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I have about four minutes to post a blog update. Busy weekend. Busy day ahead at work! Here are a couple of notes:
- Tonight at 9:00 is this week’s SethSpeaks.net Weekly Minnesota Twins Podcast. Guests are being lined up, but I also want to leave plenty of time for your questions and comments as it relates to the Twins, one of baseball’s hottest teams. So, be sure to check it out.
- I’ve attached a picture of the Kyle Gibson signed t-shirt from the charity auction referenced below.
- The Twins won two out of three against Cleveland on the road this weekend and had a shot to win all three. This team is definitely playing well and hopefully that will carry through today’s off day and into the White Sox series in Chicago starting Tuesday night.
- It appears that Glen Perkins will make a start for the Twins during the White Sox series. Good for him. It’s been a rough last year or more for the Minnesota lefty, but he has been pitching well since the beginning of July. Hopefully he can keep that going. Kevin Slowey is missing a start, but indications are that he will pitch on Sunday.
- Friday minor league highlights: Brian Dinkelman went 2-4 with three walks. Glen Perkins gave up two runs in 6.2 innings. Rob Delaney struck out three in two scoreless innings. Chris Parmelee had two of New Britain’s three hits. Evan Bigley was 3-5 with his 24th double and second home run for the Miracle. Angel Morales was 3-5 with his third triple. Nate Hanson hit his eighth home run. Nick Romero hit his 15th doubles to go with a game winnings, two run homer. Dan Osterbrock gave up two runs in six innings. Lance Ray went 3-4 with his second Beloit double. Aaron Hicks was 2-4 with his sixth triple. Brian Burke led E-Town. He was 2-2 with a walk, his ninth double and sixth home run. Daniel Santana hit his fourth home run (and committed four errors). Miguel Sano went 3-3 with a walk and his 7th and 8th doubles. Yangervis Solarte was 2-4 in a rehab game.
- Saturday minor league highlights: Nick Blackburn made his second start and gave up two runs on four hits in 6.1 innings. Matt Fox struck out three of the five batters he got out. Pat Neshek recorded his first save since 2006. Dustin Martin went 3-4 with his 21st double and seventh triple. Erik Lis hit his ninth home run. Deolis Guerra had another bad start, giving up seven runs on nine hits and a walk in four innings. Kane Holbrooks was tremendous for the Miracle. He gave up one run on four hits and a walk in eight innings. Only problem was he lost 1-0. Angel Morales had his sixth double and seventh stolen base. Pedro Guerra debuted for the Snapper and gave up four runs (3 earned) in four innings. Nelvin Fuentes struck out three in two scoreless innings. Reggie Williams knocked his 14th double. Manuel Solimon threw six shutout innings and gave up just one hit. He walked none and struck out seven. Eddie Rosario went 2-3 with his third home run and 18th stolen base for the GCL Twins. Cesar Ciurcina gave up two runs on three hits in six innings.
- Sunday minor league highlights: Danny Lehmann was 3-4 with a double for Rochester. Toby Gardenhire hit his first AAA HR. At New Britain, Steve Singleton was 3-4 with his 34th and 35th doubles. Juan Portes (6), Erik Lis (10) and Joe Benson (18) hit home runs. Kyle Gibson gave up three runs on seven hits in 5.2 innings to get the win. Aaron Hicks went 3-4 with his 23rd and 24th doubles. Danny Rams hit his 25th double and 12th home run. Martire Garcia gave up five runs in four innings in his MWL debut. Nick Lockwood hit his first pro home run for Elizabethton. The Ft. Myers Miracle and GCL Twins did not have games on the schedule.
- Congratulations to Trevor Plouffe on his first big league home run, a long opposite field blast on Saturday night that gave the Twins a 4-2 lead over Cleveland.