Myjah has asked me to do this Thursday link dump thingy, it's basically like the Tuesday link dump thingy with less links because only two days have passed. Myjah suggested we call it "Thursday Twins Bits," which is fine, but it sounds kind of like a box of day-old donut balls you could by at a Tim Horton's on a Friday. I can't think of a better name for it. Nothing really flows off the tongue for Thursday like "Taco Tuesday" or "Fanpost Friday." Maybe, "Shock Therapy Thursday," or "Thermonuclear Thursday?" How about "Thursday Thunder Dump?" If you have a better name suggestion, comment below.
-- Looks like Trevor Plouffe is done for the year. Trevor left Tuesday's game mid-at-bat with what turned out to be both a strained oblique and intercostal, which Rhett Bollinger notes takes about a month to heal. With Trevor being arbitration eligible after this season, and the Twins infield logjam, Steve Adams at MLB Trade Rumors wonders if Plouffe has played his last game as a Twin.
-- Fixing the Twins is simple (pitching) according to Bryz, the Pioneer Press's John Shipley agrees but wants you to wake up and smell the sunshine, Morning Glory, because it won't be quick. He says, "...there isn't enough money in the world to fix the Twins pitching through free agency."
-- Twins hunt for a GM or Viceroy of Baseball Stuff continues and Alex Anthopoulos still gets mentions in the news. NBC Sports notes that Anthopoulos left the Blue Jays after incoming president Mark Shapiro started off by, "allegedly, berating Anthopoulos about trading away prospects for higher-priced veterans." Doesn't sound very Twins Way™ to me, also, is Alex lovable? John Morosi of MLBN tweets that the Twins are also interested in the Cubs Jason McLeod and Shiraz Rehman.
-- Brian Dozier getting much love for his recent power surge.
- Barry Svrluga at the Washington Post nerds out on Dozier, as he was looking at players who've hit 25 HR in the second half of a season.
- Hattiesburg American quotes Eric Hosmer saying Doziers 3-HR night was "amazing to watch." Dozier says he'd still rather win. "I hate losing more than anything," he said. "It tastes a lot better at the end of the day when you go home and have a cold one and you knew you won."
-The Strib's Howard Sinker has Dozier's last nine homers all queued up for you.
- Here's Dozier's hat trick for your viewing pleasure: