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Twins beat writers La Velle E. Neal III and Phil Miller 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 25: Listen: Luis Arraez is a 22-year-old hit machine

Listen: Luis Arraez is a 22-year-old hit machine

Chip Scoggins and Michael Rand discuss Twins rookie Luis Arraez, who has drawn raves for his .341 batting average and approach at the plate. He's been a huge surprise in an already charmed season for the Twins, drawing praise from the likes of Rod Carew and the respect of opposing managers.


Episode 24: Listen: Squirrel mania! (And in praise of Nelson Cruz)

A squirrel interrupted the Twins-White Sox game for the second straight night on Tuesday.

La Velle E. Neal III joins Michael Rand to discuss how the Twins have embraced the Target Field squirrel and how Nelson Cruz keeps pounding baseballs. Also on the menu: Which Twins starting pitchers do you trust, and could the bullpen get a young flamethrower soon?


Episode 23: Listen: Twins still have issues, but 5-1 road trip sets them up to win

Minnesota Twins' Jorge Polanco (11) and Luis Arraez (2) celebrate after Polanco scored during the eighth inning of the team's baseball game against th

On the latest Twins Insider podcast, Michael Rand and Phil Miller discuss: *The much-maligned bullpen saved the day over the weekend. *How worried should we be about Jose Berrios? *The Twins prove again that they will crush bad pitching. *How likely is a Brusdar Graterol call-up? *26 of 38 against the White Sox, Tigers and Royals.


Episode 23: Listen: Fernando Romero has Twins on a roll

Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Fernando Romero works during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Monday, May 7, 2018,

La Velle E. Neal and Michael Rand break down Fernando Romero's sizzling first two starts for the Twins, try to figure out when their key injured players will return and delve into the Fernando Rodney Experience.


Episode 21: Listen: Here's the Twins' blueprint to finally beat the Yankees

Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Ervin Santana gestures after responding to questions during a baseball news conference Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in New Y

Intro: Can these confident Twins do what their predecessors could not and beat the Yankees in the playoffs? 10:00: What is the blueprint for a Twins victory, and how does Paul Molitor manage accordingly? 17:00: Hey, this is fun. Don't forget that. 21:00: Final thoughts on what will transpire Tuesday.


Episode 21: Listen: Who do you trust out of the Twins' bullpen right now?

The Twins' bullpen, one of the reasons for surprise and optimism though the first four weeks of the season, melted down during last week’s six-game

Intro: Breaking down the Twins' bullpen woes; 18:00: MLB draft talk; 26:00: Why do the Angels have so many former Twins, and should they be concerned?


Episode 20: Listen: Are the Twins for real? What does La Velle E. Neal III think?

Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Ervin Santana (54) celebrates with coaches and teammates after closing out a baseball game against the Baltimore Orio

Twins beat writer La Velle E. Neal joins Michael Rand as they dissect the Twins' surprising 25-18 start and try to answer the fundamental question: is this team for real?


Episode 19: Listen: Now that Derek Falvey is here, he has a lot of work to do

New Minnesota Twins Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey, left, and Senior Vice President, General Manager Thad Levine, were all smiles after they were

Michael Rand and Phil Miller break down Monday's news conference in which the Twins introduced new baseball boss Derek Falvey and general manager Thad Levine. What impression did they make and what are some of the biggest items on their to-do list?


Episode 18: Listen: Going inside the Twins' search for new baseball executives

Twins owner Jim Pohlad.

Phil Miller and Michael Rand examine the names linked to the Twins so far in their search to reshape their front office and also wonder how ownership is impacting the search.


Episode 17: Listen: Twins sink to familiar depths with recent pitching woes

Minnesota Twins pitcher Jose Berrios throws against the Houston Astros in the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 in Minneapolis.

Open: The Twins have the worst starters' ERA (again) in MLB; 13:00: Why is Hector Santiago messing with a good thing? 23:00 The Twins' reluctance to pay for an ace has hurt. 34:00 Brian Dozier has been awesome.


Episode 15: Listen: Twins' trades and Max Kepler's home run binge

Minnesota Twins' Max Kepler celebrates a 12-5 win over the Cleveland Indians with Kennys Vargas in a baseball game, Monday, Aug. 1, 2016, in Cleveland

Michael Rand and La Velle E. Neal III analyze how the Twins did at the trade deadline and discuss German sensation Max Kepler's surge.


Episode 14: Total System Overhaul: How the Twins could remake themselves after firing Terry Ryan

Terry Ryan, Twins general manager, talked about changes in coaching staff. Jim Pohlad, Twins owner, Terry Ryan, Twins general manager, and Dave St.Pet

Twins beat writer Phil Miller joins Michael Rand to discuss the firing of GM Terry Ryan and where the Twins go from here.


Episode 13: Twins in the second half: Trades and prospects to watch

Minnesota Twins' Max Kepler (26) celebrates his grand slam home run as he arrives home with Kennys Vargas against the Texas Rangers during the fifth i

Michael Rand and Phil Miller take a look at what the Twins can accomplish after the All-Star break after a dreadful start to the year.


Episode 12: Twins Insider Podcast: One month from trade deadline, which Twins will be dealt?

Minnesota Twins first baseman Trevor Plouffe (24), second baseman Brian Dozier (2) and third baseman Eduardo Nunez (9) celebrate after the Twins defea

Michael Rand and Phil Miller break down which players could be traded by the Twins in the next month.


Episode 11: Twins Insider podcast: The starting pitchers the Twins were counting on this season have been a major part of their problem

Minnesota Twins pitcher Ervin Santana throws against the Miami Marlins in the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 9, 2016, in Minneapolis.

Michael Rand and La Velle E. Neal break down the Twins' dreadful pitching and try to determine Ichiro Suzuki's place in history.


Episode 10: Twins Insider podcast: Byron Buxton is hot now, but we probably won't see his potential realized until 2018

Byron Buxton celebrated after scoring the game-winning run on a hit by Oswaldo Arcia in the twelfth inning. Minnesota beat Los Angeles by a final scor

Michael Rand and Phil Miller discuss the 1,000 at-bat threshold often needed for a Major League hitter to have success


Episode 9: Twins Insider podcast: Total system failure – a piece-by-piece breakdown of the Twins' woes

Minnesota Twins' Danny Santana can't get to a double hit by Cleveland Indians' Jose Ramirez during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, May 13

Michael Rand and La Velle E. Neal III dissect each area in which the Twins have struggled this season.


Episode 8: Twins Insider podcast: The Twins are bad — should they turn the lineup over to the kids?

Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton bats in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday, April, 17, 2016 in

In the latest Twins Insider podcast, Phil Miller and Michael Rand take a look at the woeful 8-25 Twins and examine this question: Is it time to go with a full-scale youth movement?


Episode 7: Twins Insider podcast: A blueprint gone terribly wrong

Minnesota Twins pitcher Glen Perkins reacts after giving up a two-run home run to Detroit Tigers' Rajai Davis during the eighth inning of a baseball g

La Velle E. Neal and Michael Rand break down all that went wrong for the Twins in the first month of the season.


Episode 6: Twins Insider podcast: Twins rewarded for not panicking after 0-9 start, but team still dealing with several issues

Minnesota Twins right fielder Miguel Sano attempted to field the ball off the wall on a double by Scooter Gennett in the first inning.

Michael Rand and Phil Miller finally get to talk about some victories on this week's Twins Insider podcast.