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Immediately following the Twins loss tonight against the Angels, the team announced that they had optioned 3B Danny Valencia and Designated LHP Matt Maloney for Assignment. The selected the contract of RHP PJ Walters and OF/2B Darin Mastroianni.
Valencia has really struggled with the bat and glove throughout the season, and yet the timing here is a little surprising. The hope would be that he is able to figure things out down in Rochester and come back and resume his role as the team's
Tonight, Brian Dozier made his Major League Baseball debut. He fielded a ground ball off the bat of Albert Pujols in the first inning and made all of the plays throughout he game. He was hitless in his first three at bats against Jered Weaver. In the bottom of the 8th inning, he singled right up the middle against reliever Dave Carpenter for his first big league hit. At first base, he as patted on the helmet and congratulated by Albert Pujols. Soon after he scored his first run.
I was asked to be a guest on KFANís Baseball Weekly with Gleeman & The Geek on Sunday. I was on the second segment of the show and shared a Good, a Bad and an ďOtherĒ story. It was a fun segment and I encourage you to listen to the podcast, if you havenít already.
It was fun to do some research on each of those topics, and I thought that I would share some of that with you today. Obviously we could talk about Miguel Sano and Eddie Rosario, and thatís good, but we want to make sure
The Twins fell behind early and were not able to catch up despite two solo home runs by catcher Ryan Doumit. That was pretty much it for the Twins offense . Simply, there were very few positives to be found in the Twinsí 1-5 road trip to the west coast. (To be fair, even in good years the Twins havenít done well on west coast trips.) The loss drops the Twins to 6-20 on the season. There have been a few changes this week, and I canít help but feel that there are more to come.
The Twins got a Quality Start from Jason Marquis, but the bullpen struggled mightily and in the end, it was too much Felix Hernandez as the Mariners topped the Twins 7-0. The King went eight shutout innings against the Twins and allowed just one hit, a ground ball single between first and second base in the fourth inning.
It was the third time in their last four games that the Twins have been shutout. Earlier in the day, the Twins did announce that Justin Morneauís wrist was not getting
On Saturday at noon (central time), Seth will be taking your Twins-related questions and answering them. He'll answer questions for at least an hour, but it will also depend on how many questions he gets. There are plenty of Twins topics to discuss, and Seth will try to answer as many questions as you have.
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Updated 05-05-2012 at 10:29 AM by Seth Stohs
The Twins return from a day off. However, they are still in the Pacific time zone, so that means some late games!! For those that didnít stay upÖ shame on you (just kidding!), but you missed a good game. With Scott Ullger at the helm, Carl Pavano was caught by Drew Butera, and Pavano responded with six shutout innings. Marinersí lefty Jason Vargas also held the Twins scoreless through six. The Twins got to the Mís bullpen for three runs in the top of the 7th, thanks to a couple of walks, an error
The Twins had a much needed day off on Thursday after being shutout in back-to-back games at the hands of the Angels including being no-hit by Jered Weaver (Who they will get to face against at Target Field in his next start). Hopefully the players were all able to get a day away from baseball in Seattle!
Weather affected a couple of the Twins affiliates, but here is a look at the Twins minor league scores and highlights from Thursday:
ROCHESTER 4, EMPIRE STATE 3
Earlier this week, I handed out the ďawardsĒ for Twins minor league relief pitcher and starting pitcher of April. In each case, I was able to profile six pitchers and there were good numbers. Today, I am going to profile five Twins minor league hitters who had solid Aprils. Unlike with the pitchers, it was really tough to come up with hitters. If Iím being honest, it was a two-player race for the April Hitter of the Month. And, today, when the Twins have an off day after being shut out two straight
The Twins were hoping to salvage game three of their series in Anaheim against the LA Angels. Instead, the Twins got another poor start and the bats were shut down. In fact, the bats managed to do nothing. Jered Weaver, one of baseball's best starting pitchers, threw a no-hitter against the Twins.
The Angels won the game 9-0, but Weaver kept Twins fans interested in the game with his efforts. In fact, he kept the national television audience on their toes.
In the eighth
The next time someone says that the Twins (or whichever team) is wasting roster spots by signing minor league free agents and hoping, remind them of Jerome Williamsí performance against the Twins on Tuesday night in LA. Formerly one of baseballís top prospects (12-13 years ago), Williams has been signed as a minor league free agent several times. He should be proud of his three-hit shutout against the Twins. He had Twins hitters baffled all night (insert joke about how difficult that really is to
Last night, I posted my choice for the Twins minor league relief pitcher of the month, Deolis Guerra. I also mentioned five other bullpen guys that deserved recognition for their strong starts. This morning, Iíll post my choice for the Twins minor league start pitcher for April. There were some pretty good options, but in the end, the choice was pretty easy. As always, I welcome feedback in the Comments if you have any thoughts, questions, or want to Ďvoteí for your choice.
Each month here at Twins Daily, we will be posting choices for Twins minor league relief pitcher, starting pitcher and hitter of the month. First, I want to share with you some of the top relief pitchers in the Twins minor league system in the month of April. I'll follow up over the next 24 hours with the starting pitcher and hitter of the month.
However, let's start with the Top 6 Relief Pitchers in April:
Number 6 Ė Ft. Myers Ė Ricky Bowen - 8 G, 1.96 ERA, 1.09
The Twins lost yet again in a back-and-forth battle against the Royals. The Twins had plenty of runners on base again but didnít get enough to score. There was the occasional good pitch, good (or umpire-assisted) defensive plays and some bad luck. Carl Pavano just didnít have it, and the defense was also unable to hold a lead. The Twins have now lost six in a row. The Royals have won 3-0.
Here is a look at the Twins minor league scores and highlights from Friday: