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In today's major league baseball, we have 12 and 13-man pitching staffs, which means that benches are three or four players.  That b...
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Interesting interview with Terry Ryan

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:18 PM
This article contains some interesting statements by Terry Ryan, including the following:   Pohlad said last fall that Ryan’s job is...
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Schafer!

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:01 PM
Schafer has done well, no question. Has he rendered his 80 ABs for the Braves moot? He's arb eligible and almost 28. Maybe coming to the...
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Trivia

More Baseball Today, 09:50 PM
Dave may enjoy this:   What do Matt Garza and Mark DeRosa have in common?
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What's wrong with Baseball?

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http://deadspin.com/...ball-1628473196   Excellent article on deadspin about the issues baseball is now dealing with.  I'd add...
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Twins Minor League Report (4/28): The Pitchin' Was Bit... Awesome!

With the Twins off on Monday, the focus of the sports world in the state of Minnesota is on the Wild, as they work to force a game seven against the Avalanche.

Byron Buxton returned to Extended Spring games yesterday and was rusty. Minor League Director Brad Steil said today that Buxton should be joining the Miracle within two weeks.

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RED WINGS REPORT

[COLOR=#3E3E3E]Rochester 1, Charlotte 0[/COLOR]
Box Score

Alex Meyer was brilliant again tonight. Up to 100 pitches (65 strikes), Meyer picked up AAA win #1 tonight. He fanned 11 (for the second straight game) and allowed no earned runs. In six innings, he allowed six runners - two hits, three walks and a hit by pitch. With this newfangled change-up, Meyer might just be forcing his way into the Twins starting rotation. Of course, my personal opinion is that the Twins will probably hold off bringing Meyer up until the Super-2 deadline passes (in early- to mid-June).

The Matts (Hoffman and Guerrier) closed out the final three innings, with Guerrier picking up a Triple A save.

Chris Parmelee doubled to drive in the only run of the game. Doug Bernier doubled, Danny Santana and James Beresford added singles in the Red Wings four-hit game. Santana also stole a base.

In his third rehab game, Oswaldo Arcia went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts and a walk.

At 13-11, the Red Wings are tied for second in the IL South, a half game behind the PawSox.

ROCK CATS REVIEW
[COLOR=#3E3E3E]New Britain 0, Harrisburg 9[/COLOR]
Box Score

You could pretend that the Rock Cats didn't play today and skip down to the Miracle recap...

Otherwise, if you're looking for good news, you could stop reading after hearing the the Rock Cats pitchers struck out 15. (Summers 1, Fuller 4, Salcedo 7, O'Rourke 3.)

If you want the full story though, Summers got rocked (six runs - five earned - and five outs), Salcedo had an interesting night (with all the strikeouts, he still gave up three runs in 2.2 innings), and the offense was brutal (Matt Koch and A.J. Pettersen provided all two of the New Britain hits).

MIRACLE MATTERS [COLOR=#3E3E3E]
Ft. Myers 7, Bradenton 0[/COLOR]
Box Score

Jason Wheeler had a night worthy of the "Pitcher of the Day" award. His performance tonight - a complete game shutout - might be the first of its kind in the whole organization this year. Wheeler allowed Attached Image: 480_Wheeler_Mark_LoMoglio_MiLB_2nwdjqb6_wfxr6ccg.jpg only two hits and struck out three.

Offensively, there are a number of guys who fit in the PMKI category. Niko Goodrum led the way, going 4-for-4 with a double, two stolen bases and three RBI. Dalton Hicks hit his first home run of the year. Levi Michael and Jorge Polanco both had two-hit games. Polanco, who also stole a base, is now hitting .364. Mike Gonzales and Travis Harrison added doubles.

The Miracle (14-10) are now in a three-way tie for first in the FSL South Division.

KERNELS NUGGETS
[COLOR=#3E3E3E]Cedar Rapids 1, Kane County 0 (6 innings - RAIN)[/COLOR]
Box Score

Ryan Eades had arguably his best professional outing tonight in a rain-shortened, complete game shutout. Eades went all six innings, striking out six, walking one and allowing only three hits.

The offense did just enough, getting a Bryan Haar sac fly RBI to follow up a Mitch Garver double to score the game's lone run.

The win cuts the Kane County lead over the Kernels to 3.5 games.

TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
[COLOR=#3E3E3E]Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – (three-way Twitter-vote tie)
Alex Meyer, Rochester; Jason Wheeler, Fort Myers; Ryan Eades, Cedar Rapids
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Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Cartier "Niko" Goodrum, Fort Myers[/COLOR]

MONDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

[COLOR=#3E3E3E]Charlotte @ Rochester (10:35 CST) – Kris Johnson ([/COLOR]Listen[COLOR=#3E3E3E])[/COLOR]
[COLOR=#3E3E3E]New Britain @ Harrisburg (6:00 CST) – Taylor Rogers ([/COLOR]Listen[COLOR=#3E3E3E]) [/COLOR]
[COLOR=#3E3E3E]Bradenton @ Ft. Myers (6:05 CST) – Tyler Duffey ([/COLOR]Listen[COLOR=#3E3E3E]) [/COLOR]
[COLOR=#3E3E3E]Kane County @ Cedar Rapids (6:35 CST) – Ethan Mildren ([/COLOR]Listen[COLOR=#3E3E3E]) [/COLOR]


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