7:33 AM EDT, Wed May 24, 2017
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Farm Report: Red Wings batters tee off on Jose De Leon

Farm Report: Red Wings batters tee off on Jose De Leon

A recap of the Twins' minor league affiliates' results from May 23rd, 2017. Triple-A: Rochester Red Wings 4, Durham Bulls 0 The Red Wings scored all four runs in this game in the bottom of the second inning off Durham Bulls SP Jose De Leon. Remember him? He was the guy the Dodgers wanted to trade to the Twins for Brian Dozier straight up. He also somehow gave up two doubles to Red Wings LF J.B. Shuck. Huh. SP Jason Wheeler pitched seven shutout innings giving up only five hits and no walks what-so-ever. Nine strikeouts too. Look at RP Trevor Hildenberger, pitching two scoreless innings...
9 hours ago
Twins 2, Orioles 0: ErWIN Santana

Twins 2, Orioles 0: ErWIN Santana

It’s actually “Ervin” I was making a joke. Tonight’s game was really fun to watch, but it was the type of game that I’m unsure how to make sound interesting. That type of game is a low scoring pitcher’s duel. I will get to say “dong” one more time in this recap, and there was indeed a walk that haunted. The recap tics are there, so we can all feel safe and comfortable in the Tawny-recap-zone. Ervin Santana pitched even better than he normally pitches, going all 9 innings and allowing absolutely no runs. The shutout came with 6 strikeouts, 2 walks and only 2 hits (both...
23 hours ago
Tuesday Twins: Is Jose Berrios an ace or just a joker?

Tuesday Twins: Is Jose Berrios an ace or just a joker?

Tuesday, Tuesday, Tuesday! Here are the links: Remember when Jose Berrios struck out 11 Rockies batters last week? It’s gotten people asking if he has the stuff to be a real ace. Michael Beller from Sports Illustrated took a look for Fox Sports (?) and concludes Berrios has Ace potential. Our friends over at Beyond the Box Score are all WTF the Twins are in first? It’s all the usual oh look the defense is good and Miguel Sano and the pitching isn’t THAT bad. All the stuff us superior Twins fans already know!!!! Beyond the Box Score is also all WTF Anthony Swarzak is good now? And......
May 23, 2017
Farm Report: Jermaine Palacios big walk-off dinger for Kernels

Farm Report: Jermaine Palacios big walk-off dinger for Kernels

A recap of the Twins' minor league affiliates' results from May 22nd, 2017. Triple-A: Rochester Red Wings off. No game yesterday. [No Box Score] Double-A: Chattanooga Lookouts 4, Biloxi Shuckers 3 This Lookouts win came thanks to some strong pitching on their part and some pretty slopping pitching on the Shuckers part. With the game tied 3-3 going into the eighth inning, Shuckers RP Nick Ramirez loaded the bases for CF Ryan Strausborger, who ended up walking in the go-ahead run. The Lookouts pitching was much better. SP Felix Jorge started the game and was responsible for all three Shuckers...
May 22, 2017
Twins 14, Orioles 7: Monster offensive night for Twins

Twins 14, Orioles 7: Monster offensive night for Twins

After falling behind early Twins pour on the runs. Kyle Gibson got hit hard early in his return to the Twins tonight but that would not matter as the team piled on the runs scoring 14 in all off of 21 hits in an all around impressive come from behind victory. After looking sharp in the 1st Gibson would give up a pair of runs and a 3 run Home run to Adam Jones as Baltimore broke out to a 5 - 0 commanding lead in the 2nd. The Twins chipped away scoring in the 3rd and again in the 4th on a Max Kepler solo shot to make it 5 - 2. Twins manager Paul Molitor surprisingly stuck with Gibson and was...
May 22, 2017
Twins 2017 MLB Draft Preview: The Atlanta Braves 2016 draft strategy

Twins 2017 MLB Draft Preview: The Atlanta Braves 2016 draft strategy

To understand the deal making potential the Twins have with the number one pick, let’s look back at the Braves 2016 draft history. Recently I wrote a piece on how the Twins could make a deal for the number one pick in this year’s MLB Draft. Basically, the Twins would select a player not expected to go in the top 5 picks and sign that player for much less than the number one pick’s slotted bonus of $7.7 million. The Twins could use that saved money to get better prospects with their 35th and 37th picks than they would be able to get normally. This is not an abstract concept—since the...
May 22, 2017
Monday Morning Minnesota: Discipline, Improvements, Gorilla Tattoos

Monday Morning Minnesota: Discipline, Improvements, Gorilla Tattoos

Every link about the Twins ever made (but not really) Hey guys and gals and sentient bio-engineered molluscoid demi-humans! (You know who you are!) Here are some links to get you through the morning. Today’s soundtrack is shrill PC speaker music that today’s hooligan children never had to deal with. The Twins have been the most improved team in baseball in terms of plate discipline. Going from horrific to pretty good will do that! This has been a popular topic over at Fangraphs lately with articles on Miguel Sano alone and another on the improvements of the whole team. Warning: Jeff...
May 22, 2017
Farm Report: Michael Tonkin serves up walk-off loss for Red Wings

Farm Report: Michael Tonkin serves up walk-off loss for Red Wings

A recap of the Twins' minor league affiliates' results from May 21st, 2017. Triple-A: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 5, Rochester Red Wings 4 This one was a heart breaker, as the Red Wings battled back from an early 3-0 deficit only to lose in the bottom of the eleventh. Which pitcher had the honor of giving up the walk-off hit? Old friend RP Michael Tonkin, of course. SP Nik Turley started the game for the Red Wings and ran into trouble early, giving up two runs in the first inning (including a solo dinger) and another run in the second (on a wild pitch). After that he settled down more,...
May 21, 2017
Phil Hughes placed on DL with shoulder soreness

Phil Hughes placed on DL with shoulder soreness

Kyle Gibson will take Phil’s spot on the roster and start Monday night in Baltimore, as expected. Most Twins fans were expecting the Twins to recall Kyle Gisbon to start Monday night’s game in Baltimore, but no one was sure how the team would make room on the roster. Well, now we know: Phil Hughes is broken and he’s going on the DL. While that is sort of a surprise, it’s also sort of not. I hadn’t heard anything about an injury, but Phil Hughes has been pitching like poop lately. He started Game One of Sunday’s double header against the Royals and gave up five earned runs,...
May 21, 2017
Twins 8, Royals 4: Even more dingers

Twins 8, Royals 4: Even more dingers

The Twins offense jumped on Ian Kennedy in the first, and never looked back The Royals started this game in almost the exact same way as the game earlier today: a Salvador Perez two run homer. This time, though, the Twins offense was up to the task. The Twins walked twice in the first inning. Those walks haunted as Robbie Grossman and Max Kepler followed each of them with a HR, giving the Twins a 4-2 lead. In the 2nd, a walk followed by a Brian Dozier double scored another run. 5-2, Twins. Adalberto Mejia did a nice job of limiting the damage after the first inning. The Royals got one...
May 21, 2017
Royals 6, Twins 4: Hughes gives up a bunch of dingers

Royals 6, Twins 4: Hughes gives up a bunch of dingers

The offense couldn’t quite catch up after Hughes’ rough start. In game 1 of today’s doubleheader, Phil Hughes did not have his best stuff. The trouble started in the 2nd, when Salvador Perez hit a deep 2 run homer to left center to give the Royals a 2-0 lead. In the 4th, another 2 run homer, this time by Jorge Bonifacio made it 4-0. The next batter, Brandon Moss decided to join the fun and hit a solo homer to make it 5-0. Hughes did not pitch in the 5th, as Adam Wilk replaced him. The Twins finally decided to start scoring runs on Jake Junis. With 1 out, Jason Castro and Byron...
May 21, 2017
Farm Report: Son Of Pudge Is Warrior With Honor

Farm Report: Son Of Pudge Is Warrior With Honor

A recap of the Twins' minor league affiliates' results from May 20th, 2017. Triple-A: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 5, Rochester Red Wings 4 Yeah, it’s time for that song again! You know the annoying earworm*, or ARE YOU EVEN A TWINS FAN? We’re talking Park Bang. ByungHo couldn’t save the day, though, as reliever D.J. Baxendale got overextended in the eleventh. The home team won, and I can never be too angry about that. Upcoming Rochester promotions include Batman Night, sponsored by Wesley Gardens Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Center (Alfred works there), and “country star...
May 20, 2017
It’s a perfect day for indoor baseball

It’s a perfect day for indoor baseball

The Twins have already postponed five games at Target Field this season due to rain. You know what stops rain? A roof. I’m not sure what exactly it was, but something got me going about the Metrodome on my Twitter account this morning. I guess it was the rain. Today is exactly the type of day I would have been walking into the Dome with my Mom and one of us would say to the other, “It’s a perfect day for indoor baseball! Look—the Metrodome was really stupid. I know that, and that’s why I love it. It’s still funny watching the Cardinals get confused and distracted during the 1987...
May 20, 2017
Twins hitters are smoking with a two-strike count

Twins hitters are smoking with a two-strike count

The best parties do start after two, after all. Watching an MLB television broadcast involves navigating a minefield of not only all the hoary old baseball conventional wisdom — “lefties love the ball down-and-in,” a good batter needs protection — but also coming to terms with the peculiarities and proclivities of one’s hometown broadcasting team. For Twins fans, that means knowing Bert and Dick will have their tired exchange after every broken bat (“Best sound in the world!”; “Just a sickening sound”); Bert will bellyache about today’s pitchers being ninnies and Dick...
May 20, 2017
Royals at Twins game rained out

Royals at Twins game rained out

WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN? Surprise, SURPRISE! After letting in the handful of fans who had lined up at the gate for the Batting Practice T-Shirt Giveaway, the Twins announced that today’s Royals vs. Twins game at Target Field has been postponed. If you live in the Twin Cities just look out your window and you’ll see why. (If you don’t live in the Twin Cities, why don’t you? We have one of the best unemployment rates in the country! And, um, craft brews or something.) The biggest news is that the Twins and Royals will make up this game tomorrow with a doubleheader—and not a split...