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Twins 4, Athletics 7: Twins fall, Sano dies
via Twinkie Town June 01, 2016 at 01:25 AM

In a game that was closer than the final score might suggest, the Twins jumped out to an early lead in the top of the 2nd on back-to-back 2-out doubles by Superstar Robbie Grossman and Byung Ho Park. However, in the bottom of the inning the A's got a run of their own on a Miguel Sano assisted triple off the bat of Billy Burns Master Blaster. In the top of the 3rd, Sano came up with the b

Pick Stick Tuesday Edition: Twins at A's
via Twinkie Town May 31, 2016 at 08:13 PM

Pick two Twins hitters, get points, win fabulous prizes(?!) I mean maybe. I might send you a million dollars if you win. You don't know. It's a technical possibility. The point breakdown: 1: Singles, walks, stolen bases, runs, RBI. 2: Doubles. 3: Triples. 4: Home runs. -1: Strikeouts. -2: Double plays. +10 bonus TOOTBLAN points if your player is involved in a game ending double play in w

Joe Mauer named AL Player of the Week
via Twinkie Town May 31, 2016 at 03:25 PM

Mauer power? Mauer power! We would like to interrupt this terrible season with some good news! Joe Mauer has been awarded the AL Player of the Week award for his performance at the plate last week (May 23rd-29th). Joe slugged 4 home runs, and went 11-25 (.440) with 7 RBI. This included a 3 game HR streak, which was the second of his career. Somewhat surprisingly, this is only his 3rd POW aw

Farm Report: Kernels win on walk-off wild pitch
via Twinkie Town May 31, 2016 at 10:07 AM

A recap of the Twins' minor league affiliates' results from May 30. AAA: Rochester Red Wings 7, Indianapolis Indians 0 SP Jason Wheeler threw a gem for the Red Wings, surrendering only five hits with five strikeouts over 8 innings pitched. It was also LF Max Kepler's first game since coming off the disable list, and a good thing too, as he had to take over in center field when Byron Buxton w

Tuesday Twins: Reflections from Byung Ho Park, Paul Molitor, and Dick Bremer
via Twinkie Town May 31, 2016 at 08:07 AM

Hi all! Hope you had a nice Memorial Day Weekend. Here are the links: MPLS/ST. Paul Magazine had five(ish) questions with Byung Ho Park. Spolier Alert: Park loves Molitor! Dick Bremer recently reflected on his decades of covering the Minnesota Twins. I don't mean to alarm anyone, but Kevin Jepsen has taken Trevor May under his wing. Despite the four-game winning strea

Athletics 3, Twins 2: Santana has decent outing but Twins can't shoestring a win
via Twinkie Town May 30, 2016 at 07:01 PM

Twins kept the game close, but ultimately faltered. Things didn't start off well for the Twins, and they never got much better. After Joe Mauer grounded into a double play to end the top of the first, Coco Crisp led off the bottom of the first inning with a a home run off Twins starter Ervin Santana. Santana would ultimately go on to pitch 7 innings with only three earned runs, but even that

Twins recall Byron Buxton from AAA
via Twinkie Town May 30, 2016 at 06:19 PM

The Twins have recalled center fielder Byron Buxton from AAA and placed infielder-outfielder Danny Santana on the 15-day disabled list. The writing was on the wall when Danny Santana was pulled from the Twins game in the bottom of the 7th inning, creating an awkward situation where Robbie Grossman had to take over in center field and Eduardo Escobar was moved from shortstop to left field. Th

Phil Hughes headed to bullpen, Gibson to start Thursday
via Twinkie Town May 30, 2016 at 12:43 PM

Phil's struggles have landed him in the bullpen Per Rhett Bolinger, Phil Hughes will be removed from the starting rotation and placed in the bullpen to make room for returning starter Kyle Gibson. Kyle Gibson is starting Thursday against the Rays. Phil Hughes is headed to the bullpen, per Molitor— Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) May 30, 2016 In two starts in Ft. Myers, Gibson threw 9

Farm Report: Kernels overcome six run deficit to win on walk-off error
via Twinkie Town May 30, 2016 at 12:07 PM

A recap of the Twins' minor league affiliates' results from May 29th. AAA: Rochester Red Wings 5, Charlotte Knights 3 The Red Wings offense came to play yesterday, with 3B James Beresford leading the way, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored. The red hot RF Eddie Rosario went 3-for-4 and was 8-for-13 in the series overall. CF Byron Buxton led off the game with a walk, and later scored on a SS

Monday Recap: Improving the bullpen
via Twinkie Town May 30, 2016 at 10:55 AM

The Twins have abad bullpen. Last Friday I asked you what you thought the Twins should do to make it abetter bullpen. Here's what you came up with. Imakesandwichesforaliving had a very level-headed response with three clear things that need to happen for the bullpen to get better. Number one? Use the bullpen less. Daniel Carlson had great tips for fixing the bullpen on a budge

Monday Recap: Improving the bullpen
via Twinkie Town May 30, 2016 at 10:25 AM

Last Friday I asked you what improvements you thought the Twins should make to their bullpen. A couple of you responded with some nice suggestions. Are you reading these, Twins!?

Series Preview: Twins at A's
via Twinkie Town May 30, 2016 at 09:01 AM

The Twins try to keep the ball rolling in Oakland. Can the Twins bring their win streak to 5 games? They head to Oakland to find out. Here's what those Athletics have been up to: After starting the season 10-7 the A's have gone 12-17, falling to 22-29 and tied for last place in the AL West with the Astros. They have lost 6 of 9, but are coming off a series win against the Tigers this weeke

Twins 5 Mariners 4: Mauer, Sano power Twins to a sweep
via Twinkie Town May 29, 2016 at 06:43 PM

We actually did it. Ricky Nolasco had a nice start, something we hadn't seen in a while. He went 6 innings, striking out 7, and allowing just 2 runs. One of those came on a home run off the bat of Robinson Cano (he's really good), and the other came on a wild pitch. The first run for the Twins came in the second in the form of a Robbie Grossman HR, the second HR for players named Robbie in

Pick the Stick: Twins at Mariners
via Twinkie Town May 29, 2016 at 11:07 AM

Who will be the heroes for the Twins today? How it Works: Pick two hitters on the Twins and you'll score points based on how they do in the game. Naturally, your two picks should be different players. Points from the two picks will be added to create the total (warning: math involved, which I will be doing). I only have one last rule and that is to have fun pick your players before the g

Farm Report: Miles Nordgren fans career-high 12 batters
via Twinkie Town May 29, 2016 at 10:31 AM

A recap of the Twins' minor league affiliates' results from May 28th. AAA: Charlotte Knights 4, Rochester Red Wings 3 Despite another strong outing from SP Tommy Milone, who gave up only four hits and one earned run over 7.2 innings, the Red Wings fell victim to a 9th inning rally and lostthe game. RP Alex Wimmers got only one out in the 9th before giving up two runs and being bulled. He too

Twins Sink Mariners, 6-5
via Twinkie Town May 29, 2016 at 02:07 AM

A 2-3-4-5-6 TOOTBLAN saves the game from shiverin' ye timbers. MLB.com should be called the "Mostly Lies Bullcrap" website, because their so-called "writer" Doug Miller looked at Stats and Numbers and predicted this would be a fast-paced game. Of course those objective assessments are purest garbage, and as my gut told me this one went loooooong. (My gut has amazing predictive powers. But on

Glengardy
via Twinkie Town May 28, 2016 at 09:19 PM

Ron Gardenhire is called in to give a motivational speech to the Twins bullpen Ron Gardenhire: You're talking about what. You're talking about... Bitching about that pitch you left up, some sonofabitch ump who can't figure out where the strike zone is, some broad you saw on The Bachelor, so forth. Let's talk about something important. They all here? Eddie Guardado: All except Abad. Gard

Farm Report: Logan Darnell pitches complete-game shutout in Red Wings victory
via Twinkie Town May 28, 2016 at 01:01 PM

Recapping the Twins' minor league affiliates' results from May 27th. Welcome to the Twinkie Town Farm Report. We're going to recap everything that happened last night, May 27th, in the Twins' farm system. Are you ready? Let's do this. AAA: Rochester Red Wings 5, Charlotte Knights 0 SP Logan Darnell was the star of the game, pitching a complete-game shut out to carry the Red Wings 5-0 over th

Twins Backup Catchers Rated On Henry Blanco Scale
via Twinkie Town May 28, 2016 at 09:07 AM

The standard by which all Buteras are measured. You remember Henry Blanco, right? In 2004, when Joe Mauer got hurt, Blanco -- expected to catch one day a week at most -- stepped in and Minnesota still managed to make the playoffs. (The Twins even WON A PLAYOFF GAME! Them was the days, huh?) What you might not know is that Blanco -- a career .223/.288/.361 hitter who turned 33 in 2004 -- play

Twins Commit Regicide, Topple King Felix, 7-2
via Twinkie Town May 28, 2016 at 01:25 AM

King Felix got roughed up by the worst team in baseball because you were on your way to the cabin and don't even know it happened until you got a good wi-fi signal in Osakis or wherever just now. Pat Dean vs. Felix Hernandez did not inspire confidence on a late Friday night.  Nor should it have, but not in the way you'd think. The worst team in baseball got to Hernandez early, Dean was