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American League (MLB)

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    June 13, 2011

    Twins take Rangers, beginning to play like it's 2006

    ​ After yesterday's commanding 6-1 victory over the Texas Rangers, our beleaguered Minnesota Twins have won three straight series, and are 9-3 thus far in June. This after taking only three series in the first two full months, and two of them were against a pair of the weakest-hitting clubs i ... More >>

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    June 7, 2011

    Twins sign Tar Heels shortstop in 2011 First-Year Player draft

    ​As if expecting their middle-infield problems to continue into the distant future, the Minnesota Twins signed University of North Carolina Tar Heels shortstop Levi Michael as the 30th overall selection in the first round of the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. The man from ... More >>

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    June 2, 2011

    Twins take my advice, start playing like '62 Mets

    metstradamusAre the '11 Twins really the '62 Mets?​As if someone from the Twins' PR department read yesterday's blog and saw the proverbial lightbulb shining overhead, our basement-dwelling team took a page from those beloved Mets of old and threw away a winnable game against the Detroit Tiger ... More >>

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    June 1, 2011

    Justin Morneau blasts two home runs, plays through pain...

    The first of Morneau's two homers.​But the Twins still suck. Despite scoring seven runs last night, despite--again!--leading in the 7th inning (the tenth time they've blown that kind of lead), despite Justin Morneau's cracking two powerful home runs, including a two-run dinger, the Twins fell ... More >>

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    May 31, 2011

    Gardenhire blows cool over Avila's controversial double. (Yes, the Twins lost again)

    Gardy pops.​We wuz robbed. And with the utterly awful Twins scrounging for every run they can this season, is it any wonder Ron Gardenhire went crazy on the umps for allowing the Tigers' a double off Alex Avila's bat in the eighth? Avila knocked the ball off the ground-level stands on the lef ... More >>

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    May 26, 2011

    Kevin Slowey becomes convenient scapegoat for the Twins

    MLBTo read the Strib, this man's to blame for the Twins woes.​ After 48 games resulting in a 16-32 record, with the worst run differential in the majors, and sitting at the bottom or near the bottom of both leagues in nearly every measurable offensive and defensive statistic, our Minnesota Twi ... More >>

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    May 25, 2011
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    May 23, 2011

    Twins swept this weekend as world comes to an end

    MLBLiriano's got the best bat on the team.​ Despite what the mainstream media will tell you, the Twins actually achieved a sort-of baseball rapture this weekend, dropping three in a row to a truly resurgent Arizona Diamondbacks club, and perhaps watching the world come to an end as they fell f ... More >>

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    May 20, 2011

    Twins bats come alive against the A's

    Justin Morneau invokes the Killer with this towering home run.​As if to invoke the offensive fireworks of dearly departed Harmon Killebrew, the Twins scored in double digits for only the second time this season, unleashing an 11-1 onslaught against the nearly woeful A's. It was a great aftern ... More >>

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    May 19, 2011

    Target Field named Best Sports Facility, but the Twins still suck

    druminhands/flickr​If you're going to have the worst record in the American League wrapped around your neck, you may as well take the edge off by having playing in America's Best Sports Facility. And as humbled as the Twins must surely be by having their home base named with such an honor, t ... More >>

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    May 17, 2011

    RIP Harmon Killebrew: Esophageal cancer claims Twins legend

    Harmon Killebrew, the way we'll remember him.​Harmon Killebrew, the former Twins great who announced just last week that he had entered hospice care in Arizona after a months-long battle with esophageal cancer, died today. He was 74 years old. "I have exhausted all options with respect to contro ... More >>

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    May 16, 2011

    Twins trying to make 2011 twice as interesting as 2010

    Keith AllisonNick Blackburn was one of the few bright spots this weekend.​ Let me sum up the Twins' futility this way: After Toronto's Jose Bautista launched his fifth home run this series on Sunday (and third that game), he came within two of matching the Twins entire team output. The Twins ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    Target Field's free parking is no more

    The enemy on the prowl.​Sorry to all the Twins fans who have enjoyed free parking since Target Field opened, but your luck has just run out. That's right: Those insufferable money grubbers down at City Hall have finally caught on to the parking on 4th Street North, adjacent from the stadium.

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    May 13, 2011

    Twins trading their best players?

    WikipediaIf you dig long odds, bet it all on the Twins to hit the playoffs.​Feeling lucky? When you're gambling, do you dig long odds? Well, then the Minnesota Twins are the team for you. According to the geniuses at the online Baseball Prospectus (and I'm not being snarky--those guys are sh ... More >>

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    May 11, 2011

    Minnesota Twins music director Dan Edwards works some Auto-Tuned Minnesotans into the mix

    Photo by Andrea Swensson​With the criticism of the new Minnesota Twins music director Dan Edwards reaching a deafening roar on social media networks, it sounds like Edwards finally took note of some of the feedback that's been flung his way.Last night, as hail pelted down on the attendees at Targe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2011

    Massive opposition to taxpayer-funded Vikings stadium

    Minnesotans don't want to pay for a new Vikings stadium.​If this morning's Minnesota Poll is accurate, roughly 70 percent of Minnesotans are opposed to their tax dollars being used to help Zygi Wilf pay for a new Vikings stadium. Would the result have been different if Brad Childress and Bret ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2011

    Liriano is supposedly confident after his no-hitter, but the Twins still suck

    Since the no-no, the Twins haven't exactly lit up the scoreboards.​So much for that. Francisco Liriano's no hitter last Tuesday was, in the minds of many, the champagne bottle smashing against the hull of the good ship Turnaround. Despite the fact that our boys squeaked out that victory, 1-0, ... More >>

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    May 2, 2011

    Minnesota Twins phase out local music programming, amp up Top 40 hits

    Photo by Andrea Swensson​With the first month of the Twins season completed, Minnesota baseball fans may have noticed something a little different about this year's home games: The music. That's because longtime music director Kevin Dutcher, who was with the team from 2000 up until last year's ina ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    First look: Glory Days Bar and Grill

    Glory Days Bar and GrillIn 2011, it's difficult to understand where the concept of the sports bar originated. With multiple and massive flat-panel HDTVs in just about every bar or restaurant in town--regardless of theme or philosophy--it's not easy to remember a time when the sports bar could ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    Twins' Earth Day ball cap is a Green Monster

    TwitPic​The Minnesota Twins are avowed tree huggers, unless you're talking about the trees in their own stadium. They didn't want to see those trees, so they dug 'em up and shipped 'em off to greener pastures. Now, this being Earth Day, the local nine are doubling down on their enviro street ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    Ron Gardenhire, a curse, and the fate of the Twins

    Things are far from OK for the reigning manager of the year.​Ron Gardenhire is facing, or should be facing, some serious heat with his Twins in the AL Central basement. After all, the local nine were picked to walk away with the division, or at the very least get into some serious fisticuffs w ... More >>

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    April 15, 2011

    Bob Stalberger scalps Twins tickets to finance wedding

    City PagesThe Twins need to win so a Wayzata couple can afford to tie the knot.​It's a simple law of baseball economics: No matter how new the stadium, the prices of a ticket on the black market--legal or otherwise--increases or decreases with the team's fortunes. When the Twins are doing we ... More >>

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    April 14, 2011

    Top food and drink deals for Twins fans

    Save $$ on food/beverage before or after the game. ​Have you seen what Twins tickets are going for on StubHub these days? Thirty-some bucks to watch them play the Brewers...and that's standing room only. After a rough loss to the Royal's last night, the Twins are hitting the road. But here a ... More >>

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    April 8, 2011

    Twins, at home opener, to unleash gladiator tunes on unsuspecting opponents

    ​For the home opener, I could drone on about the new scoreboard, the new salty snacks, the lack of trees, or my take on whether or not the Twins have figured out their Target Field home run problems. Instead, I'm going to focus on the thing that bothered me most of last season: What is that ... More >>

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    April 6, 2011

    Peter Schilling returns to cover the Twins in 2011

    Photo: Bree McGeeThere's a million stories in the naked stadium.​Allow me to introduce myself: I'm Peter Schilling, a local sportswriter, and author of the novel, The End of Baseball. You may recall my writing about the Twins for the "Balls" blog in 2007, arguably the worst season of the last ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2010

    Harmon Killebrew battling cancer

    WikiHarmon Killebrew has been diagnosed with cancer.​Sad news today for Twins fans, and baseball fans in general: Harmon Killebrew is battling esophageal cancer. In a statement, he called his condition serious, while remaining optimistic about his chances for recovery in the hands of Mayo Cl ... More >>

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    December 30, 2010

    Minnesota YouTube vids: Best of 2010

    Too much coffee, man.​What a year. Jonathon "The Impaler" Sharkey wanted to be our governor. We got a brand spankin' new Twins ballpark. Michele Bachmann took the tingle out of Chris Matthews. And the Metrodome roof collapsed in the Blizzard of 2010. All of that and more was caught on vide ... More >>

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    December 27, 2010

    Minnesota Athletes of the Year

    How does your list compare?

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    November 22, 2010

    Ron Gardenhire Day helps us forget about Brad Childress

    Brad who?​Gov. Tim Pawlenty, lately given to smacking fly balls into right field, has finally done something we can all agree with. He named today Ron Gardenhire Day in honor of the Twins' AL Manager of the Year.

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    October 12, 2010

    Cliff Lee may have set Twins free from Yankee shackles

    Were the Twins just an arm away from beating the Yanks?

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    October 11, 2010

    Yankees happily face, erase Twins in ALDS

    Conspiracy theory and lament herein. Join the frustration.

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    October 8, 2010

    Pettitte masterful as Yanks take Game 2 from Twins

    The Twins now try to become the fifth LDS team to come back from 0-2.

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    October 8, 2010

    New York Daily News tweaks Twins: Minny "mouse"

    NY Daily News: Cocky.​The New York Daily News front page predicted an "E-Z Pass" for the Yankees over the Twins in the ALDS earlier this week. Today, the headline writers struck again: "Pettitte turns Minny into a mouse." "The Yankees beating the Twins is not really news anymore," scribble ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2010

    Twins blow another lead to the Yankees in Game 1 loss

    Game 1 impressions and Game 2 Preview.

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    October 6, 2010

    Twins vs. Yankees: ALDS Game 1 Preview

    Time for The Franchise to open the store.

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    October 5, 2010

    Can the Twins be more "Evil" than the Yankees?

    A role reversal is needed for the Twins to extend their season.

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    October 4, 2010

    Twins to host the Yankees in ALDS

    Can the Twins erase their recent history against the Evil Empire?

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    September 30, 2010

    September Twin of the Month: Jim Thome

    At least one 40-year-old jock in this town is producing.

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    September 28, 2010

    Will Target Field become a part of new ballpark history?

    What history says of playoff clubs in new ballparks.

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    September 24, 2010
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    September 24, 2010

    Craig Finn's ode to the Twins

    ​Fans of the Minnesota Twins are clearly flying high after our beloved local 9 clinched the Central Division title late Tuesday night (their 6th title in 9 years). And, perfectly timed to celebrate the occasion and to get all of us psyched for the postseason (as if we weren't, already), avid Twins ... More >>

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    September 15, 2010

    Joe Mauer notches 1,000 career hits

    Photo: Keith AlisonJoe Mauer has a lot to smile about.​Last night in Chicago as his team was beating the White Sox 9-3, catcher Joe Mauer became only the 11th Minnesota Twin ever to reach a career-high 1,000 hits. Then he stroked in two more for good measure. It took him 827 games.

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    September 7, 2010

    Twins know how to play it cool

    Weather or not -- here they come.

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    September 3, 2010

    Twins: No speed, no problem

    The club is running toward the postseason with little speed on the base paths.

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    August 23, 2010
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    August 17, 2010

    Twins vs. ChiSox: A series for separation

    A sweep gives the Twins a six-game lead in the Central.

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    August 16, 2010

    Star Tribune declares Target Field "overrated"

    Target Field is not good enough for the Star Tribune​The Star Tribune has been accused of being a relentless shill for building new stadiums on the taxpayer's dime, so it's notable that the Minnesota paper of record declared the new Twins ballpark to be "overrated" in Sunday's edition.Writer Lauri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    Target Field hits and (minor) misses

    What are your likes and dislikes for the ballpark? Reader feedback encouraged.

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    August 2, 2010

    July Twin of the Month: Delmon Young

    Young led all of baseball with a monster .434 average in July.

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    July 29, 2010

    ESPN finds funk with Twin Cities stadium concessions

    Photo: marnanelESPN finds a lack of happy meals​Take a look at that that soggy half-time hamburger wrapped in foil, sitting under a heat lamp, that you're going to count as your evening meal. Forget the calorie count; is the sorry-ass looking thing even safe? ESPN is out with a nationwide surv ... More >>

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