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Joe Christensen, the Star Tribune's national baseball reporter, has covered the big leagues since 1998. A Faribault native, he graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1996.

Located: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Tags: MLB, baseball, sports, Star Tribune

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This blog has a new home on Jan 22, 2010 in About this blogDear loyal readers, Around the Majors has moved to a new server, joining the list of Star Tribune blogs that have made this switch in recent months. You’ll find the same content there, though you’ll be asked to register with StarTribune.com b...



A closer look at the new deals for Liriano, Harris on Jan 20, 2010 in Twins thoughtsSome notes from the fine print of the contracts the Twins handed out Tuesday, avoiding arbitration: (*) Francisco Liriano’s one-year, $1.6 million deal includes up to $100,000 in incentives. He can reach those incentives two ways — as a s...



Twins agree to terms with Pavano, Hardy, Young and five others on Jan 19, 2010 in Twins thoughtsWith eight players eligible for arbitration, the Twins appear to be paring down that list. They reached agreement on a one-year deal with shortstop J.J. Hardy worth about $5 million, with incentives for plate appearances, a person familiar with the n...



Game 163 — a chance to live it all over again on Dec 21, 2009 in Twins thoughtsShortly after the Twins’ season ended, Star Tribune sports editor Glen Crevier came up with the idea for an in-depth story reflecting on Game 163. It all happened in such a blur, that 12-inning, see-saw epic to determine the AL Central title. T...



Holiday gift ideas for the baseball fan in your life on Dec 17, 2009 in Catch-all, Twins thoughtsBefore the Twins’ annual holiday party Wednesday, the team’s employees received another surprise from Santa Morneau.  Last year, Justin Morneau and his wife, Krista, gave scarves to each Twins employee. Teammates teased Morneau for...



Did Toronto do better with Halladay than Twins did with Johan? on Dec 16, 2009 in Around MLB, Twins thoughtsIf your head is spinning, trying to determine winners and losers in this week’s blockbuster deal between Toronto, Philadelphia, Seattle (and Oakland), ESPN’s Jayson Stark gives a good team-by-team breakdown here. I’m most impressed...