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Today is the day… At 3:00 central time, the trade deadline will be passed and life can return to normal. As of about midnight last night, FoxSports.com was reporting that the Twins and A’s had a much better day of negotiations to bring Orlando Cabrera to the Twins. I fear that will happen, but hopefully it won’t be a big prospect. As we can imagine, if the Twins do nothing, it will be very interesting to see how the clubhouse reacts. Which players will go off and which will say the right things.
Starting at about 1:00 this afternoon, I will be hosting SethSpeaks.net Trade Deadline Live Chat to talk about the Twins, the trade deadline and any other topics. I will take your questions until 4:00 at which time I will be heading back to the Metrodome.
It will be a busy day, so expect updates here if and/or when things happen:
Any thoughts on the day? What do you think?
TWINS, ANGELS SERIES
After a day off, the Twins will get back to baseball tonight when the Angels come to town. Will the Twins be able to turn the tables on the Angels in the Metrodome? Leave your thoughts here.
MINOR LEAGUE REPORT
Thursday – SethSpeaks.net Hitter of the Day – Angel Morales, Beloit Snappers
Thursday – SethSpeaks.net Pitcher of the Day – Steve Hirschfeld, Ft. Myers Miracle
Thursday –Rochester 1, Gwinnett 2 – Yohan Pino was good, but the Red Wings offense wasn’t in the loss. Pino went 6.1 innings and gave up two runs. He allowed just three hits, walked four and struck out five. Rob Delaney got the final five outs. The Red Wings had seven hits. Trevor Plouffe went 2-4.
Thursday – New Britain 2, New Hampshire 1 – I would say that Michael McCardell’s adjustment to AA is going quite well. In this game, he gave up one run on three hits and a walk in five innings. Carlos Gutierrez then threw two shutout innings. Alex Burnett got two outs before Anthony Slama struck out four in 1.1 innings of scoreless work. It gave Slama his 21st save. Brian Dinkelman went 2-3 with two walks. Luke Hughes and Juan Portes were both 2-4.
Thursday – Ft. Myers 0, Clearwater 2 – Steve Hirschfeld was excellent again and gets little to show for it. He threw six shutout innings and gave up just three hits. He walked none and struck out seven. Dakota Watts came in and gave up two runs on two hits and a walk in 1.2 innings. He struck out two. Joe Testa got the final out but not before giving up a hit and a walk. The Miracle managed just four hits. Chris Parmelee hit his 18th double.
Thursday – Beloit 10, Great Lakes 11 (12 innings) –Angel Morales had a big game. He was 4-5 with a walk and his 14th double. Nate Hanson went 3-5 with his 15th double. Drew Thompson and Tyler Ladendorf were both 2-6 with a double. James Beresford went 2-6 as well. Dan Osterbrock got the start and gave up four runs on seven hits in five innings. He walked four and struck out seven. Michael Allen gave up a run in his two innings. Kyle Carr came in and gave up three runs on a hit, a hit batter and two walks in just 0.2 innings. Billy Bullock then gave up two runs (1 earned) on three hits and a walk in 1.1 innings. He struck out three. Steve Blevins struckout four in two shutout innings. Bruce Pugh got two outs in the 12th, but gave up an unearned run for the loss.
Thursday – Elizabethton, Johnson City – Postponed by Rain again.
GCL TWINS GOINGS ON
Thursday – GCL Twins 3, GCL Reds 4 – Jairo Perez just keeps hitting. He went 3-4 with his fourth double. Alejandro Machado was making a rehab appearance and went 2-3 with a walk and two stolen bases. Oswaldo Arcia went 2-4. Michael Tonkin started and gave up three runs on six hits in six innings. He walked none and struck out eight. Leonardo Parra threw two shutout innings. Andrei Lobanov gave up only an unearned run in his two innings to take the loss. He struck out four.
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