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[I]Originally Published at The [URL="http://tenthinningstretch.blogspot.com/2012/08/random-tuesday-twins-thoughts-and_14.html"]Tenth Inning Stretch[/URL][/I]

Here is this week's installment:

[LIST][*]Unfortunately [B]Matt Capps'[/B] MRI did not show any improvement and he is not close to a rehab assingment yet. Probably threw his last pitch as a member of the Twins. And there might be some sugar coating but re-signing him and losing the 2 draft picks was one of the worst mistakes that Terry Ryan made. And there is no sugar coating for that.[*]Congratulations to [B]Oswaldo Arcia[/B] for named Eastern League player of the month for July and [URL="http://eastern.league.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120813&content_id=36609048&vkey=news_l113&fext=.jsp&sid=l113"]the Eastern League player of the week[/URL] for the past week.[*]Twins' RHP [B]Scott Baker,[/B] who underwent Tommy John surgery earlier this season, [URL="https://twitter.com/FSNtylermason/status/234021678127149057"]is already playing catch[/URL]. And he has been saying that he feels better than he felt for the last 2 years, which is really positive.[*] [URL="http://tenthinningstretch.blogspot.com/search/label/Twins%20MiLB%20Transactions"]Here[/URL] are the most recent organization Transactions. Please notice the [B]Carl Pavano [/B]shuttle. He is in the GCL and not in the FSL right now.[*]Catcher [B]Michael Quesada[/B] was suspended. He last played for the Elizabethton Twins (Rookie, Appalachian League.) He was suspended for 50 days because he tested positive for methylhexaneamine, a banned and dangerous diet supplement similar to ephedra[*][URL="http://www.startribune.com/sports/twins/165665686.html?refer=y"]Here[/URL] is a great article on[B] Cole De Vries.[/B][*]Lots of awards coming up, but Baseball America, named Twins' middle infielder [B]Pedro Florimon[/B], the "strongest infield arm" in the AAA International League.[*]Former Twins' starting pitcher Jason Marquis [URL="http://sports.yahoo.com/news/marquis-pitches-two-hitter-padres-015412288--mlb.html"]took a no-hitter into the 7th and ended up with a two-hitter[/URL]. Happy to see that Gardy and Andy helped him realize his full potential while with the Twins. In 13 starts with the Padres he has 3.66 ERA, 1.195 WHIP, 7.5 K/9 and 3.33 K/BB. Another success story for Andy and Gardy and Terry...[*]The New Britain Rock Cats are celebrating their 30th year of existence in New Britain (after they moved from Bristol, CT) this season. [URL="http://www.courant.com/sports/baseball/minor-leagues/hc-rock-cats-30th-0804-20120803,0,1263181,full.story"]Here[/URL] is a great write up about the history of the Twins AA affiliate.[*][URL="http://chrissyscaffidi.wordpress.com/2012/08/08/for-the-love-of-the-game/"]Here[/URL] is a great post by the Snappers' Director of Media relations, where she gets the Twins' A level players to give her the number one reason why they play baseball. Great stuff.[*]Apparently the Minnesota Twins' ball cap, is preferred gear [URL="http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/interviews/id.1935/title.atmospheres-slug-clarifies-role-at-rhymesayers-entertainment-talks-storytelling"]of a certrain hip hop artist[/URL][*]Interim Twins' GM Terry Ryan, is [URL="http://lacrossetribune.com/news/state-and-regional/ryan-s-family-tree-has-many-branches/article_1f3d8990-e507-11e1-92d7-001a4bcf887a.html"]related to the Republican Vice Presidential candidate[/URL][*]In 5 games after his trade to the Twins, GCL Twins' [B]Jeremias Pineda[/B] is hitting .273/.304/.273. He hit .421/.447/.534 before traded. Meanwhile, Danny Valencia, the other part of this trade was called up for Boston and has been hitless in 2 games.[*]If you wonder what the Elizabethton Twins' players do in their days off, check [URL="http://instagram.com/p/OSFD4_v6CH/?fb_action_ids=10151181246675992"]this[/URL] out. And the ones who are not doing that, are doing [URL="https://twitter.com/DHicksMTB/status/235160855602413568"]this[/URL][*]Will a particular Twins' player have something [URL="https://twitter.com/BenRevere9/status/235056363942866944"]going on[/URL] that explains his offensive surge this season?[*]Twins' product of the week is [URL="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0048CXQ6Q/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0048CXQ6Q&linkCode=as2&tag=biowriters"]Minnesota Twins Throwback Gnome[/URL][IMG]http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=biowriters&l=as2&o=1&a=B0048CXQ6Q[/IMG]. The Twins need luck in any way possible, and this guy looks a bit like their manager as well...[/LIST]

The parting shot today is of Brian Dozier who has been lagging both on the field and with the stick lately. I hope that the Twins do not give up on him, but this has been a long season for him.

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