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M.Grasso

More Hope on the Farm - The A Game

Photo by Mario Tama/Getty ImagesM.Grasso Iowa sunset

After our game at AAA St. Paul my brother and I went down the next day to take in the Twin’s single A affiliate, the Cedar Rapids Kernels. On the drive down the thermometer hit 101 degrees. I think this kept attendance down on what turned out to be a very tolerable night after a brief shower cooled the place down. As with my prior review I’ll give my opinions on the park, the amenities, the game and the players.

The Park

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Matt Monitto

OOTP 22 tournament: Which is the best lyrical baseball team of all time?

I’ve had this song stuck in my head for a full week now. | Photo by Irving Haberman/IH Images/Getty Images

Two songs, four teams, one season.

There are two well-known baseball songs which list off names of baseball players. The more popular is the oft-parodied Terry Cashman hit “Talkin’ Baseball”:

While the second is Dave Frishberg’s bossa nova classic “Van Lingle Mungo”:

Naturally, the next step is to set one roster against the other.

Introducing:

The 2021 Lyrical...

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Hayden A

Twins 4, Rangers 2: Guess who’s back, back again?

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Byron’s back, tell a friend. He homered and doubled in the Twins’ 4th straight win.

Well, Byron Buxton is officially back. In the first inning, after a game opening single by Luis Arraez, Buck took Texas starter Dane Dunning deep to left to make it 2-0 Twins. Fast forward to the third inning, and it was Max Kepler’s turn to drive in two runs. His RBI single made it 4-0, and he ended up scampering to second after an error by Joey Gallo in right. In...

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TJ Gorsegner

Game 71: Twins at Rangers

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The Twins go for their longest... something... of the year today

First Pitch: 1:35 PM CDT TV: B.S. North Radio: WCCO 830, Audacy, The Wolf 102.9 FM, TIBN, twinsbeisbol.com Know Thine Enemy: Lone Star Ball

Did you know, the Texas Rangers were, too, once the Washington Senators? After Calvin Griffith moved the team from Washington to Minnesota for the 1961 season, the nation’s capital was immediately granted an expansion team. Even though Griffith...

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Zach Koenig

Is this the golden age of baseball fathers and sons?

Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images

Happy Father’s Day!

Family lineage has perpetuated the sport of baseball for as long as it has been played. In a similar vein as, say, the Biblical book of Genesis, there are a list of “begats” scattered throughout the years:

Cecil Fielder begat Prince Tony Perez begat Eduardo Bobby Bonds begat Barry Sandy Alomar begat Roberto & Sandy Jr. Bob Boone begat Bret & Aaron Ken Griffey begat Ken Griffey Jr Sal Butera begat Drew (here in...

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M.Grasso

Signs of hope from farm country - AAA

M.Grasso CHS Field

June 16th 2021. My first trip to CHS Field. Actually my first trip of note anywhere in the past year. CHS by the way is very “farm” as it stands for Conagra and Harvest States, two agribusinesses that kicked in for naming rights to the Saint Paul Saints’ new stadium in the Lower Town neighborhood. I intend this to be a mix of travel guide and scouting report. I’ll try to be judgmental but fair in both respects.

The Venue

This is a beautiful ball park. It fits...

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Brandon Brooks

Twins 3, Rangers 2: The streak that turns it all around

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Hopefully not in 360-degree fashion.

It may not have turned the season around -

yet -

But it certainly represents a trend in the right direction. Minnesota has won three games in a row for the first time in a few weeks, and has the opportunity to sweep a subpar team tomorrow afternoon.

Much like the weekend victory against Houston, this one felt like a complete team win. Randy Dobnak turned in a passable five innings, with a two-run homer by Isiah...

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Brandon Brooks

Game 70: Twins at Rangers

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

This is the re-addition to the starting lineup that turns it all around.

First Pitch: 3:05 pm CDT TV: Bally Sports North Radio: WCCO 830 /The Wolf 102.9 FM / TIBN / Audacy

It’s been one of the most closely-watched storylines of the season — who will come out on top between the Orioles, the Rangers, and your Minnesota Twins? After last night, the Twins’ 28th win of the year gave the club a little breathing room in their quest to become the best...

Yardbarker: Minnesota Twins

Twins activate Byron Buxton from IL

Losing Buxton proved to be as detrimental to the Twins’ playoff chances as we might have guessed.

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James Fillmore

Twins 7, Rangers 5: Pretty sloppy game ends happily if such things make you happy

this play had nothing to do with the outcome but the picture is fun | Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images

The Twins Twin!

Two struggling teams, one with a pitcher on the downside and one on the upside of his career, match equally blasé baseball until Texas’s bullpen is worse than Minnesota’s at the very end. Inning-by-inning notes:

1: For your consideration, we present “Scenes From The Career Of A Marginal MLB Pitcher.” Mike Foltynewicz, snakebit by injuries most of his decade-or-so in...

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James Fillmore

Game LXIX: Twins @ Rangers

The thing about mascots is, they’ve got soulless eyes, like a doll’s eyes.

In the Battle Of Bad Teams, La Makina brings his gears and sprockets to Arlington.

Time: 7:05 Central. Vegas Line: -155 MIN / TEX +145 Weather: Scorching° at first pitch, no rain, They Have A Roof Opponent’s SB site: Lone Star Ball TV: BS North. Radio: Talk radio’s usual nuance and calm is even bigger in Texas

The delightfully-named Mike Foltynewicz, who starts for Texas today, is a fairly-tall,...

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NotThatBrianMcCann

Mike the Mysterious: The Curious Case of Michael Pineda

AP Photo/Carlos Osorio

Where else can you find neck pine tar, banned diuretics, and an abscess?

In a lot of ways, Michael Pineda’s 2021 has been an appropriate representation of his entire career. His 2021 has seen him be effective when healthy, but also deal with some injuries, including an incredibly bizarre injury. Throughout his career, Pineda has shown promise and ability on the mound, only to have any progress stunted by injury or suspension. This season, Pineda proved to be...

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Treetrunk28

Who’s your Twin?

Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Clearly it’s no secret that the Minnesota Twins have not been playing all that well, and that they, quite frankly, frustrating to watch at times. With a plethora of new names cycling through faster than water through a garden hose, it’s tough to remember who is indeed playing for your Twins as you no doubt have googled several of their names on your phone lately.

My mother always had a favorite when I was growing up and his name...

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Bob Engvall

I’m ok, You’re ok, Is Byron ok? Is Josh ok? When’s the trade deadline again?

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Donaldson is injured. Again. Buxton is….well…what’s happening there?

Because of my respect for Byron Buxton as a major league baseball player, I am hopeful that the Twins choose not to bring him back until much closer to the trade deadline. What would be the point of bringing him back now? Win some games to inch closer to mediocrity? Win some games to diminish our draft standing? Win some games to make us feel better about this season? No,...

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Marea

History really does repeat itself

Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images

Well hi there, friends!

As I was avoiding starting work on Wednesday morning, I was doing my usual scroll-through of all the social media feeds. I spent time looking at pics of adorable dogs, reading my friends’ witty observations, perused the various MLB teams posting their Tuesday accomplishments (or in the case of the Twins, the Mauer Charity Home Run Derby thing because the current Twins themselves did not a damn thing of...

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Ben Beecken

Twins 7, Mariners 2: A wire-to-wire win

Nellie Cruzed into Seattle and had a great series against his former team. | Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Feels good to win one, doesn’t it?

The Minnesota Twins turned in a surprisingly competent performance on Wednesday night, scoring in the top of the first inning and leading comfortably from wire to wire.

Bailey Ober is quickly becoming one of the top handful of bright spots on the team this season, turning in the best pitching performance of his young career while Nelson Cruz punished...

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Ben Beecken

Game 68: Twins at Mariners

Let’s hope the Twins can Bail out of Seattle with at least one victory. | Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Trying to avoid a sweep (again)

First Pitch: 9:10 PM CDT
TV: Bally Sports North
Radio: WCCO 830, Audacy, TIBN, 102.9 The Wolf
Know Thine Enemy: Lookout Landing

All that’s left now is to avoid another sweep.

After a tough loss on Monday and a non-competitive, blowout loss on Tuesday, let’s hope for a well-pitched game from Baily Ober.

Ober has given up just three earned runs in nine...

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Zach Koenig

The perks of bad baseball

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How to enjoy a lost season

In my last post on this site, I was angry. When the phrase “institutional failure” is bandied about—rightly or wrongly—it’s never a good sign. Since that Shoemaker-and-Happ-inspired rant, I had to take a slight step away from analyzing this team’s faults and gnashing my teeth over the losses piling up.

Because I’m apparently a glutton for punishment, part of that “step back” included three in-person...

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Kamie Roesler

Joe Mauer is a really good guy, and Plouffe should’ve been in an MLB Home Run Derby

Plouffe wins charity derby | Kamie Roesler

Joe really cares. Plouffe can mash slow pitch softballs.

While Twins fans cringe...nightly, it’s nice to have fun events to look forward to. The Joe Mauer charity event was a success, raking in nearly $350,000 for Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. Speaking of raking, Trevor Plouffe hit a slowpitch softball with a wooden bat halfway up the third deck in left field. He won. Also, it was his birthday.

Let’s talk about how the now...

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SooFoo Fan

Mariners 10, Twins 0: We lost

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

A very boring blow out.

Cutting right to the chase, J.A. Happ has not been good for a while and that did not change tonight. In the 1st, and on the first pitch, J.P. Crawford hit a homer to right-center. Despite this ominous start, Happ got through the first in short order, and everything seemed fine.

Then the 2nd inning Happ-ened. The Mariners loaded the bases and Shed Long Jr. hit a 3-run triple to give them a 4-0 lead. A passed ball by Ben Rortvedt in the...

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