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Up until 2011, the Twins were consistent contenders and the toast of small market teams everywhere. So, seeing them in last place for the second season in a row can easily make you forget how good they were. One of the consequences of being good is picking lower in the first round. It isn’t as big a disadvantage as it is in other sports, but you don’t get the Joe Mauer’s of the world by picking in the twenties every year.
Because of that, the Twins farm system is somewhat barren when you look at the upper levels, but a second consecutive draft in the top five will give them more prospects in the pipeline. Their fall from grace was even somewhat predictable when you consider the dearth of pitching depth they have in the organization.
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MINNEAPOLIS The Minnesota Twins made a few roster moves after Wednesday's game, optioning pitchers Jeff Manship and Luis Perdomo to Triple-A Rochester. Minnesota will activate right-hander Anthony Swarzak from the 15-day disabled list and will make one more corresponding roster move before Friday's game in Seattle. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said the corresponding move...
MINNEAPOLIS A glance at the American League batting race shows two names very familiar to Minnesota Twins fans high on the leaderboard. One has been there before, and the other is in that mix for the first time.
The familiar one is catcher Joe Mauer, who, after going 2-for-4 Wednesday against Detroit, is batting .320 -- good for third among all American League hitters. Mauer is...
MINNEAPOLIS The Minnesota Twins are moving to the FM dial.
The team announced Wednesday that the radio broadcasts for Twins games will be on KTWN (96.3 FM) beginning in 2013. The announcement was made at Target Field during a live broadcast on KTWN with host Eric Perkins and special co-host and former Twins first baseman Kent Hrbek. The KTWN station is owned by the Pohlad family...
To be honest, I don’t know why any man — or any woman, for that matter — truly would want to see Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer, who by all accounts appears to be a pretty nice guy and a damn good baseball player, get drilled by a foul ball straight in the crotchal region, but [...]
So let’s boil this down. The Twins were not happy with Tsuyoshi Nishioka, and instead opted for Brian Dozier who had actually put up airly similar numbers to Nishioka this season.
Nishioka, as I pointed out, was improving in Rochester. Dozier was called up because he had been playing well in the lower levels for almost a full season, between the Twins minor leagues and the winter...
The Minnesota Twins have selected the contract of outfielder Matt Carson from Triple-A Rochester prior to Friday's game in Seattle.
To make room for Carson on the 40-man roster, the Twins outrighted outfielder Rene Tosoni, who is currently playing for Double-A New Britain.
Minnesota made several roster moves Wednesday, including optioning pitchers Luis Perdomo and Jeff Manship...
When the Minnesota Twins took on the Seattle Mariners on Friday at Safeco Field, there were a few new faces in Minnesota's lineup.Shortstop Pedro Florimon and outfielder Matt Carson both made their Twins debuts in Minnesota's 5-3 loss to the Mariners. "A couple guys in the lineup for the first time. It was fun to see them out there," said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire...
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Minnesota Twins vs Seattle Mariners
Friday August 17
Safeco Field - Seattle, WA
MIN: Nick Blackburn
SEA: Hisashi Iwakuma
Moneyline: Seattle -130, Minnesota +120
The Twins stumble into Seattle having won just one of their last 7 games. This team is the mirror opposite of the Mariners with a surprising middle of the pack attack...