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    The Twins (meaning, Ricky Nolasco) gave up nine early runs. However, they attempted the comeback and got the score to 9-7 before it ended. Chris Colabello and Trevor Plouffe homered for the Twins. Glen Perkins was named to his second All-Star game, and Kurt Suzuki will play in the mid-summer classic for the first time in his career.

    The biggest news in the Twins farm system is that Byron Buxton returned to game action for the Ft. Myers Miracle. He led off, played centerfield and got a couple of at-bats. We also learned the Twins will soon make a decision on whether Trevor May will pitch in the Futures Game. It's a busy minor league report today, so let's get started with some transactions.




    TRANSACTIONS

    Mark Hamburger was promoted from New Britain to Rochester.
    JO Berrios and Lance Ray were promoted from Ft. Myers to New Britain. (per Bryce Zimmerman, Mason Melotakis was also promoted to AA.)
    Ethan Mildren and Todd Van Steensel were promoted from Cedar Rapids to Ft. Myers.
    Chih-Wei Hu and Jake Reed were promoted from Elizabethton to Cedar Rapids.

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Game 1 - Rochester 6, Lehigh Valley 1
    Box Score

    After playing 16 innings on Saturday night, Kris Johnson gave the Red Wings just what they needed on Sunday afternoon in the first of two. The left-hander threw all seven innings to record his eighth win of the season. He gave up one run on two hits and a walk while striking out five.

    Brad Nelson hit his fourth and fifth home runs of the season to lead the offense. Wilkin Ramirez homered for the third time. Danny Ortiz went 2-3 with his fourth double.

    Game 2 - Rochester 6, Lehigh Valley 1
    Box Score

    The Red Wings put a six on the board in the bottom of the first inning and won by the same score as they did in the first game. The big hit in that first inning was a three-run home run from Nate Hanson. Deibinson Romero added his 24th double while Dan Rohlfing doubled for the 14th time.

    On the mound, the recently-added Mark Hamburger got the starting nod. He gave up one run on five hits and a walk in five innings. He struck out four. Ryan Pressly went the last two innings. He gave up three hits, but no runs, while striking out two.

    ROCK CATS REVIEW
    New Britain 1, Portland 6
    Box Score

    Taylor Rogers was strong again on Sunday, but the Rock Cats bats couldn't muster much offense off of Red Sox top pitching prospect Henry Owens. The Rock Cats managed just five hits. Reynaldo Rodriguez went 2-3 with a walk and his 26th double. Tony Thomas hit his fifth triple.

    Rogers gave up just two runs on eight hits over seven innings. He walked none and struck out four. Dan Turpen came on and gave up four runs on three hits and a walk in the 8th inning.

    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Ft. Myers 10, Charlotte 5
    Box Score

    Byron Buxton led off and played centerfield. He made a tremendous catch at the warning track in center early in the game. With the bat, he went 0-2, but most important, he stayed healthy. He was replaced in the lineup in the third inning by Max Kepler who went 1-1 with two walks and a three-run double. Jorge Polanco went 3-5 with his fourteenth and fifteenth doubles. Adam Walker went 3-4 with a walk. Dalton Hicks was 2-5 with his second triple. Niko Goodrum walked three times.

    DJ Baxendale started and gave up four runs on eight hits in five innings. He walked two and struck out five. Steven Gruver came on and gave up a run on three hits in two innings. Tyler Jones recorded his 11th save by working two shutout innings.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 2, Beloit 3
    Box Score

    On this day, Aaron Slegers was much better than his line score would indicate. He went seven innings and gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits. He walked none and struck out two. However, he started the eighth inning and both hitters reached base. He was replaced, but the runners still came in to score. Todd Van Steensel gave up two hits over two scoreless innings.

    Bryan Haar led the offense. He went 3-4 with his 16th double and his fourth triple. Jason Kanzler went 2-4.

    E-TWINS E-NOTES
    Elizabethton 7, Bluefield 12
    Box Score

    It was not a good start for the E-Twins. Literally. Derrick Penilla started and gave up nine runs (6 earned) on six hits and two walks. He recorded just one out before Sam Clay came into the game. He gave up three runs (two earned) on one hit and two walks, in 0.1 innings. Randy LeBlanc came on and gave up only an unearned run on two hits over 4.1 innings. Josue Montanez came on and gave up one run on three hits an a walk. Kuo Hua Lo gave up two runs on five hits in two innings.

    The E-Twins bats did show up. Tyler Kuresa went 3-4 with a walk and three doubles, to double his double total on the season. Jorge Fernandez went 3-5. Nick Gordon went 2-4 with a walk. Max Murphy went 2-5 with his fourth double and fourth home run.

    GCL TWINS TAKES
    GCL Twins
    Box Score

    No Game Scheduled.

    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Kris Johnson, Rochester Red Wings
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Tyler Kuresa, Elizabethton Twins

    MONDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Buffalo @ Rochester (6:05 CST) – Sean Gilmartin
    New Britain @ New Hampshire (DH @ 5:05 CST) – TBD
    Ft. Myers - No Game Scheduled
    Cedar Rapids - No Game Scheduled
    Bluefield @ Elizabethton (6:00 CST) – Michael Cederoth
    GCL Orioles @ GCL Twins (11:00am CST) – TBD


    Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the Sunday games.
    Comments 33 Comments
    1. Ncgo4's Avatar
      Ncgo4 -
      A very big day for our top position and arguably our top pitching prospect. Buxton is back in the line up and it looks like he's lost nothing in the field. Will be interesting to see how long it takes him to get his batting eye back.

      Berrios got what was clearly the most earned promotion of the year. As the youngest pitcher (I believe) at high A he was tearing up the league. He will certainly be a child among men at AA so those of us who were clamoring for this promotion will see what he's got at the next level. Too young, too short and too good. Makes for a high interest promotion.

      Good luck to J O and hoping that Buck can stay off the ground.
    1. Smcginnity's Avatar
      Smcginnity -
      At the time in the draft, the Sam Clay pick baffled me and his stats are backing that up. He probably wouldn't even have been drafted until the 20th rounds yet the Twins took him in what? The 3rd or 4th? Makes no sense!
    1. lightfoot789's Avatar
      lightfoot789 -
      Congrats to Berrios and Lance Ray for their promotions to AA. Not sure what JD Williams did, but his game is only getting worse by staying in Cedar Rapids. Are either of the 2 pitchers coming up to the Miracle starters?
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      Wait, so now something's wrong with Buxton's back?!?!
    1. SD Buhr's Avatar
      SD Buhr -
      Quote Originally Posted by lightfoot789 View Post
      Congrats to Berrios and Lance Ray for their promotions to AA. Not sure what JD Williams did, but his game is only getting worse by staying in Cedar Rapids. Are either of the 2 pitchers coming up to the Miracle starters?
      Mildren is a starter and he's been strong lately. He's not going to wow you with 100 mph fastballs, but he's been making steady progress and getting deeper in to games.

      Van Steensel (another Twins Aussie) has been doing a lot of closing and getting a lot of Ks. If you get out to see him pitch, don't wait until he's on the mound to start watching him. Check out his entrance and all his little idiosyncracies on and around the mound. He's a hoot (and a great follow on Twitter, if you're not already following him).
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by SD Buhr View Post
      Mildren is a starter and he's been strong lately. He's not going to wow you with 100 mph fastballs, but he's been making steady progress and getting deeper in to games.

      Van Steensel (another Twins Aussie) has been doing a lot of closing and getting a lot of Ks. If you get out to see him pitch, don't wait until he's on the mound to start watching him. Check out his entrance and all his little idiosyncracies on and around the mound. He's a hoot (and a great follow on Twitter, if you're not already following him).
      Mildren was impressive when I saw him (one game, small sample size, I know), but he's backed it up a couple of times.

      Van Steensel is fun to watch... he's definitely transformed himself since his last stint with the Twins organization.

      He's also fun to follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/toddvs35
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by nicksaviking View Post
      Wait, so now something's wrong with Buxton's back?!?!
      Buh-dump-bump...
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      Gonsalves -
      I cannot understand why he keeps getting passed over for promotion to CR. He has pitched 42 innings in Rookie ball with 14 BB & 53 SO.

      He had 1 rough start this year, otherwise he has been pretty good.

      Doe he have an attitude?
      Are they trying to send him a message?

      Hu has good stats & Reed was probably too advanced from the get-go. But why are 24-25 years old blocking him? Guys like Mazza or Muren or Wilson need to be released to make way.
    1. MileHighTwinsFan's Avatar
      MileHighTwinsFan -
      Excited to see Buxton back, but really excited about Berrios promotion. Any chance we see him in September if he performs well in NB?
    1. naobermiller's Avatar
      naobermiller -
      Quote Originally Posted by MileHighTwinsFan View Post
      Excited to see Buxton back, but really excited about Berrios promotion. Any chance we see him in September if he performs well in NB?
      Considering he was the youngest player in A+, and will likely be the youngest at AA it's tough to say. The way he dominated A+ though..... Lots of room for optimism
    1. Brandon's Avatar
      Brandon -
      If Berrios dominates the rest of the season in AA could he earn a Sept callup?
    1. Dantes929's Avatar
      Dantes929 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brandon View Post
      If Berrios dominates the rest of the season in AA could he earn a Sept callup?
      Let him dominate AA first. Reminds me of the Steve Martin bit. "You can make a million dollars and not pay taxes. Ok, first, make a million dollars....."
    1. naobermiller's Avatar
      naobermiller -
      Quote Originally Posted by MileHighTwinsFan View Post
      Excited to see Buxton back, but really excited about Berrios promotion. Any chance we see him in September if he performs well in NB?
      Considering he was the youngest player in A+, and will likely be the youngest at AA it's tough to say. The way he dominated A+ though..... Lots of room for optimism
    1. naobermiller's Avatar
      naobermiller -
      Just like Gilmarten came up and got to make his first start with AAA because of a doubleheader, will Berrios pitch tonight in New Britain's double dip?
    1. cattlefeeder's Avatar
      cattlefeeder -
      Were there any drops or DLs at Rochester and New Britain to make room? Hamburger's promotion looks like it might have been a spot start.
    1. Jaykay's Avatar
      Jaykay -
      Quote Originally Posted by naobermiller View Post
      Just like Gilmarten came up and got to make his first start with AAA because of a doubleheader, will Berrios pitch tonight in New Britain's double dip?
      He just pitched three days ago so I highly doubt it.
    1. Jaykay's Avatar
      Jaykay -
      I'm seeing Mason Melotakis on the New Britain roster as well, so apparently he was also called up.
    1. AM.'s Avatar
      AM. -
      Quote Originally Posted by nicksaviking View Post
      Wait, so now something's wrong with Buxton's back?!?!
      That was exactly my reaction after reading the headline.
    1. lightfoot789's Avatar
      lightfoot789 -
      I see that Kennys Vargas is not listed on NB roster and has been listed in the transactions as "Inactive". Is he headed to Rochester (AAA) before the Futures Game?
    1. h2oface's Avatar
      h2oface -
      Not to minimize the ongoing Nolasco Fiasco, only (only?) 6 of the 9 runs were his. The Twins would have won that game 7-6 if Swarzak would have offered relief and not given up 3 earned in 3 innings. The runs that scored with Swarzak on the mound were the winning runs for the Yankees.
      Jorge Polanco sure seems like one that should be promoted as soon as possible. He cameo on the Twins, and his performance since he has been back in Fort Meyers is certainly deserving. I hate to see anyone held back because of age. It really seems the most irrelevant factor of all.
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