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Good Saturday morning! It sure was frustrating waking up this morning to an inch of snow on the ground. Almost as frustrating as watching the Twins has been lately. Here are my thoughts on the Twins right now:
Now, with that, here are some Saturday morning links from around the Twins blogosphere:
- First and foremost, just this morning, one of the longest tenured Twins bloggers called it a blogging career. Stick and Ball Guy decided that he will be shutting down the excellent World’s Greatest Online Magazine. SBG built up an incredible and thought-provoking community of writers. You could find information on the Twins, the Timberwolves, music and so much more. Having met SBG several times and some SBG Conventions and elsewhere, he is a terrific guy with a great family. He is a very successful person, and hopefully we will continue to see him around the Twins blogosphere!
- Over at Puckett’s Pond, they are doing a series called The Winning Teams, and here is a look at the 1969 Twins.
- Here is a look at Roger’s Minor League Report over at Twinkie Town.
- Ed Thoma, the Baseball Outsider, wrote about Mauer, Holm and Eli Whiteside! Great stuff!
- For the Love of the Game wrote some great Twins notes and updates and shared a bunch of great pictures.
- Peanuts from Heaven had Two Options to write a blog post about… See what they went with.
- Is it too early for the last paragraph of this Hitting the Foul Pole article yet? Sadly, if nothing else, it is a fair question at this point.
- Aaron Gleeman’s up to #20 in his Top 40 Twins players.
- Nick Nelson notes that the Twins have gone From Bad to Worst.
- Parker Hageman asked What’s Behind the Offensive Plight?
MINOR LEAGUE UPDATES
SethSpeaks.net Minor League Hitter of the Day – Anderson Hidalgo, Ft. Myers Miracle
Seth Speaks.net Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Steve Hirschfeld, New Britain Rock Cats, Brad Stillings, Ft. Myers Miracle
Red Wings Ramblings
Friday – Red Wings 4, Lehigh Valley 9 – The Red Wings again played without Trevor Plouffe, and Ben Revere missed his first game after bruising his knee on Thursday night. Dustin Martin picked up the offense. He was 2-3 with two walks. Chase Lambin logged a triple. Rene Tosoni and Toby Gardenhire each drove in a run. Scott Diamond started and in 4.1 innings, he gave up two runs on five hits. He walked three and struck out two. Carlos Gutierrez was charged with four unearned runs in 2.1 innings. He gave up just two hits and a walk. Anthony Slama made his 2011 debut. In one innings, he gave up three runs on a hit, two walks, a hit batter and two wild pitches. Yorman Bazardo got the final four outs, two of them on strikeouts.
Andy Baldwin will get another chance to start against Scranton/Wilkes Barre on Saturday.
Rock Cats Report
Friday – Rock Cats 2, Portland 1 – Steve Hirschfeld made his second consecutive very good start on Friday. He gave up one run on four hits and two walks in six innings. He struck out four. Jake Stevens threw two shutout innings. Tyler Robertson gave up two hits but no runs in a scoreless ninth inning. He got the win because Steve Singleton came up in the bottom of the 9th and drove in Yangervis Solarte with a walk-off single. Solarte had been 3-3 with a stolen base in the game. Chris Parmelee had doubled in a run in the bottom of the 8th to tie the game.
On Saturday, Liam Hendriks will make the start for the Rock Cats against Portland.
Friday – Miracle 9, Bradenton 1 – The Miracle scored more than enough runs, but they also got tremendous pitching again. Brad Stillings started and went the first six innings. He gave up one run on five hits. He walked one and struck out five. Edgar Ibbarra threw two scoreless innings, striking out three. Matt Tone struckout one in a perfect inning. There were lots of contributions from the offense. Jhonathan Goncalves went 3-5 with two RBI. Nate Hanson had two doubles in five at bats. Brian Dozier went 2-4 with a walk. Anderson Hidalgo went 2-4 with his first homer. Danny Rams and James Beresford each had two hits. Chris Herrmann went 1-5, which dropped his batting average to .379, but the one hit was his first home runs of the year.
Minnesota native and St. Thomas alum Matt Schuld will make the start for the Miracle today against Bradenton.
Friday – Snappers, Cedar Rapids – The Friday night game was postponed by rain. On Saturday afternoon, the Snappers will send Adrian Salcedo to the mound. The teams are scheduled to play a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon.
Feel free to leave your thoughts, questions or comments.