I’m Back, Kind Of

22 Apr

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It took about 24 hours, but I do now have a functional computer. I won’t get into all of its issues. I just know that it is nice to have back.

 

The Twins and Red Sox were supposed to play on Tuesday night, but the weather dictated that it just wasn’t going to happen. So on Wednesday, the team’s will play a split double header, with the first game starting at 11:35 central time and the second game at 6:30 central time.

 

·         David Dorsey of the Ft. Myers News Press wrote a nice article on the comeback of Joe Mauer. The article has some terrific quotes from Mauer and also goes beyond the baseball field. There are also some great comments from his current Extended Spring Training coach, and his brother, Jake Mauer.

·         I heard that former Twins prospect Danny Santiesteban, who was released earlier this month, signed with the Newark Bears in the independent Atlantic League. I’m not certain if he will pitch or play the outfield. I also heard, but have not been able to verify, that Lew Ford will be playing in the same league. Ford had signed a minor league deal with the Colorado Rockies in March.

·         There was a lot of talk in the blogosphere about Jesse Crain being put on the Disabled List with arm problems.

o   The Twins Geek thinks maybe the team has been too cautious with its starters while not being as concerned with the bullpen.

o   Aaron Gleeman asked if the Crain injury was yet another sign of bullpen misuse during the Gardenhire regime, a pattern of events over the last eight seasons.

o   Over the Baggy says there is plenty of room to go around but wonders about some of those free agent relievers the Twins could have considered.

·         On Friday, the Twins designated Philip Humber for assignment so that they could sign reliever Juan Morillo, a move I very strongly endorse (for what that is worth). On Tuesday, it was announced that no team claimed Humber, so the Twins were able to send him down to AAA Rochester where he will take the roster spot of the called-up Jose Mijares. I think this is good news for the Twins. Now, from all I’ve seen, there is little to believe that Humber will ever be a solid major league pitcher, certainly not a difference maker. But that Rochester team needs another starter, and Humber can do that. And there really aren’t any starters in New Britain that appear ready for AAA.

·         On Tuesday night, it was not just the Twins that were postponed due to weather. The Rochester Red Wings and New Britain Rockcats also had their games postponed by rain.

·         Ft. Myers had a big night though. They beat Palm Beach 16-6. Estarlin de Los Santos went 3-5 with a triple. Ben Revere went 2-4 with two walks and his fifth stolen base. He is now hitting .333. Chris Parmelee returned to the lineup and went 2-4 with a walk and his third home run. Rene Leveret went 2-4 with a walk and his third double. Steve Singleton went 2-6. Danny Berg went 1-2 with three walks. Deolis Guerra improved to 2-0 with seven solid innings. He gave up three runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out four. Santos Arias gave up three runs (2 earned) on three hits and a walk in the 8th inning. Kyle Waldrop through a perfect ninth.

·         Beloit lost to Quad Cities 15-2 last night. One positive is that Angel Morales went 2-4 with a triple to raise his season average to .129. He also stole a base. Nate Hanson went 2-4 with a double. The saga of Shooter Hunt continued. He went just 2.2 innings and gave up seven runs (5 earned) on three hits. He walked six and hit a batter. Danny Rondon then came in and gave up six runs (4 earned) on six hits and two walks. Michael Allen threw a perfect inning before Dan Berlind gave up two unearned runs in his inning. Joe Testa struck out three in his inning. Of course, he also walked three and gave up two runs on a hit. Steve Blevins then pitched a scoreless inning.

·         Finally, if you didn’t check out my WordPress site (talkintwinsbb.wordpress.com) yesterday, I did post a quick update there as well.       

 

Hopefully I am now back on track and can post better. And as always, if you have any comments, leave them here.   

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6 Responses to “I’m Back, Kind Of”

  1. Funkytown April 22, 2009 at 10:20 am #

    From Beloit site:

    In conjunction with the Minnesota Twins, right handed pitcher Danny Hernandez was given his release Tuesday. With the Snappers in 2009 Hernandez pitched in three games where he had an ERA of 9.00 in which he worked five innings.

    Heading to the 7-day DL with right shoulder tendonitis is infielder James Beresford. Beresford has played in two games this season with the Snappers, collecting two hits in five at-bats.

    Taking one of the open roster spots will be a familiar face to Snappers fans as right handed pitcher Matt Williams will join Beloit. Williams played for the Snappers in ’07 and ’08, and has appeared in three games with Fort Myers this season compiling an ERA of 3.86 while striking out four hitters in four innings of work.

    Pitcher Bruce Pugh will fill the final open roster spot. Pugh was selected in the 19th round in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft by the Twins out of Hillsborough Community College. In 2008 Pugh went 1-2 in 13 games with the GCL Twins, collecting two saves and holding an ERA of 3.20.

    The Snappers 25-man active roster is full after the above moves.

    My ? is, how soon will Shooter Hunt head back to EX ST to try and get over all these walks? Doesn’t bode well for him. Ever since leaving Eliz, he’s been a mess.

  2. Funkytown April 22, 2009 at 11:25 am #

    NB up 8-2 after 5. Moses 3-run dinger, #2, Tosoni hit his second as well, 2-run shot.

    Moses now hitting .333 in his 8th game, with 4xbh…He’s still ‘only’ 24…wouldn’t that be a kick if this was the year he started putting it together??

  3. Funkytown April 22, 2009 at 11:42 am #

    Sorry, was 6-2…now 6-4 after six.

    Rainville didn’t get anyone out in the sixth, and Ward gave up another run.

  4. Funkytown April 22, 2009 at 12:32 pm #

    NB 6-4 win, Delaney and Slama finshed off the game.

    Roch up 5-2 on 3-run shot by Plouffe in the sixth.

    Scott Baker is not right. 3 2-run HRs. Way too much of the plate.

  5. Funkytown April 22, 2009 at 2:07 pm #

    Roch tied up in the 10th at 7

    Julianel and Gabino surrendered 5 runs in the bottom of the 9th, including a tying grand slam off Gabino.

    Someone tell me what REAL value RA Dickey has. I know Morillo is wild and will have bad moments, but Dickey comes in and makes it worse.

  6. Funkytown April 22, 2009 at 2:37 pm #

    Roch lost 8-7 in 11. Gabino was still in there, allowed 2 on, then Gosling went walk/K/walk and the game was over.

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