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Article: 4 Stories To Watch At The Winter Meetings

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:27 AM
With Christmas only two weeks away, the Hot Stove has yet to heat up for Major League Baseball. But that's about to change.Two situations...
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Twins World Series Odds - What does Vegas know that we d...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:27 AM
I guess I'm not that surpised with the overall number, but I am surprised with where the Twins are ranked. The Twins are 75:1 to win the...
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Jack Morris Elected to Hall of Fame

Other Baseball Today, 06:26 AM
Along with Alan Trammel.Congrats to them both.
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Article: What Does Aaron Slegers Have In Common With Jake...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 06:13 AM
Aaron Slegers is one of the tallest pitchers to ever grace a major league mound, standing 6-foot-10. That height comes with some advantag...
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Article: Official Winter Meetings Day 0 Thread

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:23 AM
While most of the official Winter Meetings meetings don't start until Monday, baseball people from major league, minor leagues and indepe...
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Twins Minor League Report (6/27): Walk-off's and Bid For Perfection...

[FONT=&]The Twins were lifeless for the entire game against Rangers starter Nick Tepesch, before Twins Daily’s #8 prospect Jorge Polanco made a big splash in the ninth inning with a two-RBI triple off closer Joakim Soria to make the score 5-4. Unfortunately, a Brian Dozier strikeout and Kurt Suzuki groundout would prevent him from becoming the Miracle ninth-inning hero.[/FONT]

[FONT=&]In the minors it was a very eventful night, including two walk-off games and near history among the affiliates. I apologize in advance for the let-down after that remark, however… [/FONT]


[FONT=&]The Twins placed Danny Santana on the 15-day disabled list after he tweaked his knee in yesterday’s game. They recalled SP Yohan Pino to take his place, who hopefully didn’t fly back to Rochester only to get right back on a plane to Texas![/FONT]

[FONT=&]Rochester 6, Lehigh Valley 5[/FONT]
[FONT=&]Box score[/FONT]

[FONT=&]The Red Wings found themselves in a 4-0 hole going into the seventh inning after Lehigh Valley starter, and former Twin, Jason Marquis blanked them for six innings. Rochester’s lineup managed only three hits and a walk against him, but came alive when he left the game after giving up a leadoff single to Chris Colabello to start the seventh inning.[/FONT]

[FONT=&]Marquis was replaced by Jeremy Horst, who quickly gave up an inherited run on a Chris Herrmann triple. Herrmann scored the Wings' second run of the game on a Brad Nelson groundout.[/FONT]

[FONT=&]In the eighth, Rochester completed the comeback with a furious two-out rally. Eric Farris doubled with one. This was followed by a “productive” groundout that moved him to third. Deibinson Romero then drew a walk to put runners on the corners, and Colabello brought Fryer home with another single. After a pitching change, Herrmann drew a walk to load the bases before a Brad Nelson double brought home all the ducks on the pond to give Rochester the 6-5 lead. Aaron Thompson and Ryan Pressley closed out the game with two perfect frames to secure the win. The save was Pressley’s fourth of the season.[/FONT]

[FONT=&]Starter Sean Gilmartin pitched six innings but allowed seven hits, two walks and four earned runs with only one strikeout. Deolis Guerra pitched the seventh inning, but gave up a run after a wild-pitch strikeout put a runner on first, followed by an RBI double.[/FONT]

[FONT=&]The Rochester offense got multiple hits from Colabello (2-4, R, RBI) and Herrmann (2-3, BB, 2R, RBI) and Nelson provided the clutch hit and collected four RBI on the night.[/FONT]


[FONT=&]New Britain had a scheduled seven-inning double-header with New Hampshire to make up a postponed game from April 15th.[/FONT]

[FONT=&]Game 1 - New Britain 2, New Hampshire 3[/FONT]
[FONT=&]Box Score[/FONT]

[FONT=&]In game one, New Britain took a 2-0 lead in the fourth, but were unable to muster any more offense. As a team they were 1-10 with runners in scoring position, scattering six hits and four walks. In the second game of his rehab assignment, Eduardo Nunez reached base all four times he came up, going 2-2 with two walks. Reynaldo Rodriguez was 2-4 with two doubles and a run scored and Kennys Vargas went 1-3 with a walk.[/FONT]

[FONT=&]On the mound Tyler Duffey gave a quality effort, pitching 6.1 innings and allowing only three hits, two walks and two runs (one earned). He struck out three. Ryan O’Rourke was asked to face only one batter in the seventh, picking up a strikeout. Cole Johnson recorded the final out of the inning, but would get only one more out in the game before surrendering a walk-off double in the (extra) eighth inning.[/FONT]

[FONT=&]Game 2 - New Britain 0, New Hampshire 8[/FONT]
[FONT=&]Box score[/FONT]
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[FONT=&]Former Minnesota Gopher Mike Kvasnicka was a hero in this game, but not for the reason you would hope as history was nearly made by New Hampshire starter Casey Lawrence. His bid for a perfect game was lost with two outs in the final inning of the shortened game, after Kvasnicka pinch hit for Eduardo Nunez and snuck a ground ball through the left side of the infield for a single. Lawrence struck out eight Rock Cats in the nearly perfect effort.[/FONT]

[FONT=&]Mark Hamburger made his first start of the season for New Britain, and was solid in four innings. He allowed just one hit, two walks and one run with three strikeouts. Daniel Turpen didn’t have a good night in relief, as he gave up six earned runs on seven hits and a walk in 1.2 innings. Jim Fuller recorded the final out for the Rock Cats, but not before giving up a run of his own.[/FONT]

[FONT=&]St. Lucie -, Fort Myers –[/FONT]

[FONT=&]The Fort Myers Miracle game against the St. Lucie Mets was postponed due to rain. The game will be made up as part of a double-header.[/FONT]

[FONT=&]Clinton 5, Cedar Rapids 6[/FONT]
[FONT=&]Box score[/FONT]

[FONT=&]Cedar Rapids put enough runs on the board in the third (1), fourth (2), and fifth (3) innings to stave off a late comeback from the Lumberjacks. For some great quotes on Lewis Thorpe and more, check out Seth’s full game report as he reports live from Cedar Rapids.[/FONT]

[FONT=&]Chad Christensen (2-4, 2R’s, 2B, RBI) and Jason Kanzler (2-4, R, 3B, RBI) collected multiple hits for the Kernels, and every hitter in the lineup [/FONT]except cleanup man Bryan Haar [FONT=&]collected a hit.[/FONT]

[FONT=&]Thorpe pitched 5.1 innings to pick up his first win of the season. Alex Muren relieved him in the sixth and allowed two earned runs over two innings. Todd Van Steensel picked up his seventh save on the year with a five out effort, three of them via strikeout.[/FONT]

[FONT=&]Elizabethton 3, Burlington 4[/FONT]
[FONT=&]Box Score[/FONT]

[FONT=&]Burlington struck for two runs and an early lead in the bottom of the first against starter Chih-Wei Hu, but he settled down and retired the final seventeen batters he faced to finish six strong innings. His overall line for the night included just three hits, zero walks and the two earned runs, with three strikeouts. Randy LeBlanc pitched two perfect innings before Cameron Booser was charged with a hard-luck blown save after allowing three hits and two runs (one earned) after a play at the plate that resulted in an error for catcher Brett Doe that put the winning run in scoring position.[/FONT]

[FONT=&]Elizabethton’s lineup tied the game at two in the seventh inning after Nick Gordon led off the inning with his second triple in as many days, and scored on a strikeout misthrow to first base that put Austin Diemer on second. Diemer score the second run on a wild pitch.[/FONT]

[FONT=&]The E-Twins took a 3-2 lead in the top of the ninth after a run-scoring-balk with runners on second and third after a Diemer single and a Tyler Mautner double, but the bottom half of the inning resulted in the second walk-off loss of the night for Twins affiliates.[/FONT]

[FONT=&]Gordon went 2-4 and has collected multiple hits in three straight games, but the rest of the E-Twins lineup only managed two hits and three walks.[/FONT]

[FONT=&]GCL Twins 2, GCL Red Sox 3[/FONT]
[FONT=&]Box Score[/FONT]

[FONT=&]There wasn’t much offense in this game from either side, as collectively there were only eleven hits. But five walks from Twins pitchers helped provide the runs Boston’s affiliate needed in the late innings, where they put one run on the board in each of the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings to secure the win.[/FONT]

[FONT=&]Twins hitters had only five singles on the night, with Roberto Gonzalez and Ariel Montesino collecting the two RBI’s.[/FONT]

[FONT=&]Starter Zach Tillery surrendered only two walks in three innings with four strikeouts. He was relieved by Brandon Easton who pitched four innings, allowing three hits, two walks and one run while notching seven strikeouts. Reyson Zoquiel was charged with a blown save and the loss after surrendering two runs (one earned) on two hits and a walk in the eighth and ninth innings. Trevor Hildenberger finished the ninth with no further damage.[/FONT]

[FONT=&]Pitcher – Chih-Wei Hu, Elizabethton Twins (6 IP, 3 H’s, 2 ER’s, 0 BB, 3 K’s) [/FONT]
[FONT=&]Hitter – Brad Nelson, Rochester Red Wings (1-3, 2B, 4 RBI) [/FONT]

[FONT=&]Norfolk @ Rochester – Alex Meyer (4-4, 3.79 ERA) 6:05PM CST[/FONT]
[FONT=&]New Britain @ New Hampshire – Virgil Vasquez (4-3, 3.71 ERA) 6:05 CST[/FONT]
[FONT=&]Palm Beach @ Fort Myers – TBD 5:05PM CST[/FONT]
[FONT=&]Clinton @ Cedar Rapids – Ryan Eades (4-7, 6.08 ERA) 6:35 CST[/FONT]
[FONT=&]Bristol @ Elizabethton – TBD 5:00PM CST[/FONT]
[FONT=&]GCL Twins @ GCL Red Sox – TBD 9:00AM CST[/FONT]

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