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    by 07-23-2014, 09:14 PM
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    It hasn't been that long since Twins fans touted the Twins/White Sox rivalry as one of baseball’s best. No, it was never in the same category as Yankees/Red Sox, but there was a most definitely a rivalry. In fact, it got ugly at times. Consider from 2001 through 2010, the White Sox or Twins won the AL Central title nine times. They finished first and second in the division five of those ten seasons.

    The pinnacle of that stretch came in Game 163 of the 2008 season when Jim Thome’s blast off of Nick Blackburn gave the White Sox a 1-0 win and the division crown. Of course, one of my favorite moments in White Sox/Twins history came on August 18, 2010, when Jim Thome launched a mammoth blast for the Twins off Matt Thornton in the bottom of the
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    by 07-21-2014, 09:38 PM
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    A fan/writer in the stands at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium in Cedar Rapids was watching a group of six or seven Kernels players working in the batting cage on bunting for hits. It was five hours before game time. Manager Jake Mauer was observing. Twins minor league hitting coordinator Bill Springman was feeding the pitching machine.

    Hitting coach Tommy Watkins was joyfully encouraging the players, but the 34-year-old former Twins infielder put his money where his mouth was. He took a regular spot in the group and managed to bunt the ball three feet in from the third base foul line every time. Only twice did he bunt the ball elsewhere, and those were the two times he pushed a bunt to within two feet of the first base line.


    all Tommy Watkins photos by Steve Buhr


    All the while, Watkins exuding passion for the game, encouraging the players to work but be sure to have fun as they’re doing it.

    As his friend and Kernels manager Jake Mauer said, “I wish
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    by 07-20-2014, 06:09 AM
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    The Twins lost on Saturday to David Price and the Rays by a score of 5-1. The positive for the Twins was that they were able to turn five double plays in the game. In other words, it could have been worse. They will try today to avoid the sweep.

    Trevor May returned to the mound for the Red Wings after missing almost a month. JO Berrios made his second start for New Britain and was tremendous. A couple streaks came to their ends. Continue reading to see what happened in the Twins minor leagues on Saturday:

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 2, Norfolk 4
    Box Score

    Trevor May returned to the mound for the first time in almost a month. The right-hander gave up one run on three hits and a walk in three innings. Mark Hamburger came on and threw two shutout innings, walking one. Edgar Ibarra pitched a scoreless sixth inning. However, in the 7th frame, he gave up a single and a walk before
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    by 07-18-2014, 11:52 PM
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    The Twins lost their first game after the All-Star game to the Tampa Bay Rays. On Saturday, Phil Hughes will take on David Price in the second game of the series.

    There were some interesting games throughout the Twins farm system. Two games went into extra innings, and one of them involved the Ft. Myers Miracle who played almost two-full games worth of innings. However, two of the Twins top prospects each had big days at the plate for the Miracle, who had 23 hits. Alex Meyer was on the mound for the Red Wings on this night. Trevor May will finally make his return to the mound on Saturday.

    Friday was the deadline for signing 2014 draft picks. Reportedly, the Twins did not sign any more of their draft picks. They were able to sign their first 17 draft picks and 29 of their 40 selections.

    Without further ado, here is the Minor League Report for Friday night:

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    by 07-17-2014, 01:43 AM
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    The Minnesota Twins didn't play on Wednesday and won't play on Thursday. They will begin a ten-game homestand on Friday night with a three-game set against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rochester Red Wings and New Britain Rock Cats both had players participating in their leagues' All-Star games on Wednesday. On Thursday, all the Twins affiliates will return to action.


    One to watch will be the return of Trevor May to the Rochester Red Wings rotation. Is it possible that if he pitches well enough in his return from a calf injury, he could be up with the big league club by next week? And one of the Kerenls hitters is on a very impressive streak of late.


    Continue reading to check out what happened on Wednesday in the Minnesota Twins minor leagues.

    RED WINGS REPORT

    On Wednesday, the AAA All Star Game was played in Durham, North Carolina. The lone representative of the
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    by 07-17-2014, 12:18 AM
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    The All-Star Game is behind us. The Minnesota Twins and Major League Baseball put together an extraordinary event. It may have jumped up on us, but we are just two weeks away from the July 31 trade deadline. There were a couple trades made before the All-Star break, and I think that teams could start making deals quickly.

    The Twins come out of the All-Star break on Friday with a series at home against the Tampa Bay Rays. That will be followed by three games against Cleveland and four games against the White Sox, all at home. If things don't go exceedingly well through that ten game stretch, the Twins could decide to be sellers. If that's the case, the Twins have several trade candidates and over the next couple of weeks we will take a look at them.

    That said, today
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    by 07-15-2014, 10:29 AM
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    It was a busy, long weekend, but it was a tremendous opportunity. I traveled from the tip-top of Minnesota, down to the Twin Cities on Saturday. I then spent all day Monday driving back home. One has a lot of opportunity to think while driving more than seven hours each direction, so I thought I would put together a quick Stream of Consciousness blog for today. I encourage you to leave your thoughts on All-Star festivities below.

    So bear with me. I’ll cover a lot of topics, and hopefully you enjoy this potentially chaotic format.



    I’ll start with my thoughts on being down at the All-Star Sunday festivities and go from there. But to wake up on Sunday morning and see my name in a byline in the Pioneer Press was pretty cool! I was asked to write
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    by 07-13-2014, 05:10 AM
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    The Twins got another strong start from Kevin Correia and got a nice, easy win in Colorado, 9-3. Correia has now given up just 11 earned runs over his last seven starts (43 innings).

    The Twins released Red Wings starter Scott Diamond to make room for the return of Trevor May, who will start on Sunday. Diamond was the Minnesota Twins rookie of the year and pitcher of the year in 2012.

    Today, three Twins prospects will be participating in MLB's Futures Game at Target Field at 4:00. Twins Hangouts co-hosts Jeremy Nygard and I will be in attendance. I was asked to write about the three players for the Pioneer Press, and here is that article. It includes comments from Twins Minor League Director Brad Steil as well as Miracle pitching coach Gary Lucas and Rock Cats hitting coach Chad Allen.

    The rest of the minor leaguers had games to play on Saturday, so let's take a look at
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    by 07-10-2014, 06:14 AM
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    Two weeks ago, Adam Walker was one of four Ft. Myers Miracle players named to the Florida State League All-Star team. It proved to be quite the weekend performance by the powerful prospect. First, Walker put on a tremendous show for the crowd with a incredible performance in the home run derby. He followed that up by going 3-4 with a double and a home run in the All-Star Game itself. He was named the MVP.

    While Walker may be an imperfect prospect, he has some traits that make him one of the most intriguing prospects in the Minnesota Twins minor league system.



    However, let's start with the All-Star performance. It meant a lot to Walker to be named an All-Star,
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    by 07-10-2014, 04:51 AM
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    Things were busy in the Twins farm system on Wednesday as all six affiliates played, and the Miracle played two games. Mike Kvasnicka has been on fire of late and continued that. But let's not kid ourselves, the story in the system on Wednesday was the AA Debut of JO Berrios. You'll have to keep reading to see how it went.

    For the second straight night, the Minnesota Twins got a terrific start and nice offensive output. Kyle Gibson threw six shutout innings to improve to 8-7. Brian Dozier hit two doubles and Kendrys Morales drove in three runs. On Thursday, Yohan Pino will take the mound for the Twins against a bullpen-by-committee start from the Mariners in a fourth straight late-night game in Seattle.

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 2, Buffalo 6
    Box Score

    Logan Darnell struggled early in this game, but he regained his form and was able to give his team innings. Darnell gave up five runs in the first
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    by 07-09-2014, 01:05 AM
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    You have now read about the June Starting Pitcher of the Month and the June Hitter of the Month. Today, I'll be posting the June Relief Pitcher of the Month. As has been the case with the previous "awards", there are a lot of good candidates this month.

    Relief pitchers often are taken for granted as they are not really noticed unless they have a bad game. So, it's only fair that we recognize them when they do pitch well. Let's start with the Honorable Mentions.

    HONORABLE MENTION



    • Aaron Thompson - Rochester - 11 G, 10.0 IP, 6 H, 4 BB, 11 K, 0-0, 0.90 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, .171 OBA.
    • Mason Melotakis - Ft. Myers - 8 G, 12.2 IP, 9 H, 5 BB, 14 K, 1-0, 1.42 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, .200
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    by 07-07-2014, 08:27 PM
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    I posted the June Starting Pitcher of the Month last week, and this week JO Berrios was promoted to the New Britain Rock Cats. Tonight, I'll be posting the June Hitter of the Month. There are a lot of very good candidates. It made for a very difficult decision.

    With All-Star games and some promotions, it can be a month with difficult decisions.. Some guys have fewer plate appearances, and that has to factor into the thinking as well. So, we'll start with the Honorable Mentions and then get to the Top 5.

    HONORABLE MENTION


    • Chris Herrmann - Rochester - 14-50 (.280/.339/.460 (.799)) with 5-2B, 2-3B, 6 RBI.
    • Deibinson Romero - Rochester - 29-98
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    by 07-07-2014, 12:52 AM
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    The Twins (meaning, Ricky Nolasco) gave up nine early runs. However, they attempted the comeback and got the score to 9-7 before it ended. Chris Colabello and Trevor Plouffe homered for the Twins. Glen Perkins was named to his second All-Star game, and Kurt Suzuki will play in the mid-summer classic for the first time in his career.

    The biggest news in the Twins farm system is that Byron Buxton returned to game action for the Ft. Myers Miracle. He led off, played centerfield and got a couple of at-bats. We also learned the Twins will soon make a decision on whether Trevor May will pitch in the Futures Game. It's a busy minor league report today, so let's get started with some transactions.




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    Mark Hamburger was promoted from New Britain to Rochester.
    JO Berrios and Lance Ray were promoted from Ft. Myers to New Britain. (per Bryce Zimmerman, Mason Melotakis was also promoted to AA.)
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    by 07-06-2014, 07:03 PM
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    The Twins beat the Yankees by a score of 2-1 in 11 innings. The winning run scored on a throwing error by the Yanks' catcher, Francisco Cervelli, trying to complete a 1-2-3 double play. Brian Duensing picked up the win.

    The Red Wings offensive machine continued to rack up runs. A couple of Kernels continued hot streaks, and the E-Twins got another terrific start. There were some good games throughout the Twins minor leagues on Friday. Check out more below.




    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 8, Lehigh Valley 9 (16 innings)
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    With a double-header on Sunday, the last thing the Red Wings needed was a 16-inning game on Saturday. However, that's just what they got. Six errors in the field by the Red Wings didn't help the matter.


    Scott Diamond started and gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits and a walk in 5.1 innings. Lester Oliveros gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits in
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    by 07-05-2014, 10:00 AM
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    The Twins got a short start from Kyle Gibson (six runs in two innings) but came up just shy in their attempt to come back, losing 6-5 to the Yankees on the 4th of July. Sam Deduno was very good in long relief. Brian Dozier and Chris Colabello homered, but it wasn't enough.

    The Red Wings offensive machine continued to rack up runs. A couple Kernels continued hot streaks, and the E-Twins got another terrific start. There were some good games throughout the Twins minor leagues on Friday. Check out more below.

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    Rochester 12, Lehigh Valley 6
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    The Red Wings bats dominated in this one, their 50th win of the season. Chris Herrmann led the way. He reached base all five times with two singles and three walks. Eric Farris went 3-6 and stole his 14th base. Deibinson Romero went 2-6 with his
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    by 07-04-2014, 08:15 AM
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    Happy Fourth of July to all of you! I am a couple days later than usual in posting the Twins minor league pitchers and hitters of the month thanks to my trip to Cedar Rapids (which was awesome, and the Kernels are home again this weekend, so get down there if you can!). Today, I'll be posting the Twins Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Month.

    It's always good when there are several starting pitchers deserving of recognition. It's even better when several of the names you will see below are names seen in previous months because that means they're putting together a long stretch of quality starting performances.

    With that, I'm going to post a couple of honorable mentions
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