Found May 11, 2012 on Fox Sports North:
MINNEAPOLIS Reggie Deal can tell a lot about baseball by simply listening.As he stood near the batting cage at Target Field prior to Friday's game between the Twins and Blue Jays, Deal could hear how the baseball came off the bat of Minnesota's Trevor Plouffe."The way the ball sounds off the bat, if you're close enough to the plate, sometimes it'll give you an indication if it's a slice like that," Deal said as Plouffe curved one foul down the right field line. "Or if it's real hard hit."Most baseball fans might not pick up on such subtleties, but Reggie Deal is not like most baseball fans. Deal, 39, has been blind since he was a baby. Born prematurely, he was placed in incubator. But an overexposure to oxygen in the incubator caused his retinas to detach from his eyes.Deal hasn't been able to see since then, but that hasn't stopped him from enjoying the fine details of a baseball game. As a matter of fact, Deal is in the middle ...

Twins' Morneau hopes to return this week

MINNEAPOLIS Minnesota Twins designated hitter Justin Morneau, who has been on the disabled list with a sore right wrist since May 6, took about 25 swings off a tee on Saturday as part of his rehabilitation process. Morneau said he did not feel discomfort during the swings. Although he and manager Ron Gardenhire have not set a specific return date, the 2006 AL MVP said he plans to...

Newcomer Walters acquits self well for Twins

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Sansevere: Call-ups offer hope for Twins

Here's the headline from the other night: Diamond pitched a gem. Yeah, it's corny. It's also true. Scott Diamond, in his first start of the season, pitched seven scoreless innings and gave the Twins the lift they needed in a 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. Diamond sparkled. I know. I can't help myself. On Wednesday night, the 25-year-old from up north...

Twins hoping Liriano's move to bullpen isn't permanent

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Youngsters eager to impress Twins coaches

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Golden Sombrero: Clete Thomas (4/18/2012)

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Meet the Twins' top farm system prospect

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Twins try to gather steam vs. visiting Toronto

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Who's to Blame For the Twins?

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