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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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Twins-Tigers Preview(The Associated Press)

With the Detroit Tigers opening with back-to-back shutouts, Shane Greene has an incredibly lofty mark for his team debut. The right-hander will try to help Detroit become the first club in 52 years to begin a season with three consecutive blankings in Thursday's series finale against the Minnesota Twins. The Tigers won 4-0 in Monday's opener and followed with an 11-0 rout Wednesday. Anibal Sanchez allowed three of the Twins' four hits in 6 2-3 innings while Ian Kinsler, Anthony Gose and Miguel Cabrera combined to drive in nine runs. [read full article]

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Twins-Tigers Preview (The Associated Press)

With the Detroit Tigers opening with back-to-back shutouts, Shane Greene has an incredibly lofty mark for his team debut. The right-hander will try to help Detroit become the first club in 52 years to begin a season with three consecutive blankings in Thursday's series finale against the Minnesota Twins. The Tigers won 4-0 in Monday's opener and followed with an 11-0 rout Wednesday. Anibal Sanchez allowed three of the Twins' four hits in 6 2-3 innings while Ian Kinsler, Anthony Gose and Miguel Cabrera combined to drive in nine runs. [read full article]

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Blue Jays meltdown opens door for wild Yankees comeback victory (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.   Just when the New York Yankees appeared destined to begin the season 0-2, the Toronto Blue Jays fell apart on Wednesday night allowing the Yankees to rally for wild 4-3 victory at rain-soaked Yankee Stadium .   The Blue Jays jumped out to an early two run lead and were able to maintain that lead until the eighth inning behind a stellar pitching performance from R.A. Dickey. However, a combination of poor relief, bad luck and lousy weather turned things completely in the Yankees favor. Fly ball falls in the wind, single to centre, hit batter, new pitcher, wild pitch, K, intentional walk, hit batter, single off pitcher's arm — Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) April 9, 2015 That's the cliff notes version. Now let's fill in some of those gaps. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] • It all started with a wind-aided double by pinch-hitter Chris Young that fooled rookie second baseman Devon Travis. • After Jacoby Ellsbury lined a clean single to center field against Aaron Loup, Brett Gardner was hit by a pitch to load the bases and force a pitching change. • Next in line was Brett Cecil, who immediately uncorked a wild pitch that allowed one run to score and advanced the other runners. • After Cecil struck out Carlos Beltran, Mark Teixeira was walked intentionally to reload the bases.  • In a left-on-left battle, Cecil plunked Brian McCann to force home the tying run. • Chase Headley singled home the go-ahead and eventual winning run on a ground ball that deflected off Cecil's wrist. There's only way one to describe the inning, according to Jays manager John Gibbons.  "We just imploded," Gibbons said. "Started with the wind-blown hit there, and then we hit a couple of guys; we don't normally do that, and it just got away. "We'll figure some things out … roles and who can do that. You're still guessing on some guys, but the better they pitch, the more opportunities they'll have to pitch." One guy who could get more opportunities is 20-year-old Robert Osuna. That destructive eighth inning had the potential to be much worse for Toronto, but Osuna made a strong major league debut by striking out Alex Rodriguez and getting Stephen Drew to fly out with the bases loaded. That outing gave the Jays a fighting chance, but Andrew Miller closed the door for New York in the ninth to pick up his second career save.  Now the teams will move on to the rubber match on Thursday, which is scheduled to feature rookie Daniel Norris and veteran CC Sabathia on the hill.  ROCKIES, BRAVES IMPROVE TO 3-0 Only two teams completed action on Wednesday night with a perfect 3-0 record, and we doubt anyone out there would have dared wager anything on those two teams being the Colorado Rockies and Atlanta Braves.  Amazingly, Colorado only won 21 games on the road all of the last season, but they're already 14-percent of the way there after defeating the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 in 10 innings. Wilin Rosario delivered a pinch-hit home run to provide the difference in the extra frame. Former Brewers closer John Axford pitched the tenth to earn the save after LaTroy Hawkins gave away Colorado's two-run lead in the ninth. The Rockies also got this monster home run from Carlos Gonzalez, which may still be traveling if not for the Miller Park scoreboard.  In Miami, the Braves took care of business in much more efficient fashion, besting the Marlins 2-0 . A.J. Pierzynski's two-run home run provided the only offense. Shelby Miller was sharp in his Braves debut, tossing five scoreless frames. For the series, Atlanta outscored Miami 16-3. [Our division previews:  NL East  |  AL East  |  NL Central  |  AL Central  |  NL West | AL West ] As for undefeated teams remaining in MLB, the Cincinnati Reds, Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers all improved to 2-0 on Wednesday. They'll all go for sweeps on Thursday.  ALBERT PUJOLS MOVES INTO 18TH PLACE ON ALL-TIME HOME RUN LIST Adrian Gonzalez wasn't the only Los Angeles player hitting notable home runs on Wednesday . Angels first baseman Albert Pujols joined elite company himself when he turned on Hisashi Iwakuma's first-inning fastball and sent it soaring into the second deck at Safeco Field. The home run was Pujols' first of the season and No. 521 overall in his now 15-year career. That moved him into a tie with Hall of Famers Ted Williams, Willie McCovey and Frank Thomas for 18th on the all-time home run list. Looking down the road, it's reasonable to think Pujols could finish the season as high as 15th on the all-time list. Mike Schmidt holds that spot with 548 home runs, which means Pujols would need to reach 29 this season to best him. He hit 28 last season, so it's safe to assume he still has the pop. Next in his sights will be Jimmie Foxx (534) and Mickey Mantle (536). Pujols' two-run first-inning home run also proved to be the difference on Wednesday. The Angels held on for a 5-3 victory to win the season-opening series over the rival Mariners. TWINS STILL SCORELESS IN 2015 The Minnesota Twins are off to a brutal start offensively. After being shutout 11-0 by Anibal Sanchez and four Detroit Tigers relievers on Wednesday, the Twins are the only team in baseball without a run through their first two games. In fact, the closest they've come so far is 180 feet, as no runner has been able to reach third base. The Twins are the first AL team to be shut out in back-to-back games to open a season since the 1977 Mariners, per @baseball_ref . — Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) April 8, 2015 Overall, the Twins are 9-for-62, which is good for a .145 average. They’ll look to get on track, or at least on the board, in Thursday’s finale against Detroit when they square off against Shane Greene. 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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Yoenis Cespedes steals a homer, immediately makes Detroit love him (Big League Stew)

When the Detroit Tigers acquired Yoenis Cespedes in a December trade with the Boston Red Sox, they knew they were getting a powerful bat. But Cespedes is equally exciting in left field, where he's been known to uncork amazing throws and make great catches. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] For his first impression with the home crowd, Cespedes hit a double in his first at-bat, but probably wowed them more with his glove. In the top of the third inning, Minnesota Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki hit what would have been a homer to left field, but Cespedes raced to the wall, jumped up, crashed hard and caught the ball.  Tigers starter David Price was psyched, as you can especially see in the Vine below: As such, Tigers fans immediately fell in love with Cespedes, which is not a bad thing at all. 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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Opening day had Hanley Ramirez and David Ortiz ballroom dancing (Video) (Big League Stew)

The Boston Red Sox had such a grand opening day that new acquisition Hanley Ramirez spent some time showing off his dugout ballroom dancing skills with David Ortiz. The two of them — along with new teammate Pablo Sandoval — have fashioned themselves "The Three Amigos." While Sandoval didn't have much to celebrate (he was 0-for-5 with three strikeouts), Ramirez had plenty. He hit two homers, including a ninth-inning grand slam in Boston's 8-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. So when Ortiz and Ramirez locked hands in the Red Sox dugout, opening day turned into "Dancing With the Stars: Boston Red Sox edition." Just watch those two move. Lots of baseball players dance — heck, Torii Hunter was doing something resembling twerking in the Minnesota Twins dugout Monday.  Who figured Big Papi and Hanley would be the most graceful? 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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