Player Profiles

The (Partial) Return of Joe Mauer


Taking a look at Mauer's recent success at the plate and searching for the source of that success. Here's a hit: balls in play.

Tsuyoshi Nishioka: A Study of Two Hitters


Looking into Tsuyoshi Nishioka, who's coming along as a left-handed hitter...and still struggling from the other side.

Alexi Casilla’s Remarkable Turnaround


Alexi Casilla had a miserable start to the season, but from the end of May through the All-Star Break, he's been one of the hottest hitting middle infielders in the game.

Michael Cuddyer: One-Third Albert Pujols, Two-Thirds Alberto Callaspo


Michael Cuddyer will be heavily discussed in trade talks this summer and free agent rumors this offseason. We look at Cuddyer's dramatic platoon splits, which have him hitting like Albert Pujols...

Why Has Glen Perkins Been So Effective?


We look at three statistical categories which tell us how lefty Glen Perkins has pitched so well.

Jason Kubel Versus Left-Handed Pitching


Kubel's accomplishments this season have been astounding, particularly in light of how terrible Minnesota's offense has been. But yesterday's heroics were even more impressive because they came off...

Meet: Rene Tosoni (AKA Delmon Young hits the DL)


Over the last few seasons, Rene Tosoni hasn't been the sexy name of Twins outfield prospects. But he's been a good one all the same.

The Continuing Evolution of Nick Blackburn


For four months last season, Nick Blackburn was one of the worst pitchers in baseball. We take a closer look at how Blackburn has turned his career around.

Jason Kubel vs. Mariano Rivera


A look at one of the most oddly fascinating batter-pitcher relationships in the majors: Mariano Rivera and Jason Kubel.

Happy Mauer Day, Everybody!


Twins' catcher Joe Mauer is expected to make his spring training debut on Wednesday. Twinkie Town takes a look at what Joe has already accomplished in his remarkable career.

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