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Twins 6, Royals 4: Sano conquers KC
via Twinkie Town April 28, 2017 at 11:02 PM

Kyle Gibson wasn’t terrible, but did we mention Sano? Miguel Sano, who is strong as hell, used that strength to carry your Minnesota Twins to victory on Friday, tallying 4 RBI and keying a 6-4 victory over Kansas City. It looked to be another “here we go again, KYLE” start, with the Royals posting three runs in the first three innings off starter Kyle Gibson, with a majestic 2-run dong from

Series preview: Twins at Royals
via Twinkie Town April 28, 2017 at 12:02 PM

Can the Twins sweep the Royals for the second time this year? Probably, because the Royals are bad again. Remember back in the day, like ten years ago or something, when the Royals were bad? That’s how I would describe the Royals now—bad. Hopelessly bad. Obviously we saw a bit of how bad the Royals are this year when the Twins swept them to open the season. Since then, things haven’t gotten

Buddy Boshers: A history in pictures
via Twinkie Town April 28, 2017 at 09:38 AM

The evolution of a reliever, in style and substance. Although he’s only been with the Minnesota Twins organization since 2016, Jeffrey Alan “Buddy” Boshers has gained a following among fans. “His name is Buddy,” they say. This is true. The Huntsville, Alabama native didn’t just show up on Target Field’s doorstep, radiant and ready to take the wheel of a raging Kyle Gibson disaster. Let’s wat

Twins recall Buddy Boshers again
via Twinkie Town April 27, 2017 at 05:56 PM

Hector Santiago’s beloved grandmother died, so we get Buddy Boshers back for the weekend. You may have heard about this during Hector Santiago ’s start last night, but his beloved grandma died on Tuesday. As a result, he will be leaving the team this weekend to attend her funeral in New Jersey. He should be back in time for his next start, scheduled for Tuesday. However, because the Twins ar

Farm Report: Jermaine Palacios stays hot for the Kernels
via Twinkie Town April 27, 2017 at 09:56 AM

A recap of the Twins' minor league affiliates' results from April 26th, 2017. Triple-A: Gwinnett Braves 3, Rochester Red Wings 2 The Red Wings tried to battle back from a 3-0 deficit, but fell just a run too short. SP David Hurlbut did his part, even though two of the three Braves runs were earned by him (the other was unearned thanks to a passed ball by C John Ryan Murphy). Hurlbut lasted 6

Thursday Thunder Dump
via Twinkie Town April 27, 2017 at 09:38 AM

Miggy Edition Miggy Being Miggy If you haven’t noticed, Miguel Sano is pretty hot right now. He’s leading the Twins in HR and BB (and tied with Byron Buxton for strikeouts, but let’s hold on a bit). So who’s Sano’s slugging role model, Joe Mauer? Justin Morneau? Manny Ramirez? All good guesses, but no. Miggy wants to be like Miguel Cabrera, according to Derek Wetmore at 1500ESPN. Twins slugg

Rangers 14, Twins 3: Cole Water Poured On Winning Streak
via Twinkie Town April 26, 2017 at 11:32 PM

The Twins’ Magical Mystery Bullpen showed its dark side, and Minnesota slips below .500. Hector Santiago, pitching after yesterday’s death of his beloved grandmother, toughed it out through five innings and came one Rougned Odor single away from leaving with the lead. Hector had six strikeouts, which was pretty good. His tag-team lefty replacement, Taylor Rogers, hitted a guy and walkded a g

Farm Report: Nik Turley strikes out fourteen for the Lookouts
via Twinkie Town April 26, 2017 at 01:56 PM

A recap of the Twins' minor league affiliates' results from April 25th, 2017. Triple-A: Rochester Red Wings 5, Gwinnett Braves 4 SS Niko Goodrum hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to sneak out this win for the Red Wings. In fact, Goodrum had quite the day, going 2-for-4 with the home run, a double, the two RBI and two runs scored. The great SP Jose Berrios started for the

Derek Falvey and Thad Levine are already running a smarter front office
via Twinkie Town April 26, 2017 at 09:38 AM

The casual Twins fan may complain that Falvey and Levine are no different than Bill Smith and Terry Ryan, but their impact is found beneath the surface. No, I don’t follow every single Twins fan on Twitter. It’s not even close. However, I do follow the local beat writers and they often will retweet a formerly-anonymous Twins fan’s fed-up opinion with the new Twins front office. Doesn’t matt

Twins 8, Rangers 1: Twins score all of the runs
via Twinkie Town April 25, 2017 at 10:44 PM

All of them. The Twins are a .500 team again, and they got back there with an impressive display of what we in the biz call “doing real good at hitting that round thing with the whacking stick or whatever.” Walks, walks will haunt. Unless they don’t. A billion hits back to back? That always haunts. This is literally (AKA: figuratively) what the Twins did in a glorious 5th inning of magic a

Ryan O’Rourke to undergo Tommy John’s surgery
via Twinkie Town April 25, 2017 at 03:50 PM

The left-hander traveled to Texas for a second opinion on his mysterious elbow injury, and it turns out he has a partially torn UCL. Remember yesterday, when the Twins moved Ryan O’Rourke to the 60-day DL to make space on the 40-man roster for Nick Tepesch? And I mentioned how O’Rourke’s arm still hurt and he was going to Texas to ask the Rangers’ team doctor for a second opinion? Then I jok

Tuesday Twins: Thad Levine is still in love with Texas
via Twinkie Town April 25, 2017 at 10:20 AM

Happy Tuesday! Here are today’s links: Twins GM Thad Levine is getting all dewy-eyed about the team being in Arlington to take on his former team, the Texas Rangers. Levine lived in Texas and worked in the Rangers front office for eleven years. In fact, Levine even tagged along with the team on their trip down to Texas. "Every time I come here, it's going to feel special," Levine gushed to

Miguel Sano appealing one-game suspension
via Twinkie Town April 25, 2017 at 09:38 AM

MLB thinks Miguel Sano deserves a one-game suspension for his “aggressive actions” in Saturday’s game against the Tigers. Two days after a bench-clearing altercation between the Twins and the Tigers, MLB finally decided they think Miguel Sano deserves a one-game suspension for his “aggressive actions” related to the incident. Sano himself and the Twins, however, disagree, and are appealing t

Twins 3 - Rangers 2 : Twins come out on top
via Twinkie Town April 24, 2017 at 11:14 PM

Timely hitting by Brian Dozier and solid pitching lead to a win. Despite some early scoring threats by the Rangers.. Twins starter Phil Hughes was able to put in a solid outing by limiting damage and pitching out of jams. The Rangers struck first on an RBI double by Rougned Odor in the second inning scoring Mike Napoli and again in the 4th on a Joey Gallo single to right bringing in Napoli

Twins call up Nick Tepesch, send back down Buddy Boshers
via Twinkie Town April 24, 2017 at 03:26 PM

Here’s a clever move to help bolster the Twins’ over-used bullpen. The new Twins front office got hot a little taste of making roster moves, and now it seems they can’t stop! Today they selected the contract of right-hander Nick Tepesch, who was signed to a minor league deal and had a fast-approaching June 1st opt-out date. To make space on the 40-man roster, the Twins moved Ryan O’Rourke t

Monday Morning Minnesota: Draft, Dongs, Framing
via Twinkie Town April 24, 2017 at 09:38 AM

Good morning! Here is the link-o-rama: Fangraphs community member John Foley looked at what Jason Castro’s pitch framing skills have done for the Twins in the early going. Basically Brandon Kintzler should marry him. Remember that guy Justin Haley hit in the face with a baseball? Well he feels lucky he only needed nine stitches. John Manuel of Baseball America did a mock draft of the 1st ro

Tigers 13, Twins 4: Gibson continues to struggle
via Twinkie Town April 23, 2017 at 04:56 PM

Gibson provided a second straight short start for the Twins, as they drop the series. It was the Twins who got the first run today. Brian Dozier hit a double, and later scored on a Miguel Sano single. They had a chance to add more, but Robbie Grossman and Jason Castro struck out to end the threat. If Gibson could have a good day, we had a decent shot of winning. Kyle Gibson did not have

These kid-drawn portraits of Twins players are GLORIOUS
via Twinkie Town April 23, 2017 at 04:32 PM

The Twins used child-drawn portraits of each player on the jumbotron Sunday, and, um, why don’t they always do this? Sunday was officially “Kids Opening Day” at Target Field, which I guess is like Opening Day... but for kids? Yeah, I dunno. Anyway, the day included lots of kid-themed promotions at the game. The best promotion was definitely the kid-drawn portraits the Twins used on the jumbo

Twins recall Kennys Vargas and Buddy Boshers
via Twinkie Town April 23, 2017 at 10:44 AM

Twins add a sorely-needed bat to their thin bench and drop back down to twelve pitchers. After yesterday’s game the Twins made a couple of roster moves, optioning starter Adalberto Mejia to Triple-A Rochester and placing Justin Haley on the DL. Well, we now know who will be taking their places, as the team has recalled designated hitter and first baseman Kennys Vargas and left-hander Buddy B

Sunday Twins: Buxton, Prince Night, and more
via Twinkie Town April 23, 2017 at 09:38 AM

Some Twins related links to start your Sunday. Buxton’s glove is important to the Twin’s success, in spite of his bat, writes Nate Palmer of Puckett’s Pond. Target Field has been honored as the “greenest ballpark in America.” Here is a nice sound byte from Twins organist, Sue Nelson. Hasn’t missed a game in 6 years, impressive. June 16 will be “Prince Night” at Target Field, as an homa