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    by 07-25-2014, 09:44 AM
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    Tomorrow morning, Twins Daily is going under the knife and receiving the largest update in its history. There will be new features, old features, shiny features, and half-baked features (despite our rigorous attempts to QA the new site for the past several weeks).


    If you pop online tomorrow morning and cannot reach the site, have no fear. It will be back online sometime early in the afternoon in time for tomorrow's game.

    This has been a monumental task for all involved and I think some of you will be amazed at some
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    by 07-25-2014, 09:11 AM
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    On Wednesday of this past week, Twins pitching prospect Alex Meyer dismantled the Rays’ Triple-A affiliate Durham Bulls, striking out eight over six innings of work while not allowing either a walk or a run.

    With Phil Hughes apparently sidelined for some time after absorbing an Adam Dunn projectile missile in combination with the inconsistent performance from the starting five that now consists of non-prospect arms, it is hard not to ask “When is it Meyer’s time?”

    The Twins have been understandably protective of their top pitching prospect based on his injury at the end of last season and the fact that he pitched a limited number of innings. Typically, organizations have a progression for how they would like to build a pitcher’s
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    by 07-25-2014, 07:07 AM
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    It sure was an action-packed day in the Twins organization, on and off the field. The Twins Puerto Rican Futures contingent had another big day. Trevor May got back on the mound for the Red Wings, and let's just say he didn't give up a hit. A couple of the affiliates didn't hit much, but a couple top prospects returned to the field. There was even a walk-off win in the system. The Twins made what could be the first of several trades over the next five days.

    The Twins and White Sox started a four game series. A Danny Santana two-run ninth inning home run kept the team from being shut out. They lost 5-2. Phil Hughes left the game early after being hit on the shin with a line drive. The team's play again tonight at 7:10 at Target Field with a John Danks/Kevin Correia matchup!

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    It was a busy day for transactions in the system. Of course, the big news was that the Twins traded Kendrys
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    by 07-24-2014, 02:21 PM
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    The Minnesota Twins announced on Thursday afternoon that they have traded designated hitter Kendrys Morales to the Seattle Mariners for reliever Stephen Pryor. To fill Morales spot on the roster, they recalled Jorge Polanco from Single-A.

    Pryor was the Mariners right-handed “closer of the future” back in 2012 but has been sidetracked by injuries since. The most recent, a torn back muscle on his pitching arm side, cost him most of 2013 and meant a late start in 2014. He’s spent most of the year in AAA with only one relief appearance with the
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    by 07-24-2014, 12:50 PM
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    We are now less than a week from the July 31 trade deadline, and more moves have been made in recent days. On Wednesday, the Tigers acquired reliever Joakim Soria for a couple minor leaguers. So far, we have looked at a couple of Twins Trade Candidates, Kurt Suzuki and Kevin Correia. Today, we continue this series by considering Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

    When Terry Ryan reclaimed the GM duties in the fall of 2011, he acted quickly on the Twins roster by signing three hitters. Before signing Jamey Carroll and Ryan Doumit, Ryan inked Josh WIllingham to a three year, $21 million contract. At the time, it was the biggest free agent contract the Twins had
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    by 07-23-2014, 11:27 PM
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    After giving up four runs in a brutal relief outing on Tuesday night, Matt Guerrier was designated for assignment on Wednesday, following in the footsteps of fellow failed reclamation projects Jason Bartlett and Jason Kubel.

    The Twins raised some eyebrows during the offseason when they brought back the three former fixtures on minor-league deals. It was hard to find fault with those moves at the time, as they were non-guaranteed contracts that inherently carried no risk.

    Unfortunately, it appears that each of the signings came with an implicit assurance that the player would receive a chance in the big leagues, regardless
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    by 07-23-2014, 11:24 PM
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    What an interesting day in Twins Territory!

    It was announced this afternoon that the Twins were awarded the 4th pick in Comp Round B of the 2015 MLB Draft. (This is fantastic news... especially for me!) Adding a pick like this will give the Twins around $800,000 extra in their draft pool.

    Shortly after that, the Twins completed an Anthony Swarzak-led victory. And after that, Matt Guerrier was designated for assignment.

    Of course, you can't be a Twins fan and expect all (or mostly all) good news... so Kohl Stewart was scratched from his start tonight with "a little shoulder soreness". If I had to guess, I'd say the smart money would be on shutting him down for the rest of the season, which is only a handful of starts anyway. My personal target was 100 innings for Stewart this year, which he was likely to eclipse, but those 19 innings might now be hard to come by.

    Also of note: Taylor Rogers was placed on the 7-day DL today. Alex Wimmers joins the Rock Cats to take his place. Max Kepler was placed on the DL in Fort Myers and Rafael Valera comes over from the
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    by 07-23-2014, 09:14 PM
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    Sponsored by Ticket King

    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 07-23-2014, 02:17 AM
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    As a self-proclaimed baseball analyst, I can say that there is nothing more difficult to gauge than a minor league prospect. There is little information available at the fingertips compared to major league players. But beyond that, there is perhaps nothing more difficult to gauge than a prospect at rookie ball where the data, video and observations are as rare as fine dining in their clubhouse.

    That said, a recent review of MLBFarm.com’s statistical warehouse -- a website which is enhancing and forwarding the availability of previously unknown data -- revealed that a majority of the balls put in play by Twins prospect and first round draft Nick Gordon were going to left field, a curiosity considering
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    by 07-23-2014, 12:12 AM
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    Many were frustrated when the Twins signed Kevin Correia to a multi-year contract in December of 2012.

    It wasn't the price -- $10 million over two years is a fair rate for a No. 5 starter. It was the fact that, after a 99-loss season in which the rotation was terrible, their biggest offseason signing was a No. 5 starter.

    To his credit, unlike so many free agents, Correia came as advertised, and maybe a little better. He's been completely healthy in his two seasons with the Twins and has posted a 4.40 ERA. While below average, that's not a terrible mark for the guy at the tail end of your rotation.

    Of course, Correia hasn't really functioned as
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    by 07-22-2014, 03:30 PM
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    Seth and Jeremy were back for another edition of Twins Hangouts.

    Jeremy recapped his Kernels trip (and baseball-filled week) at :02. Seth and Jeremy both shared their mid-season Top 10, with lots of details (:10) and that conversation lasted 39 minutes.

    At the 49-minute mark, the conversation turned into trade deadline talk before discussing Saturday's possible starting pitcher at 1:17.

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    by 07-22-2014, 08:27 AM
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    The Cedar Rapids Kernels dropped an ugly 5-2 game to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers back on July 9 and Kernels manager Jake Mauer clearly was not a happy man afterward.

    His line-up had left eight runners stranded in scoring position on the night and played some shoddy defense in a loss on a night when Kernels pitching combined to strike out 13 opposing hitters.

    “We’re going to have some changes,” Mauer promised that night, in a post-game interview.

    (This article
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    by 07-22-2014, 06:47 AM
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    Signup had begun for the Touch 'En All Pub Crawl, sponsored by Proximo Spirits, and you can do so by clicking on this link. Tickets are $50 on Friday only, and go up to $60 tomorrow if they're still available. The event starts August 23rd at noon and includes a $27 Twins ticket a t-shirts and a whole lot more as described below. Last year was legendary and we expect a much bigger crowd this year. Grab your tickets right now.


    The Twins game was a trip yesterday. Not only did the Twins and Anthony Swarzak grab an unanticipated win from Cleveland, but I have several fans stop me at Target Field and tell me how excited they were about the crawl. It was awesome. I told them to get their tickets early. That turned out to be even better advice when I started seeing posters for the Touch ‘Em All Pub Crawl sponsored
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    by 07-22-2014, 01:25 AM
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    So here's the deal: I spent the last 90 minutes typing up the minor league report only to have the whole thing vanish when trying to add the picture you see over there. If it was 10:30... fine, I could handle that. But it's not. It's 1:15 am and I just got worked over by my wife TWICE playing Ticket to Ride. Well, not just worked over. Worked over about three hours ago before I started to write my original piece.

    So instead of getting the full version, you're going to get a slightly expanded Jeremy's Twitter-like Minor League Report.

    RED WINGS (box scores are linked)

    Durham 5, Rochester 1

    Chris Rahl continues to hit well, but the team is starting to feel the effects of the Twins' playing
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