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    In Monday’s Twins game, Danny Santana made his rookie debut as a pinch runner in the late innings. He would collect his first MLB hit later in the game. Tonight he got to make his first big league start at shortstop and he batted ninth in the order. He went 0-for-3 but he showed off his strong arm while turning a tough double play.

    Byron Buxton has been trying to work out the kinks in his swing as he returned from an early season wrist injury. The first few games were rough as he went 0-for-7 with four strikeouts. Understandably, there would be some rust in the early going but could he shake off some of that rust on Tuesday evening?

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 5. Columbus 3
    Box Score
    Rochester jumped out to an early 2-0 lead but the pitching staff couldn't hold on and the offense went cold. Oswaldo Arcia had the team's lone extra-base hit as his double helped to give the team an early lead. Deibinson Romero had two hits and he knocked in a couple runs but he also had his seventh fielding error of the season. A night after knocking his second career home run, James Beresford was quiet at the plate as he went 0-for-3 with a walk.

    Kris Johnson was making his first start back in Rochester since he made a spot start for the Twins at the end of last week. He struck out eight and pitched into the sixth inning before running into some trouble. In the end, he was only charged with one earned run. Matt Guerrier took the loss as he gave up three runs on three hits including a home run.

    It was the first time Rochester has lost back-to-back games since April 25-26.

    ROCK CATS REVIEW
    New Britain 6, Trenton 0
    Box Score
    The month of May has been very kind to the Rock Cats. After finishing the month of April with a 6-16 record, New Britain has won six of their first seven games since the calendar turned. Taylor Rogers certainly helped the club continue their winnings ways. He tossed 6.1 innings of shutout ball by scattering five hits. He struck out five and walked two. His ERA was over 8.00 entering the game but his effort tonight dropped it to under 6.50.

    Offensively the Rock Cats got help from all parts of their line-up. Daniel Ortiz and Reynaldo Rodriguez each added a couple hits and they combined for three of the team's RBI. Both of the RBI for Ortiz came with two outs and he is up to 11 RBI for the year. Kennys Vargas was also highly involved in the offense as he knocked in two runs and scored two runs.

    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Fort Myers 4, Bradenton 0
    Box Score
    In only his third game since returning from injury, Byron Buxton snapped back in a big way. He launched a two-run shot in the bottom of the first innings. The Miracle would stay on top the rest of the way. Max Kepler also hit a two-run homer, his second long ball of the year. Levi Michael and Niko Goodrum both had multi-hit nights to help pace the offense. Goodrum also stole his fifth base of the season.

    The Miracle used four different pitchers for the shutout. Replacing scheduled starter Brett Lee, Steven Gruver pitched the first four frames while striking out two and walking two. Tim Shibuya earned his third victory by tossing the next three innings and only allowing one hit. Brandon Peterson struck out the side in the eighth and Tyler Jones shut the door in the ninth.

    It was the second straight win for Fort Myers after a four game losing streak to start the month of May.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 4, Quad Cities 10
    Box Score
    Bryan Haar hit his fifth home run of the season and JD Williams reached base safely in all five plate appearances. Williams was credited with a single, a double, two walks, and a hit by pitch. This still wasn't nearly enough as the trailed 8-1 after just two innings.

    The River Bandits pounced on Josue Montanez early as he was knocked out after only 1.2 frames. He allowed eight earned runs on seven hits with one strikeout and three walks. Todd Van Steensel, Christian Powell, and Alex Muren did a good job of stopping the bleeding. The bullpen crew limited Quad Cities to two runs over the last 6.1 innings to keep the game from getting too out of hand.

    Last year's top pick Kohl Stewart will get the start on the mound tomorrow. He looks to set the pace and get the team headed back in the right direction.

    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day: Taylor Rogers, New Britain Rock Cats
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day: Niko Goodrum, Fort Myers Miracle

    SUNDAY'S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Rochester @ Columbus (5:35 CST)- Trevor May
    New Britain @ Bowie (5:35 CST)- Tyler Duffey
    Fort Myers @ Jupiter (5:35 CST)- TBD
    Cedar Rapids @ Wisconsin (6:35 CST)- Kohl Stewart
    Comments 18 Comments
    1. Cody Christie's Avatar
      Cody Christie -
      You can view the page at http://twinsdaily.com/content.php/29...-Buxton-Homers
    1. cmathewson's Avatar
      cmathewson -
      Time to call up Buxton. (JK)
    1. tobi0040's Avatar
      tobi0040 -
      Quote Originally Posted by cmathewson View Post
      Time to call up Buxton. (JK)
      Funny. Even as he started 0-8, he had an outfield assist at 2B in the second game. So a HR and assist so far, shows the range of things he can do.
    1. TKGuy's Avatar
      TKGuy -
      Good night to watch the minor league starters
    1. kdrupp09's Avatar
      kdrupp09 -
      RED WINGS REPORT
      Rochester 5. Columbus 3

      Shouldn't this score read the other way, Rochester 3. Columbus 5?
    1. halfchest's Avatar
      halfchest -
      Brett Lee did he get injured? Called up a level? What did I miss?
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Quote Originally Posted by cmathewson View Post
      Time to call up Buxton. (JK)
      we know it is a joke, but given their moves this offseason, I think this might have been their plan (had he not been injured). Otherwise, their CF moves this off season make little sense.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by kdrupp09 View Post
      RED WINGS REPORT
      Rochester 5. Columbus 3

      Shouldn't this score read the other way, Rochester 3. Columbus 5?
      Corrected. Thank you!
    1. kdrupp09's Avatar
      kdrupp09 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      we know it is a joke, but given their moves this offseason, I think this might have been their plan (had he not been injured). Otherwise, their CF moves this off season make little sense.
      I really think that the plan was (prior injury) have Buxton play AA till the Future's game at Target Field and then have him stay. Thus showing the willingness to part with Mastro and not really have any other back up outfielder ready.
    1. MileHighTwinsFan's Avatar
      MileHighTwinsFan -
      A team at the All Star Break that is within 3 games of a wild card may make some bold moves to improve the club - to include bringing up their best prospect. Could happen - but not unless Buxton gets to AA soon and rakes there.
    1. DAM DC Twins Fans's Avatar
      DAM DC Twins Fans -
      Quote Originally Posted by halfchest View Post
      Brett Lee did he get injured? Called up a level? What did I miss?
      Brett is my AAP. I wondered the same thing. I checked MILB.com. Nothing. He didn't get his status change (call up or DL). I also checked the Ft. Myers paper. Nothing. (I don't tweet so I couldn't check that).

      In answer to your question--I don't know any more than you but he didn't get called up. I actually wonder if he is going somewhere as part of a trade (like Sulberin earlier this season).
    1. kdrupp09's Avatar
      kdrupp09 -
      Quote Originally Posted by MileHighTwinsFan View Post
      A team at the All Star Break that is within 3 games of a wild card may make some bold moves to improve the club - to include bringing up their best prospect. Could happen - but not unless Buxton gets to AA soon and rakes there.
      Agreed! With Buxton missing time and still shaking off the rust, the earliest I believe it is possible for him to be up is maybe September and even then, more than likely sometime in 2015.
    1. sabrtoothtiger's Avatar
      sabrtoothtiger -
      Quote Originally Posted by tobi0040 View Post
      Funny. Even as he started 0-8, he had an outfield assist at 2B in the second game. So a HR and assist so far, shows the range of things he can do.
      That's about all Hicks did in 2013...
    1. Twins Daily Admin's Avatar
      Twins Daily Admin -
      I heard that Buxton scored from second base tonight on a wild pitch. Can anyone confirm that?
    1. h2oface's Avatar
      h2oface -
      Not a good time for Matty to flame out..... what with his opt out day coming up tomorrow. This could be good news for the Twins, though, so they will be forced to go with the future instead of grabbing on to more past the prime past.

      I am a little surprised that the highly rated farm system is not doing better this year. Sure, Sano and Buxton have been absent, but I thought the talent would also translate to stronger team play.
    1. Twins Twerp's Avatar
      Twins Twerp -
      Quote Originally Posted by sabrtoothtiger View Post
      That's about all Hicks did in 2013...
      Buxton allegedly scored from 2nd on a wild pitch. He got to second after forcing a bad throw to first... Hicks doesnt do that.
    1. Jaykay's Avatar
      Jaykay -
      Quote Originally Posted by Twins Twerp View Post
      Buxton allegedly scored from 2nd on a wild pitch. He got to second after forcing a bad throw to first... Hicks doesnt do that.
      I think he was saying he's already done about as much as Hicks did the entire year last year.
    1. Cody Christie's Avatar
      Cody Christie -
      You can view the page at http://twinsdaily.com/content.php/29...-Buxton-Homers
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