Notebook: Man Brings Rain
Image courtesy of © Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY SportsFinal: Twins 8, Rays 4 (8 innings)
Box Score | Savant
Standout Pitcher(s): Lewis Thorpe (1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K), Matt Canterino (1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K)
Standout Hitter: Josh Donaldson (1-2, HR, 3 RBI)
Plenty of Rays Against Tampa
Looking to snap a four-game losing streak the Minnesota Twins did that and more doubling up the Rays today. It was the longest game of the spring as the clubs agreed to an eight-inning contest. Rocco Baldelli’s club put up an eight spot and the bright spots were numerous. Josh Donaldson made his debut and ripped two balls with exit velocities over 100 mph, including a three-run dinger that left at 110 mph. Keon Broxton continued his torrid effort towards a roster spot with a 419 foot three-run homer of his own. Waiver claim Kyle Garlick posted two more hits as well.
On the mound, starter Lewis Thorpe looked unreal striking out the side while using fastballs up to 93 mph. Alex Colome bounced back with a working cutter and two strikeouts today, and prospect Matt Canterino touched 98 mph while striking out two in a hitless inning of his own.
Video Vision of Twins Notables
Josh Donaldson murdered a baseball into wind that was otherwise knocking down fly balls today.
Then Keon Broxton literally left the stadium.
Earlier Andrelton Simmons got a workout in. He told media the only thing he wasn’t able to accomplish while hung up in Curacao was seeing live pitching, which he hopes to overcome this week.
Cleveland Continues Ignoring Covid Protocols
Last season it was Mike Clevinger and Zach Plesac, this season it’s Franmil Reyes and Jose Ramirez. The Chicago Cubs’ Pedro Strop was tagged in a post on social media that was authored by Reyes. The trio broke Covid protocols and are now being withheld from their respective Spring Training camps.
Nationals Reliever Sent Packing
Washington released veteran Jeremy Jeffress today for what has been defined as “personnel reasons.” It’s an odd description as that would seemingly define every transaction. Jeffress did attack former agent (they parted ways in 2019) Joshua Kusnick via Twitter in regards to the situation. Nothing concrete has been made public by either side.
Astros Pitching Depth Tested
A day after signing former Twins starter Jake Odorizzi, the Houston Astros were dealt another starting blow. Forrest Whitley was recommended Tommy John surgery for his UCL injury. This comes on the heels of Framber Valdez being recommended surgery on a finger that would keep him out for the duration of the season. Minnesota’s former veteran starter is a nice add for Dusty Baker’s club, but it’s quickly turned more into necessity than opportunity.
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