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Author: Ryan Henning

The Daily Target 5/23/18

By: Ryan Henning | May 23, 2018 Last Night: Twins 6, Detroit 0 – The Twins finally got what they were looking for from Lance Lynn, who worked an effective 6 2/3 innings, scattering 5 hits and striking out 4. The Twins caught a lucky break when Matt Boyd had to depart early, thanks to an injury. Ehire Adrianza drove in 2 and hit 2 doubles, and Brian Dozer drove in 3. The middle infield is not a common source of all of a team’s offense in Major League Baseball. Pioneer Press: Phil Hughes takes the high road as he...

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Phil Hughes moves on

We are getting to the point in the season where the Twins should be able to make decisions on players that will or will not be members of the roster moving forward. The first player jettisoned was Phil Hughes. Hughes signed with the Twins back ahead of the 2015 season, and was a primary reason for the Twins unexpected success that year. He set a record for the best K/BB rate among qualified pitchers in history, and as a result, earned a raise and an extension. After that, however, things didn’t go well for Hughes. He took a liner...

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The Daily Target 5/22/18

Last Night: Twins 4, Detroit 2 – The Twins finally got a real shot at a divisional opponent outside of Chicago, and they didn’t disappoint. Ron Gardenhire looked on as the Twins displayed strikeout pitching (Jose Berrios) and good gap hitting with no bunting. Gardy believes the Twins are playing the game the wrong way. Twins Daily – End of the Road for Phil Hughes and the Twins– The Twins designated Phil Hughes for assignment after the game. After coming to Minnesota and providing some excellent innings in his first season with the team, he was beaten down by injuries...

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Logan Morrison is still doing pretty ok

As a follow up to my article on Twins DH Logan Morrison from a couple weeks ago, Brandon Warne has a further update: Good morning. Logan Morrison is hitting .298/.403/.544 in May. — Brandon Warne (@Brandon_Warne) May 21, 2018 It’s like I’ve been trying to tell you people: take it easy when players have only played like 20 games. That doesn’t tell the whole story. View the original article on Twins Target: Logan Morrison is still doing pretty...

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The Daily Target 5/21/18

Last Night: Twins 3, Milwaukee 1 – The Twins claimed the final game of this series, thank goodness. Jake Odorizzi pitched like a stud, and Logan Morrison had the go ahead, 2 run single. Basically, it was a good day for former Rays. Perhaps the Twins WILL be interested in Wilson Ramos… Star Tribune – Twins take advantage of Brewers’ mistakes to win series finale 3-1 – Here I am trying to give the Twins credit for a hard fought victory, and Phil Miller is just telling everyone tat they won because the Brewers screwed up. Psh. Logan Morrison...

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A gentle reminder as to why the Twins might be struggling

By: Ryan Henning | May 20, 2018 Sure, the Twins won today, and came off of a brilliant road trip. The unfortunate truth is that the team is still under .500 and while the team remains in contention, fans are looking for tangible reason why the team isn’t blasting above the rest of a lackluster division. Here is one… or rather 5 (with a couple of bonuses) Jason Castro Joe Mauer Miguel Sano Ervin Santana Trevor May And for fun, Jorge Polanco Michael Pineda All of these payers are currently on the disabled (or suspended) list, and all were...

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Let's stop worrying about Byron Buxton

By: Ryan Henning | May 20, 2018 At this point, I think we should be accustomed to Byron Buxton’s slow starts. In each of his first two full Major League seasons, Buxton scuffled for the first couple of months of the year, and then turned it on for the final 2/3rds. Here we are again, 20 games into the 2018 season and Buxton is hitting .167, and causing all of Twins territory to ring their hands and wonder if he is ever going to figure it out. Yes, he is. If history is any indication, he will do so...

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What kind of catcher are the Twins looking for?

By: Ryan Henning | May 19, 2018 Jason Castro was dealt a significant blow earlier this week, upon discovering that a slight meniscus tear actually required more extensive surgery, and will sideline the catcher for the season. It’s been widely reported that the Twins are interested in finding a replacement for Castro, but exactly what direction they go will be telling for reasons that go far beyond the remainder of this season. Derek Wetmore highlights the two top trade candidates on the trade market right now: The Red Sox Blake Swihart and the Rangers’ Robinson Chirinos, thanks to a...

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The Daily Target 5/19/18

By: Ryan Henning | May 19, 2018 Last night – Milwaukee 8, Twins 3 – Well, the first leg of the border battle didn’t go Minnesota’s way this season. The Brewers jumped out to an early lead, thanks to homers from Ji Man Choi and Jesus Aguilar. It was 5-0 before the Twins got on the board, and even after they did, Aguilar homered again. All the Twins offese came from Max Kepler, who homered, doubled and sad flied. Flew? Pioneer Press – Joe Mauer (whiplash) hopes to avoid DL after leaving 8-3 loss to Milwaukee Brewers – Oh good,...

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The Daily Target 5/17/18

By: Ryan Henning | May 17, 2018 Last Night – St. Louis 7, Twins 5 – Lance Lynn continued his struggles, this time against the team that cut him loose last year. The Twins, despite being dug an early hole, fought through the whole game and threatened in the late innings, ultimately unable to finish the job. Logan Morrison continued his resurgence, with a home run and a single, so not all free agents are bad. KMSP – Twins’ stars hand out nearly 3,000 gloves to kids following afternoon game – The Twins may not have won last night’s game,...

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