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Fien, Arcia set to begin rehab assignments

The Minnesota Twins are set to get two key players back by the end of the month as relief pitcher Casey Fien and outfielder Oswaldo Arcia are set to begin their minor league rehab assignments with Rochester Red Wings (Triple-A) this weekend.Fien went onto the disabled list at the end of April with a right shoulder strain and is expected to pitch today when the Red Wings take on...
Via Baseball Essential
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins: Hunter, Molitor leading success

To put it simply, the Minnesota Twins have had a rough time the past few years. From 2011 to 2014, they never won more than 70 games. They were consistently at or near the bottom of the American League’s Central Division, and at no point were they ever even close to contending. The farm system that they had relied so heavily on had seemingly dried up. The dynamic duo of Joe Mauer...
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Alex Meyer to Triple-A Bullpen

The Minnesota Twins have moved Alex Meyer, one of their top pitching prospects, to the Rochester Red Wings (Triple-A) bullpen, according to multiple reports. With Tyler Duffey making his 2015 @RocRedWings debut tomorrow, Alex Meyer is moving to the bullpen…at least for now. — Josh Whetzel (@JoshWhetzel) May 22, 2015 Meyer, who was ranked the 29th-best prospect in baseball by...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Thursday Thoughts

I haven't done a completely pointless post like this in quite some time.  Guess maybe I will now.-  So Jonathan Nwankwo, one of the Gopher hoops signees for next season, was let out of his letter of intent.  Here's my post from when he originally committed so I won't rehash all that, but this sucks.  There are all kinds of rumors to why, but they all agree on it being an academic...
Via Down with Goldy
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Are The Minnesota Twins For Real?

The American League Central looked like it would be one of the toughest divisions in baseball heading into 2015. The reigning American League Champion Kansas City Royals looked poised to defend their crown, while the Detroit Tigers are always a menace. The Chicago White Sox went out and made some huge moves in free agency and the trade market, while the Cleveland Indians finally...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Blaine Boyer: Signing paying off for Minnesota Twins

The Minnesota Twins took a flier on journeyman relief pitcher Blaine Boyer this offseason and signed him to a minor league contract. Nobody thought much of the move when it was first made and the odds of Boyer breaking camp with the Twins still didn’t seem likely, but today it has become a signing that has really helped the Minnesota bullpen succeed. Boyer has made getting batters...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Torii Hunter helps fan trying to take selfie during game

Torii Hunter seems like a very accommodating guy. The Twins right fielder turned around, flipped up a peace sign and posed for a fan trying to snap a picture during Tuesday's game. The picture was posted on Reddit with the caption, "Torii Hunter taking a selfie with a fan during the Twins v Pirates game." According to Reddit, it was snapped in the bottom of the ninth, while Minnesota...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch: Twins' Joe Mauer drives in three runs on slow-rolling single

Here's something you don't see every day. During Tuesday's Twins-Pirates game, Joe Mauer was at the center of one of the stranger scoring plays we've seen in a while. With the bases loaded, Mauer smacked a slow-rolling single to left-center and this is what happened: It's not everyday you see three runs score on a ground ball single, but with two outs and a full count, the runners...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch: Twins' Hicks reaches base after Pirates pitcher kicks ball away

Twins outfielder Aaron Hicks got his seventh hit in as many games Tuesday, but it came in a very strange way. Hicks chopped the ball a few feet down the first base line and Pirates reliever Jared Hughes ran to field it, but failed miserably when he accidentally kicked the ball, sending it flying into foul territory. While it was an embarrassing moment for Hughes, it could have been...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins rough up former teammate in 8-5 win

Francisco Liriano used to electrify the Metrodome before his Tommy John surgery at the end of the 2006 season. The Minnesota Twins faced off against a familiar foe last night, as Francisco Liriano took the mound for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Liriano started his career with the Twins back in 2006 and spent seven seasons with the franchise. He had an incredible start to his career with...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins: How long can they remain contenders?

The Minnesota Twins have been one of the most surprising teams so far this season in all of the major leagues. They were the consensus pick to finish last in the AL Central at the start of the season and were expected to lose 90 plus games for the fifth straight year. They have proven everyone wrong as they currently stand at 4 games above .500 with a 21-17 record, their best start...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins: Building Within the Draft

There is always a debate with fans of teams if they should sign the expensive players in free agency or build your team from the draft. The Minnesota Twins have taken the approach of signing the good not great players in free agency and drafting the stars of the team through the draft. Byron Buxton... The post Minnesota Twins: Building Within the Draft appeared first on The Garbage Time.
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Vol. 5: AL Central Weekly Wrap-Up

Another week has passed in Major League Baseball and we have a new leader in the division.  Over the last week the Kansas City Royals played their way to a division lead, and if the season had ended before games were played today, both wildcard teams would come out of the Central as both the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins (not a typo) would be playoff bound.  Unfortunately...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Job Posting: Minnesota Twins Applications Programmer, Baseball Systems

Position: Minnesota Twins Applications Programmer, Baseball Systems Location: Minneapolis Description: This position offers wide-ranging exposure to current programming models and methods in a fast-paced Agile environment. As a member of the front office, collaborate with the Baseball Operations staff to develop, deliver, and maintain data driven solutions for player evaluation,...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Weekend Update #5: The Twins Don’t Suck

Another weekend has come and gone and with it, another weekend update. This time, I was joined by Bob Toth (@TheBobToth on twitter) from Did the Tribe Win Last Night. The discussion began with some analysis of recent performances including Danny Salazar‘s tremendous start, Jason Kipnis‘ turnaround and Zach Walters‘ falters. The title itself stems from the fact that the Twins...
Via Burning River Baseball
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Twinkies never go stale, but will the Twins?

Going into the 2015 season, the American League Central looked to be the toughest in all of baseball and it has proven to be to this point with the AL East and West combining to win just 41% of their games against what for many years was the weakest division in baseball. In that division, prior to the season beginning, it seemed there were four teams with legitimate chances to win...
Via The Outside Corner
16 days ago  |  Discuss

The Twins are over .500. The hell?

Though being one game over .500 isn't exactly blowing up the league, the Twins had extremely low expectations with a Vegas over/under of 70.5 wins, so being on pace to win something like 84 games represents a substantially better season than expected.  One can't help but wonder how they got here, and if we can expect it to last and maybe see some semi-meaningful baseball in September...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Twins 3B Trevor Plouffe Celebrates First Grand Slam By Taping Teammates Mouth Shut

Players will find all sorts of ways to celebrate big plays--especially home runs. There is the ever popular congratulatory crowd at the plate, the high five, the intricate and choreographed hand shake, a pie to the face, and so much more. For Minnesota Twins third basemen Trevor Plouffe none of the aforementioned were enough for his first career grand slam.So he taped Eduardo Escobar...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Torii Hunter Walks It Back – Sort Of

Minnesota Twins OF Torii Hunter set off a social media firestorm on Saturday night when he tweeted out words of support and encouragement to boxer Floyd Mayweather prior to his title bout with Manny Pacquiao: Hunter told Twins beat writers that he was shocked later last evening when he checked his phone and saw hundreds of tweets many people had sent rebuking him for the comment...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins fan catches foul ball while holding ice cream (Video)

A Minnesota Twins fan caught a foul ball with his bare hand while holding an ice cream cone in his other hand during the seventh inning of Tuesday night's game against Detroit.The fan made it look easy, reaching up and grabbing the ball with his right hand while holding the chocolate ice cream in the waffle cone in his left hand.  That takes some skill.  Someone should give this...
Via Holdout Sports
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins players rocking business casual look for scoreboard photos (pics)

Baseball players traditionally are adorned in their team’s uniform for the photographs displayed on in-arena scoreboards during their at-bats. The Minnesota Twins flipped that tradition on its head by having the ballplayers rock a look that is much more befitting a business casual style spotted in virtually every office in the country. Evidence of the...Read More The post Twins...
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April 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Twins' Dozier changes music to gain more 'street cred'

Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier received enough grief from his friends back home that he has decided to go away from the country music he loves for his walk-up music, instead opting to completely reverse course and go with an entirely kind of jam. Last season, Dozier used Justin Moore’s “Small Town USA” for...Read More The post Twins’ Brian Dozier changes walk...
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April 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Twins rookie wears stirrups so legally blind mom can see him

  Minnesota Twins rookie J.R. Graham might look like he’s paying homage to baseball’s past, but there’s a lot more to it than that.   Graham was able to crack the Twins’ opening day roster, and he probably pleased some baseball purists when he was seen wearing stirrups. However, Graham’s throwback look actually is a way to help his mother find him on the field...
April 14, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Kevin Garnett throws out first pitch at Twins game

If Kevin Garnett is looking for something to do when his basketball career ends, he might have a future in baseball. The former Boston Celtics big man returned to the Timberwolves at this season’s NBA trade deadline, and his homecoming in Minnesota has been a special one. And on Monday, Garnett had the honor of throwing out the first pitch at the Minnesota Twins’ home opener...
April 13, 2015  |  Discuss

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