one of the fun things about blogging -- going back in forth, in a good-natured way, about our shared interest -- the Twins.
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    by 04-26-2012, 06:04 AM

    I canít imagine that there is a worse starting rotation in Major League Baseball than the Minnesota Twins. It was really bad last year. They added only Jason Marquis in the offseason. Scott Baker had elbow surgery that turned into Tommy John surgery. Francisco Liriano, who teased in spring training, has been so bad that heís having a skipped start after just four starts. The Twins starting staff has an ERA over seven right now.

    Understandably, the thing we hear from most Twins fans is that the Twins absolutely must use their first draft choice, the #2 overall pick, on a college pitcher. The reason is obvious. The Twins need pitching, and they need it now. The perception is that college pitchers come up quickly and make an impression. Sometimes that is the case, but I wanted to do a little bit of research to show that is the right thing to do.
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    by 04-25-2012, 09:57 PM

    The Twins and Red Sox are battling in a suddenly-close game in the late innings of the final game of what has been an immensely frustrating series for the Twins and their fans. Which is another good reason to follow the Twins minor league games. Thereís always plenty of positive to be taken from the games, even if three of the four Twins affiliates lost.

    Here is a look at the Twins minor league scores and highlights from Wednesday:
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    by 04-25-2012, 07:51 PM

    Original post from North Dakota Twins Fan
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    For the second season in a row, the Twins have taken a player who had previously served as a starter and given him a prominent role in the bullpen. Last year the Twins were very pleased with the performance of Glen Perkins as he developed into their most reliable arm in the bullpen. In a lot of tough situations, Ron Gardenhire turned to Perkins to get the team out of a jam. But in the middle of a miserable season, it was hard to see the true value of those performances.

    Flash forward to 2012 and the Twins have shifted Brian
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    by 04-25-2012, 07:25 PM

    It's been really hard to keep up on all the great blog entries that members have been creating the last few days. If you're ready to dive past the top stories and swim in the deep end, check these out....
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    by 04-25-2012, 01:04 AM

    The Twins were pretty well dominated by the Red Sox on Tuesday night, losing 11-2. Nick Blackburn was crushed. Matt Maloney was crushed. The offense didnít come through. There was even some bad defense. Itsí a good thing that there are plenty of positive things going on in the Twins farm system to give us positive stuff to talk about!

    Here is a look at the Twins minor league scores and highlights from Tuesday:

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