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Twins 8, Mariners 5: Wins Good
via Twinkie Town April 26, 2015 at 06:09 AM

Two young pitchers, both did OK, the Twins did done win. The Twins of Minnesota started this season hoping their pitching would be slightly better and their offense good as it seemed near the end of last year. Unbelievably, after Ervin Santana went down for cheating, the pitching has been (to date) slightly better. The offense . . . um . . . Them Twins were counting on three young talen

All Hail King Felix
via Twinkie Town April 25, 2015 at 06:09 AM

Phil Hughes was more than fine, but Felix Hernandez was Felix Hernandez. Phil Hughes pitched 8 innings, allowing just two runs, both solo dongs.  And that was all it took to send him to 0-4 on the season. Felix Hernandez, who said after the game that he felt he had "perfect game stuff," wasn't that remarkable, but he was still pretty damn good, shutting out the Twins 2-0.  Per MLB.

Kohl Stewart Goes on DL; Norse Trickster God Loki "A Person of Interest"
via Twinkie Town April 24, 2015 at 09:09 AM

The ancient god of mischief, son of Fárbauti and Laufey, brother of Helblindi and Býleistr, was unavailable for comment. With Kohl Stewart going on the disabled list, the Minnesota Twins are no longer bemoaning their dreadful luck, injury or otherwise.  They're looking for who's responsible. "The guys in the clubhouse were watching Avengers for the 100th time, and it kind of all clicked

Afternoon notes: Nathan, Fraser, Rohlfing, Nolasco
via Twinkie Town April 23, 2015 at 03:15 PM

We're just after three o'clock. Take a break and read Twins stuff why don't you. Your soundtrack for this afternoon's pitstop is Ong Ong, which is one of the tracks off of Blur's new record The Magic Whip. The record comes out next week. Joe Nathan Joe Nathan has torn UCL and tendon. Season over #Tigers — Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) April 23, 2015 I don't think there's anything els

Center field is a mess, what's Peter Bourjos up to?
via Twinkie Town April 23, 2015 at 08:45 AM

Nothing. He's up to nothing. I know I haven't brought up Peter Bourjos in a while, but I promise this won't take long. Let's just pretend that I've outlined exactly how disappointing center field has been for the Twins so far this year, including not just miscommunication and dropped balls in the outfield but what has been some pretty miserable production offensively, too. Now let's shif

Twins 3, Royals 0: Mike Pelfrey mystifies everyone
via Twinkie Town April 23, 2015 at 07:33 AM

Mike Pelfrey could be pitching for his roster spot in Minnesota. On Wednesday night he threw a gem. The Royals might be the league's crankiest team, but they've also been one of the best in the season's early going. After getting knocked off in games one and two of the series, it wouldn't have been terribly surprising to see the Twins get swept in Kansas City. Especially with Mike Pelfrey on

Minnesota Twins minor leagues: Update 4/22/2015
via Twinkie Town April 22, 2015 at 10:03 AM

Let's check in to see how our Top 30 prospects have performed this spring. Welcome all and sundry to our inaugural look at our Top 30 Twins prospects for 2015. If you've hung around here before, you know the drill: I'll list off the 30 prospects, their position and their current team, and we'll run through the necessaries to give you an idea of how their year has progressed thus far. It's ea

Twins cough up lead in 8th inning, lose to Royals 6-5
via Twinkie Town April 22, 2015 at 09:33 AM

But hey, the Twins almost won.... It almost looked like the Twins and pitcher Tommy Milone had this one in the bag after scoring four runs in the 6th inning, but alas. Milone hit a wall in the bottom of the 6th, giving up one earned run to the Royals, who then scored two more runs in the bottom of the 8th to earn the win. In a classic case of David vs Goliath (dear god I never expected to us

A Far Too Early Review of Paul Molitor
via Twinkie Town April 22, 2015 at 08:03 AM

Because making snap judgments are fun. The Twins have completed 14 games by now and have looked far better lately than when they started the season 1-5. Through it all, two things have immediately jumped out at me about new manager Paul Molitor, and both have to do with platoons.* * Literally as I typed this, Molitor did something last night so crazy that I'll add it to the end. I've writt

The Twins changed their "Win" song
via Twinkie Town April 21, 2015 at 08:03 AM

The Twins used to celebrate wins with a U2 song. Now, they changed it to a song from Batman. The Twins have been using U2's "Beautiful Day" as their celebration "win" song pretty much since the day the song came out. They, hence, totally conditioned me to love that song, "Beautiful Day," like a rat pushing a button to get girl scout cookies. I tear-up when I hear this song in the aisle at Wa

Recap: Shaky Pitching and Offense Collects Just Five Hits In Loss, Twins 1, Royals 7
via Twinkie Town April 21, 2015 at 06:09 AM

Five players go hitless and erratic pitching were the problems tonight. After winning four of their last six, the Twins offense could not generate much of anything against Kansas City tonight. Although the Twins have been winners in the last week, their offense has scored three runs or less in that span too. Minnesota scored the games first run after a throwing error by Eric Hosmer. But unle

Gamethread: Twins @ Royals
via Twinkie Town April 20, 2015 at 06:33 PM

Minnesota wrapped up a solid homestand and now are back on the road in KC Royals Review Escobar SS, Moustakas 3B, Hosmer 1B, Morales DH, Perez C, Gordon LF, Orlando RF, Colon 2B, Dyson CF, Volquez SP Minnesota Twins Santana SS, Hunter RF, Mauer 1B, Dozier 2B, Plouffe 3B, Escobar DH, Arcia LF, Suzuki C, Schafer CF, Gibson SP

There's no place like home for the Twins so far in 2015
via Twinkie Town April 20, 2015 at 12:51 PM

It looks as if going home has worked out well for the Minnesota Twins so far in 2015. From the first week on the road in Detroit and Chicago, where the Twins went 0-6 things sure changed once the club go back to Target Field in week 2. Read to see why week 2 turned out much better for the Twins. This week I'm diving into why the Twins have had such a turnaround from week 1 of the 2015 seas

Torii Hunter's place in Minnesota Twins history
via Twinkie Town April 20, 2015 at 07:39 AM

Just where will Hunter's legacy fall when his playing days are over? When Torii Hunter launched his first home run of the season yesterday, his first as a member of the Minnesota Twins since September 8, 2007, it gave him 193 with the organization in his career. Overall he's hit 333, which is impressive in its own right for a guy who didn't start showing off his power until he was 25. Hi

May cruises, Hunter homers as Twins top Indians 7-2
via Twinkie Town April 19, 2015 at 04:57 PM

And just like that, the feeling around the 2015 team is noticeably different. Oh, wow. Man. Exhale, everybody. Just for a minute. The Twins have just won their second series in a row, they're 5-7, and the feeling around the team right now is a world apart from where it was this time last week. For a while there it really did feel like the team was going to go 20-142 this year, but no. Those

Cleveland Rocks, Wins 4-2
via Twinkie Town April 18, 2015 at 04:51 PM

Danny Salazar is the Greatest Pitcher, Ever. Or, as Ron Gardenhire used to say, "we ran into a guy throwing well today." Danny Salazar, a 25-year-old Cleveland pitcher, struck out 10 Twins batters today. Danny Salazar was relegated to AAA at the beginning of this season, as he struggled in Spring Training, and Cleveland's gurus thought they had five better starters. Danny Salazar struck out

Twins Surmount Kluber, Edge Cleveland in Extras
via Twinkie Town April 17, 2015 at 11:21 PM

I don't know how they won, either. Corey Kluber was unhittable for five innings. The defending Cy Young winner allowed NOTHING, striking out seven and not breaking a sweat.  Meanwhile, Mike Pelfrey labored through five innings, giving up one run and throwing about 230 pitches.  A Brandon Moss solo dong off Tim Stauffer in the sixth gave Kluber what looked like an insurmountable lea

What is an intercostal strain?
via Twinkie Town April 17, 2015 at 04:39 PM

Brian Duensing has been placed on the disabled list with an intercostal strain. So...what is that, exactly? There are a thousand ways for a pitcher to experience enough pain and discomfort to keep him from throwing. For Brian Duensing, this time that means an intercostal strain. Let's talk about exactly what that is. Intercostals are muscles found between the ribs. Excessive tension of t

Duensing to the disabled list, Thielbar recalled
via Twinkie Town April 17, 2015 at 03:21 PM

The Twins make their second change in the bullpen this year. Just before Opening Day, Aaron Thompson was asked to take Mike Pelfrey's place in the bullpen following Ervin Santana's suspension. The year's second move in the bullpen comes on an injury to Brian Duensing. Duensing placed on DL with right intercostal strain, Caleb Thielbar recalled from Triple-A Rochester — Rhett Bollinger (@Rhe

The Hosken Powell Memorial Linkdump Is On a Winning Streak, Too
via Twinkie Town April 17, 2015 at 09:03 AM

Turns out you can give plasma every day if you have some good fake IDs. I want to be Kennys Vargas' friend. Your browser does not support iframes. Per LEN3, the Twins clubhouse mood has changed considerably since Monday, because durrrr. Hey, the Cubs are calling up Kris Bryant, so will everyone quit yelling now?  Until it's time to start yelling about Byron Buxton. Beloved