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05-30

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3

Overthinking It: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 5/30
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Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch

04-08

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16

Free Agent Watch: National League, Week Two
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Josh Shepardson

11-30

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12

Transaction Analysis: Nats Finally Get Span
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R.J. Anderson and Mark Anderson

07-17

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The Prospectus Hit List: Tuesday, July 17
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Matthew Kory

06-28

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16

Top 10 Trade Targets
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R.J. Anderson and Derek Carty

05-18

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2

Value Picks: Outfielders for 5/18/12
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Rob McQuown

05-11

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6

Value Picks: Outfielders for 5/11/12
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Rob McQuown

02-13

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8

Prospectus Hit and Run: The Vortices of Suck, Part II
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Jay Jaffe

10-18

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8

The Keeper Reaper: Outfielders for 10/18/11
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Rob McQuown

09-26

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Collateral Damage: Crunch Time
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Corey Dawkins and Ben Lindbergh

09-15

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Kiss'Em Goodbye: Minnesota Twins
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Jay Jaffe, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

08-01

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Divide and Conquer, NL East: Trade Deadline Reflections
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Michael Jong

06-08

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11

Collateral Damage: Another Aching Athletic
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Corey Dawkins and Ben Lindbergh

10-10

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6

Playoff Prospectus: Answering Questions, Dusting Brooms
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Jay Jaffe

10-07

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5

Playoff Prospectus: Lefty-on-Lefty Violence
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Jay Jaffe

10-05

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19

Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Preview: Twins vs. Yankees
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Jay Jaffe

08-19

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17

Changing Speeds: The Golden Generation
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Ken Funck

07-02

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4

Prospectus Hit List: Keep It Together
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Jay Jaffe

05-16

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5

One-Hoppers: Game Story: Twins at Yankees, May 15
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Jay Jaffe

05-11

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5

Prospectus Q&A: Denard Span
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David Laurila

04-30

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25

Expanding Replay
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Dan Wade

03-08

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16

Team Health Reports: Minnesota Twins
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Will Carroll

02-23

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8

Prospectus Hit and Run: AL Central Competitive Ecology
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Jay Jaffe

02-02

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19

Transaction Action: Thome, Taveras, and 10,000
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Christina Kahrl

10-07

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20

Playoff Prospectus: Yankees versus Twins LDS
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Joe Sheehan

06-26

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Prospectus Hit List: Closing In
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Jay Jaffe

06-11

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26

Under The Knife: For Better and Worse
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Will Carroll

09-25

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Prospectus Today: Twins Go Wild
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Joe Sheehan

08-27

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Fantasy Beat: Rookie Contributions
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Marc Normandin

07-11

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Prospectus Hit List: Reshuffleuppagus
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Jay Jaffe

07-02

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Prospectus Preview: Wednesday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

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June 8, 2011 9:00 am

Collateral Damage: Another Aching Athletic

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Corey Dawkins and Ben Lindbergh

Oakland's rotation takes another hit, Hanley hits the DL, John Lackey returns but remains in the woods, and Brian Roberts and Denard Span offer additional opportunities for concussion discussion.

Brett Anderson, OAK (Left elbow soreness)
Oakland's pitching staff took another hit when Anderson went on the 15-day disabled list for soreness in his left elbow. His velocity and the bite on his breaking pitches have decreased bit in the last few weeks, causing the southpaw to fear that he might need Tommy John surgery. It's common to see a loss of velocity with ulnar collateral ligament injuries in pitchers, but usually that loss occurs over a longer period of time than just a few weeks. Anderson hasn't necessarily lost a lot of velocity since the beginning of the year, but he has lost a few miles per hour since 2009.

Anderson made multiple visits to the disabled list with elbow and forearm injuries in 2010. The first stint, for a strain of the flexor tendon, lasted a little over a month. This tendon lies directly over the ulnar collateral ligament of Tommy John fame and helps to absorb some of the forces placed upon the ligament. Anderson made two appearances after returning from that scare before heading back to the disabled list with general elbow inflammation. This time it took him almost two months to come back, but by the time he did, something had changed. His velocity was reduced from what it had been in the second half of 2009, even if his results were still good.


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October 10, 2010 4:30 pm

Playoff Prospectus: Answering Questions, Dusting Brooms

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Jay Jaffe

Phil Hughes silences the doubters by coming up big as the Yankees finish off a sweep of the Twins.

At the outset of the American League Division Series between the Yankees and Twins, doubts about the defending world champions centered almost entirely upon their rotation. Quite reasonably so, given that aside from ace CC Sabathia, their starters had put up a 5.91 ERA after the All-Star break, and that Andy Pettitte, Phil Hughes, and every other one of manager Joe Girardi's options had sizable question marks next to their names. But even with Sabathia scuffling in Game One against the Twins, the Yankees were able to pull off a sweep of the series. On Thursday, Pettitte shook off concerns about his health and his stamina to pitch like a man who'd done it all a thousand times before. On Saturday night it was Hughes' turn, and with an electrified Bronx crowd of 50,840 at his back on a clear, crisp October night, he simply stifled the Twins with seven shutout innings while the Yankees offense pounced upon his opposite number, Brian Duensing. After four innings and a 5-0 lead, the outcome was never in doubt; the Yanks had their sweep.

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October 7, 2010 12:30 pm

Playoff Prospectus: Lefty-on-Lefty Violence

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Jay Jaffe

While neither southpaw was sharp, CC Sabathia got the better of the Twins' left-handed hitters in the Yankees' Game One ALDS victory.

Francisco Liriano was cruising. On a day when Cliff Lee had delivered the goods against Tampa Bay and Roy Halladay had gone down in history with his second no-hitter of the year and just the second in more than a century's worth of posts-season baseball, he was holding his own. Through 5 1/3 Liriano had shut out the Yankees, allowing just two hits and two walks as the Twins rolled to a 3-0 lead in their American League Division Series opener. Working out of jams in the second and third innings, he'd found a groove, retiring 10 straight Yankees, beginning with an emphatic three-pitch strikeout of Alex Rodriguez to end the third. To that point Liriano had whiffed six hitters, four of them going down swinging against sliders. But just as the going-on-27-year-old lefty's pitch count passed 80, all hell broke loose against the heart of the Yankees order.

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October 5, 2010 11:00 am

Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Preview: Twins vs. Yankees

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Jay Jaffe

The Twins and Yankees meet yet again in the first round of the postseason but Minnesota has home field advantage this time.

As they did last year as well as 2003 and 2004, the Twins run squarely into the Yankee juggernaut in the first round. Unlike those other three meetings, they have home field advantage this time around, as they won the AL Central going away thanks to a league-best 48-26 second-half record. The defending world champion Yankees, who held the majors' best record for most of the season, were forced to settle for the wild card due to a sluggish 13-17 showing against a very tough schedule in September and October. Despite the relative temperatures of the two clubs, it's important to remember that late-season records aren't predictive of October success—or failure.

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August 19, 2010 8:00 am

Changing Speeds: The Golden Generation

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Ken Funck

The 2006 class is a tough one to beat among a strong recent group of rookie classes.

Earlier this week, the folks at Beloit College released their annual MindsetList, a document designed to explain the cultural differences between the incoming class of college freshmen and the older faculty hired to teach them. The idea is to highlight the small and large ways the world has changed in the last 20 years by mentioning things that were true during the life span of oldsters that were never true for those under 20, e.g., the existence of things like a telephone cord, a country called Czechoslovakia, and a baseball commissioner not named Bud. For me, a man who fervently hopes Jamie Moyer comes back next spring to ensure I won’t have to face being older than every major-league ballplayer, this is always a time to reflect on youth and age, both in life and in baseball—especially so this year, since the current Mindset List includes a reference to the term Annus Horribilus, which I happened to use in last year’s BP Annual, but which I now know dates me almost as much as saying “23 Skidoo.”

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July 2, 2010 11:03 am

Prospectus Hit List: Keep It Together

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Jay Jaffe

The Red Sox and Tigers try to remain contenders despite key injuries and the Rays attempt to stay in the race despite an offensive slump.

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Two southpaws on very different comeback trails battled it out in the Bronx.

On paper, a series between the Yankees and the Twins — the league's second and third-ranked teams on the most recent Hit List — ought to be a competitive one. The Yanks are of course perennial contenders who've made the postseason 14 times in the past 15 seasons, while the Twins have reached October five times in the past eight years. Yet if there's one sure thing about the two teams over the latter span, it's that the Yankees have pushed the Twins around consistently. From 2002 through 2009, they won 41 of 55 regular season contests between the two teams, and nine out of 11 in the postseason, ending the Twins' title hopes in 2003, 2004, and last October. They've particularly mastered the Twins at home; Friday night's come-from-behind win, fueled by Alex Rodriguez's seventh-inning grand slam, marked their 24th victory in the matchup's last 27 regular-season contests in the Bronx.

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May 11, 2010 7:57 am

Prospectus Q&A: Denard Span

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David Laurila

The Twins center fielder talks about various subjects, including the struggles he went through to reach the majors.

It took resilience, faith and hard work, but Denard Span has quietly emerged as a stalwart in the Twins’ lineup. Once buried behind Torii Hunter and labeled an underachieving, failed-prospect-in-the-making, the 26-year-old Span is now best described as one of the most underrated center fielders in the American League. A first-round pick in 2002 out of a Tampa high school, Span spent his first full season in the big leagues last year, hitting .311/.392/.415 and leading the circuit in triples while providing plus defense. 

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April 30, 2010 9:12 am

Expanding Replay

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Dan Wade

While umpires have blown two outfield calls in recent days, reviewing more plays isn't a good idea.

One of the early controversies of 2010 was umpire Cowboy Joe West calling out the Yankees and Red Sox for their incredibly slow pace of play. As these things tend to do, this evolved into a larger discussion on whether games are going too slowly and what things could be done to speed up pace of play without unduly hurrying pitchers and hitters, and thereby decreasing the quality of the game.

In light of that, it seems untoward to talk about a subject that would inherently slow games and even grind them to a halt. However, with Chris Young’s “drop”turning into a four base error/ home run for Jayson Werth on Sunday and Denard Span’s turning the tideof the Twins-Tigers game just three days later, instant replay is once again a topic of discussion.

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March 8, 2010 11:58 am

Team Health Reports: Minnesota Twins

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Will Carroll

It's time for Target, but do the Twins have particular health issues they need to target to land another title?

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February 23, 2010 11:54 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: AL Central Competitive Ecology

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Jay Jaffe

The Twins play in a small market but they have consistently beaten the large-market White Sox and Twins.

Since its inception in 1994, the American League Central has been the Junior Circuit's weak sister. Its teams have posted cumulative records above .500 only four times, topping the league only once (1996) and trailing it nine times, including six of the last eight. While the division has produced its share of memorable races for the postseason-including Game 163 tiebreakers in each of the past two years-it has rarely played host to two strong teams at the same time. Or even one. In non-strike years, the AL Central champions have averaged just 92.9 wins, compared to 95.7 for the West winners and 98.4 for the East winners, and they've produced just one wild-card winner, compared to three for the West and 11 for the East.

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February 2, 2010 1:38 am

Transaction Action: Thome, Taveras, and 10,000

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Christina Kahrl

The Reds get a shortstop, the Mariners a fourth outfielder, and the Twins a shot at franchise history?

LOS ANGELES ANGELS
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Agreed to terms with LHP Joe Saunders on a one-year, $3.7-million contract, avoiding arbitration. [2/1]

MINNESOTA TWINS
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Signed DH-L Jim Thome to a one-year, $1.5 million base contract; noted the loss of UT-R Steve Tolleson on a waiver claim by Oakland. [2/1]

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