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Twins Minor League Report (6/23): Gibson, Buxton Promoted

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When last nightís minor league report was completed around midnight last night, there was nothing seemingly on the horizon. Eight hours later, we learned that Pedro Hernandez had made a six hour drive from Louisville, Kentucky, to Cleveland to make a spot start because Mike Pelfrey who was put on the Disabled List with back spasms. He got the Win despite walking six in five innings and was immediately demoted following the game. Soon after, we learned the Kyle Gibson would be promoted and will start on Saturday. Less than an hour later, Twins Daily became aware the Byron Buxton was going to be promoted and soon after that, Jim Crikket got verification from Jake Mauer. Two big moves in one day!

There were more than just transactions. There were five games on the Twins minor league docket. The Kernels offense kept things going. The E-Twins offense hasnít clicked in yet. Chris Colabello is yet to slow down this year. Check out what happened in the Twins farm system on Sunday:

Rochester Red Wings 8, Louisville Bats 5

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Chris Colabello was at it again on Sunday. After hitting his 16th home run on Saturday, he went 2-4 with a walk and his 17th home run on Sunday. Drew Butera was 2-4 in the game. All nine Red Wings starters had at least one hit.

Andrew Albers continued to pitch well. He improved to 7-2. He went just five innings and gave up one run on five hits and two walks. He struck out six. Cody Eppley came on and gave up two runs on three hits in two innings. He walked none and struck out two. Blake Martin came on to start the eighth and got one out, but he was charged with two runs on two this and he walked one. Michael Tonkin recorded the final five outs for his fifth save.

New Britain Rock Cats 3, Akron Aeros 4

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There was talk of Trevor May making the 45 minute drive north from Akron to Cleveland to make the spot start on Sunday for the Twins, but rightfully so, the Twins nixed that. It certainly is not the ideal situation for a big league debut. Instead, he made his scheduled start for the Rock Cats in Akron. He gave up three runs on six hits and a walk in 5.2 innings. He struck out five. Dakota Watts came on and was perfect for 1.1 innings. Bobby Lanigan came on and gave up a run on two hits and a walk in his inning. He struck out one.

Josmil Pinto led the offense by going 2-4 with his 16th double. Eddie Rosario added his second double while Curt Smith doubled for the eighth time.

Ft. Myers Miracle 7, Jupiter Hammerheads 5

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Manuel Soliman made his first start in Ft. Myers in over a year. He missed most of the 2012 season and had shoulder surgery. He rehabbed throughout he offseason and began this season in the Cedar Rapids bullpen. Recently, he was promoted to Ft. Myers. He gave up two runs on eight hits and two walks in 5.2 innings. He struck out three. Nelvin Fuentes came on and gave up one hit and walked a batter, but did not allow a run in 1.1 innings. Corey Williams gave up three runs (2 earned) on two hits and four walks in one inning. Zach Jones came on and got the final three outs, two of them on strikeouts, to record his ninth save.

Mike Kvasnicka kept his hot streak going. He went 2-4 with his second homer (in as many days) and drove in three runs. His home run came right after Matt Kochís fifth home run. Aderlin Mejia and Jhon Goncalves each went 2-5.

Cedar Rapids Kernels 13, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 9

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The Kernels had 18 hits on Saturday night. On Sunday, they had 20 hits. The ironic thing is that Wisconsinís starter was Marco Estrada, the Brewers starter who was making a rehab appearance. Jorge Polanco went 4-6 with his 20th double. JD Williams was 3-4 with a walk, his sixth home run and his 13th stolen base. Max Kepler went 3-6 with his second and third doubles and three RBI. Adam Walker went 2-5 with his 11th home run. Travis Harrison was 2-5 with a walk and his 22nd double. Dalton Hicks was 2-4 with a walk. In his final Kernels game, Byron Buxton went 2-5 with a walk and his 10th triple.

The recipient of the run support was Hudson Boyd, who really needed it. He was able to get through five innings with Terry Ryan in the stands. However, he gave up five runs on eight hits and six walks. He struck out just one, but he gets credit for the win. Caleb Brewer came on and gave up four runs on four hits in two innings. Steven Gruver struck out two over the final two scoreless innings.

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Elizabethton Twins 5, Bristol White Sox 3 (10 innings)

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The offense of the E-Twins has not yet been able to get it going. Through seven innings, they had just two hits. Down 3-0, the team scored three in the 8th. A Bryan Haar RBI single was followed by a two-run double by Rory Rhodes to tie the score. The game went to the tenth and it was Mitchell Garver who came up with the two-run single that put the team ahead for good.

Garver was 2-5 with a double. Rhodes was 2-4 with a walk. The double was his second. Joe Vavra hit his first double.

Hein Robb made his first start for the E-Twins. He gave up three runs on four hits and a walk in five innings. He struck out one. Andrew Ferreira worked two perfect innings. Dallas Gallant gave up one hit in two scoreless innings. Luis Nunez gave up two hits, but no runs, in one innings. He struck out two.

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