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Brian Dozier and Twins 20/20 seasons of the past
via Twinkie Town August 21, 2014 at 04:53 PM

Brian Dozier may not be a superstar, but he is very, very good. If Byron Buxton develops a little more home run power, he could pull a 20/20 season half a dozen times in his career. Mike Trout's already done it twice (okay, one of them is a 30/30) and could do it another ten times in the next 12 years. But for all of that promise of star power and longetivity, 20/20 seasons aren't that easy

Hughes strong again, Vargas and Arcia provide spark as Twins top Indians 4-1
via Twinkie Town August 21, 2014 at 04:17 PM

Phil Hughes wins number 14 by out-dueling Clevaland ace Corey Kluber. Corey Kluber and Phil Hughes are among the American League's best pitcher this season. Kluber is likely to get more attention from Cy Young award voters than Hughes, and rightfully so, but on any given day either pitcher could easily come out ahead. Kluber gave the Indians three runs in seven innings, but Hughes was the be

We need to talk about Aaron Hicks
via Twinkie Town August 21, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Former organizational top prospect is having a season down on the farm. It's easy to write guys off. Especially when you get tired of watching four consecutive 90-loss seasons. You look at what they've done for the Major League team, which is to say not much, and sometimes that actually means they helped the team lose more games than if they'd not been on the roster. So when Aaron Hicks, who

Who Else Is Having A Season Like Gibson?
via Twinkie Town August 20, 2014 at 11:05 AM

This year, Kyle Gibson has been extraordinary in wins and terrible in losses. Is he truly an outlier or are there other pitchers out there that have been just as inconsistent as him? Throughout this season, we've seen Kyle Gibson turn into the second-best starter in the Twins rotation behind Phil Hughes. Armed with a good sinking fastball, Gibson has been able to get his opponents to beat t

Recap: Mayyyy Be Better Next Time
via Twinkie Town August 19, 2014 at 02:47 PM

An ugly 5th inning brings another rough outing for Trevor May. After cruising along the first four innings, Kansas City made Trevor May's third appearance another one to forget. May filled the bases on his own hand walking three in the inning when Salvador Perez and Billy Butler hit back-back RBI singles making it a 3-0 game. Alex Gordon would then reach on another single which promoted Anth

Tuesday Twins: Ron Gardenhire talks about Fangraphs, and a few other ridiculous things
via Twinkie Town August 19, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Enjoy these links please: Gardenhire cited Fangraphs while talking to the media the other day and our pets heads are falling off. The party is over for Byron Buxton. Everyone is talking about former-Twin Michael Cuddyer hitting for the cycle for some reason like welcome to five years ago. Speaking of ex-Twins, Boof Bonser is home from Taiwan and just signed a contract with an indepe

2015 Stock Market Report: Anthony Swarzak
via Twinkie Town August 19, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Swarzak has been Minnesota's swing man and long reliever since 2011. It's a thankless job, being a long reliever. Not good enough over multiple innings to start and not good enough to come out and mow down the opposition over short appearances, long relief still requires of a pitcher a set of skills that aren't always easily found. He needs to be able to pitch more often than a starting pitc

Game 123: Royals @ Twins
via Twinkie Town August 18, 2014 at 06:11 PM

I remembered this time! Trevor May also makes his home debut against the hottest team in baseball. Royals Review Aoki RF, Infante 2B, Perez C, Butler 1B, Gordon LF, Willingham DH, Moustakas 3B, Escobar SS, Dyson CF, Vargas SP Twins: Santana CF, Dozier 2B, Mauer 1B, Vargas DH, Arcia RF, Plouffe 3B, Parmelee LF, Fryer C, Escobar SS, May SP

The Return of Joe Mauer
via Twinkie Town August 18, 2014 at 11:17 AM

The first baseman's return has gotten off to a stellar start. Will it last? Is Joe back? Six games over the course of a single week isn't enough time to make anything close to a definitive judgment, but in the interest of indulging the optimist inside me that I struggle to keep buried under layers of cynicism, hey welcome back Joe Mauer. What we've seen from the Twins first baseman has been

Twins Minor League Report: August 18, 2014
via Twinkie Town August 18, 2014 at 11:05 AM

It's time to check in on the Twins' top 30 prospects. 1 Byron Buxton CF New Britain (AA) In his Double-A debut, Buxton dove for a ball in the right-center field gap and crashed into Mike Kvasnicka's knee. He sustained a concussion and will miss the rest of the season as a result, with the Twins monitoring his progress in Fort Myers. This has been a year to forget for Buxton who, after p

Royals 12, Twins 6: Mauer, Vargas, Arcia homer, but Milone implodes in home debut
via Twinkie Town August 17, 2014 at 06:05 PM

Lots of good. Even more bad. Even as Tommy Milone couldn't record five outs, the Twins didn't give up today. That's the good news. The bad news is that, well, Tommy Milone couldn't record five outs. The good news, again, is that it wasn't because Milone was injured. No, it was just because he was terrible. That, again, is the bad news. Apart from two rain delays. Now that I'm done toying wit

Phil Hughes leads Twins over Royals, 4-1
via Twinkie Town August 17, 2014 at 11:23 AM

A win for the Minnesota Twins is a win for America. Phil Hughes certainly looks like he's back. He pitched into the eighth inning Saturday night, facing the minimum until the Royals broke through in the fourth thanks to a Nori Aoki double and stolen base, scoring on Kurt Suzuki's throw that sailed into left field. But Hughes allowed seven hits, and three of them came in that fourth frame. Th

If It's Friday, That Means The Twins Rally Fell Just Short; Royals Win, 6-5
via Twinkie Town August 15, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Remember last Friday when the Twins rally was short a run? Guess what! One bad inning did Ricky Nolasco in on his return to the active roster, and the Twins offense was unable to make up the difference as the surging Royals topped the Twins 6-5 on Friday night.  With another Detroit loss, this moves Kansas City to a 1.5 game lead in the AL Central, as foretold in the weird last part of the

2015 Stock Market Report: Danny Santana
via Twinkie Town August 15, 2014 at 01:11 PM

Danny Santana has had a rip-roaring debut season. How does that translate into a role in 2015? For a game that can almost wholly be broken down into component parts via statistics you may not know exist, it's difficult to quantify just how much Danny Santana has meant to the Twins this year. Sure, we can say "he's been worth 1.9 fWAR through 61 games," but that's boring. Also, it doesn't rea

Glen Perkins Selects "The Girl from Ipanema" as New Entrance Music
via Twinkie Town August 15, 2014 at 11:05 AM

"I really enjoy bossa nova music. It's soothing, and helps me chuck heaters." In something of a surprise move, Glen Perkins announced to reporters on Thursday that he's switching his bullpen entrance music to "The Girl from Ipanema," a 1964 soft jazz hit by Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto. Perkins, who had just recently started using Johnny Cash's "God's Gonna Cut You Down" as his ninth-innin

Joe Mauer's current place in Minnesota Twins history
via Twinkie Town August 14, 2014 at 11:05 AM

After reaching a pair of milestones, it's worth asking: in his age-31 season, where does Mauer sit in the annals of Twins history? It can be hard to see the forest for the trees. Or it must be, if you think Joe Mauer isn't a good baseball player. But when a player making $23,000,000 a season has a year in which he struggles not just to produce but to stay healthy, the jeers will come out in

Joe Mauer Imposter Slugs Twins Past Astros 3-1
via Twinkie Town August 13, 2014 at 04:23 PM

The Twins were able to keep the Astros offense quiet while their own offense was led by someone pretending to be Joe Mauer, because we all know Mauer doesn't hit home runs, right? This year, Kyle Gibson has either been really, really good, or he's been awful. Today was an example of the former as he allowed only one run in 7 2/3 innings as the Twins beat the Astros 3-1. There wasn't much th

Ricky Nolasco slated to pitch for the Twins Friday night
via Twinkie Town August 13, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Twins starter is due to come off of the disabled list Friday. The news that Ricky Nolasco will be activated in time to start on Friday night puts the starting rotation back into flux. Without a roster move, the Twins are looking at a rotation of Phil Hughes, Tommy Milone, Trevor May, Yohan Pino, Kyle Gibson, and...yes, Nolasco makes six. Thursday is an off-day, allowing the team to re-set th

Meet: Jason Adam
via Twinkie Town August 12, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Want to know more about the prospect with two first names, who is coming to Minnesota in return for Josh Willingham? With the fifth pick in the 2010 MLB Draft, the Royals have selected Jason Adam, a local prospect out of Blue Valley Northwest. Adam is 6? 4? and around 225 with a blazing fastball. He was named a 2009 East Kansas League All-Star and a 2009 All Sun Baseball Team honorable menti

Twins trade Josh Willingham to Royals
via Twinkie Town August 11, 2014 at 07:35 PM

It was expected that the Twins would try to trade Willingham this month. It wasn't necessarily expected that he'd be how Joe Mauer got his roster spot back. The trade of Josh Willingham to the Royals comes as something of a whimper. He had a career year in his first year with the Twins in 2012, hitting .260/.366/.524 with 35 home runs. It was his age-33 season, and as such some fans hoped th