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Minnesota Twins Pitcher Andrew Albers Exclusive Interview, Part Two

January 25th, 2014 at 6:07 AM
By Sports Media 101

In part one of Sports Media 101's interview with Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Andrew Albers, he discussed his journey to the MLB, leaving off discussing the impact his minor league coaches had on him. In the second part of the interview with Albers, he talks to SM101's interviewer Mike Phillips about keys to his game and what's next for him in the season ahead. 

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As a native Canadian, Albers got to pitch for the Canadian National team in 2011. Albers helped the squad win a Bronze Medal in the Baseball World Cup and a Gold Medal in the Pan-Am Games. Albers ended up pitching 6.2 innings in the gold medal game for Canada that season. The experience was a positive one for him.

Q: What was it like to pitch for the Canadian national team in 2011?

Albers: That was thrilling. It was a thrilling experience. It’s one of those things where it’s a lot of fun when you get asked or invited to play for your country, and that’s one of those things you don’t take lightly. I really enjoyed that experience, it was a great team atmosphere, we had a lot of success there. It was a lot of fun pitching in the World Cup and then the Pan-Am Games right after that, and we were able to do really well. It was a great summer, one of those times I’ll never forget and it was just a lot of fun. 

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Minnesota Twins Pitcher Andrew Albers Exclusive Interview, Part One

January 23rd, 2014 at 7:48 PM
By Sports Media 101

Twins 101 recently interviewed starting pitcher Andrew Albers about his journey to the major leagues. Albers went 2-5 with a 4.05 ERA for the Minnesota Twins in his major league debut last season, and got fans excited by posting a remarkable 18.1 shutout innings in his first several starts. Albers reflected on how he got to this point in part one of this exclusive interview.

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Q: Who was your favorite player growing up?

Andrew Albers: Man, great question… When I was growing up we had quite a few of them. Randy Johnson was big. Guys like Jimmy Key and Dave Stieb with the Blue Jays were big, Tom Glavine with the Braves was somebody I looked up to. I had fun watching a lot of those guys pitch.

Albers was drafted in the 12th round of the draft by the Milwaukee Brewers out of high school, but declined to sign with them in favor of attending the University of Kentucky. After finishing up at Kentucky, Albers was drafted in the 10th round of the 2008 draft by the San Diego Padres. Albers’ career would be altered in 2009, when he underwent Tommy John Surgery after making only five appearances in the Padres’ system.

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September 28th, 2013 at 8:49 AM
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Twins Send Down 7 Players, Get Good News About Scott Diamond and Take on the Orioles

March 17th, 2013 at 11:32 AM
By Adam Lodynsky


Minnesota Twins (11-10) Vs Baltimore Orioles (12-5)
Sunday, March 17, 2013 1:05 EST
Vance Worley (5.63 ERA) vs. Steve Johnson (3.60 ERA)
Minnesota Twins Lineup
Aaron Hicks CF .333
Jamey Carroll 2B .281
Ryan Doumit C .229
Justin Morneau 1B .346 (played in the WBC for Team Canada and still ranks second on the team with 8 runs batted in)
Wilkin Ramirez DH .357
Chris Parmelee RF .261
Joe Benson LF .167
Eduardo Escobar 3B .333 
Pedro Florimon SS .222 (this average needs to get closer to .250 by the time the regular season starts)
Vance Worley P 5.63 ERA
Pitchers Available for the Twins out of the pen: Jared Burton (5.79 ERA), Ryan Pressly (0.90 ERA), Casey Fien (4.26 ERA), Josh Roenicke (8.22 ERA) and Tim Wood (5.19 ERA).
Today marks the fourth of five meetings this spring between the Twins and Orioles. Minnesota is one and three vs Baltimore and is looking to rebound today with a strong pitching performance by starter Vance Worley. Worley is coming off a decent outing against the Tampa Bay Rays on March 11th where he allowed five hits in four innings of work. 
Mike Berardino from the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Scott Diamond will throw 2 innings, 30 pitches vs class A competition Monday. He should be on track for a mid April return to the rotation.
Minnesota sends down seven players to their minor league camp: Outfielders Brian Dinkelman and Clete Thomas, Catcher Eric Fryer, Infielders Chris Colabello and Mark Sobolewski and World Baseball Classic pitchers Deolis Guerra and Shairon Martis. Doing so has shaved the roster down to 42 players left on the Major League squad. 
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Twins Sign WBC Star and Take on the Red Sox

March 15th, 2013 at 3:34 PM
By Adam Lodynsky


Minnesota Twins 10-9 Vs Boston Red Sox 10-9
Friday, March 15, 2013 7:05EST (FSN)
JetBlue Park, Lee County, FL
Liam Hendriks (R) 5.73 ERA vs Felix Doubront (L) 3.86 ERA
Minnesota Twins Lineup
Aaron Hicks .342 CF
Jamey Carroll .276 3B
Chris Parmellee .300 1B
Ryan Doumit .241 C
Oswaldo Arcia .231 RF
Joe Benson .195 DH
Brian Dozier .206 2B
Eduardo Escobar .344 SS 
Darin Mastroianni .389 LF
Liam Hendriks SP 5.73 ERA
Pitchers Available for the Twins out of the pen: Duensing, Hernandez, Robertson, Perdomo and Walters.
Red Sox manager John Farrell will be managing two games today, one this afternoon in Sarasota vs the Orioles and the other this evening against Minnesota. The Twins and Red Sox will meet a total of 19 times during the regular season. Minnesota is one and four against Boston, they will meet eight times by the end of spring. 
TWINS IN THE WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC UPDATE: The site reports that the Twins have signed Team Netherlands first baseman Curt Smith who batted .301/.341/.461 with 47 home runs in five minor league seasons. So far this World Baseball Classic he is hitting .375 with one home run and four runs batted in but is likely starting the season with the New Britain Rock Cats
Twins Catcher Joe Mauer will bat clean-up again this evening for Team USA vs Team Puerto Rico.
DID YOU KNOW? The Minnesota Twins class Double A affiliate, the New Britain Rock Cats, will host the Eastern League All-Star Game at New Britain Stadium on Wednesday, July 10 at 7:05 PM. Former Rock Cats Eastern League All-Stars now in the majors include: Ben Revere, Denard Span, Matt Garza, Glen Perkins, Jose Mijares, Scott Baker, Michael Cuddyer and Torii Hunter. To purchase tickets click HERE
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