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Minor league notes: Stephen Gonsalves, Chih-Wei Hu
via Twinkie Town May 25, 2015 at 09:27 AM

Bob Sacamento had a chat with Terry Ryan in Fort Myers. Happy Memorial Day, folks. Enjoy your day off and be safe, but be sure to take a moment to remember why today is a national holiday in the first place. Our man-on-the-ground in Fort Myers, Bob Sacamento, is known around these parts for his reports submitted from spring training. He happened to be visiting the Miracle at the same time as

Gibson, Dozier lead Twins over White Sox, 8-1
via Twinkie Town May 24, 2015 at 05:21 PM

Minnesota takes yet another series and moves to a season high-water mark of seven games over .500. Pundits all around baseball simultaneously talk about the Twins' impressive start and then gleefully discuss how it's a level of success that can't possibly continue. Maybe they're right. But you know what? I don't care. Once again this afternoon, Minnesota found another way to win. Brian Dozie

Twins 4, White Sox 3: Shadows play their part
via Twinkie Town May 24, 2015 at 06:09 AM

Twins even series at one, ruin Paul Konerko Day. Why would the White Sox schedule Paul Konkerko Day when the Twins are in town? It's like they're asking for it. If there was any inclination on the part of Trevor May or Chris Sale to be a bit more deliberate in the early going, it wasn't noticeable. Afternoon games at The Cell bring disruptive shadows between the mound and the plate on sunny

Twins roster notes: Tyler Duffey, Alex Meyer, Casey Fien, Brock Peterson, Bullpen
via Twinkie Town May 23, 2015 at 12:57 PM

Happy Saturday, folks. Here are some odds and ends for you. Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone! It's Saturday afternoon and game two of the White Sox series is just around the corner, but here's a little light reading for you. Twins promote Tyler Duffey to Triple-A Minnesota is pretty deep in starting pitching, and nowhere is that truer than in the Double and Triple-A arenas. With very lim

Sox Edge Twins, 3-2
via Twinkie Town May 22, 2015 at 10:33 PM

Dang it. The Twins jumped on Jeff Samardzija early and got a nice start from Phil Hughes, but were unable to capitalize on both efforts in a 3-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox in the City of Big Elbows, the Windy Place Itself, Chi-towne. It certainly looked like Minnesota was picking up right where they left off with the South Area-ers, a 4-game sweep at Target Field.  Joe Mauer drilled

Pitching wins championships, most of the time
via Twinkie Town May 22, 2015 at 12:15 PM

In this article we look at why there's more to winning championships then just a starting rotation's ERA and why Minnesota Twins fans have room for optimism in 2015 and beyond. Since 1903, the team with the lowest ERA has gone on to win the World Series 21 times. The most recent was the 2010 San Francisco Giants, with a team ERA of 3.36 defeating the Texas Rangers, and that was the first tim

Area Baseball Satirist 'Completely Flummoxed' By Twins' Competence
via Twinkie Town May 22, 2015 at 09:03 AM

"I didn't sign up for this," he said. Steve Neuman, a Minnesota-based baseball satirist who has spent the last four years poking fun at the foibles and misadventures of the local Major League Baseball team, has a problem. "The Twins are...good?  What the shit," he grumbled. Neuman, 44, said he is struggling, while the team he's gently yet firmly mocked for pretty much the entirety of th

Last minute gift ideas for Kent Hrbek
via Twinkie Town May 21, 2015 at 07:39 PM

Holy $#!+, we forgot Hrbie's birthday! Ahhh... It's May 21st, a great time of the year here in Minnesota. A time when everyone is... wait, May 21st? Oh crap, it's Kent Hrbek's birthday!!! Margarita's at El loro my head is feeling bigger already!!! pic.twitter.com/4dsSYO8dK0 — Kent Hrbek (@Hrbie14) February 5, 2015 I forgot to get him something! Did you get him something? I'm such a

2015 MLB mock draft: Keith Law projects Kolby Allard to the Twins
via Twinkie Town May 21, 2015 at 02:39 PM

Baseball! Mock drafts! Expert Keith Law! Kolby Allard, southpaw! MLB Drafts aren't as popular as NFL drafts for the general public, but baseball nerds like us appreciate the efforts all the same. For months there have been mock drafts as sources across the Internet have taken way-too-far-in-advance shots at what might happen come June. Keith Law knows that even three weeks is pretty early fo

How long do the Twins let Tim Stauffer ride?
via Twinkie Town May 21, 2015 at 01:15 PM

The free agent acquisition hasn't performed well this year. Over the winter, the Twins were focused on upgrading their bullpen. They didn't do a terribly good job in adding the quality of pitcher they were probably looking for. When the signing of Tim Stauffer was announced, the organization gave lip service to his ability to start but the smart money was on Stauffer taking over Anthony Swa

Thursday Twins: Winning Returns to Minnesota
via Twinkie Town May 21, 2015 at 08:09 AM

So how about those Twins, huh? The winning feeling has returned to Minnesota, and after a rather painful end to the hockey season, it's very nice to experience. The Twins have gone 6-4 in their last 10 games, and are now a respectable 3rd in the AL Central division, 3 games back of Kansas City, and just one game back of the Detroit Tigers (pending the outcome of Wednesday's games). That's pr

Joe Mauer homers in 13th to lift Twins over Pirates 4-3
via Twinkie Town May 21, 2015 at 06:09 AM

Joe Mauer just keeps helping the Twins win baseball games. What's with this guy? This one looked good in the early going. Torii Hunter's bases-clearing double in the first put the Twins up 3-0 before the Pirates even had a chance to hit, and for a while that looked like it would be all Minnesota would need. Josh Harrison deserves an assist there for not hitting his relay man, but nobody here

2015 MLB Draft: Minnesota Twins all-time top ten draft picks
via Twinkie Town May 20, 2015 at 06:33 PM

The MLB Draft is just around the corner and David Letterman is retiring. So let's look at the Twins' top ten draft picks of all time. When I was in high school, I spent inordinate amounts of time during health class - and at home in bed late and night because I'm just this cool - creating Top 10 lists on my TI-83 calculator. David Letterman had just changed networks, I had arbitrarily taken

The time David Letterman dedicated an entire show to Harmon Killebrew
via Twinkie Town May 20, 2015 at 08:39 AM

As you may have heard, tonight is David Letterman's final show on The Late Show. After a record setting 34 years hosting the show, he's calling it quits. Several Twins had memorable appearances on the show, including Kent Hrbek and Kirby Puckett (who doesn't remember the "Top Ten Ways to Mispronounce 'Kirby Puckett'"?). But it was Harmon Killebrew who had the most memorable appeara

The Bullpen And Being Stretched Out
via Twinkie Town May 20, 2015 at 08:03 AM

The Twins coaching staff touted their desire to have all relievers available for four or more outs on any given night. Has that really happened this year? Last year was yet another ugly year for the Twins. The starting pitching was horrible, putting plenty of pressure on the relievers as they often had to mop up the messes from the rotation. Frustrating times, really. When new manager Pau

Twins 8, Pirates 5: Liriano takes a shellacking as the Twins keep hacking
via Twinkie Town May 19, 2015 at 10:09 PM

Ol' friend Francisco Liriano had a great game for the Twins. Problem: He actually plays for the opposing team now. Oops. Francisco Liriano started for the Pirates against the Twins tonight, and luckily, it was one of THOSE Liriano starts. By "one of those starts," I mean Frankie gave up a homerun to Brian Dozier in the 1st inning, followed by six more Twins runs in the 2nd inning, and didn'

Ten unranked Twins prospects to watch
via Twinkie Town May 19, 2015 at 07:21 PM

Jesse highlights ten of his favorite unranked Twins prospects. We keep a fairly good eye on the minor leagues around these parts, although most of our time is focused on members of our Top 30 prospect list - as voted by you, the Twinkie Town community. That doesn't begin to cover the depth or breadth of Minnesota's farm though, so today I thought I'd take a little time to highlight ten other

No Vargas, no power: Demotion opens up possibilities
via Twinkie Town May 18, 2015 at 02:03 PM

The Twins demoted Kennys Vargas yesterday. Isn't this an opportunity to try something else? Demoting Kennys Vargas is perfectly understandable. Sure, he was hitting .347/.373/.510 since his three-game benching in late April, but the Twins have also played 17 games in that time. Vargas has started just 12 of them and hadn't started since Friday. If he wasn't playing every day when the club ha

How do the Marlins even know what a good manager looks like?
via Twinkie Town May 18, 2015 at 07:57 AM

Oh, sure. Putting your GM in the dugout is absolutely the best thing the Marlins could have done. If the Twins have been bemoaned in the past for not making managerial changes quickly enough, where does that leave the Marlins? Yesterday afternoon Miami fired manager Mike Redmond, who was in his third year with the team. He'd managed the Marlins to a 155-207 record since the start of the 2013

Kennys Vargas ran out of gas, sent down; electic Eduardo Nunez recalled
via Twinkie Town May 17, 2015 at 10:33 PM

Don't freak out, but Kennys is going to get more practice! The Twins sent their large DH Kennys Vargas to AAA Rochester after the game on Sunday. The team recalled infielder/outfielder/helmet-loserer Eduardo Nunez, most likely in anticipation of the two upcoming games at Pittsburgh's PNC Park, where there is no DH. As mentioned, the most likely explication for this move is to give Kennys som