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Twins outright Jason Wheeler
via Twinkie Town September 01, 2015 at 03:21 PM

Wheeler loses his roster spot to make way for Eric Fryer. The other shoe has dropped; Minnesota has outrighted Jason Wheeler. This afternoon the Twins announced their first wave of September callups, including Kennys Vargas, Danny Santana, Michael Tonkin, A.J. Achter, and Eric Fryer. Fryer, however, wasn't on the 40-man roster and a spot needed to be cleared. Wheeler's departure from th

The Middle And Its Dangers For Twins
via Twinkie Town September 01, 2015 at 11:45 AM

Small market franchises generally need to escape the middle when it comes to tough decisions, but the Twins are operating there. It's 2015 and the Minnesota Twins are playing baseball in September. While that happens every season, what doesn't happen often (or at least for the past four seasons), is meaningful September baseball. Paul Molitor's club finds themselves in the thick of a heat

Twins September Callups, 2015: Kennys Vargas, Danny Santana, Eric Fryer, Michael Tonkin
via Twinkie Town September 01, 2015 at 11:21 AM

A wave of players will be followed by a second wave next week. Phil Miller of the Star Tribue reported last night on the Twins' first wave of September callups, and they're all players that we expected to see. Here's what we can tell you about the players arriving. More: Who could the Twins call up in September? Kennys Vargas The 6' 5", 290 slugger struggled out of the gate this

Tuesday Twins: Stop pickin' on the old guys
via Twinkie Town September 01, 2015 at 09:03 AM

Hello. Links: Legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully announced he is coming back for his 67th season next year, and hey, did you know he was actually at and called Game 7 of the 1991 World Series for CBS Radio? Tom Brunansky is really good at arguing balls and strikes. So good he hasn't been ejected once as an MLB coach so far for doing it! So, uh, what the heck are t

Is Eduardo Escobar the new Nick Punto?
via Twinkie Town August 31, 2015 at 07:09 PM

Get scrappy, y'all. There was a sense, in the late 00s, that the Twins would simply "find a way to win." It was perhaps true, in the sense that those teams never dipped into free agency for a big name and consistently added not just decent but good players by developing their own talent. Ozzie Guillen famously dubbed some of that talent, the guys at the bottom of Minnesota's batting order s

The Twins Perfect Storm
via Twinkie Town August 31, 2015 at 10:27 AM

As the calendar turns to September, the Twins have capitalized on a perfect storm to right their ship for the time being. Can they ride it to the playoffs? Just a few weeks ago, the Twins 2015 postseason hopes looked all but lost. In a season in which expectations had already been so vastly exceeded, it appeared that once again, September would be nothing more than a proving ground for 2016.

Twins manage late surge from Astros, win 7-5
via Twinkie Town August 30, 2015 at 05:45 PM

A lopsided contest nearly got away from Minnesota thanks to a five-run ninth inning rally from Houston. Twins fans and baseball fans in general will have loved this game, because it had everything. Great pitching, lots of runs, some fantastic defense, a comeback, and a great finish? Check, check, check, check, check. But the best story of this game, and the weekend, is that the Twins took tw

4-1, Twins Lose, Sexy Thrilling Recap Action
via Twinkie Town August 29, 2015 at 10:27 PM

Mike Pelfrey does badly, because otherwise his fellow Twins starters would beat him up. Mike Pelfrey is a charming, funny man. He's also today's "losing pitcher of record" in this game that the Twins played against the Astros who are a baseball team like the Twins. If you're from a country that doesn't adore baseball, which is most countries, don't try understanding why Minnesota baseball fa

Scenes from a NOT season, Volume 5
via Twinkie Town August 29, 2015 at 09:03 AM

When it's on-season, you're playing baseball. When it's off-season, you're thinking about playing baseball. When you're a fired manager with no new job? It's a NOT-season. SCENE: Gardenhire family backyard. NICK PUNTO has semi-haphazardly set up the Gardenhire family slip n' slide. It's really not even that hot out. Punto makes a few tweeks to the slide mat and then jogs to the front of the

Crappy Weather, Terrific Team: Your 1965 Twins
via Twinkie Town August 29, 2015 at 08:27 AM

less cowbell asked for more stuff on the 1965 team, so here we gots some, thanks to Jim Thielman's "Cool Of The Evening." Did you know a third of all Minnesotans attend the State Fair each year? Wow, that proves I'm an outsider. I'm sure it's awesome, but I don't get it. Maybe everyone spent their money on Pronto Pups in 1965, because in September, with the Twins near winning the pennant

Twins Blank Astros, 3-0
via Twinkie Town August 28, 2015 at 10:21 PM

Not the prettiest shutout, but it works. The Twins got just enough offense off Houston's Scott Kazmir and just enough pitching from Kyle Gibson and the bullpen as they shut out the Astros, 3-0. Gibson wasn't as sharp as he was earlier this year, taking 111 pitches to get through 5 and 2/3 innings.  But they were, as noted above, a scoreless 111 pitches.  Brian Duensing got the last

Minnesota Twins top 30 prospect update: 8/28/2015
via Twinkie Town August 28, 2015 at 10:33 AM

This is our penultimate look at the system for the year. While the Dominican Summer League has already finished and the GCL Twins wrap up tomorrow, all of the Twins' minor league affiliates will play their final regular season games by September 7. We'll have our final update around that time, followed by detailed looks at system depth as well as prospects that have put themselves on the map

Local Man Reminded that Preseason Football is Actually Really Boring
via Twinkie Town August 28, 2015 at 08:57 AM

"It's like I spent the last four years in a daze." Thad Wilkey has spent the last four Augusts doing what a lot of his fellow Minnesota sports fans have done: intently watching the Minnesota Vikings play games that don't count. "I'd watch the whole game, try and get a read on how bad (Christian) Ponder still looked, maybe figure out how they'd fill the back of the roster out.  It was fu

Milone falls apart in the middle innings, Rays beat Twins 5-4
via Twinkie Town August 28, 2015 at 06:39 AM

Twins drop the last game of the road trip. For a while it looked like the Twins were going to pull off another sweep. Imagine that: a team so impossibly mired in the hunt for October is really struggling on the road, yet fights back after a tough Yankees series to sweep their next two opponents over seven games. It would have been awesome. But the Twins lost, and this road trip goes from awe

Minnesota Twins Minor League Stars of the Week
via Twinkie Town August 27, 2015 at 01:27 PM

In this week's article, we take a look at the past week of minor league baseball in the Minnesota Twins organization and name the Minor League Stars of the Week. This week we go into the Minnesota Twins minor league organization to find the shining talent that we name the Minor League Stars of the Week.  Read on to see who we have named for this week's stars and take a moment to an

Who will the Twins call up in September?
via Twinkie Town August 27, 2015 at 11:03 AM

Rosters expand in a few days. Who will Minnesota call upon? September has a different flavor for the Minnesota Twins in 2015. In recent years the club has been so far out of contention by early August that September's expanded rosters were one of the few things worth looking forward to. But for a team in contention, the season's final full calendar month has a different aspect. Shooting for

The 2015 Minnesota Twins are on pace for...
via Twinkie Town August 27, 2015 at 06:45 AM

Here's a little Thursday frivolity. Use it to impress your friends today, as the numbers will no longer be accurate after today's game. With 126 games in the books and just 36 to go, the Twins are right in the middle of a playoff race. That's pretty incredible for a club that most people predicted would win between 70 and 72 games. Minnesota would have to go 7-29 the rest of the way to win j

Twins 5, Rays 3: Escobar's two homers lift Twins to sixth straight
via Twinkie Town August 27, 2015 at 06:09 AM

Six in a row? Six in a row! Chris Archer is typically a tough customer to get runs on, and tonight was no exception. Archer tallied eight strikeouts in 4 innings for a healthy 18 K/9. The Twins weren't able to capitalize on the hits they did get, stranding two in scoring position in the fourth inning. On the other side of the hill, Tyler Duffey was doing his part to keep the Twins in the ga

What Happens To Trevor Plouffe?
via Twinkie Town August 26, 2015 at 08:09 AM

The Twins may not have room for Trevor Plouffe next season. Should they clear room for him or trade him for other assets? The only player more valuable than him according to fWAR on the 2015 Twins roster is Brian Dozier. He's tied for second on the team in home runs. He leads the team in RBI. He hit cleanup for part of the season until shortly after Miguel Sano arrived. He also may not have

Twins 11, Rays 7: Miguel Sano and the Twins blast past Tampa Bay
via Twinkie Town August 25, 2015 at 11:51 PM

Every day you think you couldn't love Miguel Sano more, he proves you wrong again. The Twins managed to win what turned out to be a non-pitchers' duel tonight in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Twins started Ervin Santana out non-dueled Rays starter Nathan Karns by giving up five earned runs in 2.2 innings. Karns only gave up five earned runs in 3 innings pitched. Yes, this game was definitely a