Monday Night Notes

11 Aug

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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 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 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.


Monday – Hitter of the Day – Angel Morales, Beloit Snappers

Monday – 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.  


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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5 Responses to “Monday Night Notes”

  1. down on the farm August 11, 2009 at 7:03 am #

    what happened to Valencia in game 2 last night? He was injured in a play at the plate. Any news on the severity of that injury?

  2. mike wants wins August 11, 2009 at 8:49 am #

    If Valencia doesn’t work it, I think it is time to re-visit Mauer at 3rd. If you are going to sign him for $100MM+ for 5+ years, you are going to want him healthy and rested (not worn down as a catcher). He’s admitted that catching makes him more tired as the year goes on. What would his OPS be if he didn’t fade?

  3. thrylos98 August 11, 2009 at 9:36 am #

    Mauer at third might be an interesting proposition at about 2011-2012 and only if Wilson Ramos assents to studhood in AAA and Danny Valencia flops in the majors.

  4. Dome Dog August 11, 2009 at 10:21 am #

    I think the Mauer to 3rd arguement carries a little more weight if Mauer continues to hit with power. I still think he and the team are best served with him behind the plate though.

  5. mike wants wins August 11, 2009 at 10:49 am #

    Agreed, but how long can he stay behind the plate? How much does he wear down at the end of the year? How does it affect the rest of the order when he DHs instead of catches? I think these are all valid questions at this point.

    Sure, as long as he can stay behind the plate, be healthy, and not wear down, it is a huge advantage for the Twins to have him behind the plate. But, he does wear down. He does need to DH. He does get injured. Catchers do have shorter careers…..lots of reasons to consider the move if he’s going to hit 20+ HRs a year.

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