Twins Home Opener 2012 – Hey “Mulligan Man”

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by Scott Bertsch
GAMEDAY GOLD

MINNEAPOLIS – The 2012 edition of the Minnesota Twins got off to a rough start in Baltimore over the weekend – losing three games by a combined score of 15-5 and it wasn’t that close with three of the Twins runs coming in the 8th inning or later. The Twins came to Target field looking to heat up despite a game time temperature of 45 degrees as of first pitch at 3:18 p.m. Unfortunately, there was no heat to be found.

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Twins Need For Starting Pitchers To Step Up

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By Thomas Tuttle
The Soup Man
GAMEDAY GOLD

MINNEAPOLIS – When I was at the Twins Fort Myers spring-training home in early March, I had a chance to get out early on a few occasions and watch up-close several members of the Twins staff throwing early season warm-ups, under the relaxed supervision of pitching coach Rick Anderson. One of the images that stands out in my mind is of Scott Baker throwing easy, hard and accurate as he stretched himself out in the early season Florida sunshine. POP POP POP into the bullpen catchers glove, always an impressive sight as the rangy now-veteran loosened up in the relaxed environment. Blue sky and major league baseball, what a combination.

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SPORTS NUGGETS

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Twins hoping to rebound from a sour season

By Eric Nelson
GAMEDAY GOLD

FT. MYERS, FL – Sports Nuggets from the sun-drenched Sunshine State…

  • First impressions better not be lasting impressions. My initial up-close look at the Minnesota Twins this year revealed plenty of flaws as the Baltimore Orioles crushed the Twins 11-1 at Hammond Stadium on Thursday…
  • Twins starter Carl Pavano was raked, giving up six runs and eight hits in four innings. Pavano is supposed to be the Twins ace, but in reality there is no ace in the Minnesota deck…
  • Of course, this is just one meaningless Grapefruit League game in a marathon season. It is much too early to draw any conclusions on the Twins…

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THE SOUP MAN

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The Twins Have Work To Do

By Thomas Tuttle
GAMEDAY GOLD

FT. MYERS, Fla. The Twins knocked off a New York Yankees split-squad 5-1 in Fort Myers on Sunday to close out a week of self-discovery that opened on a beautiful south Florida afternoon just over a week earlier, with a 7-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. The exhibition opener was a nice win, with a number of key players getting a couple of quality innings, the defense solid, and the pitchers giving up nary a walk.

The following Sunday’s victory over the Yanks was of the “where’s their infield” variety, including a Yankee army of high-numbered prospects sent on the long bus ride south (along with skipper and Soup Man pal Joe Girardi, who wanted to take a close look at last year’s semi-bust Phil Hughes. Hughes, 18-8 in 2010 but injured and ineffective in 2011, looked healthy and accurate in a short stint). Read more

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