Idina Menzel knocks All-Star Game Dylan cover out of the park

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When it was announced that Idina Menzel would be singing "Forever Young" before the All-Star Game at Target Field on Tuesday night, I was a bit trepidatious. On the one hand, it was a nice gesture by Major League Baseball to pay homage to Minnesota's most famous local son, Bob Dylan. Still, it was worrying that Menzel -- the famous voice of those Frozen anthems that kids everywhere are singing -- would lack the depth and acuity to pull off the ode to staying young at heart.

But boy was I wrong to be worried. Menzel knocked Dylan's wistful number out of the park.

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Twins' Brian Dozier reflects on his college band, Silky Smooth

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When Minnesota Twins radio personalities Cory Provus and Dan Gladden were filling airspace during a blowout earlier this year, it came out that second baseman Brian Dozier played in a band called Silky Smooth. It was during his college years at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.

Grabbing him in the clubhouse when Detroit came to town, Gimme Noise wasn't able to get a song, but we did get a little information about the role music plays in his life as his neighbor Aaron Hicks interjected with some additional answers.

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Twins' Jared Burton: I always found myself infatuated with guitar

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Twins' Jared Burton: I always found myself infatuated with guitar

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The talk among Major League Baseball fans tends to focus on two items: the win-loss column and fantasy league stats. Gimme Noise, however, takes other notes when watching the game. After hearing about Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Jared Burton's jam session with Pearl Jam icon Eddie Vedder earlier this year, we sought out the tall right-hander to discuss something other than his split-fingered fastball.

In an exclusive chat with Burton about his guitar-playing and his musical interests.

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Minnesota Twins music director Dan Edwards is out

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The Minnesota Twins have decided to take their in-game music in a new direction by letting go of music director Dan Edwards. So when the season begins on April 1, a new man with ties to another local sports team has been hired to fill the role.

The move was confirmed to Gimme Noise by Joe Pohlad, Director of Twins Productions & Creative Services. "Dan was a great music director for us, but his strength was in Top 40," he says. "We decided not to rely as heavily on that genre as in past, so we made a change. In regards to our plans for the future, our plan is to be flexible. Play music that fits that days game."

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Joe Mauer is keeping T.I.'s "What You Know" as his walk-up music

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Well, what DO you know? Joe Mauer is keeping with tradition and T.I.'s "What You Know" remains the song we'll hear booming in Target Field when he walks to the plate in 2013.

Today on Twitter, Dustin Morse who is Director of Baseball Communications and Player Relations for the Minnesota Twins confirmed the move. This will not please local Twins and hip-hop fan Lars Larson, but some other folks probably are more sensitive to change.

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