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Twins beat writers La Velle E. Neal III and Phil Miller of the Star Tribune join Michael Rand every week to turn the marathon of a baseball season into a series of short sprints. The Twins are worth talking about, and we hope you'll listen.

EPISODE 54
March 27
Groundskeepers prepare the infield for batting practice at Nationals Park in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. The Houston Astros and Washington Na

Podcast: Neutral site World Series? Saturday doubleheaders?

Chip Scoggins and Michael Rand reflect on what would have been opening week for MLB and the Twins by examining what baseball could look like in 2020 when and if it returns.
EPISODE 53
March 26
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Jose Berrios (17) tipped his hat to the crowd as he was pulled from the game in the in the eighth inning Thursday.

Podcast: Memories of Opening Day -- and hopes for Twins in 2020

Phil Miller and Michael Rand trade stories about their favorite memories of baseball Opening Days in the past.
EPISODE 52
March 25
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Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Johan Santana gave up four runs to Detroit

Podcast: Add any Twins player to any Twins playoff team, 2002-present

With what would have been opening day just 24 hours away, Michael Rand and Jim Souhan dive into Twins history with two questions: 1) What was the best Twins team of the last 20 years? and 2) If you could take any Twins player from any Twins season, 2002-present and add him to a different Twins team, who would you pick?
EPISODE 51
March 23
Infielder Royce Lewis remains the Twins’ top prospect despite a difficult 2019 season.

Podcast: When play resumes, Twins are loaded in majors -- and minors

Michael Rand chats with La Velle E. Neal III about the top 10 Twins minor league prospects -- some of whom should be on the doorstep of contributing at Target Field once MLB play resumes.
EPISODE 50
March 10
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Podcast: Will Byron Buxton be ready for the start of the season?

La Velle E. Neal checks in with Michael Rand from Florida, where Byron Buxton stood in for live batting practice on Tuesday as he takes steps toward getting back on the field. They also discuss the impact of coronavirus on clubhouse access.
EPISODE 49
February 26
Minnesota Twins' Miguel Sano ran to first base after a single in the second inning.

Podcast: Confident Twins are talking about World Series

Phil Miller joins Michael Rand from Florida with a glowing review of veteran pitcher Jhoulys Chacin's debut. Also on the docket: Miguel Sano's fitness (very good) and transition to first base (work in progress), Josh Donaldson's impact and a World Series-level confidence that is permeating Fort Myers.
EPISODE 48
February 19
Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler.

Twins podcast: Avoiding regression from 2019's breakout players

La Velle E. Neal III joins Michael Rand from spring training to talk about Max Kepler and a slew of other Twins players who exceeded expectations in 2019.
EPISODE 47
February 14
Minnesota Twins pitcher Homer Bailey spoke to a coach after throwing in the bullpen.

Twins podcast: The Twins suddenly have a lot of starting pitching options

Phil Miller and Michael Rand discuss the Twins' sneakily active offseason on the starting pitching front and where it might leave them once all their arms are available.
EPISODE 46
February 12
The Twins’ Marwin Gonzalez expressed remorse for participating in a sign-stealing scandal while with the Astros in 2017.

Podcast: Gonzalez apologizes for cheating, but story far from over

La Velle E. Neal III joins Michael Rand to talk about the opening of Twins spring training, which featured the intrigue of Marwin Gonzalez addressing his role in the Astros sign-stealing scandal.
EPISODE 45
February 10
Minnesota Twins pitcher Brusdar Graterol throws against the New York Yankees during the eighth inning in Game 1 of the American League Division Series

Twins podcast: Exactly what happened in the Graterol trade saga?

La Velle E. Neal and Michael Rand on the deal that will result in Brusdar Graterol being traded and Kenta Maeda joining the Twins. Did it work out well for the Twins in the end? And do they now have enough pitching?
EPISODE 44
October 9, 2019
Twins starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi talks to reporters during a news conference during the ALDS.

Podcast: Things the Twins must do to address pitching as offseason looms

La Velle E. Neal III joins Michael Rand to break down the Twins as they head into the offseason sooner than expected after a three-game sweep by the Yankees. The series highlighted a need for high-end pitching. How can the Twins get more of it, and what will they prioritize this offseason?
EPISODE 43
October 6, 2019
Twin reliever Tyler Duffey reacted after New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius, rear, knocked a grand slam home run in the third inning.

Podcast: After poor play and worse decisions in New York, can Twins respond?

Michael Rand and Phil Miller break down the lopsided weekend in New York, which saw the Twins outscored 18-6 on the way to a 2-0 ALDS hole. The Twins were outclassed in both games, and a handful of curious decisions by manager Rocco Baldelli contributed to the mess. Can the Twins, resilient all season, make a series of it back at Target Field on Monday?
EPISODE 42
October 4, 2019
Yankee Stadium will host Games 1 and 2

Podcast: Live from New York, listen to a Twins Game 1 breakdown

La Velle E. Neal III checks in from New York with Michael Rand as the Twins prepare to start the playoffs against the Yankees. They break down the 25-player postseason roster and try to figure out how the Twins are going to piece together 27 outs per game.
EPISODE 41
October 2, 2019
Twins manager Rocco Baldelli speaks to the media during a press conference.

Listen: The Twins aren't intimidated, but will they beat the Yankees?

Phil Miller and Michael Rand discuss how confident the Twins are -- or at least say they are -- heading into the American League Division Series in New York. Should they fear the Yankees? Will they ever name a Game 1 starter?
EPISODE 40
October 1, 2019
Twins third baseman Luis Arraez is taken from the game after an injury during the seventh inning

Listen: Best guess is Luis Arraez is on the ALDS roster for Twins

Phil Miller joins Michael Rand after a news-filled, season-ending road trip. They try to sort out the Twins' playoff roster.
EPISODE 39
September 26, 2019
Minnesota Twins celebrate after the Twins clinched the AL Central, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, in Detroit. The Twins defeated the Detroit Tigers 5-1, a

Listen: A Twins celebration to remember -- and a pivot to playoff strategy

Jim Souhan was on the scene in Detroit when the Twins clinched their first AL Central title since 2010. He checks in with Michael Rand as they discuss the Twins' earnest but business-like celebration as well as looming questions now that October baseball is official.
EPISODE 38
September 25, 2019
Twins pitcher Jake Odorizzi

Listen: Is Jake Odorizzi the favorite to start Game 1 of a playoff series?

Phil Miller is in Detroit, where he joins Michael Rand to talk about the Twins on the verge of clinching the AL Central. Along with that are two big questions that emerged from Tuesday's win: Is Jake Odorizzi in line to be a Game 1 starter, and is Kyle Gibson pitching his way into the postseason mix?
EPISODE 37
September 24, 2019
Texas Rangers' Nomar Mazara jogs to the dugout as Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Tyler Duffey (21) celebrates getting Isiah Kiner-Falefa to fly out wi

Listen: Completely remade bullpen has become a strength for Twins

La Velle E. Neal III and Michael Rand talk about the 180 the Twins have pulled with their bullpen this season. Remember Blake Parker? Adalberto Mejia? Those guys (and others) were supposed to be big contributors. They're long gone, and mostly in-house candidates have stepped up in their place.
EPISODE 36
September 20, 2019
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Kyle Gibson (44) threw a pitch against the Kansas City Royals in the top of the second inning.

Listen: Did Kyle Gibson pitch himself off the Twins' postseason roster?

Phil Miller joins Michael Rand to talk about the Twins' comeback victory Thursday and Kyle Gibson's five-out start, which could jeopardize his spot on the playoff roster. If he's not in the mix, what does the playoff pitching staff look like?
EPISODE 35
September 18, 2019
Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano (22) carries Minnesota Twins second baseman Ronald Torreyes (74) after their walk-off win. ] LEILA NAVIDI �

Listen: Marveling at another comeback and wondering who is the Twins' MVP

Chip Scoggins joins Michael Rand to talk about another big night for the resilient Twins, who cut their magic number to seven with a 9-8 victory over the White Sox. Also: A bold idea for the postseason rotation and a question: Who is the Twins' MVP this season?
EPISODE 34
September 16, 2019
Minnesota Twins' Miguel Sano looks up after hitting a Grand Slam in the eighth inning in the second baseball game of a baseball doubleheader against t

Listen: Did weekend in Cleveland provide blueprint for Twins in playoffs?

Phil Miller joins Michael Rand after covering the Twins' big weekend series victory in Cleveland.
EPISODE 33
September 13, 2019
Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano (22) raced down the first base line after hitting a double in the sixth inning.

Listen: Who's still hurt, who will play for Twins in Cleveland?

Phil Miller joins Michael Rand from Cleveland to discuss the Twins' mounting health challenges and to update fans on which players could or should be back in the lineup for a key series starting Friday.
EPISODE 32
September 11, 2019
Center fielder Byron Buxton is one of several Twins who have missed significant playing time this season because of injuries.

Listen: Byron Buxton injury alters postseason landscape for resilient Twins

Jim Souhan and Michael Rand talk about what Byron Buxton's season-ending injury means for the Twins' postseason hopes, dissect their pitching options without Michael Pineda and try to calm down fans who think anything less than a World Series would be a disappointment.
EPISODE 31
September 9, 2019
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Michael Pineda (35) aftr giving up a two run homer to the Chicago White Sox Jose Abreu in the third inning. ] JEFF WH

Listen: Can the Twins survive rash of injuries and Pineda suspension?

La Velle E. Neal III and Michael Rand discuss the Twins' dicey next six games and their mounting absences, among other topics,
EPISODE 30
September 5, 2019
Twins starting pitcher Jose Berrios reacts after giving up a three-run home run to Boston's Mookie Betts during the second inning

Listen: Twins' division lead is comfortable, but feeling about Berrios isn't

Phil Miller joins Michael Rand on the latest Twins Insider podcast to talk about the respect the Twins are getting in Boston and around the league. Plus plenty of talk about concern over Sam Dyson's arm trouble (moderate to low) and another ineffective Jose Berrios outing (high).