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Twins reveal areas of concern during home stand

Last week shows shaky defense and bad bullpen work

Yes, the Minnesota Twins are still winning baseball games, which is great. However, this home stand has revealed some issues that cannot go unrecognized. I’m here to be the pessimist that opens other fans’ eyes. I still think that this team is one of the best in the league, but there are actually areas where the Twins can improve and even better themselves.

Issue #1

Over the last six games, Minnesota has thrown some pretty sloppy defense...

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Prospect profile SS Royce Lewis

With the Minnesota Twins continuing to dominate competition at the highest level, let’s take a look at their prized prospect Royce Lewis, and see how his season has gone thus far. Royce Lewis, the first overall selection of the 2017 MLB draft, had an outstanding first full year in the minor leagues. He was able […] Minnesota Twins: Prospect profile SS Royce Lewis - Puckett's Pond - Puckett's Pond - A Minnesota Twins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Tawny Jarvi

Monday Morning Minnesota: Never Stop Loving Joe Mauer Edition

Also some other crap.

Previously on Twinkie Town:

The Twins lost on fathers day, dishonoring fathers everywhere. SooFoo (More like SooGoo...dwriter) recapped all the misery and woe for your enjoyment. Watch Joe Mauer’s retirement ceremony and cry. Cry in front of your boss. Cry WITH your boss. Cry with your entire staff until productivity collapses and your business has to declare bankruptcy. Thanks Joe! Cooper Carlson wrote a delightful showcase of Joe Mauer’s hall of fame candidacy....

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Minnesota Twins 3 Up, 3 Down: Mitch Garver continues to stay hot

The Minnesota Twins had a great week on their home stand and retired the number of a legend, but defensive woes could be a concern moving forward. As far as home stands go, the Minnesota Twins are having a great one through six games. As part of their longest home stand of the season, the […] Minnesota Twins 3 Up, 3 Down: Mitch Garver continues to stay hot - Puckett's Pond - Puckett's Pond - A Minnesota Twins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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SooFoo Fan

Royals 8, Twins 6: Missed opportunities

The Twins left 15 on base today, and committed two errors, allowing the Royals to avoid a sweep.

Martin Perez got the start for the Twins today, and opened with a clean first inning. The 2nd inning, however, was not-so-clean. Jorge Soler led off with a walk, followed by two singles to score the first run of the game. Martin Maldonaldo followed with a 1-out RBI single to right and Whit Merrifield picked up an RBI of his own with 2 outs. Adalberto Mondesi flew out to center to end the threat,...

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Minnesota Twins Postgame Report: Twins can’t get big hit in loss to Royals

The Minnesota Twins had plenty of opportunities to take the series finale with the Kansas City Royals on Sunday, but couldn’t get the big hit in an 8-6 loss. The Minnesota Twins were looking to cap off Joe Mauer weekend with a series sweep of the Kansas City Royals on Sunday after taking the first […] Minnesota Twins Postgame Report: Twins can’t get big hit in loss to Royals - Puckett's Pond - Puckett's Pond - A Minnesota Twins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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SooFoo Fan

Game 70: Royals at Twins

The Twins will go for a sweep today against Kansas City.

First Pitch: 1:10 PM CDT TV: FSN Radio: TIBN Know thine enemy: Royals Review Today's Lineups Whit Merrifield - 1B Max Kepler - CF Adalberto Mondesi - SS Jorge Polanco - SS Alex Gordon - LF Nelson Cruz - DH Jorge Soler - DH Eddie Rosario - LF Cheslor Cuthbert - 3B Miguel Sano - 3B Jorge Bonifacio - RF Marwin Gonzalez - RF Nicky Lopez - 2B Jonathan Schoop - 2B Martin Maldonado - C Jason Castro - C Billy Hamilton - CF Ehire...

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Watch: Odorizzi: 'I don't think we were meant to lose on Joe Mauer Day'

Starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi says the Minnesota Twins couldn't have lost on Joe Mauer Day following their 5-4 win over the Kansas City Royals.

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Brandon Brooks

Twins 5, Royals 4: Sneaking on through

Nine runs. Two teams. 9 - 2 = 7. What a tribute to Joe Mauer.

At first, it was all Royals. And, really, how could they. On Joe Mauer night? This game has gone to the dogs.

Jake Odorizzi had an uncharacteristic night, giving up four runs in six innings of work. Two homers supplied most of the Kansas City scoring — a first-inning shot from Jorge Soler and a fifth-inning blast from Whit Merrifield. Shortly after Merrifield’s dinger, Lucas Duda brought home a run with a sac fly.

At that...

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TJ Gorsegner

Watch the Joe Mauer number retirement ceremony here

If you missed it, or just want to cry a bit more

Before the game today, the Twins retired Joe Mauer’s number seven. Many of his former teammates were on hand, and there was a moving tribute video as well. In classic Mauer fashion, the weekend’s festivities were heavily tied into the Gillette Children’s Hospital. The whole thing culminated with Joe on the opposite end of a battery, throwing out the first pitch to his dad.

Watch the whole thing here, whether you missed it, or just want...

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Brandon Brooks

Game 69: Royals at Twins

Tonight, we honor the nicest of the Minnesota nice.

First Pitch: 6:10 pm CDT — Tune in at 5:30 for a special edition of Twins Live!


Radio: TIBN

I played organized baseball for exactly one summer. During that time, I learned how to shag flies, field grounders, and look for different hobbies that better matched my skillset.

Despite my build — which any professional scout would tell you was more suited for the pitching mound, where I might have featured as a long, lanky,...

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Cooper Carlson

The next step for Joe Mauer? The Hall of Fame.

One of the best catchers of all time belongs in Cooperstown

Joe Mauer is being inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame and having his famous number seven retired just one season after he announced his retirement. Somehow it seems like Twins fans still do not appreciate or understand just how rare and outstanding a catcher like Joe Mauer was. For those of you in that category I am going to attempt to convince you that Joe Mauer is a Hall of Famer using an large amount of comparisons and stats...

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James Fillmore

Eighth-inning Garver homer breaks tie to give Gibson 2-0 win

This game lasted two hours and 21 minutes. That’s AWESOME.

With two outs in the eighth and everything tied 0-0, Mitch Garver sauced a two-run dong off Kansas City reliever Jake Diekman. The Twins’ most (only?) reliable bullpenner, Taylor Rogers, threw a perfect ninth, and that’s your ballgame.

It had been an honest-to-goodness pitchers’ duel up to that point. Kyle Gibson was Good Gibby, while Royals youngun Brad Keller did what he does best, using that “downward plane” to induce...

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James Fillmore

Game 68: Royals @ Twins

Whit Merrifield so sounds like a name from a Dickens novel.

Time: 7:10 Central. Vegas Line: -190 MIN / +180 KC Weather: 25% Chance Of Rain, Start Temp 81° Opponent’s excellent SB site: Royals Review TV: FSN. Radio: If your signal is crackling, that’s lightning somewhere nearby

23-year-old righthander Brad Keller has a 95-ish straight fastball, one that sinks, and a slider. He doesn’t strike out too many guys, doesn’t walk an unreasonable amount, while his groundball tendencies...

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Bullpen merry-go-round continues; Littell re-called from Rochester

Romero’s outing was not ideal, I guess. Who am I to judge?

After a less-than-ideal outing by now-reliever Fernando Romero in yesterday’s win against the Seattle Mariners, the Minnesota Twins have decided to send him back to Rochester. Romero was called up to replace Ryan Eades in the bullpen to help reinforce a well-used bullpen, but after failing to record an out during this cup of coffee, it seems the Twins decided that Romero is not the right reinforcement. In his work yesterday, he...

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Number seven is ready to be raised at Target Field

Joe Mauer’s jersey retirement is set for Saturday night.

Late on Saturday afternoon at Target Field, the Minnesota Twins are going to retire the number of their hometown hero, Joe Mauer. #7 was drafted in the 2001 draft, and fortunately enough, the Twins had the first overall pick in the Major League Draft that season. Minnesota had a couple of options presented to them. They could have taken stud pitching prospect, Mark Prior, or they could have taken Minnesota native, Joe Mauer. The...

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Cooper Carlson

Twinkie Town Talk: The Twins are better than the Yankees Edition.

Good morning and happy Friday everyone!

In case you missed it: Twinkie Town was busy yesterday!

Thomas started the day by naming the Twins minor league players for May. TJ talked about the new rule that Rob Manfred has put in place to stop the Twins from being the best team in baseball. I wrote a piece on why I don't want Mad Bum on the Twins and people surprisingly agreed. I also just figured out how to change my username to my name! TeamCrazyMatt compared the 2019 Twins to last seasons...

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Watch: Scott Servais on pitching in loss

Mariners manager Scott Servais discusses Yusei Kikuchi's start, the bullpen's rough performance and Brandon Brennan's health

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Tawny Jarvi

Twins 10, Mariners 5: Circus Baseball

The key to winning is to score double digit runs so your bullpen can’t screw it up as easy.

Michael Pineda stood on the dirtlump (I really think we should call the pitching mound this, please make this a thing.) for the Twins today, opposite the Mariner’s Yusei Kikuchi. Neither of these pitchers really mattered in the long run. Today’s game was a race between two bullpens to see who could blow things up the most spectacularly.

Kikuchi ran into a lot of trouble in his 5 innings. He...

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Comparing the 2019 Bomba Squad to the 2018 Bronx Bombers

The Homer Hankies versus the Homer Yankees.

Through 66 games, the Minnesota Twins have clobbered 130 home runs, topping their franchise record for the first half of a season by five.

We aren’t even halfway through June.

As mentioned in this ESPN article about the slugging team from the North Star State, the Twins are ahead of the 2018 New York Yankees’ record-setting home run pace; last year’s Pinstripe Platoon knocked 110 dingers through their 66th game.

But that team was expected to...

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