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Matt Monitto

Twins team alchemist discovers powerful element in Kyle Garlick’s sweat

You may insert your preferred Garlick/garlic pun here. | Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images

Science!

Kyle Garlick earned the final spot on the Twins active roster after a white-hot spring and has slashed .417/.462/.583 in his first six games with Minnesota.

Team alchemist Del Sagdemi believes he has discovered why.

“After collecting sweat from the player and running it through a centrifuge, I have isolated an as-yet undiscovered element,” Sagdemi said. “I believe...

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Quick Hits: Twins, Braves, Dodgers

Josh Donaldson ran the bases well enough progress to the next portion of his rehab, presuming a return to the Twins as early as Monday or Tuesday, per Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com (via Twitter).

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Brandon Brooks

F/10 - Mariners 4, Twins 3: Another 10-inning loss

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The Achilles’ heel of the 2021 Twins.

The Twins have only dropped three ballgames this spring, but they’ve all come — home, road, or otherwise — in ten innings.

Today was no exception; after avoiding a shutdown inning every time the Mariners took the lead, Minnesota failed to score their 10th-inning runner after Seattle did so in the top half. Keynan Middleton induced some weak contact for a quick pair of outs, and Byron Buxton was beat at first by...

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Brandon Brooks

Game 8: Mariners at Twins

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Michael “M.P. Biggz” takes the mound this afternoon.

First Pitch: 1:10 pm CDT TV: Bally Sports North Radio: WCCO 830, “Audacy,” The Wolf 102.9 FM, TIBN

If I had said to you — at more or less any point over the last ten years — “the Twins are running out a starting pitcher with a sub-2.70 ERA — guess who it is” — you would have a very limited pool from which to guess.

So far in 2021, it’s a different story.

We’re on stop three of our...

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TJ Gorsegner

The Twins finally showed patience with a center fielder, and it is paying off

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Aaron Hicks was rushed to the majors. He debuted at 23 years old, in 2013, and with only 22 games at triple-A under his belt. The Twins needed to do so, because of the pre-2013 season trades of Ben Revere (for Vance Worley and Trevor May,) and Denard Span (for Alex Meyer.) Neither of those trades exactly worked out well for Minnesota, although May remains an underrated reliever, and one of the better components of recent Twins’ bullpens...

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Kyle Thele TJ Gorsegner

You all believe in the bombas

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Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged-in Minnesota Twins fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts.

In 2019, the Twins offense set a record for home runs. 307, even in the high-scoring environment, was impressive. Although 2020 saw a bit of a dip, most of the same faces are still on the roster. Overall, you all seem to believe that the Twins will be among the top...

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TJ Gorsegner

Byron Buxton is off to a hot start, so here is a hot shirt

Buck Yeah!!!

Better be careful how I type this one out. We have a new shirt design from our friend’s at Breaking T, which uses the only words that can accurately describe the start of Byron Buxton’s season.

Buck Yeah! He was met with chants of “MVP” at the home opener—perhaps a bit early, but he is well on that pace.

In only 19 at-bats this season, he has eight hits. He has sent half of those out of the park, four total dingers. Oh, and two walks, as well. Right now that leads to...

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Marea

Navigating a Covid-Safe Target Field in 2021: Home Opener Edition

My joy could not be contained behind two masks

So just how different is it at Target Field this season?

When I woke up at 4 am, too excited to sleep, I had “For the First Time in Forever” from the movie Frozen stuck in my head. And I mean it was stuck there. On repeat. For over an hour. If you’re not familiar with the song, clearly you didn’t have a small child sometime around 2014 or in the years after. And if you are familiar, I’m sorry that it’s now stuck in your head as...

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Jonathan Gamble

Gabbing w/ Gamble: Who wants an organist Sue Nelson bobblehead?

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Help get the ball rolling!

Hello and welcome back to our weekly chat! Today, we’ve got a special mission, as well as an ordinary discussion question. I’ll start with our goal.

Thousands of Twins fans over the past 22 years have had the opportunity to chat with the long-time organist for the Twins, Sue Nelson (she even went on the record for Twinkie Town in 2019). From her days sharing the job in the football press box of...

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Tawny Jarvi

Twins 10, Mariners 2: A beautiful day for smashing dingers

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Home opener > Season opener.

Home opener went a heck of a lot better than the season opener for the Twins. José Berríos started the day with two more hitless innings, just to prove that he could, but the Mariners broke his string of perfection in the 3rd when Ty France hit an RBI single to put Seattle up early.

The Twins offense responded in exactly the way you would want them to respond. Jorge Polanco and Kyle Garlick lead off the inning with back to...

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Tawny Jarvi

Game 07: Mariners at Twins

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Berrios gets the home opener as the Twins look to continue winning!

First Pitch: 3:10 Central
Radio: WCCO 830, Audacy(?!), The Wolf 102.9 FM, twinsbeisbol.com
T.V: Bally Borts Borth
Know Thine Enemy: Lookout Landing

And now before I present to you the starting lineups, here’s some serious analysis. And by serious analysis, I obviously mean, The Ninja Rap by Vanilla Ice from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie haphazardly edited to be...

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TJ Gorsegner

Series Preview: five questions with Lookout Landing

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As the season continues, we continue chatting with our sister sites about the Twins’ upcoming opponents. With the Seattle Mariners in town for the home opener, that means Lookout Landing is on deck, and stepping up to represent them is Matthew Roberson, who you can also find at FanGraphs—so you know he’s a smart baseball dude. Thanks again for answering, Matthew, and as always, my answers to his questions will be eventually linked in this space.

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Ben Beecken

Twins 3, Tigers 2: Pitching, defense, and timely hitting is a simple recipe

Kenta Maeda notched his first win of 2021 with six strong innings against the Tigers. | Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Kenta Maeda, Jorge Polanco, and the defense lead Twins to victory

After beating the Tigers by nine runs on Monday, a one-run loss and a one-run win over the balance of the series was relatively anti-climatic. But a win is a win, and the Twins have now won two road series, lead the AL Central with a 4-2 record, and have the league’s second-best run differential.

Today, the Twins...

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Twins place OF/1B Brent Rooker on 10-day IL, select LHP Brandon Waddell

Rooker has a cervical strain in his neck, and Waddell will get his chance after an impressive spring showing.

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Ben Beecken

Game 6: Twins at Tigers

Moar dingerz, plz, Nellie. | Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Maeda to the mound in the rubber match

First Pitch: 12:10 pm Central
Telly: Bally Sports North, MLB Network (out-of-market)
Radio: WCCO 830 AM, KMNB 102.9 FM “The Wolf”, Treasure Island Baseball Network, Audacy
Know Thine Enemy: Bless You Boys

Welcome to the Minnesota Twins’ second rubber match in as many series!

Remember that thing that Gardy always said about just trying to win series? I always kind of hated it because shouldn’t...

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Zach Koenig

Are walk-off losses more hopeful or catastrophic to team psyche?

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An early test of mental toughness in 2021

I have long contended that late or extra-inning losses (like the two the Twins have suffered in their first five contests this season) are the toughest for human beings—so all baseball players not named Nelson Cruz—to stomach. There’s something gut-wrenching about being so close to victory before having it snatched away. Perhaps my concurrent Minnesota Vikings fandom has something to do with this, but I think...

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Imakesandwichesforaliving

Tigers 4, Twins 3: Former Twins exact revenge

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This was not the same game as yesterday. Or the day before, for that matter.

Looking to secure a second consecutive series win and a four-game winning streak, the Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers faced off in yet another matinee game within the confines of Comerica Park. For the second series in a row, one of the games included free baseball with (what some would consider) dumb rules. But first, how did the teams get there?

The Twins looked to J. A....

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Imakesandwichesforaliving

Game 5: Twins at Tigers

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Minnie and Paul versus a ferocious cat. Seems harmless.

First Pitch: 1210p Central
Telly: Bally Sports North, MLB Network (for those that are out-of-market)
Radio: W-C-C-O 830 AM, KMNB 102.9 FM “The Wolf”, Treasure Island Baseball Network, some thing called Audacy, damn kids and their new things
Know the Foe: Bless You Boys

Greetings and salutations! It’s your substitute game thread/recap writer here. It’s my first one this...

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Matt Monitto

One fan’s quest to keep baseball alive in Southeast Asia

“Baseball is a universal language. Catch the ball, throw the ball, hit the ball.” -Pete Rose | Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP via Getty Images

And to keep the sport’s interest global, accessible to fans around the world.

John Ramos cannot watch baseball.

A 27-year-old Yankees fan living in the Phillippines, Ramos hoped to watch spring training games, only to find that Fox Sports Asia was instead covering seemingly every other sport popular in the region.

When Opening Day rolled...

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Bob Engvall

Hurts So Good, but I won’t be fooled again

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A mashup of classic song titles to describe how it feels to be a Twins fan right now

Well, we’re four games into the season. The first game was…disappointing. Donaldson made it through his first at-bat, but not his first time rounding first-base. The bullpen blew it, errors and misplays, and all in all, it was the Twins of most of the 1990s. But then, starting on day two, things immediately improved. Berrios pitched six innings of...

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