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    The big news in the Minnesota Twins organization on Saturday was the 1,000th career win of manager Ron Gardenhire. He is the 60th manager in MLB history to reach that milestone. Of those 60, only ten have done it with just one team.

    Kyle Gibson got the victory, and Jason Kubel had three hits. Following the game, the Twins wore shirts (made last year) that said, “1,000 Wins… 67 Ejections” on the front and “And Counting” on the back. Congratulations!

    The Red Wings are still looking to play their second game. The Kernels played two games to make up for a postponed game on Friday night. Their bats stayed pretty cold on Saturday too. However, the Miracle bats were out in full force on Saturday night. Continue on to see who starred in the Twins farm system on Saturday.

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester, Buffalo Bison (Postponed)

    Just a warning… this may sound vaguely familiar…

    This game was lost due to cold and wet conditions in Rochester. The two teams will be in Rochester where Alex Meyer will start on Sunday in the Red Wings home opener.

    ROCK CATS REVIEW
    New Britain 3, Richmond 13
    Box Score

    Welcome to AA, Taylor Rogers. The lefty who was my choice for Twins minor league starting pitcher of the year in 2013, struggled in his Rock Cats debut. He was charged with nine runs (7 earned) on eight hits. He walked none and struck out three. He also hit a batter. Two of the hits were home runs. BJ Hermsen came on and gave up three runs (just one earned) on four hits and a walk in two innings. Jim Fuller made his Twins organization debut. The minor league Rule 5 pick gave up one run on two hits and two walks in 2.1 innings. He struck out two. Cole Johnson got the final two outs.

    Not much offense for the Rock Cats either in the game. They managed just six hits. Corey Wimberly went 2-4. Nate Hanson hit his second double.


    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Ft. Myers 13, Jupiter 4
    Box Score

    The Miracle bats showed up early in this game and didn’t let up. Two big innings were all that they needed to take this game. All nine Miracle batters had at least one hit as the team improved to 3-0 on the season.

    In the bottom of the first, the team scored eight runs. Levi Michael led off with a single. Jorge Polanco and Dalton Hicks walked to load the bases. Adam Walker walked to score the first run. Max Kepler singled to drive in the second. After Stuart Turner lined out, Mike Gonzales singled in a run. Travis Harrison followed with a run-scoring single. It was station-to-station until Niko Goodrum cleared the bases with a double. Goodrum stole third and scored the eighth run of the inning on a Michael ground out.

    Fast-forward to the fifth inning. Jorge Polanco led off with a walk. Dalton Hicks singled. After Walker struck out, Kepler reached on an error to load the bases. Stuart Turner drove in a run by being hit by a pitch. Mike Gonzales followed with a long grand slam home run.

    Gonzales led the way, going 2-5 with five RBI. Dalton Hicks, Levi Michael, Max Kepler and Levi Michael each had two hits as well. Jorge Polanco went 1-3 with two walks.

    Lost in the offensive barrage was a pretty solid pitching performance as well. Brett Lee made the start. He went the first 5.2 innings and gave up three runs (2 earned) on six hits in 5.2 innings. He walked one and struck out three. Matt Tomshaw recorded the final out of the sixth inning and worked two more frames. He gave up one run on two hits. Brian Gilbert gave up a hit in a scoreless ninth inning.


    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Game 1 - Cedar Rapids 1, Clinton 4
    Box Score

    The 2014 Kernels team will not be like it was in 2013. This year’s team will have some serious pitching talent. However, that talent will be making their first appearances in a new league and in a full-season league. There will be a big learning curve. Randy Rosario is a hard-throwing left hander. He started and went 3.2 innings. He gave up four runs (3 earned) on six hits and two walks. Two of the hits were home runs. Brandon Bixler replaced him and gave up a single and a walk over the next 2.1 innings. He struck out two. Felix Jorge worked a perfect inning and struck out one.

    The bats did very little. Thursday night’s hero, Bryan Haar, went 1-2 with a walk. Michael Quesada went 1-2 with a walk, and a double that drove in the team’s lone run in this.


    Game 2 - Cedar Rapids 0, Clinton 6
    Box Score

    The Kernels’ bats had a rough day. You wouldn’t know it from reading the final score, but this was actually a very good game, a pitcher’s duel through four innings. Ryan Eades started and he threw four shutout innings. However, in the fifth, he was charged with three runs. In all, he gave up those three runs on five hits. He walked three and struck three out. Brandon Peterson came on with the bases loaded and two outs. He gave up a line drive hit to right field which scored the inherited run, but Zach Larson threw out the runner trying to score from second to stop the damage. Peterson worked a scoreless sixth inning. Alex Muren came on for the seventh. He was charged with three runs on four hits.

    The Kernels managed just four hits in this game including doubles from Mitch Garver and Tanner Vavra.


    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Brett Lee, Ft. Myers Miracle
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Mike Gonzales, Ft. Myers Miracle

    SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Buffalo @ Rochester (1:05 CST) – Alex Meyer (vs Ricky Romero)
    Richmond @ New Britain (12:35 CST) – Matt Summers
    Jupiter @ Ft. Myers (5:05 CST) – JO Berrios
    Clinton @ Cedar Rapids (2:05 CST) – Kohl Stewart


    Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the games of Saturday night. A quick reminder:
    Thanks to the Twins win over Cleveland on Saturday, it means that on Sunday you can get 50% off a Large of Extra Large pizza when you use the “TWINSWIN” promotion code at PapaJohns.com.


    Finally, check out the Pioneer Press's Mike Berardino's Tout video of Brian Dozier. Mike asked if he was aware that in Gardy's first managerial win, Jacque Jones led off with a home run. Dozier's response is terrific.

    http://www.tout.com/m/dwmobv?ref=tw5170gw
    Comments 13 Comments
    1. Pitz's Avatar
      Pitz -
      Thanks for the write up Seth.
      The score for the Kernels second game is switched around.
      The Miracle lineup is pretty stacked... too bad they can't siphon some of those runs down to the Kernels. That lineup looks like it is going to struggle to score runs all year.

      On another note, excited to see what Sunday's starters will do.
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      I believe that the HR's by Rosario were his first professional home runs allowed
    1. lightfoot789's Avatar
      lightfoot789 -
      I'm loving the start Goodrum and Stuart Turner are having. That Miracle Lineup can be a nightmare for teams. If one man is struggling - there is always someone within the Lineup who can change the game with one swing. You know its going to be a fun season when your number #6 and #9 hitters are amongst the top in the league in RBI. One never knows
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      Cedar Rapids has almost zero real offensive prospects playing right now.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Shane Wahl View Post
      Cedar Rapids has almost zero real offensive prospects playing right now.
      Shane, do you or anybody else know if there are guys in EST that are close enough developmentally to infuse that CR lineup with some more punch?

      Clearly,with 4 OFer on the DL at Ft Myers, some of those guys will have to be moved down or released at some point. But I don't see much help in EST either (how close are Navaretto and Minier?). 8 position guys from the group that didn't perform well in E-Town last year are on the current CR roster. Looks like this level and E-Town could use a couple trades for some hitting prospects.
    1. DAM DC Twins Fans's Avatar
      DAM DC Twins Fans -
      Seth: A minor nit pick--in your Rochester write up you mentioned Rochester as both a place where weather forced a postponement and where they will move too.

      I was pleasantly surprised you named Brett Lee as your pitcher of the day--yes a solid performance continuing to get ground outs--but he didn't miss bats like he did last year--maybe cause he got staked to an 8 run lead.
    1. Ncgo4's Avatar
      Ncgo4 -
      Pitchers day today. Meyer and Stewart both scheduled for their first start today. This probably means that someone we've never heard of will be Seth's minor league "pitcher of the day", but I guess not.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ncgo4 View Post
      Pitchers day today. Meyer and Stewart both scheduled for their first start today. This probably means that someone we've never heard of will be Seth's minor league "pitcher of the day", but I guess not.
      Maybe someone like Berries? Three of the team's top 6 prospects. The top three pitching prospects. Fun day!
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ncgo4 View Post
      Pitchers day today. Meyer and Stewart both scheduled for their first start today. This probably means that someone we've never heard of will be Seth's minor league "pitcher of the day", but I guess not.
      Maybe someone like Berries? Three of the team's top 6 prospects. The top three pitching prospects. Fun day!
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      Shane, do you or anybody else know if there are guys in EST that are close enough developmentally to infuse that CR lineup with some more punch?

      Clearly,with 4 OFer on the DL at Ft Myers, some of those guys will have to be moved down or released at some point. But I don't see much help in EST either (how close are Navaretto and Minier?). 8 position guys from the group that didn't perform well in E-Town last year are on the current CR roster. Looks like this level and E-Town could use a couple trades for some hitting prospects.
      There are some veteran outfielders in EST (Proctor, who has had knee issues), etc, but there isn't much. Navarreto and Minier have big offensive potential. Both young, and Minier still recovering from shoulder surgery.
    1. Tibs's Avatar
      Tibs -
      Goodrum, Walker, and Kepler seem to be off to good starts at Fort Myers. Shoot, the whole team is off to a good start.
    1. Halsey Hall's Avatar
      Halsey Hall -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tibs View Post
      Goodrum, Walker, and Kepler seem to be off to good starts at Fort Myers. Shoot, the whole team is off to a good start.
      And over 8,000 in attendance for the home opener. Which is free, btw.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Halsey Hall View Post
      And over 8,000 in attendance for the home opener. Which is free, btw.
      That is pretty awesome!
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