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I just finished recording the SethSpeaks.net Weekly Minnesota Twins Podcast, and I have to say it was one of my favorites in awhile. First, I was joined by former Minnetonka high school player, former Excelsior American Legion player (he was on their world series team), former three-year starter for the Minnesota Gophers and now a member of the Minnesota Twins organization, AJ Pettersen. Pettersen was the Twins 25th round pick last week, and he reported to Ft. Myers in the last couple of days. He said he will be reporting to Elizabethton. And, frankly, we asked him a lot of questions over just ten minutes, so be sure to listen to that.
Next, we caught up with JJ Stankevitz, our favorite White Sox blogger, and learned a ton about what’s going on with their team. Specifically, we heard a lot about what has made Philip Humber successful and how Jesse Crain has performed out of their bullpen. He did a great job explaining where the White Sox are and then how White Sox fans perceive the Twins right now.
All-in-all, I thought it was a very fun show. I hope to have more guests throughout the summer and hope that you will listen and participate.
Real quickly, here is the night in the Twins minor league system:
Rochester beat Toledo 6-1. Tsuyoshi Nishioka went 0-4 with a walk. Glen Perkins gave up three hits in two scoreless innings. Both are expected to be flying back to Minneapolis tonight. Could one or both of them be activated by the Twins tomorrow? Scott Diamond went six shutout innings, allowing six hits, walking none and striking out four. Anthony Slama came in after Perkins and gave up a solo home run. Dustin Martin went 3-3 with two walks. Michael Hollimon went 2-5 with his second Rochester double.
New Britain beat Altoona 10-4. Steve Hirschfeld got the win. He gave up three runs on six hits and a walk in five innings. Tony Davis threw two scoreless innings. Deolis Guerra threw one scoreless. Bruce Pugh gave up a run in the 9th. Evan Bigley led the offense. He went 3-4 with a walk and his 15th double. Chris Herrmann and Chris Parmelee were both 2-4 with a walk. Yangervis Solarte went 2-5.
Ft. Myers lost to Jupiter 6-0. Kane Holbrooks fell to 2-8. He gave up four runs on eight hits and a walk in four innings. Andrew Albers gave up one run on three hits in two innings. Shooter Hunt gave up an unearned run on two walks in his inning. Dakota Watts threw a scoreless inning. The Miracle had five hits. Steve Liddle went 3-3, and Derek McCallum was 2-3.
The Beloit Snappers split two games with Cedar Rapids. They lost 3-1 in Game 1. Manuel Soliman gave up two runs on three hits and three walks in five innings. Michael Tonkin threw a scoreless inning despite allowing two walks and a hit. Blayne Weller gave up a run on two walks in his inning. The Snappers had just two hits. One was a Lance Ray double, his 15th. Also, Michael Gonzales had the lone RBI.
In the second game, the Snappers won 4-0. Ryan O’Rourke started and threw five shutout innings. He gave up three hits, but he walked none and struck out eight. Clint Dempster got the final six outs while maintaining the shutout. Danny Ortiz led the offense. He was 2-3 with his 22nd and 23rd doubles. Wang-Wei Lin was also 2-3.
The Twins announced that they will put Justin Morneau on the Disabled List and determine who to add to the roster tomorrow. Again, the assumption is that it will be Tsuyoshi Nishioka. If that is the case, the Twins will still need to drop someone from the 40 man roster. I have to assume Dusty Hughes.
I learned yesterday that Jose Mijares and Phil Dumatrait both are out of options. However, Chuck James, Rene Rivera and Jason Repko each have an option remaining. That certainly makes things interesting. It most likely means that James will be sent back to Rochester to make room for Glen Perkins. It also means that options and DFA decisions will not have to factor into whether the Twins send down Drew Butera or Rivera when Joe Mauer returns, whenever that is.
With that, I am going to call it a day! Thanks again for all your thoughts and comments and support! Any other thoughts or questions? Feel free to comment here.