Twins Down On The Farm

The Minnesota Twins will remarkably use their 11th different starting pitcher this season when Samuel Deduno takes the mound against the Texas Rangers tonight. Deduno has been dubbed an atypical Twins starter in that he has been a high strikeout guy in the minor leagues, but his control gets away from him at times. In…
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Free Agency Power Play Works For Wild

Has there ever been a bigger free agency splash by a Minnesota pro sports team than the one that occurred yesterday? That’s what Grand Forks Herald reporter Brad Schlossman asked in this column that he penned for today’s editions. The Minnesota Wild signed arguably the top two free agents available in the NHL this offseason,…
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Maturi’s Take On The Gophers, BCS, Etc.

I had the privilege of attending the Minnesota Associated Press Sports Editors convention in the Twin Cities earlier this week. It’s always a good time being able to chat with so many of your peers and share ideas on how to improve both the print and online products. Another added bonus was getting the chance…
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The Amazing Month Of Trevor Plouffe

For those of you that rag on the Minnesota Twins for their recent first-round draft pick flops, I guess you just have to give some of these guys more time. Like eight years. Trevor Plouffe was the team’s first-round pick in 2004. And in the span of one month, he has transformed from Quad-A player…
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Peer Pressure And The Home Run Ball

Jim Thome spent less than two seasons with the Minnesota Twins. But in that short time, he became a beloved figure in the Twin Cities. Even this season when going to Target Field, you often will see people wearing Thome jerseys and T-shirts. Now playing for the Philadelphia Phillies, Thome burned his former team last…
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The Ultimate Party Crasher

Remember the couple that crashed a White House party in 2009? Or do you remember Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson’s film “Wedding Crashers” a few years before that?  Someone out there has managed to top them all. In the latest party crasher episode, a man posed as a former Atlanta Braves bullpen coach during this…
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The Knuckleballer That Got Away

I’m making my return to work from vacation today after nearly two weeks off. I spent much of that time on the road with family and away from TV/internet, but still did the best I could to keep up with the sports world. For example, I am notorious for being the most active owner in…
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Is Morneau A Serious Trade Candidate?

The Minnesota Twins may be coming off a sweep of the Oakland Athletics. But at 18-32, the Twins are still the worst team in the American League, 3.5 games behind the A’s and Kansas City Royals. Minnesota definitely has the look of a seller when the trade deadline arrives in two months. And with the…
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MLB: Contenders Or Pretenders

I hope everyone is enjoying their Memorial Day weekends. As the month of May winds down, I thought it would be a good time to look at some of the surprises in Major League Baseball so far. Can you believe we’re almost a third of the way into the season? Anyway, here are my thoughts…
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