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Vargas, Royals Blank Twins, 5-0
via Twinkie Town April 18, 2014 at 11:26 PM

The Twins bats cooled down and Ricky Nolasco struggled again. Just prior to game time, news leaked that Jason Bartlett had informed the Twins he was retiring.  It's doubtful that his alleged "clubhouse chemistry" skills would have made much of a difference on Friday night, though, as Jason Vargas handcuffed the Twins for seven scoreless innings in a 5-0 shutout. The only real threat the

Jason Bartlett Informs Twins He Plans To Retire
via Twinkie Town April 18, 2014 at 08:26 PM

Captain Chemistry has apparently decided he would rather hang it up than go through his rehab assignment and continue playing. I guess getting the band back together just wasn't meant to be. Jason Bartlett has informed the Twins that he plans to retire instead of continuing his current rehab assignment and major league comeback. He was in the starting lineup for Class A Fort Myers on Thursda

Pre-Double Header Notes: Nunez Called Up, Starters
via Twinkie Town April 17, 2014 at 08:26 PM

That's fun. Twins Call Up Eduardo Nunez Thanks to the magic of double headers and roster rules, both the Twins and the Blue Jays are allowed to carry 26 players for today only. In the case of the Twins, they'll call up newly acquired infielder Eduardo Nunez. He has gone 7-for-18 with a home run in two starts (six games total) with the Red Wings. I'd imagine that Gardy would try to give Nun

Reviewing the Twins' First-Round Picks from the Last Ten Years
via Twinkie Town April 16, 2014 at 08:26 PM

I can't stop thinking about the draft in June. We'll see how many draft-related features I can come up with before it actually happens. Including supplemental first-round selections, in ten seasons worth of MLB drafts the Twins have picked 22 first rounders. That's not too shabby. How have the Twins performed when it's come to their most valuable picks? Let's find out. Wins Above Replacement

Six Questions with Bluebird Banter's Tom Dakers
via Twinkie Town April 15, 2014 at 08:26 PM

Are you ready for another opponent Q&A? Here we go. Thanks to Tom Dakers of Bluebird Banter fame for exchanging questions with me in advance of the Twins - Blue Jays series. First pitch is less than two hours away, so let's go to it. Walk us through your situation in the middle infield. Now that Maicer Izturis is out for the season, will Toronto just go with Ryan Goins at second base? It's a

Minnesota Twins Prospect Vote 2014: The Actual For-Real Final Round
via Twinkie Town April 14, 2014 at 08:26 PM

Bonus voting! After last weeks' trade of Miguel Sulbaran, we have room for one more player on our Top 30 prospect list! Logan Darnell blew away the competition in the first final vote, garnering 45% of the vote. Adrian Salcedo came in a distance second place, with 22%. Let's get this sucker out of the way, shall we? Twinkie Town Top 29 Prospects for 2014 Byron Buxton, CF Miguel Sano, 3B Ale

Twins Sweep Royals with 4-3 Victory
via Twinkie Town April 13, 2014 at 08:26 PM

Get out the brooms! Well, that happened. For the first time this season we've seen a Twins game end in an unconventional manner, with Glen Perkins securing his third save and the win when Mike Moustakas tripped Kurt Suzuki on a foul pop up. It was definitely an accident, and I'm not convinced that Suzuki would have been able to find the ball without Moustakas' left foot getting in the way si

Twins 7, Royals 1: Dozier, Mauer Homer to Back Strong Nolasco Start
via Twinkie Town April 12, 2014 at 08:26 PM

Ricky Nolasco delivers eight strong innings as his offense makes the most of their opportunities. The Twins generally live and die by a combination of pitching and performance with runners in scoring position. That's true for every team in baseball but Minnesota needs success on both ends more often than some of the more talented teams in the league. Today, they managed to win with a great p

Gibson, Twins Throttle Royals 10-1
via Twinkie Town April 11, 2014 at 10:38 PM

A Twins starter pitching INTO THE SEVENTH INNING. NOT A MISPRINT. Minnesota desperately needed a decent start on Friday night, and Kyle Gibson provided it, going 6 1/3 competent innings in a 9-1 rout of the Royals. Gibson, like the rest of the rotation, fell behind early, but that's where the similarity ends.  An asterisk can be placed on the one run he allowed, as Pedro Florimon kicke

Mauer Continues Silence On Cattle Mutilations
via Twinkie Town April 11, 2014 at 08:26 PM

"I'm not saying he's the one doing it, but has he ever denied it, even once? Funny. Draw your own conclusions." A rash of mysterious and grisly cattle mutilations across the upper midwest has baffled authorities and terrified farmers and ranchers. While they search for answers and security, local Twins fans and sports media have their own concerns. "I went out to do chores the other morni

Athletics 6, Twins 1: Minnesota Swept By Oakland...Again
via Twinkie Town April 10, 2014 at 08:26 PM

The Twins dropped their third in a row today, as the A's swept the 3-game series in Minnesota. Brian Dozier put the Twins on the board right away in the first inning with a solo homer, but after that, the Minnesota offense seemed to take an afternoon nap. The A's were able to take their ninth straight against the Twins, now having outscored them 86-27 in their last nine matchups. Their pitch

Going Oppo With... Trevor Plouffe?
via Twinkie Town April 09, 2014 at 08:26 PM

Trevor Plouffe can thank his newfound ability to hit to the opposite field for his hot start this season. While coming up through the minor leagues, Trevor Plouffe was seen as a shortstop and a hitter that wouldn't be spectacular in the major leagues. In fact, his 2010 year at Triple-A Rochester featured him with a .244/.300/.430 triple-slash, not eye-catching, but it did earn him a Septemb

Twins Acquire Eduardo Nunez from the Yankees
via Twinkie Town April 08, 2014 at 08:26 PM

The Twins traded for the Yankees' infielder/outfielder/ultra-utility-guy-who-isn't-the-best-at-fielding-but-hits-better-than-Pedro-Florimon. The Twins on Monday acquired Eduardo Nunez from the Yankees for class A pitching prospect Miguel Sulbaran. If you're wondering who Miguel Sulbaran is, he's the guy the Twins got for trading Drew Butera to the Dodgers. Nunez, now the second Eduardo-named

Recap: Twins 3, Athletics 8: A's Spoil Home Opener
via Twinkie Town April 07, 2014 at 08:26 PM

The A's teed off on Correia scoring six runs on ten hits, spoiling the opener. Kevin Correia has the only quality start by a twins pitcher through seven games. Today, not so great. Correia surrendered ten hits, yielding five earned runs in the defeat. Oakland and Minnesota traded blows in the second and third innings. Yoenis Cespedes and Josh Reddick induced the scoring, before Aaron Hicks

Twins to Call Up Chris Herrmann
via Twinkie Town April 06, 2014 at 08:26 PM

Seven days into the season and the Twins are making their first roster move. The Twins have announced that they'll be calling up Chris Herrmann. It's currently unclear whether that's due to Josh Willingham, Oswaldo Arcia, or some unknown injury to another part of the roster, but it seems likely that the Herrmann recall is due to the Willingham or Arcia wrist issues. In two games for the Trip

Indians 7, Twins 2: Familiar Story as Pitching Falters and Bats Fall Silent
via Twinkie Town April 05, 2014 at 08:26 PM

A good start was up-ended by two bad innings. By the time the Twins and Indians were finally able to take the field, the game had already been delayed by more than two hours. Minnesota responded quickly by coming out of the gate quickly; Brian Dozier doubled and moved to third on a Joe Mauer fly out, and then scoring on a sac fly from Josh Willingham. Chris Colabello followed up by doing wh

Investigation Launched Into Defective Nature of Thursday's Game
via Twinkie Town April 04, 2014 at 08:26 PM

This is real. The Minnesota Twins were delayed leaving Chicago yesterday evening, when investigators arrived at US Cellular Field to investigate the defective nature of the afternoon ballgame. Suspicions were aroused when the game either became tied or saw a lead change for the sixth time. "Even in a game that's all about the statistics of probability, there's only so much that can be balls'

Twins Fan Celebrates Fourth Consecutive Year of Muttering "It's a Small Sample Size"
via Twinkie Town April 03, 2014 at 08:26 PM

"It's good to have things that are constant, things that don't ever change." Ross Aamodt has been through a lot in the last four years. The Waseca resident has seen his marriage end. He's lost his home to foreclosure. His manufacturing job was exported overseas, and he's had to make do with seasonal work and odd jobs ever since. But one thing has remained consistent. "Yeah, they've been

Twins Blow Late Lead, Lose 7-6 In 11 Innings
via Twinkie Town April 02, 2014 at 11:14 PM

The Twins had a late lead against the White Sox, but several miscues in the late innings led to a loss. Well that sucked. A seesaw game that had the Twins take multiple two run leads late didn't end in their favor as Glen Perkins blew the save in his first appearance of the season, and a wild pitch from Sam Deduno allowed the winning run to score as the Twins lost 7-6 to the White Sox in 11

Minor League Update: Taking a Look at Michael Tonkin
via Twinkie Town April 02, 2014 at 08:26 PM

This week, we'll be taking a closer look at the Twins call up, right-hander Michael Tonkin. In a somewhat surprising move, the Twins decided to call Tonkin up while lefty reliever Brian Duensing was out on paternity leave. Tonkin, who spent the 2013 season split between New Britain and Rochester, ended up having a pretty good year for a somewhat-unknown reliever. The BasicsName: Michael Harv