2014 Fantasy Baseball: Real Offensive Value — Shortstops, Part II

Source: Cooper Neill/Getty Images North America The trade deadline is rapidly approaching. One could go to MLB Trade Rumors every 15 minutes to check out the rumors, but most of the deadline deals are about common sense. Which teams are in the playoff hunt and which teams are clearly out of the playoff hunt. From there you look at teams needs and places of surplus for the sellers...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins pull away late, bounce back with win against Rockies

DENVER (AP) -- Kevin Correia pitched six innings of one-run ball, Eduardo Escobar homered, and the Minnesota Twins pulled away late to beat the Colorado Rockies 9-3 on Saturday. Correia (5-11) scattered seven hits and cooled off the power-hitting Rockies, who stranded 10 baserunners and were kept in the yard after slugging eight home runs in their previous two games. He walked one...
Via Fox Sports North
18 days ago  |  Discuss

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
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Mauer's injury dampens mood after Twins smash Royals

Even when the Twins win, they still can’t win. It was star first baseman Joe Mauer’s fourth-inning, bases-loaded double that sparked the Twins’ biggest lead in recent memory. But while the crowd cheered Eduardo Escobar and Sam Fuld home, Mauer pulled up in pain at second base. Mauer’s injury marred an otherwise impressive 10-2 Twins’ victory over the error-prone Kansas...
Via Pro Sports Daily
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins Escobar Goes Bat Launcher

((HT: Twins Eduardo Escobar didn't have enough pine tar on his bat, obviously...Your browser does not support iframes.Hopefully, he will have learned from this lesson today and apply more the next time
Via Online Sports Guys
June 28, 2014  |  Discuss

The White Sox lost a walk off, and Hawk Harrelson didn’t go crazy

On Friday night in Minnesota, the Chicago White Sox fell 5-4 to the Minnesota Twins after a walk off single by Brian Dozier. In situations like this, you expect Hawk Harrelson to be his usual brooding, miserable self, but that wasn’t totally the case on Friday. Let’s take this one part at a time, shall we? First, we have Hawk’s typical depression once Dozier hits the ball...
Via Awful Announcing
June 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins win in a walk-off after blown save against White Sox

The Twins had one foot in the clubhouse Friday night. Fans were ready for the scheduled postgame fireworks. Then it all unraveled in the ninth with Glen Perkins, of all pitchers, on the mound. Fortunately for the Twins, Brian Dozier has come into his own, and he was there Friday to untangle the Twins from a big mess. Chicago scored twice off Perkins in the ninth to tie the score...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins outlast White Sox, 5-4

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Brian Dozier's RBI-single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Minnesota Twins to a 5-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night. Kurt Suzuki had three hits and an RBI and the Twins picked up closer Glen Perkins (3-0), who gave up two runs in the top of the ninth to blow his third save in 21 chances. Daniel Webb (4-1) walked...
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June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Gibson, Escobar ace big tests in 2-0 Twins victory

It’s not often you notice a young player learning a valuable lesson, right at the moment it’s sinking in. But Kyle Gibson and Eduardo Escobar both had those baseball epiphanies Friday night. Gibson stared down two-time MVP Miguel Cabrera with the bases loaded, Escobar showed newfound patience in his own bags-jammed situation, and the pair of second-year regulars carried the...
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June 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers' home woes continue with 2-0 loss to Twins

DETROIT (AP) -- Kyle Gibson threw seven innings and Eduardo Escobar hit a solo homer in the third and drew a bases-loaded walk in the ninth, lifting the Minnesota Twins to a 2-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night. Detroit left seven on base against Gibson. The right-hander escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the fifth inning by getting Miguel Cabrera to ground into...
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins Stuff

The reason I'm not posting as much this Twins' season is not because they suck.  They are a far more interesting team this season than last and I'm actually enjoying this more than any season in a while.  The reason I'm not posting as much is some combination of laziness and apathy and alcoholism.  I'm not sure those last two seasons make all that much sense...
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June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins' Dozier leaves game with lower back soreness

TORONTO (AP) -- Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier left Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays in the fourth inning with a sore lower back and was replaced by Eduardo Escobar. Dozier came in batting .245 with a team-high 14 home runs and 33 RBIs. He collided with shortstop Eduardo Nunez while chasing Erik Kratz's bloop double to shallow center in the second inning...
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June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Links of the Day 6/11/14

Hey, what’s cookin‘ good lookin’?. Eduardo Escobar is going to need a minute.  This tumble sold me. That poor guy got hit right in the neck! Yoenis Cespedes has a pretty good arm. SCOREBOARD MLB Minnesota 4, Toronto 0 – Kevin Correia had a thoroughly dominant outing. Just what I’m sure everyone saw coming.
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June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Right in the ding-ding! Twins’ Eduardo Escobar fouls ball off his gonads (video)

Your browser does not support iframes. Minnesota Twins shortstop Eduardo Escobar probably was not having a ball after a ball hit him in the balls during Monday night’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays. During the top of the 2nd inning, Escobar fouled an R.A. Dickey offering into the dirt. The ball caromed straight up […] The post Right in the ding-ding! Twins’ Eduardo Escobar...
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June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins monthly recap: May

Throughout the season, we'll take a look back at the month that was for the Minnesota Twins. Today marks the second installment after the Twins continued to hang around the .500 mark through May. May record: 13-16 Player of the month: INF Eduardo Escobar, .322 average, 13 doubles, 5 RBI After shortstop Pedro Florimon was demoted to Triple-A Rochester, Escobar started to get more...
Via Fox Sports North
June 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Escobar a hit for Twins with newfound opportunity

Twins infielder Eduardo Escobar isn't quite an everyday player, but he's closer to being one now than he was just a month ago. When Minnesota optioned shortstop Pedro Florimon to Triple-A Rochester as Florimon struggled offensively, that opened a door for Escobar to get more playing time -- and he's reaping the benefits at the plate. While he's moved around the field...
Via Fox Sports North
May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Big blast pushes Twins past Mariners

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Brian Dozier's three-run homer in the fifth inning put Minnesota ahead for good, and Samuel Deduno tossed six sharp innings for his first win as the Twins beat the Seattle Mariners 4-3 on Saturday night. With Minnesota trailing 2-1, Dozier followed consecutive singles by Aaron Hicks and Eduardo Escobar by sending a curveball from Roenis Elias (3-3) into the...
Via Fox Sports North
May 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians 4, Twins 3: Bad defense assists Tribe walkoff win

For one night, the magic was back at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario. All it took was the kind of shoddy defense the Indians have played all year. This time, it was their opponent who did them the favor. Since the Eric Wedge era, we have seen plenty of Indians attempting to play positions in the field they shouldn’t be playing all in the name of more offense. Whether it be Ryan...
Via Waiting For Next Year
May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Second Thoughts Game #34: Twins 3, Indians 4

The Walk-Off Magic Returns It’s been a long time since we’ve had one of these wins. Mike Aviles’ hit in the bottom of the ninth inning (with two outs!) gave the Indians their first walk off win of the year. The inning was made possible on a fly ball that went off the glove of the Twins’ Eduardo Escobar, the rare occurrence when the Indians have been able to capitalize on...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Lineup shuffle proves costly for Twins in Cleveland

Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire didn't have many options with his depleted roster. With Joe Mauer still out with a back injury, that meant Chris Colabello had to play first base once again. In need of another outfielder, Gardenhire stuck infielder Eduardo Escobar in left field for Wednesday's game against Cleveland at Progressive Field. It was Escobar's first career...
Via Fox Sports North
May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Aviles' walk-off hit gives Indians 4-3 win

CLEVELAND (AP) -- A two-out single in the ninth inning by Mike Aviles gave the Cleveland Indians a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night. Asdrubal Cabrera led off the inning with a double against Casey Fien (3-1). The ball was hit over the head of infielder Eduardo Escobar, who misjudged the ball that landed on the warning track. After Lonnie Chisenhall's sacrifice...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins endure walk-off defeat at hands of Indians

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Mike Aviles's two-out single in the ninth inning gave the Cleveland Indians a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night. Asdrubal Cabrera led off the inning with a double against Casey Fien (3-1). The ball was hit over the head of infielder Eduardo Escobar, who misjudged the ball that landed on the warning track. After Lonnie Chisenhall's sacrifice...
Via Fox Sports North
May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Escobar's home run lifts Twins to extra-innings win in Cleveland

Infielder Eduardo Escobar doesn’t get cheated on a swing. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Escobar — listed at 5-10 — hits home runs as far as anyone during batting practice. So Eduardo, are you the most powerful man on the team? “Every now and then,” he said before laughing. Escobar provided some diminutive dynamite Monday, belting the game-winning home run in the...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins stun Indians in extras, shutout Tribe, 1-0

CLEVELAND—Déjà vu? You can say that again. Deadlocked in a scoreless tie in the tenth inning, Tribe closer John Axford (0-3, 4.85 ERA) thrived in his role of the villain for the second straight game. Coming into the ballgame in a non-save situation Monday, Axford served up what would be the game-winning solo homer to Twins shortstop Eduardo Escobar, as Minnesota hung onto...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins outlast Indians in 10 innings

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Eduardo Escobar homered leading off the 10th inning against Cleveland closer John Axford, giving the Minnesota Twins a 1-0 win over the Indians on Monday night. Escobar, who entered as a pinch-hitter in the seventh, connected on a 1-0 pitch from Axford (0-3), driving it over the wall in right for his first homer since June 20 and fourth of his career in 344 at-bats...
Via Fox Sports North
May 05, 2014  |  Discuss
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