The Twins opened up their annual Fenway Series on Monday night with Kevin Correia looking to defend his spot in the rotation.
Saturday's injuries to Trevor Plouffe (who went on the disabled list with a rib cage muscle injury) and Eduardo Nunez (who's day-to-day with a hamstring issue) led to Sunday's recall of Pedro Florimon. The Deduno Rotation Watch continues but, as you'll read later, we can eliminate one possibility.
The Twins also announced the signing of 17 additional draft picks (which brings the total to 24). One of the 16 unsigned players is 2nd round pick Nick Burdi, whose college career (hopefully) came to an end today. He allowed an unearned run in one inning pitched. Louisville lost to Texas 4-1
. Burdi can now negotiate with the Twins. Texas closer/draftee John Curtiss will see his career continue.
RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 6, Pawtucket 1
The day belonged to Trevor May. Most Twins fans hoped that May would be making only a brief tune-up on his way to joining the parent club; instead, he exited with one out in the ninth after losing his shutout. Entering the ninth, May had only allowed two hits on 11 strikeouts. He issued his only two walks of the game in the ninth and also allowed a hit before giving way to the bullpen. He threw 120 pitches on the way to picking up his 7th win of the season.
The offense was led by the combo of Deibinson Romero and Josmil Pinto. Pinto paced the lineup with three hits, including a double. Romero had two extra-base hits: a double and a home run. The 8- and 9-hitters, Doug Bernier and Chris Rahl, each had two RBI.
The Red Wings improve their record to 40-30, which has them in a tie with Syracuse for the IL North lead.
UPDATE: Per our Rochester reporter, C.J. Fee, Sean Gilmartin will be promoted from New Britain to Rochester and make the start tomorrow night. The rest of the rotation will be pushed back. The action around Thursday's original starter, Logan Darnell, and Thursday's new starter, Alex Meyer, should get the speculation wheels turning.
ROCK CATS REVIEW
New Britain had a scheduled day off. They start a series in Harrisburg tomorrow with Tyler Duffey on the bump.
Fort Myers 6, Bradenton 2
Very quietly, Jason Wheeler is having a heckuva season. He struck out 10 in six innings tonight, allowing only two runs on five hits and two walks. His ERA sits at 2.51 and no one will be mad (besides his manager and teammates) if this was his last start for the Miracle.
Brandon Peterson pitched a scoreless seventh, striking out two and Tim Shibuya picked up a two-inning save, striking out three.
Of course, after lighting the FSL All-Star Game on fire, Adam Walke returned to his team and was the only hitter in the lineup who failed to get a hit.
Jorge Polanco had two hits, including a triple and a walk. Stephen Wickens drove in two. Dalton Hicks had a two-run home run.
Cedar Rapids is enjoying their All-Star break before starting their second half on Thursday. The Midwest League All-Star Game is on Tuesday night.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Trevor May, Rochester
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Josmil Pinto, Rochester
TUESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Pawtucket @ Rochester (6:05 CST) – Sean Gilmartin (Listen)
New Britain @ Harrisburg (6:00 CST) – Tyler Duffey (Listen)
Bradenton @ Ft. Myers (6:05 CST) – Matt Tomshaw (Listen)
Cedar Rapids – All Star Break (Listen) - Kohl Stewart should make an appearance.
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