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Does Brian Dozier have a 20/20 vision?

Twins second baseman Brian Dozier, 27, hit his 19th home run yesterday and he has 16 stolen bases giving him a real shot at becoming just the sixth Twins player (Torii Hunter did it twice) to join the exclusive 20/20 club with … Continue reading

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According to Elias

  Kurt Suzuki produced three hits, including a two-run double that opened the scoring in the Twins’ 4-3 win over the Indians. Suzuki now has nine games with at least three hits this season, the highest total by any catcher … Continue reading

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According to Elias

Ray’s manager Joe Maddon, never a slave to convention, slotted his DH Sean Rodriguez in the ninth spot in his batting order, but S-Rod was the right man at the right time, producing a home run and three RBIs to … Continue reading

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Twins minor league player of the week

Ft. Myers outfielder Byron Buxton is the Twins Minor League Player of the Week. In six games for the Miracle, he hit .500 (12-for-24) with two home runs, one triple, four RBI, eight runs scored and five walks. Buxton homered in back-to-back … Continue reading

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Post All-Star game thoughts, notes and links

Hosted by the Minnesota Twins at Target Field the 85th MLB All-Star game and everything surrounding it is finally in our rear view mirror and to be honest, I am kind of glad to see it come to an end. Don’t … Continue reading

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According to Elias – All-Star edition

Jeter flourishes in his final All-Star appearance Derek Jeter   Derek Jeter, as usual, rose to the occasion in his final All-Star game appearance, going 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored in the American League’s 5-3 win. Jeter … Continue reading

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According to Elias

Yoenis Cespedes entered the 2013 Home Run Derby, which he won, on a 71 at-bat home run drought, which was the longest entering the event for any of the participants. Cespedes entered the 2014 Home Run Derby, which he also won, homerless in his … Continue reading

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According to Elias

    Brian Dozier went 3-for-6 with two home runs, his 17th and 18th of the season, in the Twins’ 13-5 win at Colorado yesterday. Dozier, who has stolen 16 bases this season, is the first second baseman with at … Continue reading

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Twins minor league player of the week

New Britain (AA – Eastern League) outfielder Mike Kvasnicka (kwas-NIK-ah) is the Twins Minor League Player of the Week. The Lakeville, MN native played in seven games for the Rock Cats, hitting .407 (11-for-27) with two doubles, one home run, … Continue reading

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According to Elias

  Kevin Correia allowed one run in six innings, and also drove in a run on a fourth-inning double in the Twins’ 9-3 win at Colorado. Correia is the first Minnesota pitcher to register an RBI in a game in … Continue reading

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According to Elias

Twins starter Phil Hughes did not allow a run while pitching one out into the eighth inning and earned the win in the Twins’ 2-0 victory over the Mariners in Seattle last night. Hughes has allowed only two earned runs … Continue reading

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1965 All-Star game crossword puzzle

The excitement builds in Minnesota as the preparations continue for the 2014 All-Star game that will be played one week from today. The team hit the road for Seattle after Sunday’s loss to the New York Yankees and final preparations are being made … Continue reading

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Self-serve beer stations make debut at Target Field

My goodness, what’s next? ESPN posted a story that self-serve beer stations have been installed at Target Field so that fans attending the All-Star game festivities next week can pay up front and decide what beer they want and even how much … Continue reading

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From 50-game suspension to All-Star

  Is baseball sending another mixed message by naming Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz to the American League All-Star team? I know, the fans elected Cruz to be the AL starting DH but Bud Selig and MLB could have stopped that dead … Continue reading

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Twins minor league player of the week

Rochester (AAA – International League) infielder Doug Bernier is the Twins Minor League Player of the Week. The 34-year old played in seven games for the Red Wings, hitting .370 (10-for-27) with one double, two home runs, 10 RBI, five … Continue reading

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This Day in Twins History – July 5, 2004 – Protests against Duke

There is an old saying that goes something like this – “no good deed goes unpunished.” As gesture to honor local military personnel, the Twins give away a “Duke” G.I. Joe action figures to the first 5,000 children attending the … Continue reading

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How rare is 4 XBH in a game?

In yesterday’s Minnesota Twins 6-5 loss to the New York Yankees at Target Field Yankee second baseman Brian Roberts went four for five with four extra base (three doubles and a triple) hits. You don’t see that too often so it was time for … Continue reading

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According to Elias and a little extra

Zelous Wheeler, called up from the minors by the Yankees on Thursday when slumping Yangervis Solarte was sent down, made a big splash in his major-league debut when he hit a home run in the fifth inning against the Twins’ Phil Hughes. … Continue reading

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Twinstrivia.com All-Star selections

That time is here again, time to pick the Twinstrivia.com All-Star team. For me it is always fun to pick the players that I think deserve to play in MLB All-Star game.  Some of them might crash and burn and even find … Continue reading

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Former Twins pitcher Bobby Castillo passes away

Bobby Castillo who pitched for the Minnesota Twins and the Los Angeles Dodgers died on June 30th in a Los Angeles hospital after a battle with cancer. The 5’10″ right-handed pitching Castillo was originally drafted by the Kansas City Royals in round … Continue reading

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Welcome to pro baseball Nick Burdi

The Twins second round pick in this years June amateur draft was right-handed pitcher Nick Burdi. The 6 foot 4 inch 215-pound Burdi used primarily as a closer for the University of Louisville had a 0.49 ERA with 65 strikeouts in 37 innings … Continue reading

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A-ball to the big leagues

The 20-year old Jorge Polanco‘s stay in the big leagues with the Twins is expected to end today when the Twins are expected to send him back to the minor leagues. Polanco was called up from the Ft. Myers Miracle … Continue reading

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Twins minor league player of the week

New Britain (AA – Eastern League) left-handed pitcher Taylor Rogers is the Twins Minor League Player of the Week. The 23-year old lefty made one start for the Rock Cats June 25 vs. Altoona, tossing 8.0 innings allowing one run … Continue reading

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Twins minor league player of the week

Ft. Myers (High A – Florida State League) pitcher D.J. Baxendale is the Twins Minor League  Player of the Week. The right-handed pitcher made one start for the Miracle June 18 vs. Bradenton, tossing 6.0 shutout innings with four hits … Continue reading

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A hit, a hit, I would do anything for a hit

Outfielder Oswaldo Arcia is quickly climbing up the leader board on a list he would rather not be a part of. Saying that Arcia is in a slump is an understatement as he battles through an 0 for his last 29 … Continue reading

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According to Elias

The Twins completed a four-game series sweep of the White Sox on Sunday in what was the first series sweep of four or more games in the majors this season. June 22 is the latest date on which a team … Continue reading

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Did you know?

When Minnesota Twins pitcher Yohan Pino will made his Major League debut Thursday night at 30 years, 175 days old at Target Field against the Chicago White Sox. He became the oldest Twin (since 1961) to make his big league debut. Yohan became … Continue reading

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According to Elias

  Brian Dozier‘s two-out single in the bottom of the ninth on Friday plated Eduardo Escobar with the winning run as the Twins pulled out a 5-4 win over the White Sox in walk-off manner. Even with his game-winning hit, … Continue reading

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History indicates Yohan Pino’s tenure as a Twins starter will be short

A two-hour and 6 minute rain delay before last nights Twins game at Target Field started was no biggie for Twins starter Yohan Pino. After all, he has toiled in the minors for 10 years and waited 30 years and 175 days before … Continue reading

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According to Elias – Fenway not a great place for the Twins

The Red Sox entered the bottom of the 10th inning trailing, 1-0, but David Ortiz tied the game with a home run and Mike Napoli followed that up with a game-ending blast in Boston’s 2-1 win over the Twins on … Continue reading

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