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    The Twins and Red Wings were the only two organizational teams in action on this Easter Sunday. Coincidentally, both teams used strong starts from their pitchers and big offensive outputs to power their records back to .500.

    The Twins announced before today's game that they were awarded OF Sam Fuld off waivers. (He'll join the team on Tuesday.) To make room for Fuld, Darin Mastroianni was designated for assignment. Though Mastro had an option left, the team was required to make room on their 40-man, which they'll have as soon as Jason Bartlett's paperwork goes through. For now though, it's Mastro that goes. He'll remain in the Twin Cities until this process plays out (with him likely to clear waivers and accept an assignment to Rochester). He would have the right to elect free agency.

    Rochester 9, Syracuse 3
    Box Score

    Trevor May was the story of the day for the Red Wings. May threw 89 pitches in six innings. He allowed only one hit and a walk. He struck out four and picked up his first win of the season. His ERA drops under 3.00 to 2.93.

    Offensively, Rochester put up season-highs in both runs (9) and hits (17). Chris Parmelee saw his average jump to .305 with a 4-for-5 day. He drove in one run and scored twice. From the 9-hole, Doug Bernier went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a walk and a run. Danny Santana, James Beresford and Eric Farris all had two-hit games. Chris Rahl had a three-run home run.

    Earlier on Sunday, the Red Wings announced that Deolis Guerra would be placed on the DL with a hamstring strain. It's purely speculation, but it wouldn't be shocking to see Matt Guerrier fill that role by "taking the next step."

    Rochester @ Syracuse (11:00 CST) – Scott Diamond
    New Britain vs New Hampshire (5:35 CST) - Pat Dean
    Ft. Myers @ Jupiter (5:35 CST) - Alex Wimmers
    Cedar Rapids @ Peoria (6:30 CST) – Aaron Slegers

    A couple of losses in the upper levels and a couple of wins in the lower levels quickly summarizes a Saturday in the minor league ballparks. There was a dramatic win in Cedar Rapids again last night, something that has become commonplace the last couple seasons.

    On Easter Sunday, just one of the Twins affiliates has a game. At 1:00 PM, Trevor May will take the mound for the Rochester Red Wings. Look back at this article later Sunday where you’ll be able to see what happened in that one.

    Here is a look at what happened in the Twins farm system on Saturday.

    Rochester 2, Syracuse 4
    Box Score

    Kris Johnson started and went six innings. He was charged with four runs on eight hits. He walked two and struck out eight. Ryan Pressly came on and threw two scoreless innings despite allowing a hit and walking three. He struck out two.

    The Red Wings managed just five hits. Deibinson Romero went 2-3 with a walk.

    New Britain 1, Portland 6
    Box Score

    Sean Gilmartin struck out a career-high nine batters. He didn’t walk any either. However, he gave up three runs on eight hits in five innings to take the loss. Matt Summers came out of the bullpen for the final four innings. He gave up three runs on five hits. He walked none and struck out four.

    New Britain managed just six hits in the game. Matt Koch was 2-4 with his first Eastern League home run.

    Ft. Myers 4, St. Lucie 0
    Box Score

    David Hurlbut has spent time in the bullpen and starting. Whenever he has started, he has been very good. That was the case on Saturday again. The left-hander threw five shutout innings in his first start of the season. He gave up two hits, walked three and struck out one. Tim Shibuya came on and was perfect for two innings, striking out one. Brian Gilbert finished the game with two shutout innings.

    Jorge Polanco went 2-4 with his fifth double. Max Kepler notched his first double of the season Travis Harrison went 2-4 with his third double. Harrison is 12-25 in his last six games.

    Cedar Rapids 7, West Michigan 6 (12 innings)
    Box Score

    Bryan Santy knocked his first home run in his short stint with the Kernels, and it came in the bottom of the ninth to tie the score and send it into extra frames. The Kernels gave up a run in the top of the 10th to fall behind again. With two outs, Jason Kanzler singled and scored on a pinch-hit double from Mitch Garver. The game continued into the 12th. Engleb Vielma walked to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a Joel Licon sacrifice bunt. Jason Kanzler followed with a game-winning RBI single to end it.

    Kanzler went 2-6 with his third steal, but his two hits were pretty big. Tanner Vavra, Chad Christensen and Zack Larson each had two hits.

    Felix Jorge started and gave up five runs on seven hits and three walks in 4.2 innings. He struck out two. Alex Muren came on and gave up two hits and a walk in 1.1 innings, but no runs scored. Yorman Landa struck out four in two scoreless innings. Hudson Boyd went 1.2 innings and gave up a run on two hits and two walks. He struck out two. Brandon Peterson came on for the final out of the tenth inning. He worked two more scoreless innings and struck out three.

    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – David Hurlbut, Ft. Myers Miracle
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Matt Koch, New Britain Rock Cats

    Rochester @ Syracuse (1:00 CST) – Trevor May (Listen)
    New Britain – No Game
    Ft. Myers – No Game
    Cedar Rapids – No Game

    Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the Saturday games.
    Comments 4 Comments
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      It's nice to see both Gilmartin and Johnson getting the Ks. Gilmartin is averaging a K per inning. He was pretty highly thought of when he was drafted but had definitely fallen when he was traded here. Here's to hoping our coaches saw something and fixed it and this is sustainable.
    1. TKGuy's Avatar
      TKGuy -
      Trevor May with an impressive outing, cannot wait to unload Correia to get Meyer or himself up here
    1. Twins Fan From Afar's Avatar
      Twins Fan From Afar -
      A few numbers on May for the season (15 & 1/3 IP): 16K; 3 BB; WHIP .783; .167 opp. avg.
      Kind of exactly what we want to see from him.
    1. Chance's Avatar
      Chance -
      Great to see that start from May. Hopefully he keeps starts like that coming.

      If Diamond has another really bad start, is something done with him? DL or released?

      So far the CR pitchers haven't been overly impressive apart from Stewart and Slegers. I'd like to see Gonsalves and Thorpe up there soon if things don't start improving with the warm weather. I'm not giving up on anyone by any stretch. I would just like to see some other guys get opportunities with tough competition when they seemed to far better against the same competition as Rosario and others last season.
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