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It was an off day for the Twins, but there is still plenty to talk about. Here are a few topics for your discussion before getting to the minor league updates:
- The SethSpeaks.net Weekly Minnesota Twins podcast last night was lot of fun. Pat Neshek was on for the first 25 minutes or so. We talked about what he is doing in his rehab and several other Twins topics. The second half of the show, I was joined by Phil Mackey and Darren “Doogie” Wolfson.
- I posted a StarTribune.com Your Voices Blog asking people to comment and rank their favorite sports to watch. With Tiger Woods shooting some golf this week in Chaska, I wondered where golf ranks, which may be directly dependent upon whether Tiger is in the tournament or not.
- Speaking of Your Voices blogs, Doogie Wolfson’s newest blog article is on the White Sox acquisition of OF Alex Rios for nothing. Definitely an interesting topic for discussion.
- Joe Christensen reported that the Twins have released 2B Mark Grudzielanek. Reports indicated that he looked really rusty. Shocking, you know, since he hadn’t played in a year.
- Those of you that listened to last night’s podcast know that I also have a Q&A that is ready to be posted. I fell asleep at my computer last night and will get that posted later today, so be sure to check back for that.
The Twins will send Nick Blackburn to the mound tonight to face Kyle Davies and the Royals in the first game of a crucial homestand. The Twins will play three against Kansas City and three against Cleveland, and winning less than five out of six will make it tough.
MINOR LEAGUE REPORT
Monday – SethSpeaks.net Hitter of the Day – Angel Morales, Beloit Snappers
Monday – SethSpeaks.net Pitcher of the Day – Tom Stuifbergen, Elizabethton Twins
Monday – Game 1 – Rochester 8, Buffalo 2 – Armando Gabino made another start and threw six shutout innings. He gave up two runs in the 7th inning, but after Juan Morillo got the final out of the game, Gabino had his fourth win. Brock Peterson went 3-4 with his 14th double. Jose Morales went 2-3 with a walk. Steve Tolleson went 2-5. Danny Valencia, David Winfree and Trevor Plouffe each hit a double.
Monday – Game 2 – Rochester 7, Buffalo 8 – R.A. Dickey made his first start since being sent back down to Rochester. It didn’t go so well. The veteran knuckleballer gave up seven runs on nine hits and two walks in just 3.1 innings. Jason Jones gave up four hits in 2.2 shutout innings. Rob Delaney threw two shutout innings, but with two outs, he gave up a bloop single that drove in the game-ending run. Drew Butera went 3-4 with two doubles. Brock Peterson went 2-4 with his 15th double. Jason Pridie was 2-4. Justin Huber had just one hit, but his 7th inning grand slam tied the game.
Monday – New Britain – No games scheduled in the Eastern League.
Monday – Ft. Myers, Sarasota – Postponed by Rain.
Monday – Beloit 7, Cedar Rapids 5 – Angel Morales remained white-hot. In his last 30 games, he had hit .367 with a .647 Slugging Percentage. On this day, he was 4-5 with his 18th double. Ramon Santana hit his eighth home run. Bobby Lanigan gave up four runs on five hits in 5.2 innings. He walked two and struck out seven. Steve Blevins went two innings and gave up one run. Billy Bullock got the final four outs for his fourth save.
Monday – Elizabethton 3, Greeneville 2 – Tom Stuifbergen was impressive yet again. The Dutch righty went the first eight innings. He gave up just one run on four hits. He walked none and struck out three. Dakota Watts came in and gave up a game-tying run but got the Win when the E-Twins scored a run in the bottom of the 9th. Derek McCallum went 2-3 with a walk and a double.
GCL TWINS GOINGS ON
Monday – GCL Twins 11, GCL Red Sox 6 – Wilson Ramos has been solid in his rehab time with the GCL Twins. In this game, he hit a double and his third home run in three games. Yesterday, his triple should have shown that his hamstring is better. Today, he caught. Yangervis Solarte was also rehabbing and went 2-4. Nick Freitas, Oswaldo Arcia and Matej Hejma each went 2-4. Freitas had two doubles and four RBI. Arcia notched his seventh double. Hejma had a triple and a walk.
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