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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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Blake Swihart's inside-the-park homer helps Red Sox stop streaking Mets (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. Citi Field wasn't home, sweet home, for the New York Mets on Friday night. After winning seven straight in Colorado and Philadelphia, the Mets returned home and fell 6-4 to the last-place Boston Red Sox. After having his last start skipped, Matt Harvey returned to toss six scoreless innings but was long gone when Boston's Blake Swihart raced around the bases for an inside-the-park home run leading off the 10th inning. Upon further review, Swihart's blast actually cleared the wall and should have been ruled a conventional home run on the field. It wasn't, but it didn't much matter as the ball bounced far enough away from center fielder Juan Lagares for Swihart to round the bases. Any way you score it, it's a home run, but we'll always acknowledge a catcher showing off his wheels.  [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] Swihart's homer started a three-run Red Sox rally, which would prove important once the Mets scored one in the bottom half. The Red Sox also plated three in the seventh immediately after Harvey departed. David Ortiz smacked a solo home run in the frame. Jackie Bradley later connected on a two-run shot to give Boston its first lead. Ortiz's homer was No. 493 for his marvelous career. He's now tied with Lou Gehrig and Fred McGriff for 27th place on the all-time home run list. As for the Mets offense, they were cooled off a bit. They entered having already hit a franchise-record 43 home runs this month, but mustered just a double among their eight hits on Friday. With that said, they missed out on several scoring chances,as they also drew 12 walks. In the end, they left 14 runners on base. The good news for New York? No damage was done in the standings. The Washington Nationals also lost, 4-3 to the Marlins, keeping the Mets division lead at 6 1/2 games. YANKEES BREAK OUT ON OFFENSE, CRUSH BRAVES While one scorching New York offense cooled off on Friday, the Yankees fading offense finally broke out. After scoring just four runs total in their three-game series against the Astros, the Yankees muscled up for 15 runs on 16 hits in a 15-4 victory against the Atlanta Braves.  Shortstop Didi Gregorius paced New York's attack, connecting for a three-run home run in the first inning and a two-run single in the second. Gregorius finished with four hits and a career-high six RBIs. Brian McCann, who spent his first nine seasons with the Braves, made his return to Atlanta with a bang. He cracked a three-run homer in the eighth, before wrapping the scoring in the ninth with a sacrifice fly. Carlos Beltran, Brett Gardner and Chase Headley each contributed multi-hit games as the Yankees cruised to the victory.  Meanwhile, the Toronto Blue Jays didn't back down in their return to Rogers Centre. After Detroit's Ian Kinsler hit a first-inning homer, the Jays scored five unanswered on their way to a 5-3 victory. Toronto's game and a half lead in the AL East remains intact.  TWINS KEEP PACE WITH WIN AGAINST ASTROS The top of the AL wild-card picture remained unchanged Friday. The Yankees remained in firm control with their victory, while the Texas Rangers continued holding down the second spot with a 4-1 win over Baltimore. That put the pressure on the Minnesota Twins to keep pace, and they responded with a victory of their own, 3-0 against the AL West-leading Astros.  Right-hander Kyle Gibson did much of the heavy lifting, tossing 5 2/3 innings of scoreless ball. Minnesota's bullpen worked hard too, with Brian Duensing, Glen Perkins, Trevor May and Kevin Jepsen combining to strike out six batters while allowing just two hits.  To the credit of Astros' left-hander Scott Kazmir, the Twins didn't have much going against him either, collecting just three hits over seven innings. But they made those hits count, turning them into three runs. Eduardo Nunez drove in two of their three with a home run and RBI ground out.  Overall, the Twins have won seven of eight. They are one-half game behind Texas for that second wild-card position, but the Angels, Rays and Orioles aren't far behind them. It's time to buckle up.  CLAYTON KERSHAW OVERPOWERS CUBS, STRIKES OUT 14 Friday night was a good night at Dodger Stadium.  The evening started with the news that Vin Scully would be returning to the Dodgers television booth for his 67th season. Then everyone settled in to watch Clayton Kershaw do his thing. And do his thing Clayton Kershaw did, striking out 14 Chicago Cubs over eight innings in the Dodgers 4-1 victory.  The red-hot Kershaw continued a remarkable stretch of brilliance with this performance. Over his last 11 outings, he's allowed more than one earned run only once. During that stretch, he's also struck out 105 batters while issuing just eight walks. That is dominance in its purest form, and right now there's no signs of Kershaw slowing down.  Overall, the Dodgers have won four straight immediately on the heels of a five-game losing streak. They're attempting to reestablish command in the NL West with the San Francisco Giants nipping on their heels. The Giants remained right there, beating the Cardinals 5-4 in San Francisco. Given the competition both teams are facing, this weekend could be telling in terms of how the NL West will shake out over the next month.   Want to see more from Friday’s slate of games? Check out our scoreboard . More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813 [read full article]

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Baseball-Rangers catch Twins in wild-card race (Reuters)

Yovani Gallardo collected his 100th career victory while Texas capitalised on an error by Toronto right fielder Jose Bautista to score three times in the seventh inning in a 4-1 victory over the Blue Jays on Thursday. The Rangers (65-61) drew level with the Minnesota Twins for the second wild-card spot in the American League behind the New York Yankees, who are 1-1/2 games behind the Blue Jays (71-56) in the AL East. [read full article]

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Rangers catch Twins in wild-card race (Reuters)

(The Sports Xchange) - Yovani Gallardo collected his 100th career victory while Texas capitalized on an error by Toronto right fielder Jose Bautista to score three times in the seventh inning in a 4-1 victory over the Blue Jays on Thursday. The Rangers (65-61) drew level with the Minnesota Twins for the second wild-card spot in the American League behind the New York Yankees, who are 1-1/2 games behind the Blue Jays (71-56) in the AL East. [read full article]

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Toronto completes late comeback, reclaiming AL East lead (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. It looks like the Toronto Blue Jays are going to be involved in quite the fight with the New York Yankees for the American League East division. The club responded to that competition by picking up a late 6-5 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday. [ On this week's StewPod: Angels pitcher Hector Santiago talks about his huge autograph collection. ] Things looked bleak in the ninth inning, but Toronto kept fighting. The team entered the frame down by one run, and exited with the lead. Rangers closer Shawn Tolleson came on for the save, but struggled with his command. Tolleson walked Russell Martin to lead things off. After getting a quick out, Tolleson walked the second batter of the inning, putting the potential go-ahead run on base. Tolleson was able to notch another out, bringing Troy Tulowitzki to the plate with two outs. On the sixth pitch of Tulo's at-bat, he singled to left, tying things up.  Josh Donaldson came up with a chance to give his team a lead, and, not surprisingly, that's what happened. Donaldson hit a ground ball to third baseman Adrian Beltre, but ran full speed out of the box. Beltre made a throwing error on the play, allowing the go-ahead run to cross the plate. Roberto Osuna entered in the bottom of the frame, and was able to work around a one out single, shutting the door. With the win, Toronto now leads the AL East by one game over the Yankees. METS GET SYNDERGAARD HIS FIRST ROAD WIN New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard managed his first road win of the season Tuesday, but it came with some help from his hitters. The Mets' bats helped the rookie quite a bit during the team's 6-5 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Syndergaard looked excellent at the start of the contest. Through the first two innings, he had already notched four strikeouts. Things started to unravel in the third. A leadoff double put Syndergaard in a tough spot. He would rebound, however, striking out the next two hitters. With two outs, though, things fell apart. Syndergaard allowed a two-run shot against Freddy Galvis, bringing the Phillies within one run. He should have been out of the inning after getting Odubel Herrera to ground to second, but Kelly Johnson's throwing error put Herrera on base. Ryan Howard took advantage of that error, hitting his own two-run blast and giving his club the 4-3 lead. After letting Syndergaard down earlier in the game, the Mets would pick him up a few innings later. The team rallied for three runs in the sixth, actually putting Syndergaard in line for the win. They would hold on to that lead, eventually pulling off a 6-5 win. With the victory, the club improved to 69-56 on the year.  STRASBURG'S STRONG START LEADS TO WIN For much of the season, Stephen Strasburg's struggles have baffled Washington Nationals' fans. If Tuesday's 8-3 win over the San Diego Padres is any indication, he might be over those issues. Strasburg turned in a strong performance, allowing two runs over six strong innings. He gave up just two hits while striking out seven during the game.  Since returning from the disabled list, it looks like Strasburg has regained his vintage form. Strasburg in four starts since returning from the DL: 1.73 ERA over 26 innings, 32 Ks and three walks. — James Wagner (@JamesWagnerWP) August 26, 2015 With the win, the Nationals improved to 63-61 on the year. They remain 5.5 games behind the Mets in the National League East. MIGUEL SANO CAN'T BE STOPPED The Minnesota Twins are still a big contender for the wild card in the American League, but they are already showing why next year might be even scarier. Rookie Miguel Sano continued his assault on baseballs during Tuesday's 11-7 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Sano wasted no time getting to work, blasting a three-run homer in the first inning of the contest. Sano has played in just 45 major-league games, but already has 12 home runs. That's quite the accomplishment. Most HRin first 45 career games (Twins): Miguel Sano 12 Kennys Vargas 9 Josmil Pinto 9 Kent Hrbek 9 Marty Cordova 9 Tom Brunansky 9 — Ace of MLB Stats (@AceballStats) August 25, 2015 While Sano was called up fairly late in the season, he's quickly moving into Rookie of the Year territory. He'll have to fend off Houston Astros superstar Carlos Correa for the hardware, which may prove difficult, but it's clear that Sano has talent. After suffering through some poor seasons, that's really all the Twins can ask for right now. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] With the win, Minnesota improved to 64-61 on the year. Want to see more from Tuesday'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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Baseball-Highlights from Wednesday's MLB games (Reuters)

(Adds later games) Aug 19 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights from Major League Baseball games on Wednesday: - - - - Yankees 4 Twins 3 Rookie first baseman Greg Bird hit two, two-run home runs while right-hander Nathan Eovaldi took a perfect game into the sixth inning as the New York Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins. Bird became the third Yankee since 1914 with a multi-home-run game within his first five major-league games. Bird's first home run gave the Yankees (67-52) a 2-0 lead after Eovaldi (13-2) had retired the first 12 hitters. ... [read full article]

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