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Last year was the first time in over a decade that the Minnesota Twins experienced a 90-loss season. The Twins had to beat the Kansas City Royals on the last day of the 2011 season to avoid losing 100 games for just the second time in franchise history.
One year later, things haven't been much better for Minnesota, which again flirted with the notion of 100 losses. With just two games remaining in the season, that won't happen to the 66-94 Twins in 2012. Still, the truth remains: two 90-loss seasons is not acceptable for a franchise that has won six division titles since 2002.
With that said, the 2012 season hasn't felt as frustrating as last year's losing season, the Twins say.
"I like this group. I've said that all along. I like the guys in the clubhouse," said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, whose job appears safe for next year despite back-to-back 90-loss seasons. "I like the way they go about their business. I like their effort, and overall, ...
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Because the Minnesota Twins haven't cracked .500 all season, the team's focus has been on the future for some time. That doesn't mean answers have been forthcoming. With two games left in the season, the Twins not only don't know who will compose fourth-fifths of next year's rotation, but they also don't know whether their coaching staff will return intact...
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Nishioka struggled at the plate and in the field with the Twins. He hit...
Yesterday, because I had some time, and know how to live it up on Saturdays, I brought the Perceived Value chart up to date. Keeping in mind that I believe there are generally two frames of reference for evaluating players, if one is not so sabermetrically inclined.
1st) There is the “clutch” idea. Runs batted in is still an often used statistic when people are talking about...
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After three games between Detroit and Minnesota at Target Field, Mauer crept to within .002 of Cabrera following Sunday's series...
Two disappointing campaigns come to a close Wednesday night when the Toronto Blue Jays host the Minnesota Twins in the season finale for both teams.
The Blue Jays (72-89) will be looking for a sweep and to end the year on a positive note following a disappointing second-half swoon that assures them of their worst record since 2004, when they went 67-94. Toronto will finish fourth...
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Hendriks didn't walk away from the game with a win, but he held the high-powered Tigers offense scoreless for seven innings before Detroit came from behind for a 2-1 win at Target Field. For Hendriks, Sunday&...
After getting to within two points of the lead Sunday, Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer conceded the AL batting title to Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera after going 0-for-3 with a walk in the Twins' 4-3 loss to the Blue Jays on Tuesday at Toronto. "It's a little disappointing, yeah," Mauer said. "The last couple of weeks, I just approached it like...