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Molitor not best manager when it mattered most
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Target Field staff played a delayed feed of the national anthem on the Jumbotron while Brian Dozier homered to open the game and Eddie Rosario followed it with a two-run dinger, but despite missing nearly all the action, and the game becoming predictably uncompetitive, I still think the world needs more one-game playoffs. The Minnesota Twins were the David to the Goliaths of the Major League Baseball Playoffs. ESPN’s Sports Nation staff ranked Minnesota’s roster last amongst the MLB playoff...

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Wednesday, 04 October 2017
All-too-familiar Recipe for Twins to end Yankee Playoff Curse
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Prior to the Minnesota Twins taking on the New York Yankees to close out their regular season series in New York, I wrote that I thought the Twins were a better team than the Yankees in a five-game series. The Twins proceeded to be swept by the Yankees in a three-game series at New Yankee Stadium, proving me wrong and leaving an all-too-familiar feeling in the pit of my stomach. All-too-familiar Odds That all-too-familiar feeling is the result of 12...

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Thursday, 28 September 2017
Paul Molitor has earned an extension with the Twins
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With the Minnesota Twins collecting just their fourth walkoff win of the season at Target Field, Wednesday night, they are two games ahead of the Los Angeles Angels for the second Wild Card spot in the American League. And while the Twins were contending despite a -68 run differential, they could now become the first team ever to make the playoffs having lost more than 100 games the previous year. The Twins have a 60 percent chance to make the...

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Thursday, 14 September 2017
David Price is acting like a bitch
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Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price, backed by some members of his team, humiliated NESN broadcaster Dennis Eckersley on the team’s chartered plane because Eckersley uttered the word “yuck” in response to Boston pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez’s poor stats that were displayed onscreen during the broadcast of a Red Sox game. Price’s ire with Eckersley has been apparently building because Eckersley rarely visits the clubhouse. But Eckersley’s job isn’t to buddy-up with the Boston Red Sox. His job is to...

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017
What Week 1 of the 2017 NFL season taught us
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Week 1 of the National Football League provided a little bit of everything — surprises, upsets, injuries, and, of course, questionable officiating. Here’s what we learned about every NFL team in Week 1. All grades are provided by Pro Football Focus. New England Patriots Bill Belichick might have underestimated Kansas City rookie running back Kareem Hunt (89.5 PFF grade), but he might not have the tools in the toolbox to contain him regardless. Trading for Seattle’s Cassius Marsh isn’t the...

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017
Yankees should get option to replay game with cheating Red Sox
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The reeling Boston Red Sox are doing everything they can to hold off the New York Yankees in the American League East playoff race, including cheating. The Yankees have long suspected the Red Sox of stealing signs, and according to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Red Sox have finally been caught “red-handed,” or in this case, red-wristed. The Yankees suspect the Red Sox have been using an Apple Watch to relay signs from the video room to the dugout. A member...

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Wednesday, 06 September 2017
Three Swings to Stardom: The Byron Buxton Story
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With his last three swings in Toronto on Sunday, Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton likely erased any doubts of his ability to hit Major League pitching — the final step in securing his place amongst the stars of Major League Baseball. New Twins’ president Derek Falvey and general manager Thad Levine have little reason to worry about signing Buxton to a long-term deal as early as this offseason, and that’s not an overreaction to Sunday’s three swings. The Three...

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Monday, 28 August 2017
Superstitions help baseball players and fans cope
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During Saturday’s wild game between the Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers, Fox Sports North color commentator Torii Hunter revealed that if he got three hits in a game he’d wear the same dirty underwear in the following game. That probably doesn’t surprise most baseball fans given the long-standing superstitions associated with the game and its players. Buster Olney discovered that former Minnesota Twin Justin Morneau visited the same Jimmy John’s restaurant on Grand Avenue in Saint Paul, Minn. and ordered...

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017
Trades the Twins could have made in June
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Minnesota Twins General Manager Thad Levine joined Baseball Prospectus prior to Saturday’s game at Target Field against the Texas Rangers for a special press conference exclusively for fans. While Levine said he discovered he’d be the keynote speaker rather unexpectedly, he had a good answer for every question asked — except mine. Levine won over the crowd in a heartbeat at the Sid Hartman Press Room, opening with a joke about deadline deals being negotiated via Tinder and how too...

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Monday, 07 August 2017
Winners amongst the losers at MLB Trade Deadline
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Everyone knows who won the Major League Baseball Non-waiver Trade Deadline. The Dodgers, Yankees and Cubs are obviously better. But what about the teams dealing those big pieces to the playoff puzzle. Who are the winners amongst the losers at the MLB Trade Deadline? Super Mega Jackpot Winners Chicago White Sox It seems like forever ago that the Chicago Cubs acquired Jose Quintana from their crosstown rivals. The White Sox got two dynamite prospects back in high-A outfielder Eloy Jimenez...

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Friday, 04 August 2017
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