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Another Possible Source For Kurt Suzuki’s Resurgence

Though his switch to a new bat has led to a offensive rebound, there could be another reason behind Kurt Suzuki’s return to prominence. It’s been a roller coaster of a tenure for Kurt Suzuki in a Twins uniform. Signed to a one-year contract to see if he could adequately take over the catcher’s position from Joe Mauer, it seemed like a questionable move at the start due to his regressing offense. Though he was a solid bat at the position in his younger years, he was run into the ground by the Oakland Athletics and his batting average plummeted in 2010. However, he was still offered...
South Side Sox Jun 28, 2016

Twins 4, White Sox 0: Two Brian Dozier homers, one unnecessary

Jose Quintana loses seventh straight decision as offense fails to show against Kyle Gibson The decision to pitch around Joe Mauer with a runner on third and two outs in the sixth inning was telling, and not just because it backfired. Granted, it did look bad, because Brian Dozier followed Mauer. Earlier in the game, Dozier homered off Poor Jose Quintana for the game’s first run, continuing a stretch of torrid hitting, especially against left-handed pitching. Choosing Dozier just didn’t seem like a markedly better play, and sure enough, Dozier ended up golfing a down-and-in curve into...
Twinkie Town Jun 24, 2016

Yankees Beat the Twins Again Because Life Is Pain

Tale as old as time. Song as old as rhyme. If you were excited for the return of Tommy Milone to the big leagues, that lasted almost four entire innings on Friday, which, for this Twins team, almost counts for something. But not really. The Yankees beat the Twins yet again, 5-3, pushing the Bombers' record against the Twins since 1999 to 145-2.  That's a rough guess. In Milone's defense, of the four runs he gave up, only one was earned, but still, he did himself no favors, loading the bases in the fourth with nobody out. Errors by ED and Joe Mauer didn't help either, but the fact remains...

Postgame: Hicks hits home run against his former team

Milone knows he should have been covering first base; Mauer commits his first error of the season
Twinkie Town Jun 17, 2016

Meet the New Loss/Same As the Old Loss: Yankees Throttle Twins, 8-2

This is fine. Over the last decade and a half, the Yankees have made a habit of owning the shit out of your Minnesota Twins. While only Alex Rodriguez and Joe Mauer remain from those halcyon beatdowns, the punishing losses continue, as New York boatraced the Twins yet again Friday night, this time by a score of 8-2. In a phrase that can't possibly be true yet is, the rotation's stopper, Pat Dean, was on the mound. And when Minnesota took their first at-bat, they were already down 4-0. Fortunately, it got worse, as Dean didn't make it out of the third inning.  By then it was 7-1, and you...

Mauer has the night off as Twins face Sabathia, Yankees

Both the Twins and Yankees are on a losing streak as they open a four-game series at Target Field. Joe Mauer, who is a career .163 hitter against Yankees starter CC Sabathia, will get the night off.
Twinkie Town Jun 15, 2016

Twins Should Continue Being Active on Waivers

The Twins have been fairly conservative when it comes to finding players on waivers, but this is the year to start being more aggressive. In a lost season, fans naturally start calling for heads to roll and are disappointed when it doesn’t happen. Terry Ryan should go! Paul Molitor should go! Joe Mauer should go! (Don’t even bother, he’s not going anywhere until his contract expires.) Unfortunately when you are 20-43, a couple changes here and there won’t be enough to pull your organization out of the woods. This is something that has been caused by poor decision after poor...
Twinkie Town Jun 14, 2016

Twins 9, Angels 4: Trio of dingers help take down Anaheim

Trevor Ploufe, Byron Buxton, and Robbie Grossman all hit home runs in a game otherwise featuring a lot of sloppy defense by both teams. Byron Buxton hit his first major league home run of the year in the sixth inning of what had already largely become a Twins trampling. The Twins struck early, scoring a very Twins-y run in the top of the first. Eduardo Nunez singled to lead-off the game, stole second, advanced to third on a balk by Angels starter Jared Weaver, and then scored on a Joe Mauer RBI single. The lead didn’t last long, however, as the Angels scored in the bottom of the second...

VIDEO: Angels fall behind in the first

Jered Weaver and the Angels fell behind 1-0 in the first inning at the hands of Angel-killer Joe Mauer. Mauer knocked in leadoff hitter Eduardo Nunez from third for his 24th RBI of the year. In his 76th career game against the Angels, Mauer has hit...
Twinkie Town Jun 12, 2016

Twins 7, Red Sox 4: Max Kepler walks it off in the 10th with first homerun

It was a back and forth game but the Twins were able to come out on top in dramatic fashion! The Twins were able to manufacture their first two runs in the game. Joe Mauer drove in Eduardo Nunez in the 1st, and Byron Buxton drove in the other Eduardo in the 2nd, both came on ground-outs. The Red Sox finally got one back off of Pat Dean in the 5th on a home run by Chris Young (6). The Twins got two back in the bottom of the 6th by taking advantage of an error by Xander Bogaerts. With runners on 1st and 3rd, Max Kepler grounded to short. Bogaerts' throw to first was in the dirt and not...
Twinkie Town Jun 1, 2016

Twins in May: The good, the bad, and the ugly

May was basically a continuation of April for the Twins. So we're now two months into the season, and with a 15-36 record, the Twins are tied for the worst record in MLB with the Braves. But there's good news: The Twins went 8-19 in May, which was not the worst in MLB for the month! The Reds went 8-20. Ha! Suck it, Cincinnati! Let's take a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly from last month. The Good Miguel Sano smashed eight dingers. Only six MLB players hit more. Joe Mauer hit five home runs, which is equal to half of his 2015 total. Joe also won his third career AL Player of...
Twinkie Town May 31, 2016

Pick Stick Tuesday Edition: Twins at A's

Pick two Twins hitters, get points, win fabulous prizes(?!) I mean maybe. I might send you a million dollars if you win. You don't know. It's a technical possibility. The point breakdown: 1: Singles, walks, stolen bases, runs, RBI. 2: Doubles. 3: Triples. 4: Home runs. -1: Strikeouts. -2: Double plays. +10 bonus TOOTBLAN points if your player is involved in a game ending double play in which at least 4 fielders touch the ball. (Warning: Might not be real points) Today's Lineups MINNESOTA TWINS Eduardo Nunez - SS Brian Dozier - 2B Joe Mauer - 1B Miguel Sano -...
Twinkie Town May 31, 2016

Joe Mauer named AL Player of the Week

Mauer power? Mauer power! We would like to interrupt this terrible season with some good news! Joe Mauer has been awarded the AL Player of the Week award for his performance at the plate last week (May 23rd-29th). Joe slugged 4 home runs, and went 11-25 (.440) with 7 RBI. This included a 3 game HR streak, which was the second of his career. Somewhat surprisingly, this is only his 3rd POW award. His last one came in his MVP season of 2009. His great week at the plate was refreshing, as it followed a 3 week slump where he hit just .148/.235/.197. His BABIP over that stretch was just .190,...
Twinkie Town May 30, 2016

Athletics 3, Twins 2: Santana has decent outing but Twins can't shoestring a win

Twins kept the game close, but ultimately faltered. Things didn't start off well for the Twins, and they never got much better. After Joe Mauer grounded into a double play to end the top of the first, Coco Crisp led off the bottom of the first inning with a a home run off Twins starter Ervin Santana. Santana would ultimately go on to pitch 7 innings with only three earned runs, but even that was too much for the Twins to overcome. The most awkward part of the game came in the top of the 7th inning when Danny Santana was removed from the game with what turned out to be a strained left...

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