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Another frustrating game for the Twins and their fans on Sunday. The Twins scored three runs before the Red Sox even batted, but it wasn’t enough for Carl Pavano. Jason Kubel singled in Denard Span, and later Danny Valencia drove in two runs with a solid single up the middle. Pavano gave up a single run in the 2nd inning on a groundout. But in the third inning, there were several singled and four more runs. In fact, the inning should have ended much earlier except Pavano didn’t field his own position and a ball that should have started a 1-6-3 double play turned into another single. Danny Valencia hit a home run off of the foul pole above the Green Monster to cut the lead to just one, but then Pavano gave up two more in the bottom of the fifth to expand the Red Sox lead. At the end of the day, the Twins lost 9-5. Jason Kubel was 3-4 with two RBI and is now hitting .351. Danny Valencia was 2-4 with the three RBI. Denard Span and Trevor Plouffe were each 1-3 with a walk. The loss makes the Twins 12-20, 9.5 games back of Cleveland in the AL Central.
The Twins and the Red Sox will match up again on Monday night, this time on ESPN. Nick Blackburn will take the mound against Josh Beckett who apparently decided to be good again this year.
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Minor League Notes
Sunday SethSpeaks.net Minor League Hitter of the Day– Joe Benson, New Britain Rock Cats
Sunday SethSpeaks.net Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Bobby Lanigan, New Britain Rock Cats
Red Wings Ramblings
Sunday – Red Wings 1, Gwinnett 5 – Scott Diamond started for the Red Wings on Sunday. In 3.2 innings, he gave up five runs on eight hits and a walk in just 3.2 innings. Jeff Manship came in and struck out two in two scoreless innings. Chuck James gave up two hits in 1.1 scoreless innings. He struck out two. Phil Dumatrait and Dusty Hughes each pitched a scoreless inning. Toby Gardenhire went 2-4. Jeff Bailey was 0-1, but he walked three times. Steve Singleton went 1-3 with a walk and his first AAA double.
Rock Cats Report
Sunday – Rock Cats 4, Portland 1 – Bobby Lanigan had another strong start. The right-hander went six innings and gave up one run on six hits. He walked one and struck out five. Tyler Robertson recorded the three inning save, his fourth of the year, and gave up just two hits. Joe Benson went 2-3 with his tenth double. Dan Rohlfing went 2-4.
Sunday – Miracle 2 – No Game Scheduled.
Sunday – Snappers 2, Cedar Rapids 9 – It was another rough outing in Cedar Rapids for the Snappers. The offense managed just six hits. Gunner Glad hit his second home run. Matt Parker pinch hit late in the game and hit a single in his lone at bat. Logan Darnell gave up five runs (4 earned) on six hits and four walks in 4.2 innings. He struck out three. Blayne Weller came in and gave up two runs (1 earned) on two hits and a walk in 1.1 innings. Michael Tonkin gave up two runs on three hits and a walk in his inning. Jose Gonzalez gave up two hits, but no runs, in his inning.
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