The Twins started their final road-trip before the All-Star Game on Monday in Seattle. They'll make a stop in Colorado before heading home. As was announced Sunday night, the Twins will be represented by RP Glen Perkins and C Kurt Suzuki in next Tuesday's Mid-Summer Classic.
Ricky Nolasco is heading back to the Twin Cities to get his "bit of a sore right elbow" checked out.
Today's Twins All-Star-related news revolves around two of their top pitching prospects: P Alex Meyer will be replacing P Trevor May (calf) in Sunday's Futures Game. May's "feeling good", but his return to the mound doesn't "line up with" pitching in Sunday's game. My belief - and it's 100% just my opinion - is that May still makes his Major League debut this month.
In other All-Star news, several RockCats were named to the Eastern League All-Star game, which will take place next Wednesday night: 1B Kennys Vargas, 2B Tony Thomas, OF Reynaldo Rodriguez, RP Cole Johnson, P Taylor Rogers. Congrats to that group!
Also, Kennys Vargas has been placed on the temporarily inactive list to head back to Puerto Rico while his wife has a baby. Let's just say it's going to be a busy next 10 days for Kennys!
This afternoon, Miguel Sano met with his surgeon and was given the ok to begin light throwing.
He will begin swinging in early August and there is some hope that he will be able to make up for some lost at-bats in the Arizona Fall League before heading down to the Dominican Winter League to work off the rust. All indications are that Sano will be 100% when spring training opens next spring.
Other transaction news: The Kernels activated OF Jeremias Pineda and transferred him to Elizabethton. You can view all rosters here
Let's move to the action on the farm:
Red Wings Report
Rochester 6, Buffalo 7
Rochester couldn't hold onto a big lead despite getting big games from Doug Bernier (3-for-5) and Eric Farris (2-for-4, 2 2B). James Beresford and Pedro Florimon also added doubles.
Sean Gilmartin made it to the seventh inning (6 1/3) allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits and a walk. He struck out five. Lester Oliveros struggled. He allowed his lone inherited runner to score and gave up two more runs while recording only one out. A.J. Achter picked up four outs while not allowing a hit. Michael Tonkin took the loss on a home run in the top of the ninth.
It was former Twins P.J. Walters starting for Buffalo and Bobby Korecky getting the save.
Rock Cats Review
New Britain 0, New Hampshire 2 (Game 1)
Jason Wheeler threw a (six-inning) complete game, but took the loss. He walked two, but struck out only one. Of his six hits yielded, one was a home run.
Eddie Rosario singled. Stephen Wickens doubled. All of the hitters except for Reynaldo Rodriguez managed to strike out.
New Britain 2, New Hampshire 0 (Game 2) SUSPENDED - SECOND INNING
This game - a scheduled make-up of a mid-April game - was suspended in the second inning. Too bad too. Adrian Salcedo got the start and had pitched two hitless innings. It's been a rough couple of seasons for Salcedo, who was starting for the first time since 2012.
Mike Kvasnicka doubled and Lance Ray tripled in a contest that will be completed tomorrow in a seven-inning game.
Fort Myers has a scheduled day off, so there is no Byron Buxton Monday update.
Cedar Rapids also has a scheduled day off.
Elizabethton 15, Johnson City 7
Another offensive outburst from the E-Twins. Max Murphy (now .411) was 3-for-3 with two walks, a double, a home run and four RBI. Newly-demoted Jeremias Pineda went 2-for-6 with four runs scored. Alex Real was 3-for-6 with two doubles and three RBI. Those are just a handful of the offensive highlights of today.
Everyone wants to know about Nick Gordon: He went 2-for-5, drew a walk, scored three runs and was picked off/caught stealing. He committed his fourth error of the season and is now batting .359.
Michael Cederoth got his first professional win. He went five innings, allowing seven hits. He struck out two and let four runners score.
Cameron Booser and Dereck Rodriguez each struck out two in two innings of hitless baseball apiece.
GCL Twins Takes
The GCL Twins got another day off, though this one comes as the result of a rainy morning.
DSL Twins Notes
DSL Twins 6, DSL Orioles 15
Junior Amarante isn't a name even the most buff of prospect buffs is familiar with, but he's doing his best to start earning some recognition. Today he went 2-for-5 with a walkoff single in the bottom of the ninth. Amarante, a right fielder, just turned 19, so he's a tad old for the DSL. (Baseball Reference has his age comp at 0.8.) On the season, Amarante has 14 stolen bases with only one caught stealing. He has a 15-to-15 walk-to-strikeout ratio on the year and is batting .354 on the season.
Jermaine Palacios and Luis Arraez both had three-hit days.
Twins Daily Players of the Day
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Jason Wheeler, New Britain
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day - Max Murphy, Elizabethton
Tuesday's Probable Starters
Buffalo @ Rochester (6:05 Central) – Alex Meyer (Listen
New Britain @ New Hampshire (6:05 Central) – Tyler Duffey (Listen
New Britain @ New Hampshire – TBD (completion of Monday's suspended game)
Fort Myers @ Palm Beach (5:35 Central) – B.J. Hermsen (Listen
Wisconsin @ Cedar Rapids (6:35 Central) - Lewis Thorpe (Listen
Elizabethton @ Johnson City (6:00 Central) - Stephen Gonsalves (Listen
GCL Twins @ GCL Orioles (10:00 AM Central) - TBD
GCL Twins @ GCL Orioles (10:00 AM Central) - TBD (make up of Monday's game)
DSL Twins @ DSL White Sox (9:30 AM Central) - TBD