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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.

October 3, 2017
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Ervin Santana gestures after responding to questions during a baseball news conference Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in New Y

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

Can these confident Twins do what their predecessors could not and beat the Yankees in the playoffs?
June 2, 2017
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

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

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?
May 25, 2017
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Ervin Santana (54) celebrates with coaches and teammates after closing out a baseball game against the Baltimore Orio

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

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?
November 7, 2016
New Minnesota Twins Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey, left, and Senior Vice President, General Manager Thad Levine, were all smiles after they were

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

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?
September 15, 2016
Twins owner Jim Pohlad.

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

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.
August 25, 2016
Minnesota Twins pitcher Jose Berrios throws against the Houston Astros in the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 in Minneapolis.

Listen: Twins sink to familiar depths with recent pitching woes

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.
August 2, 2016
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

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

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.
July 21, 2016
Terry Ryan, Twins general manager, talked about changes in coaching staff. Jim Pohlad, Twins owner, Terry Ryan, Twins general manager, and Dave St.Pet

Listen: Total System Overhaul -- remaking the Twins after the firing of Terry Ryan

Twins beat writer Phil Miller joins Michael Rand to discuss the firing of GM Terry Ryan and where the Twins go from here.
July 14, 2016
The Twins' Max Kepler celebrated his grand slam with Kennys Vargas as he arrived home against the Rangers during the fifth inning Sunday.

Listen: Twins in the second half -- trades and prospects to watch

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.
June 29, 2016
Minnesota Twins first baseman Trevor Plouffe (24), second baseman Brian Dozier (2) and third baseman Eduardo Nunez (9) celebrate after the Twins defea

Listen: One month from trade deadline, which Twins will be dealt?

Michael Rand and Phil Miller break down which players could be traded by the Twins in the next month.
June 15, 2016
Minnesota Twins pitcher Ervin Santana throws against the Miami Marlins in the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 9, 2016, in Minneapolis.

Listen: Starting pitchers Twins were counting on have been a major problem

Michael Rand and La Velle E. Neal III break down the Twins' dreadful pitching and try to determine Ichiro Suzuki's place in history.
June 7, 2016
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

Listen: Byron Buxton is hot now, but we probably won't see his potential realized until 2018

Michael Rand and Phil Miller discuss the 1,000 at-bat threshold often needed for a Major League hitter to have success
May 26, 2016
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

Listen: Total system failure – a piece-by-piece breakdown of the Twins' woes

Michael Rand and La Velle E. Neal III dissect each area in which the Twins have struggled this season.
May 12, 2016
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

Listen: The Twins are bad — should they turn the lineup over to the kids?

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?
May 4, 2016
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

Listen: A blueprint gone terribly wrong for the Twins

La Velle E. Neal and Michael Rand break down all that went wrong for the Twins in the first month of the season.
April 22, 2016
Minnesota Twins right fielder Miguel Sano attempted to field the ball off the wall on a double by Scooter Gennett in the first inning.

Listen: Twins rewarded for not panicking after 0-9 start

Michael Rand and Phil Miller finally get to talk about some victories on this week's Twins Insider podcast.
April 14, 2016
Minnesota Twins Trevor Plouffe rests his head on his hands in the final minutes of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Monday, April 11, 201

Listen: Breaking down everything that has gone wrong for the winless Twins

Michael Rand and La Velle E. Neal III sift through the wreckage of the Twins' 0-7 start.
April 4, 2016
Listen: #StribHQ season preview replay with Jack Morris, others

Listen: #StribHQ season preview replay with Jack Morris, others

An all-star cast of Twins experts marks opening day. Former Twins pitching ace Jack Morris and Twins president Dave St. Peter are joined by columnist Patrick Reusse, MLB beat writer La Velle E. Neal III and digital sports writer Michael Rand.
March 31, 2016
Minnesota Twins' Ricky Nolasco, center, laughs as he talks with Eddie Rosario, left, and other teammates in the dugout in the sixth inning of a spring

Listen: Nolasco over Duffey among roster surprises

Michael Rand and Twins beat writer Phil Miller break down the 25-man roster heading into the regular-season on a new episode of Twins Insider.
March 17, 2016
Minnesota Twins' Byung Ho Park, center, of South Korea, high-fives teammates in the dugout after hitting a grand slam in the first inning of a spring

Listen: Is Byung Ho Park for real, and can Miguel Sano field?

Michael Rand and Twins beat writer Phil Miller assess roster battles and the emergence of Byung Ho Park at the midpoint of spring training on the Twins Insider podcast.
March 10, 2016
Minnesota Twins Glen Perkins.

Listen: Twins have spring training questions, new Twins Insider Podcast has answers

In our very first Twins Insider podcast, beat writer La Velle E. Neal III joins Michael Rand for an early look at how the Twins are shaping up in spring training as they prepare for 2016.