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Safe, or sorry? Twins' Drew Butera feeling both after cau...

What kind of baloney is this? That's not Butera's call, it's the third base coach's call. If the third base coach yells "GO!" then Butera has to go. He doesn't have to be safe; just run like hell and slide.  (May 25, 2011 | post #1)

Nick Blackburn shows peak form in taming Oakland Athletics

Trevor Plouffe belongs in the big leagues. Yes, his defense needs work, but he'll be motivated to tighten that up. Meanwhile, the pop in his bat will win a lot of games for this team. Valencia, Plouffe SS, Nishioka 2B could wind up a very good infield, with either Hughes or Tolbert as utility. I wonder if Tolbert can play the outfield...  (May 20, 2011 | post #3)

Shooter Now: Famed Japan slugger Sadaharu Oh, Killebrew w...

We all want Nishi back soon, but for gosh sake don't rush the man on a broken leg! All the cameras can wait. Do it right, Tsuyoshi.  (May 19, 2011 | post #1)

Set-up role seems to suit former Twins starter Glen Perkins

I was amazed to see a couple 96 and 97mph readings from the radar gun over the last couple Perkins appearances. What's going on, has he really been pitching the last few years with a hurt arm? Is it just now healthy? Makes me wonder how many other pitchers are out there throwing with pain. Probably all of them...  (Apr 26, 2011 | post #3)

Twins 5, Orioles 2: Drew Butera's three RBIs help Twins t...

Two wins isn't a streak, it's a statistically inevitable coincidence. Wake me when they reach five in a row.  (Apr 19, 2011 | post #10)

Pitching in: Reliever Jim Hoey has impressive debut in Tw...

Good grief, I hope you were kidding. Denard Span's batting average is currently .313. He just ended an 8-game hitting streak. He's been making excellent catches in center field. the only thing he's lacking physically is a cannon arm, but he makes up for it with good footwork and a quick, accurate release. If you told Jason Repko to his face that you thought he was a better ballplayer than Denard Span, he would thank you politely, then try to get away from the crazy person.  (Apr 19, 2011 | post #16)

Minnesota Twins: Nishioka fractures left fibula

Where do some of these people get off thinking they know the rules of baseball? Swisher's hand hit the bag during the slide, it's on tape. That makes it legal, unless he does something obvious like raising his spikes, which he didn't. Swisher didn't raise his leg, either. Do you really think Ron Gardenhire would make excuses for a dirty play? I have never seen any evidence of Gardenhire doing that. He's a classic straight shooter. I hate the Yankees as much as anybody, but it's not because they play dirty. They are consummate professionals, the highest paid in the business.  (Apr 7, 2011 | post #85)

Minnesota Twins: Nishioka fractures left fibula

Clean slide. I've seen lots of Twins players do exactly that same slide trying to break up a double play. It's the second baseman's job to leap and throw or be elsewhere when that happens. Tough lesson for a talented young player. He'll be back, and he'll be a great infielder for the Twins.  (Apr 7, 2011 | post #38)

Tsuyoshi Nishioka finding it hard to shrug off mistakes a...

When I compare "rookie" Nishioka to young Carlos Gomez, I see in Nishi a player that's trying to do everything right, versus a guy that's just in it for self-aggrandizemen t. Nishioka's techniques are fundamentally sound, and I expect that within a couple months he'll be reasonably accustomed to American League pitching and the art of playing second base for the Twins. Imagine a guy that steps up to AL pitching for the first time in his life and immediately hits .250. He's going to be great.  (Apr 6, 2011 | post #1)

Cancer treatment will keep Killebrew from Minnesota Twins...

Keep fighting, Harmon. We love you!  (Apr 6, 2011 | post #3)

Scott Baker digs an early hole, and Twins open series vs....

I'm seeing a lot of griping, but frankly the Twins last night did NOT look intimidated by the Yankees. They lost because the Yankees have a setup man and a closer that are almost (but not quite) unhittable. Look how the game ended, a screaming line drive that A-Roid was lucky to stab before it scorched the grass down the left field line. Danny Valencia did not act intimidated by Mariano Rivera. None of the Twins did. In fact, the only Twin I saw acting different was Denard Span, who seemed unusually passive at the plate. Whether that was because of the Yankee mystique or it was just an off night, I don't know. Span's not the kind of guy to let the other team get in his head, so I suspect he'll be fine tonight. Remember what happened last year in the playoffs? The Yankees swept the Twins, then got their asses kicked by Texas. Meanwhile, in a late regular season meeting, the Twins beat Texas. Sometimes a team matches up well against a certain team. The Yankees match up well against the Twins, while the Twins match up well against the Rangers, and the Rangers match up well against the Yankees. There are bound to be pitchers that match up well against the Yankees. Maybe the Twins should find out what they do, or get a couple guys like that.  (Apr 5, 2011 | post #22)

Twins starter Brian Duensing looking for improvement, not...

Duensing is going to have an excellent year. He's got good (not great) stuff, but great control of his emotions, so he is able to keep throwing good pitches all day long. Plus, his mechanics do not appear to put extreme stress on his elbow or shoulder, which means he'll be out there every turn. As a reliever I dubbed Duensing "The Invisible Man" because he would get guys out so quickly you'd hardly see him. He consistently locates good pitches down in the zone, pitches that look hittable, but have just enough late movement to induce lots of bad contact and misses. That is the formula for a perfect Twins pitcher. I'd be really surprised if he doesn't rack up at least 15 wins this year. He's capable of 18 to 20, and he looks like the kind of pitcher that will have a long career.  (Apr 5, 2011 | post #3)

Yankees 4 / Twins 3: Two early homers off Scott Baker all...

They ended the game with hard hit balls off of Mariano Rivera. They fought right to the end. You can't ask for more than that. This loss doesn't bother me, because the Twins players did not look intimidated by the Yankees.  (Apr 4, 2011 | post #10)

Sigh of relief: Joe Nathan survives a tense ninth for his...

Looks like the first month is going to have some rough edges. I give Joe Nathan credit for an heroic comeback for rehabbing so fast after Tommy John surgery, but his first appearance was like watching a painful labor ending in a live birth. Meanwhile, we've got Mauer's knee, Morneau's noggin, Cuddy's toe, Thome's back, Nishioka's erratic play, Casilla's absent bat, Butera's absent bat, Mijare's zero rhythm, Pavano's collapse, Liriano's collapse, Baker's elbow, Perkins sailing fastball, Capps (a closer?) pitching to contact, and some puzzling substitutions by Gardenhire. After this bunch of wounded oddballs wins the division, we will all wonder how it happened.  (Apr 4, 2011 | post #6)

Six pitchers still in the running for Twins' final three ...

A logjam of good arms is the right kind of problem to have going into the season. AAA Rochester better have a dominant pitching staff.  (Mar 22, 2011 | post #1)