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Jared Burton posted by Twins Fan

Born June 2, 1981, Jared Burton is an MLB pitcher and plays for the Minnesota Twins. Burton started his professional baseball career when he was selected by the Oakland Athletics in 2002, in the eighth round of the draft. With the Athletics, he played for Vancouver Canadians, which is their affiliate and a Single-A team. In this team, he posted 3.58 ERA in 13 games, and had 0-4 record. In 2003, he played for the Kane County Cougars, making 15 appearances. Here he improved his record to 2-1, and 2.27 ERA. In 2004, Burton split his time, playing for Modesto A's and Arizona League Athletics. With Modesto, he had 3-2 record and 4.78 ERA, whereas with Athletics he managed 1-0 record and 4.16 ERA. Burton spent the 2005 season mainly playing for Stockton Ports, making 4-4 record, and 2.60 ERA.

In 2006 Rule 5 Draft, Burton was selected by Cincinnati Reds, and made his debut into the Major League in April 2007, when he pitched for a third of an inning and walked three. However, during the same month, he suffered a hamstring injury and was in the disabled list. During the rehab assignment, he was sent to play with Chattanooga and Louisville teams. During the season, Burton made 47 appearances and posted overall record of 4-2, and ERA of 2.51.

In November 2011, Burton joined the Minnesota Twins, signing a contract for minor league. His spring training was impressive and in 2012, he was on the roster on the opening day. In the first season with the new team, he played in 64 games and made 55 strikeouts, posted 3-2 record, and an ERA of 2.18. In 2013, he made good progress, and he finished with 71 games, with a career high of 2-9 and 3.82 ERA.

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MLB Baseball Bets and the Minnesota Twins posted by Twins Fan

MLB baseball events are proving to be quite lucrative for placing bets, and online sports book websites provide the opportunity of placing bets anytime, conveniently from home. Opening an account is very easy, and these websites are quite secure to make online transactions for depositing money into your account. Additionally they also provide various payment options, which make it easy to place various bets without much fuss. Due to advancement in Web technologies, your personal information and credit card number remains safe, without falling prey to hacking attempts. Withdrawals are also safe and secure, and you do not have to wait a long time to enjoy your winnings. 
A good knowledge about the teams and clever betting strategies can improve your winnings quite dramatically. Information pertaining to MLB baseball players and teams is available on many websites including the latest news. Various betting websites also explain various strategies that have worked for many players in the past. However, having proper knowledge about your team is a distinct advantage in placing bets. Consider the Minnesota Twins, which has small revenues, but is considered one of the major teams in MLB. The team is known for its excellent farm system, which has developed many prospects into top players. However, this system may not have delivered for the current season and has taken a major beating. The only prospect worth considering was Miguel Sano, the third baseman; however, he still lacks the required experience and discipline. 
In the minor league the new talents lived up to what was expected, and many of the prospects that were sidelined came back to form. In a surprising move during the offseason, the Twins let go of Ben Revere and Denard Span who were MLB outfielders, and acquired starting pitchers like Trevor May and Alex Meyer from Philadelphia and Washington respectively. This seems to be a smart move, as enhanced pitching depth was necessary. The team also saw the resurgence of Kyle Gibson last year, after he had missed quite a bit of the previous season due to surgery. Minnesota Twins also netted during the start of the season, Byron Buxton an excellent outfielder, and Jose Berrios, who is a right-hander. 
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Twins blowing out ChiSox, 17-4 posted by Richard Kagan

This game was ugly when the Twins scored 7 runs on seven singles in the 2ns inning.  Twins 7-3...then Sox tacked on a run to make it 7-4, and then the Sox pitchers seemed to forget how to get three outs.  10 more runs.  The Twins have battered arround more than Hurricane Isaac.  You could see the wind formation on the field.  Ouch. Continue reading "Twins blowing out ChiSox, 17-4"

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Rios' 19th Leads HR Attack vs. Blue Jays posted by Richard Kagan

Balls were flyin' out of Toronto's baseball field left and right Thursday night, as the ChiSox hit five HR's in the game, paced by Alex Rios' three-run blast.  The Sox are piling up the HR numbers and have hit 27 HR's in the last 13 games, give or take a number.  I haven't seen a Sox team with this much power in a long time.  And, tonight, Dunn, Pierzynski, or Konerko (DNP) didn't hit one.  It was Dayan Viciendo who has caught fire of late, Ramirez, Flowers, and DeWayne Wise who connected.  This isn't the go-go Sox.  This is smashmouth baseball. 

Even Francisco Liriano was the beneficiary of the Chicago onslaught.  Liriano pitched over 6 innings to come away with his first Sox win since being traded by the Twins a few weeks ago.  It was the first time the Sox had won a series in Toronto since the Bronze Age.  That means a long time.  Hey, I'll say it now, Alex Rios is my candidate for AL Comeback Player of the Year.  He is hitting the ball so well and driving in runs.  He is having a great season at the plate.  When he hits, the Sox usually win.  He has over .530 slugging %, not bad for a player whom many thought had seen his bettter days.  If the Sox do advance to the playoffs, Rios will be a big reason why.  Hopefully he can keep doing it.

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Sox nip Twins 4-3 posted by Richard Kagan

White Sox new acquistion, Francisco Liriano pitched against his former team, the Minnesota Twins and didn't get the decision, going 6 strong innings fanning five.  The Sox tied up the game in the 8th and A.J. Perzynski blasted a 2 run HR in the top of the 9th inning to take a 4-2 lead.  Addison Reed came in and gave a up a run and was able to close the door on the Twins.   So the Sox get a road win.  At this time of the season, a road win is a big win.  And, if you want to be a contender, you have to play well on the road.  Hey, the White Sox are becoming road warriors.Continue reading "Sox nip Twins 4-3"

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The Cubs Are Not Good posted by Richard Kagan

Yippee, The Chicago Cubs beat the Minnesota Twins 8-2 behind the solid right arm of Ryan Dempster (2-3), who may be on the trading block.  Dempster bolstered his status with an excellent outing, his second win in a row.  I have been a long-time cubs fans.  I was there for Don Cardwell's no-hitter in the second game of a DH.  I fell asleep and missed most of the game, as a child.  I was more alert for Kenny Holtzman's gem vs. the Atlanta Braves in 1969, when the Cubs looked so good.  I was sure they were going to win the pennant.  But....stuff happens, if you're a Cubs fan.

What still surprises me is that 32,000 fans come of the park every home game if the weather is decent.  The Cubs draw well over 2.5 million.  In a good season, it could be 2.8 million.  In this tiny ballpark in Wrigleyville...The fans still come out and root for the Cubbies.  Who are as lovable as ever, even if they are on pace to lose 100 games this season.  And, that is not a laughing matter.  How do you get paid, and get up in the morning and come to the park?

The Cubs were picked by most baseball experts to finish 4th or 5th in the division.  Unfortunately, they make the Pittsburgh Pirates look good.  Manager Dale Sveum looks like he is on an out of control train in that Denzel Washington thriller.  That train threatened to cause disruption all over the landscape.  It's a stretch to say this team could win 4 or 5 games in a row.  They don't have the players to do that.  And, coming from a fan, that is a sad thing to say.

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Twins Sign Jason Marquis to 1-Year Deal posted by Jeff Ponder

The Minnesota Twins are looking to improve their dismal starting rotation numbers in 2012.

Last season, the Twins starters combined to post the third-worst ERA (4.64), while also striking out just 617 batters in 961 innings-pitched.

The Twins have outsourced to fix this problem, signing veteran right-hander Jason Marquis to a one-year, $3 million contract. 

Marquis, 33, posted an 8-5 record with a 3.95 ERA as a member of the Washington Nationals last season.  He was then sent to the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 30, where he was 0-1, posting a 9.53 ERA in just three starts.  Marquis missed the last month and a half of the 2011 season with a broken right fibula after being hit by a line drive. 

Marquis was a National League All-Star in 2009 as a member of the Colorado Rockies.  His best season came in 2004 when he posted a 15-7 record and recorded a 3.71 ERA as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Marquis has a career .455 ERA in 12 MLB seasons.  He has played for the Braves, Cardinals, Cubs, Rockies, Nationals and Diamondbacks.

The righty will likely be the fourth or fifth starter as lefthander Brian Duensing is expected to be in the bullpen to start the season.

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Almost Perfect Game for Stewart posted by Richard Kagan

Chicago White Sox pitcher Zach Stewart threw a 1-hitter in blanking the Minnesota Twins, 4-0 in the second game of a day-night doubleheader.  Stewart retired the first 21 batters he faced, a perfect game for 7 innings, until Danny Valencia hit a double to lead off the 8th inning for the Twins.  Stewart kept his composure and retired the next six hitters he faced for a 1 hitter in a terrific outing tonight.  Stewart was almost unhittable.  Where was that pitching in the Detroit series?

The White Sox got lambasted vs. Detroit and looked out-classed by a better team.  Then their pitching comes together and this team looks pretty good.  Stewart (2-3) struck out 9 and walked none in his first career complete game.  His effort was almost historic.  And, it was a night he won't forget. 

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Sox Still Alive After Seattle Sweep posted by Richard Kagan

There is good news an bad news if you are a long-time Chicago White Sox fan.  The good news, the White Sox moved into 2nd place ahead of the Cleveland Indians by a half game when the Sox won and the Indians lost on Sunday.  Now, the bad news, the Sox face Minnesota Twins, who have the Sox's number in recent years.  The last time they played, the Sox swept the Twins in Minnesota.  The Twins will be seeking to return the favor.

The ChicSox got strong piching from Gavid Floyd who pitched into the 8th inning and left the game with a 9-2 lead.  Chicago got that lead courtesy of Dayan Viciendo's three-run blast, his first home runs as a member of the Sox.  Ty Flowers, the backup catcher to A.J. Pryzienski, hit his first grand slam over the walll in left field.  Chicago scored 6 runs in the inning to take a commanding 9-0 lead.  When you get good pitching and a productive offense, you will win games.  The problem is can the White Sox get enough run production against good teams? 

If they can, this may be a memorable September run.  If not, start looking for golf dates.  The Sox trail Detroit by 6 games and will face them 6 timed before the season ends.

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Bluegrass and Arkansas 2011 posted by Johnny Matheis

Major preps for the Derby, one with a huge favorite, the other with many who could vie for the role.




11 JW BLUE 20-1 Overlooked, but has the best forward move, and worth a shot. If the favorite is truly class, the favorite will take it, but a fourth of the time this one will win this race, so worth a shot.

4 THE FACTOR 7-5 Anything higher is betable, anything lower is an underlay, but the obvious class here.

1A ALTERNATION 6-1 Solid, but reaching the boundaries of his endurance, as 49er is a sprint breeder

1 CALEB'S POSSE 6-1 Solid as other part of entry

9 ARCHARCHARCH 10-1 One of many who look solid for part

2 NEHRO 10-1 My pick in Rebel had his shot, and is still solid.

3 ELITE ALEX 20-1 another in the group of "solids" that are hard to seperate 

6 SWAY AWAY 15-1 actually ran better than I thought he would at underlay price last out. Finishes out the contenders

7 TRUMAN'S COMMANDER 30-1 Zito is one of the best, but this would be a surprise 

8 DANCE CITY 20-1 worth a look as it is fourth lifetime start for hard trainer

5 BRETHREN 30-1 would be a surprise 

12 SARATOGA RED 20-1 Never know when Lukas has one ready

10 J P'S GUSTO 30-1 Outgunned here.

BETS: WPS on 11: Exacta box on 1-4-11, Trifecta Box on 1-4-9-11, Superfecta Box on 1-2-4-9-11, Superfecta Wheel 4,11 with 4,11 with 1,2,3,6,9 with 1,2,3,6,7,9.

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Red-hot Albert Pujols leads Angels past Astros with two more homers (Big League Stew)

Take a look around the league with Big League Stew's daily wrap up. We'll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. The Albert Pujols show rolled on Monday night, as the Los Angeles Angels slugger had another big night to add to his super impressive month.  First things first, the Angels beat the Houston Astros 4-3 in Anaheim. Three of those runs came on Albert Pujols homers, because he's been killing the ball this month like it's 2010. Pujols hit two more homers, bringing his AL-leading total for the season to 23. "I’m locked in every day,” Pujols told reporters after the game. “Obviously, you want to have success every time you go to the plate, but it’s impossible. So the best thing you can do is get yourself ready for the game and prepare yourself. Sometimes you’re going to ride it for a while, and sometimes you get away from it for a while. Now I just feel good.” Pujols has looked every bit like "The Machine" lately, as he's hit 15 homers and driven in 30 runs in the last 24 games. Not only is that impressive for a player whose production has been limited by injuries the past two seasons, it's also impressive because that's the best such stretch of Pujols' career . Despite Pujols' big night, the Angels still needed an eighth-inning safety squeeze from Daniel Robertson to take a 4-3 lead and close out the victory. This loss will sting a little extra in Houston because of Pujols, who has now hit 48 homers against the Astros in his career. No other player in history has abused Houston pitching more.   HAVE A DAY, MAIKEL FRANCO The good days for the Philadelphia Phillies are few and far between lately. But Monday was a good day, especially for rookie third baseman Maikel Franco, who hit two homers, had four total hits and drove in five runs. Not bad. The Phillies beat the New York Yankees by the count of 11-8 , despite a 4-for-4 day from Brett Gardner. But this was Franco's first game at Yankee Stadium and he seemed to enjoy the stage. Only 14 men before Maikel Franco had ever had a 4-hit, 2-HR, 5-RBI game at any Yankee Stadium. To do it in his first game ever there? Wow. — Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) June 23, 2015 JOE BLANTON 1, KING FELIX 0 Joe Blanton — yes, THAT Joe Blanton — pitched the Kansas City Royals past the Seattle Mariners, looking like the better pitcher in a game where his competition was Felix Hernandez.  Blanton tossed six innings, allowing two hits, one run and striking out seven. It was a rather Felix-esque night, only Felix was in the other dugout, giving up nine hits and four runs in 6.2 innings, as the Royals won 4-1 . The 34-year-old Blanton didn't pitch in the big leagues in 2014 after a 2-14 season in 2013 with a 6.04 ERA. After catching on with the Royals this season, Blanton is 2-0 with a 1.73 ERA in two starts and eight total appearances. It's a tiny sample, sure, but it's impressive nonetheless considering his recent history. TWINS PUMMEL WHITE SOX On a night when rookie Byron Buxton had three hits and scored three runs, the real star for the Minnesota Twins was another youngster, 24-year-old DH Kennys Vargas. Vargas was 4-for-4 with four RBIs (including a three-run homer) as the Twins pummeled the division rival Chicago White Sox, 13-2 . Want to see more from Monday's slate of games? Check out  our scoreboard . More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Mike Oz is the editor of Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @MikeOz [read full article]

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Elvis has 4 RBIs for Rangers in 6-2 win over slumping Twins (The Associated Press)

Waiting in the on-deck circle, Elvis Andrus started trying to blow the ball Mitch Moreland had just hit to center field. Maybe it wasn't the extra air but something worked to give the Texas Rangers a 6-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night. Andrus had a career-high four RBIs, but it was Moreland's two-out fly ball to center in the eighth inning that went off Aaron Hicks' glove for a tiebreaking two-base, two-run error. [read full article]

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White Sox drop one in extras despite Carlos Rodon's strong start (Big League Stew)

Take a look around the league with Big League Stew's daily wrap up. We'll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. Chicago White Sox pitcher Carlos Rodon turned in arguably the finest start of his young career Thursday against the Texas Rangers, but left with nothing to show for it. Rodon was fantastic over six innings, allowing just one run and striking out 10 batters. He had some issues with his control, walking three, but was otherwise strong during the start. The White Sox bats, however, failed to hold up their end of the bargain. Chicago was shut down by Yovani Gallardo over six innings. The club managed to squeak out one run against Gallardo, but it wound up being unearned.  The two teams would remain tied at one, and would have to go to extra innings. Despite their strong starts, neither Gallardo nor Rodon would come away with a victory. The Rangers would, though. In the bottom of the 11th, Texas came through. White Sox reliever Dan Jennings gave up a leadoff single, and then intentionally walked Delino DeShields with one out.  That set the stage for Shin-Soo Choo. Though the White Sox had the lefty on lefty matchup they desired, Choo managed to come through. He knocked a walk-off single to left, scoring Leonis Martin and giving the Rangers the 2-1 win. MARINERS CAN'T END LOSING STREAK The Seattle Mariners dropped their sixth-straight game Thursday against the Tampa Bay Rays. Though Seattle came close, the team still lost the contest 2-1. The game marked the Seattle debut of Mark Trumbo. He would single twice during the game, but struck out in his other two plate appearances.  Though Seattle scored just one run, the club actually out hit the Rays 10-6. Seattle failed to get the job done in scoring situations, leaving 20 runners on base. Mariners lose sixth straight, this one 2-1 to Rays. M's get 10 hits but just 1-for-11 with RISP, including K's by Jackson & Cano in 9th. — Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) June 5, 2015 With the loss, the Mariners dropped to 24-30 on the season. They now sit in fourth place in the American League West. WACHA DOES IT AGAIN It doesn't matter which team he faces, St. Louis Cardinals starter Michael Wacha continues to look like an ace. That continued during a 7-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday. Though the Dodgers entered the game with the best offense in the game according to wRC+ , Wacha kept them off balance all night.  The 23-year-old allowed one run on seven hits over seven strong innings. He struck out five and did not issue a walk during the contest.  With the victory, Wacha improved to 8-1 on the season. He lowered his ERA to 2.18 with the outing. The Cardinals haven't missed a beat without Adam Wainwright, and Wacha has been a big part of that.  [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] Amazingly, the team is on pace to win 108 games despite its early injuries. They've lost their ace, set-up man and cleanup hitter; yet, now one-third of the way through the season, #stlcards are on pace for 108 wins. — Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) June 5, 2015 At 36-18, the Cardinals currently hold a 6.5 game lead in the National League Central. MINNESOTA CONTINUES TO FIND A WAY The Minnesota Twins pulled out another improbable victory Thursday against the Boston Red Sox. A late rally cued by defensive miscues led the club to an 8-4 win. Minnesota's magic started working in the ninth inning. With Red Sox closer Koji Uehara on the mound, the Twins went to work. Uehara allowed two straight singles to open the frame, immediately putting a man in scoring position. Joe Mauer opted to bunt both players over, but reached on a Pablo Sandoval error. One run scored, giving the Twins the 5-4 lead.  Apparently, that wasn't enough. A Trevor Plouffe single brought in another run, ending Uehara's day. Craig Breslow was able to induce a pop out for the inning's first out, but couldn't keep it up. Eduardo Escobar doubled in another run, taking the score to 7-4. After an intentional walk to Kurt Suzuki, Shane Robinson hit a sac fly. Breslow was able to pick up the final out, but not before the Twins had scored four during the frame. Glen Perkins would toss a perfect inning in the ninth, securing the 8-4 victory. With the win, the Twins improved to 32-21 and lead the American League Central. Want to see more from Thursday's slate of games? Check out  our scoreboard . More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik [read full article]

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Twins recall LHP Milone; RHP Nolasco placed on 15-day DL (The Associated Press)

BOSTON (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins recalled Thursday's starter Tommy Milone from Triple-A before their game against the Boston Red Sox. [read full article]

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Sandoval's error in 9th sends Hunter, Twins over Red Sox (The Associated Press)

A surprising strategy by first-year manager Paul Molitor fit the way the Minnesota Twins have been playing so far this season. Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval mishandled a throw on a bunt by star Joe Mauer in the ninth inning, and the Twins broke away from Boston 8-4 Thursday for a four-game split. The Twins trailed 4-0 going into the fifth. [read full article]

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