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Tuesday Twins: Everyone's getting hit in the head these days?
via Twinkie Town September 02, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Yo, yo, Twins fans. Links, they are here: What's with catchers getting hit in the head all the time anyway? Or, just, like, everyone always getting hit in the head all the time? But ALEX MEYER IS OKAY (we think). Thank god for Kennys Vargas. Trey Vavra, son of Twins hitting coach Joe Vavra, is doing well in the Twins minor leagues. Our good friend Dave DeLand over at the St. Clo

Recap: Mauer and Hughes Lead The Way, Twins Win 6-4
via Twinkie Town September 01, 2014 at 05:41 PM

Joe had three hits and drove in four runs. Phil Hughes was Phil Hughes. After setting a record low of comments in our gamethread (seriously is it a record?) our Twins took care of business Monday afternoon, defeating the Baltimore Orioles 6-4. Despite DHing for the 4th straight day, Joe Mauer had a great day at the plate going 3-4 and drove in four. After five scoreless innings, Minnesota wo

Gamethread: Twins @ O's: September Is Here
via Twinkie Town September 01, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Twins have made their September call ups now that its f****** September. September guys: Achter, Bernier, Darnell, Herrmann, Hicks, Oliveros, Pinto, and Tonkin. Twins: Santana CF, Dozier 2B, Mauer DH, Vargas 1B, Plouffe 3B, Arcia RF, Suzuki C, Escobar SS, Schafer LF, Hughes SP Camden Chat Markakis RF, Young LF, Jones CF, Cruz DH, Hardy SS, Paredes 3B, Hundley C, Schoop 2B, Gausman SP

Giving Up (On) Samuel Deduno
via Twinkie Town September 01, 2014 at 11:05 AM

I...I just...I just don't understand. I believe in the importance of giving when you can to make life better for others. Whether that's donating clothes and toys to Goodwill and St. Vincent de Paul, or dumping a bunch of cold water over yourself to convince others to give money to ALS research, or putting a couple bucks in the Salvation Army ringers' bucket around the holidays. It's importan

Orioles 3, Twins 2: RISPiratory failure
via Twinkie Town August 31, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Oh, I get it. The Twins and Orioles were both awful with runners in scoring position last night, going a combined 2-for-21. Minnesota was 1-for-12, and Baltimore won, so the Orioles luck out and get away with their terrible performance. The Twins offense didn't play well enough to win, even if the pitching was on point. We knew that Kyle Gibson would need to bring his A Game to play with th

Astros Claim Samuel Deduno Off Waivers
via Twinkie Town August 30, 2014 at 02:53 PM

Terrible as a starter, solid as a reliever, and yet the Twins decided they didn't want him anymore. So long, crazy fastball. It's been announced that the Astros claimed Samuel Deduno off waivers. These are not your typical August revocable waivers where the Twins could have worked out a trade or pulled him back. Rather, it sounded like the Twins wanted to outright him to Triple-A, but the A

Orioles Demolish May, Twins, 9-1
via Twinkie Town August 29, 2014 at 10:17 PM

This game sucked and I don't want to talk about it. Imagine a world where Delmon Young hits a home run that clearly is not a home run and the umpires blow the review and it matters. That happened tonight.  But, since the Twins are unpleasant for the fourth season running, nobody cares. But I'm not bitter. So, anyway, Trevor May looked good for three innings, then loaded the bases with two H

Who Do You Trust in 2015?
via Twinkie Town August 29, 2014 at 11:05 AM

I'm asking you. I (Stu) finally met Twinkie Town editor-in-chief Jesse Lund last night at former Twinkie Town Monday Daddy Jon Marthaler's house last night.  We even made a podcast to mark the occasion.  (Correction to something I said on the 'cast: I meant racist Star Tribune commenters, not Twinkie Town commenters. You guys are great.  I was drinking Southern Tier's Pumking, and am going t

Twins Fade Late Again, Lose 6-1
via Twinkie Town August 27, 2014 at 11:35 PM

Once again this was a low scoring affair, but the Twins pitching staff couldn't hold down yet another 1-0 lead. This one was much like yesterday. Then it was Ricky Nolasco pitching 7 shutout innings before yielding to the bullpen, where Glen Perkins blew the lead in the 9th inning. Tonight, it was Phil Hughes pitching 7 shutout innings, but then he ran into trouble in the 8th and the bullpe

Are the Twins set at shortstop for 2015?
via Twinkie Town August 27, 2014 at 11:05 AM

The Twins have internal options for shortstop next season, but there are external options as well. Bryz sets the baseline for the situation forming around the quarterback of the infield. This season has been full of ups and downs - mainly downs, honestly - but two of the ups have been the performances of a pair of shortstops on the roster. Well, one of them is supposed to be a shortstop, but

Royals 2, Twins 1: Nolasco actually throws a great game, Perkins blows it
via Twinkie Town August 26, 2014 at 11:59 PM

Oh what the H-E-double hockey sticks. After looking awful in his last couple starts, Ricky Nolasco turned it around tonight and had his best start ever as a Twin. Nolasco gave up only three hits over seven scoreless innings and looked to be in line for his first win since June 4th. Unfortunately, Glen Perkins COMPLETELY BLEW IT and the Twins lost instead. The first six innings or tonight's g

Tuesday Twins: Japan, rain delays, beer, and other important things
via Twinkie Town August 26, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Good morning folks! Here are today's links: Glen Perkins is on the tentative roster to play for the US against Japan's national team in a five-game series in November. Brian Dozier and Phil Hughes could join him. Hey, guess who has the highest batting average in the NL? Justin Morneau (.317). Second highest? Ben Revere (.311). Remember when Duluth Pack made those purses and bags out of

The 2014 Minnesota Twins are on pace for...
via Twinkie Town August 25, 2014 at 02:41 PM

A little off-day frivolity for you. Items worth dropping into conversation with your other Twins fan friends. We're 130 games deep into the 2015 season, which means we have a bit less than 20% of the year to go. With that in mind, here's a few things that the Twins and their players are on pace for as we pull into the home stretch. The Twins are on pace to score 710 runs this season. That

What is Danny Santana?
via Twinkie Town August 25, 2014 at 11:05 AM

As we approach the final month, and we look ahead to 2015, this is the most important question about the Twins' biggest surprise in 2014. "Who is Danny Santana?" was a pretty popular question in Twins territory when the 23-year old was promoted to the majors in early May. After all, the fifteenth ranked prospect (according to John Sickels) in any organization, even one as deep in minor leag

Twins, Tigers split double-header: Minnesota wins big in game one, not enough pitching in game two
via Twinkie Town August 24, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Minnesota and Detroit split a double-header. Game OneTwins 12, Tigers 4 @TwinkieTown Your baseball team is mean — Bless You Boys (@blessyouboys) August 23, 2014 After scoring 20 runs on Friday night, I half expected the Twins to combine for seven runs all day on Saturday. I was wrong. Minnesota threw down a six-run second in game one, catapulting them to a 12-run performance that smothe

Game 129: Tigers at Twins, Doubleheader Game 2
via Twinkie Town August 23, 2014 at 06:17 PM

The Twins have a chance to sweep the doubleheader as Trevor May looks for his first quality start. First Pitch: 7:10pm CDT TV: FS-N Radio: K-TWIN, TIBN Know Thine Enemy: Bless You Boys Today's Lineups DETROIT TIGERS MINNESOTA TWINS Ian Kinsler - 2B Danny Santana - CF Torii Hunter - RF Brian Dozier - 2B Miguel Cabrera - DH Joe Mauer - 1B Victor Martinez - 1B Ke

What are the expectations for Kennys Vargas?
via Twinkie Town August 23, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Vargas has impressed in his time with the Twins. Lets look at his profile to see what might lie in his future. The biggest mistake we make as fans is to see what a player has done over his first few dozen appearances and base our expectations for that player off of what we see. Small sample sizes are deceiving over a few hundred plate appearances much less 20 games' worth. Kennys Vargas, who

Twins Blast Tigers, 20-6
via Twinkie Town August 22, 2014 at 11:29 PM

A 6-run second and a 9-run sixth allow the Twins to wallop the spiraling Tigers. The Tigers needed After Ian Kinsler gave Detroit an early lead with a solo dong in the first, the Twins pasted Tigers starter Robbie Ray in the second.  The inning began with back-to-back-to-back doubles from Kennys Vargas, Oswaldo Arcia and Trevor Plouffe. Then two majestic 2-run dongs were stroked by good ol'

Nick Punto's "Bucket of Live Snakes" Challenge Injures Hundreds
via Twinkie Town August 22, 2014 at 11:05 AM

"I thought it would raise awareness of intensity and getting after it. In a way, it did. A horrible, horrible way." It was only a matter of time before the "Ice Bucket Challenge," which has raised millions of dollars to combat ALS, would inspire copycats.  Unfortunately, one of these tributes has resulted in tragedy, as Nick Punto's Bucket of Live Snakes Challenge to Raise Awareness of Int

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