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    The Twins took care of business in Toronto on Tuesday night and most of the teams in the minor leagues were able to follow their lead. It didn't take long for Kendrys Morales to remember how to hit and Brian Dozier is putting himself into the All-Star conversation at second base.

    Minnesota is in the mix for the playoffs and many of their minor league affiliates are fighting for first half titles. Every win is important so let's jump down on the pond to check out the action.


    TRANSACTIONS
    Mini-camp has begun in Ft. Myers. Several of the Twins draft choices will join as they sign, with some reporting today. Soon players will be split into teams, several heading to Elizabethton and several staying in Ft. Myers for the Gulf Coast League season. Unfortunately, four players have been released before the short-season leagues begin. They are LHPs Andrew Ferreira and Hein Robb, RHP Tanner Mendonca and 3B Javier Pimentel.

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 7, Gwinnett 4
    Box Score
    James Beresford, Deibinson Romero and Chris Collabello all had multiple hit games to lead the Red Wings to their 37th team victory. Romero and Colabello each had two doubles and Colabello added two RBI. Pedro Florimon cracked his second home run of the year to pace the Red Wings. Overall, Rochester pounded out eleven hits and seven runs to end a two-game losing streak.

    Trevor May started the game but he only lasted 5.1 innings and allowed three earned runs on six hits. I praised him in earlier in the week during my midseason Twins top prospect rankings so it figures that he would have a little bit of a rough start. Ryan Pressly and Aaron Thompson each earned a hold for combining to pitch 2.2 scoreless innings.

    Wilkin Ramirez extended his career-long hit streak to 12 games. He is hitting .333 with 10 RBI during that stretch. The Red Wings finished their nine-game road trip with a 6-3 record.

    ROCK CATS REVIEW
    New Britain 5, Reading 4
    Box Score
    These Cats were able to claw their way back into the game for a come from behind victory. New Britain scored in the top of the ninth inning to separate themselves from the Reading Phillies. Tony Thomas was the lone New Britain hitter with more than one hit. Sam Fuld and Kennys Vargas both added home runs to help the cause.

    Rock Cats starter Tyler Duffey tossed six strong innings by scattering five hits and two earned runs. He struck out three and walked two. Matthew Summers surrendered the lead but his teammates bailed him out. Lester Oliveros picked up his third win by tossing 1.1 scoreless innings and striking out three. His ERA currently sits at an eye-popping 0.68.

    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Fort Myers 10, Charlotte 0
    Box Score
    The story of this game was Mr. Tim Shibuya. He flirted with a perfecto for 6.1 innings before allowing a couple hits. He tossed seven shutout frames on two hits with no walks and two strikeouts. His record improved to 4-2 with relief help from BJ Hermsen and Alex Wimmers.

    On the offensive side of the ball, it was the Stephen Wickens show. He knocked the sixth grand slam of the year for the Miracle as part of a 2-for-4 night. He collected five RBI, a double and scored two runs along the way. Four other Miracle hitters collected two walks to help the team extend multiple innings.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 2, Quad Cities 6
    Box Score
    Bryan Haar collected his 23rd extra-base hit of the year on a double but it wasn't enough to help the Kernels to victory. Tanner Vavra and Chad Christensen each tallied two hits but the rest of the team didn't follow their lead. The Kernels committed two defensive errors on the night and are now 1-6 against the Bandits this year.

    Aaron Slegers got beat around over 4.2 innings as he allowed five runs with three of them being unearned. This had to be frustrating. He was charged with six hits while he struck out three and walked one for his third loss of the season. Josue Montanez and Chris Mazza were not charged any runs for the rest of the game. Montanez struck out six over 2.2 frames.

    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day: Tim Shibuya, Fort Myers Miracle
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day: Stephen Wickens, Fort Myers Miracle

    WEDNESDAY'S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Rochester- Scheduled Off Day
    New Britain @ Reading (6:05 CST)- Sean Gilmartin (Listen)
    Charlotte @ Fort Myers (6:05 CST)- Jose Berrios (Listen)
    Quad Cities @ Cedar Rapids (6:35 CST)- Fernando Romero (Listen)
    Comments 9 Comments
    1. Tibs's Avatar
      Tibs -
      Tim Shibuya seems to be one of those guys that just gets it done no matter what role he has. Is Wimmers in the bullpen for good?
    1. oldguy10's Avatar
      oldguy10 -
      Good question about Wimmers, perhaps he is only a relief pitcher prospect and not a starter, what's wrong with that as long as he is effective at any level. Glen Perkins comes to mind just for one example.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      I think with Wimmers, he'll get another shot to start at some point. I think we forget how much his arm has been through over the last two seasons. This might be the best way to bring him back.
    1. Sam Morley's Avatar
      Sam Morley -
      The new official sites for the affiliates are sweet. I had no idea that was in the works. It was a nice surprise when I clicked on the box score links.
    1. oldguy10's Avatar
      oldguy10 -
      ^^^Sam Morley, did you get to the official affiliates' sites through www.milb.com or another way, lest us all know please.
    1. Sam Morley's Avatar
      Sam Morley -
      click on the box score links in this article.

      Fort Myers
      http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t492

      New Britain
      http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t538

      Rochester
      http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t534

      Cedar Rapids
      http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t492

      There are multimedia tabs with daily video highlights.
    1. oldguy10's Avatar
      oldguy10 -
      I read the box scores daily but now how does one get to the team websites on the www.milb.com website?
    1. Sam Morley's Avatar
      Sam Morley -
      You can get to them from the Twins official site by selecting the pipeline/affiliate tab which brings you to the Twins milb site which has links for all the minor league affiliates' official team sites. If you click on the team icon it will take you to that site. On second review, I don't think these really are new sites, I just hadn't visited them in a while and couldn't remember all the video links or the gameday option from the last time I was there. I also included direct links in my previous post, if you can't find your way from the Twins' site.
    1. oldguy10's Avatar
      oldguy10 -
      Sam Morley, thank you for your help, I will try to navigate as best I can. Enjoy your weekend.
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