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    After starting the season 0-4, the Twins won their last two games and scored a combined 16 runs, games started by Jered Weaver and Dan Haren. It was a full night in the Twins minor league system as well. For much more information on many Twins minor leaguers, be sure to listen to last night’s Twins Minor League Weekly podcast.

    ROCHESTER 1, PAWTUCKET 10


    This was a very close game most of the way, but it got out of hand in a hurry. Daryl Thompson started and gave up two runs on three hits and three walks in four innings. Jeff Manship came in and threw two scoreless before giving up one run in the 7th. He was replaced by Tyler Robertson who gave up two runs on a hit and a walk in one inning. Brendan Wise came in and gave up five runs on four hits and a walk. Anthony Slama pitched a scoreless ninth.

    Rene Rivera hit his second home run. Matt Rizzotti added a double. Brian Dozier and Tsuyoshi Nishioka were 1-4 with a walk.

    Fun Note – In this game, Drew Butera played in left field. The night before, JR Towles was in left field. Rene Tosoni is likely out another week with his lacerated finger.

    NEW BRITAIN 5, NEW HAMPSHIRE 3


    Jason Marquis would appear to be ready to re-join the Twins next week and make his first start for the team. In his second start at New Britain, the righty gave up two runs on five hits in eight innings. He walked none and struck out seven. 57 of the 89 pitches he threw were strikes. Deolis Guerra came in and gave up one run on a hit and a walk in the 9th. He recorded his first save of the year and struckout two.

    Aaron Hicks is on a good streak now. He went 2-3 in this game with a sacrifice fly, his second double and his third home run. Each came as a left-handed batter. Deibinson Romero was 2-4 with his first two home runs of the season.

    FT. MYERS MIRACLE 1, BRADENTON 0


    There was a pitcher’s duel in Bradenton on this night. Pat Dean started and in 5.2 scoreless innings, he gave up six hits and walked two. Ricky Bowen came in and struckout two over 1.2 innings. Edgar Ibarra got the final five outs, three on strikeouts to record his first save of the season.

    As you would expect, there wasn’t much offense for the Miracle. Angel Morales was 2-4. Levi Michael went 1-3 with a walk. The game’s lone run came on a Josmil Pinto sacrifice fly.

    BELOIT 2, CLINTON 5


    Lefty Steven Gruver had a rough start for the Snappers. In three innings, he gave up five runs (4 earned) on seven hits and two walks. AJ Achter struckout four in three scoreless innings. Michael Tonkin and Bart Carter each threw a scoreless inning as well.

    Adam Bryant was 2-4. Miguel Sano was 0-1 but walked three times. Jhonathan Goncalves knocked a double.

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    Players of the Day for Wednesday, April 12, 2012

    Hitter of the Day – Deibinson Romero


    Pitcher of the Day – Pat Dean


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    A Look Ahead – Friday, April 13, 2012 Schedule

    Rochester vs. Pawtucket – 6:05 (CST) – RHP Cole DeVries
    New Britain vs Harrisburg – 4:05 (CST) – RHP Steve Hirschfeld
    Ft. Myers vs Jupiter – 5:30 (CST) – RHP BJ Hermsen (vs Jameson Taillon)
    Beloit @ Kane County – 6:30 (CST) – RHP Tim Shibuya

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    If you have any questions or comments on the Twins minor league system, players, teams, etc., leave them in the Comments and I’ll try to answer them!
    This article was originally published in blog: Thursday Night Lights started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 12 Comments
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      Another thing that needs to be mentioned for the Rochester game: It was a Butera error (almost typed Buterror, freudian slip ) which opened the floodgates in the 7-run inning against Rochester. I made an April Fools' joke about Butera becoming an outfielder in this organization, but it seems that in the 2 highest levels (AAA, MLB) they like to use Catchers (instead of Angels, bad movie reference) in the outfield (Butera, Towles, Doumit.) Might be a trend, but I hope it ends pretty quickly, since there are more suitable players to play the OF (Heck, they DH Bates last night. I bet he could do better than Drew or Towles out there when Dinkelman needs a rest)

      On another note, it was great to see Marquis' performance last night. I know AA is not MLB, but finding the strike zone (a problem Marquis had throughout the Spring) is pretty much the same whether you are facing little league or major league opponents.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      I can't believe Butera is playing the OF. Mind boggling. Is Sano being pitched around, or is he learning patience?
    1. Mr. Ed's Avatar
      Mr. Ed -
      Quote Originally Posted by thrylos98 View Post
      Another thing that needs to be mentioned for the Rochester game: It was a Butera error (almost typed Buterror, freudian slip ) which opened the floodgates in the 7-run inning against Rochester. I made an April Fools' joke about Butera becoming an outfielder in this organization, but it seems that in the 2 highest levels (AAA, MLB) they like to use Catchers (instead of Angels, bad movie reference) in the outfield (Butera, Towles, Doumit.) Might be a trend, but I hope it ends pretty quickly, since there are more suitable players to play the OF (Heck, they DH Bates last night. I bet he could do better than Drew or Towles out there when Dinkelman needs a rest)

      On another note, it was great to see Marquis' performance last night. I know AA is not MLB, but finding the strike zone (a problem Marquis had throughout the Spring) is pretty much the same whether you are facing little league or major league opponents.

      It's a tough spot. They've decided they need 3 catchers, and then 2 of the OFs get dinged, but apparently not serious enough to go DL.

      All 3 have had their moments catching. Definitely not their best spots being in the outfield. I agree, Bates as DH probably should be in the OF instead.

      Herrmann has spoiled them in the org. Rohlfing too, both playing in the OF. Heck even Rams played LF the other night.
    1. Steve Lein's Avatar
      Steve Lein -
      MWW - I saw only 4 or 5 Sano at-bats in Spring Training, but it was very apparent he was being pitched around. In those at-bats, he walked twice, and I don't think he saw a single decent pitch to hit. If he's discovering that's what they're doing to him, and he's taking those walks, that is him learning patience.
    1. CDog's Avatar
      CDog -
      I could probably find it, but likely someone here could answer quickly off the top of their head. I know I've known at some point, but somehow I've forgotten...from which side is it that Hicks has struggled to hit?
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Rochester OF... it's a temporary thing. Tosoni lacerated a finger on a play at the plate. Likely out a week. Dinkelman has been out for 2 days with a right-hand injury... considered day-to-day. So, they're in a bind. I would have thought Bates could have played OF too though.

      Also, Wilkin Ramirez is already on the DL.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by CDog View Post
      I could probably find it, but likely someone here could answer quickly off the top of their head. I know I've known at some point, but somehow I've forgotten...from which side is it that Hicks has struggled to hit?
      He has struggled as a left-handed hitter.
    1. righty8383's Avatar
      righty8383 -
      Hey Seth, I'm going to be a nitpicker for a moment a point out that we are in daylight savings right now so for example the Snappers play at 6:30 (CDT) today.
      Again, glad to see Hicks is hitting from the left side of the plate. I've been in the group that wanted him to give up on being a switch hitter but I would not mind one bit being proved wrong there.
      It seems like Sano is being given the Bonds treatment some days.
    1. gmarais66's Avatar
      gmarais66 -
      Just wanted to say thanks for these great minor league updates... They're one of my favorite things at Twins Daily... It might be nice though, if at the end of each summary, you had the link to the box score... Just a thought...
    1. Jack Torse's Avatar
      Jack Torse -
      Seth, Where is Kyle Gibson in his rehab? Is he throwing off a mound yet?
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jack Torse View Post
      Seth, Where is Kyle Gibson in his rehab? Is he throwing off a mound yet?
      He was scheduled to throw off a mound for the first time June 7th or something like that.
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      He was scheduled to throw off a mound for the first time June 7th or something like that.
      He is actually ahead of schedule. I saw him a couple of weeks ago participate in a pitcher's fielding drill in Fort Myers with a whole bunch of AAA-A pitchers. They were actually throwing the ball to the catcher and he was just soft tossing it, but overhead. Which is a great sign. Here is he on March 29th. You can say that he is throwing of a mound, but he is just soft tossing:

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