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Twins and the Trade Deadline

We're nearly at the all-star break, which means we're a fair way past the first half of the season but everyone's required to refer to it as the first half anyway.  It's also a good time to look back on what has transpired thus far and what I hope to see in the 2nd half, mainly because that's what everyone does at the all-star break.  The most exciting part...
Via Down with Goldy
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins draft glut of college relievers, likely will keep them in bullpen

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was asked over the weekend if he's thought about what it would be like to have a reliever who throws 103 mph as a weapon in his bullpen. "Daily," the skipper replied. That reliever would be Nick Burdi, the University of Louisville closer whom Minnesota drafted in the second round of the Major League Baseball Draft on Thursday. In fact, the...
Via Fox Sports North
June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins starters aiding bullpen by going deeper into games

No bullpen threw more innings in 2013 than the Minnesota Twins. That's because no starting rotation struggled more last year more than Minnesota's. Despite adding a few pieces to the rotation this offseason, that trend appeared as if it would continue early on in 2014. Several of the starters failed to get deep into games, and manager Ron Gardenhire had to dip into his bullpen...
Via Fox Sports North
May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins activate Duensing from paternity list

The Twins activated left-handed reliever Brian Duensing from the paternity list Thursday and sent Michael Tonkin to Triple-A Rochester. Duensing was placed on the list before Monday's season opener. His wife, Lisa, gave birth to their son Boston Matthew on Tuesday morning in Omaha, Neb. Tonkin pitched one scoreless inning in Wednesday's loss to the White Sox, allowing one...
Via Fox Sports North
April 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins activate Duensing from paternity list

The Twins activated left-handed reliever Brian Duensing from the paternity list Thursday and sent Michael Tonkin to Triple-A Rochester.
Via FOXSports.com
April 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins place Duensing on paternity leave

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins have placed left-hander Brian Duensing on the paternity list and have recalled right-hander Michael Tonkin from Triple-A Rochester. The moves were announced before Monday's opener against the Chicago White Sox. Duensing's wife, Lisa, gave birth to a boy named Boston Matthew Duensing in Omaha. It was the second child for the couple. Tonkin...
Via Fox Sports North
March 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins place Duensing on paternity leave

CHICAGO (AP) The Minnesota Twins have placed left-hander Brian Duensing on the paternity list and have recalled right-hander Michael Tonkin from Triple-A Rochester.
Via FOXSports.com
March 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins’ Brian Duensing to go on paternity list

While some players spend their time in Spring Training working to get onto the Opening Day roster, one Minnesota Twins pitcher will not be on the roster for a very good reason. Brian Duensing’s wife will be induced as they expect the birth of their child and Duensing will fly to Omaha Sunday. He is expected to rejoin the club on Thursday. In the meantime, Mike Berardino of the...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins have eye back home on GM Terry Ryan

While listening to assistant general manager Rob Antony deliver the traditional clubhouse talk on the first day of full-squad workouts, Minnesota Twins reliever Brian Duensing kept thinking of Terry Ryan. That speech, given on Saturday, had been Ryan's responsibility for all but four springs since he replaced Andy MacPhail as general manager nearly two decades ago. With Ryan...
Via AP on Fox
February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins' tight-knit bullpen hopes to stay strong with less usage

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- With the repeated struggles of the Minnesota Twins' starting pitchers last year, the team's bullpen resorted to gallows humor. Better laugh about it then gripe and grouse, right? "It became a running joke that we started stretching in the third inning," relief pitcher Casey Fien said. As Fien spoke, starting pitcher Vance Worley smiled while...
Via Fox Sports North
February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins don't want strong bullpen to be best part of team

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins had the worst starting rotation in baseball in 2013, which meant their bullpen was among the most taxed. Yet despite the starters' inability to go deep into games, Minnesota's relievers proved to be a bright spot in an otherwise disappointing season. The 871 innings pitched by the Twins' starters were easily the fewest in the majors...
Via Fox Sports North
February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Brian Duensing improving his 'mediocre' season

MINNEAPOLIS -- Sitting with his head buried in his Target Field clubhouse locker, a framed 4x6 of his 1-year-old daughter, McKenna, watching over his nonchalant pregame routine of iPad chicanery, Brian Duensing suddenly received an open-palmed slap to the back of the neck. The 30-year-old Twins reliever swiveled his chair slightly to the left -- his pitching arm side -- just enough...
Via Fox Sports North
August 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Brian Duensing improving his 'mediocre' season

MINNEAPOLIS -- Sitting with his head buried in his Target Field clubhouse locker, a framed 4x6 of his 1-year-old daughter, McKenna, watching over his nonchalant pregame routine of iPad chicanery, Brian Duensing suddenly received an open-palmed slap to the back of the neck. The 30-year-old Twins reliever swiveled his chair slightly to the left -- his pitching arm side -- just enough...
Via Fox Sports North
August 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Twins Relievers Pull Off Great Prank, Landing Perfect Fake Punch on Minnesota Home Run (GIF)

The Minnesota Twins woke up Monday morning with a 52-63 record, 16 1/2 games back in the AL Central and 13 1/2 games back in the wild card. They’ll likely play out the string, maybe get some work for some of their can’t-miss prospects and finish the season near the bottom of the division. In short, it’s going to be a tough few weeks to get through, so they’re going to have...
Via NESN.com
August 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins relievers execute perfect fake knockout punch for cameras

If you watched Minnesota Twins outfielder Chris Colabello’s home run against the Chicago White Sox on Friday, you may have witnessed something disturbing in the visitor’s bullpen. Just as the ball was clearing the wall, it looked like Twins reliever Jared Burton decked teammate Brian Duensing in the face. Fortunately, it was just a perfectly-timed […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Twins Bullpen Nailed It With The ‘Knockout Punch’ Prank

Take a close look at the .GIF from Friday night’s game between the Twins and White Sox. You may notice a very odd situation happening as Chris Colabello’s home run entered the Twins’ bullpen area, and that would be what looks to be Jared Burton delivering a knockout punch to Brian Duensing. The sleuths over at the Pioneer Press were able to do some digging and found out that...
Via Next Impulse Sports
August 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Two hits: Colabello hitting HR, Burton hitting Duensing

Just as Twins right fielder Chris Colabello slugged a home run in Friday's game against the White Sox, one of his Minnesota teammates were involved in a slugfest of their own. Sort of. In the second inning of Friday's game -- the first of a day-night double-header at U.S. Cellular Field -- Colabello homered to right field to open the scoring and give the Twins a 1-0 lead...
Via Fox Sports North
August 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Twins' Duensing picks up twin wins

The Minnesota Twins had all sorts of fun at the expense of the Chicago White Sox on Friday, sweeping a doubleheader by scores of 7-5 and 3-2. Nobody benefited more than reliever Brian Duensing , who came into the day with a 4-1 record and left 6-1 after throwing a total of 14 pitches. Here's the short story on what turned out to be, well, a short story: Duensing was the pitcher...
Via Fox Sports
August 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Jared Burton & Brian Duensing punch each other in the bullpen during homers … twice

Because apparently home runs by Chris Colabello and Chris Herrmann are not entertaining enough.
Via MLB GIFS
August 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Twins 3, White Sox 2(10)

Oswaldo Arcia homered leading off the 10th inning, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 3-2 to complete the day-night doubleheader sweep on Friday. Josh Willingham and Chris Hermann also went deep. Brian Duensing (6-1) picked up the win in both games, and the Twins prevailed in the nightcap after rallying to take the opener 7-5. The big news came before the first...
Via Fox Sports
August 09, 2013  |  Discuss

GIF: Twins pitcher punches teammate in bullpen during home run, sort of

As outfielder Jordan Danks backs up towards the fence, Jared Burton winds up and straight punches Brian Duensing in the Twins bullpen. What?
Via Gamedayr
August 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins trade predictions

The trade deadline is coming up on Wednesday. The Twins are definitely sellers this year, and there have been a few names thrown out there as potential trade candidates. I know absolutely nothing, of course, except from what I have heard from rumors, and my basic understanding of what the Twins want to do with the long term. I also don’t have any big moves in my mind about what...
Via The Rhino and Compass
July 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Twins Tuesday: Bullpen endures uncharacteristic struggles in Miami

The Minnesota Twins' bullpen has been one of the best in baseball all season. They entered Tuesday's game with the second-best ERA in the majors. In Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Miami Marlins, however, the bullpen faltered. After starter Kevin Correia allowed just two runs in six innings, Minnesota's relievers allowed runs in both the seventh and eighth innings as...
Via Fox Sports North
June 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Twins Tuesday: Bullpen endures uncharacteristic struggles in Miami

The Minnesota Twins' bullpen has been one of the best in baseball all season. They entered Tuesday's game with the second-best ERA in the majors. In Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Miami Marlins, however, the bullpen faltered. After starter Kevin Correia allowed just two runs in six innings, Minnesota's relievers allowed runs in both the seventh and eighth innings as...
Via Fox Sports North
June 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Video: Twins manager calls for southpaw, right-hander trots in from bullpen

Your browser does not support iframes.A pitching change didn't go so smoothly for Ron Gardenhire and the Twins Tuesday.Gardenhire walked out to the mound and called for southpaw Brian Duensing to enter the game. However, nobody in the Twins bullpen could quite see what Gardenhire motioned for, so they sent in right-hander Casey Fien, instead. Whoops!Fien gets all the way to the...
Via Bush League Chronicle
June 12, 2013  |  Discuss
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