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[I]Originally published at [URL="http://tenthinningstretch.blogspot.com/2012/06/random-tuesday-twins-thoughts-and.html"]The Tenth Inning Stretch

[LEFT]Here is this week's installment; and it is going to be slight, because of the Draft today and tomorrow:
[LIST][*]The Twins selected[B] Byron Buxton[/B] (OF, HS), [B]Jose Berrios[/B] (RHP, HS) and[B] Luke Bard [/B](RHB, College) in the 1st and supplemental rounds of the 2012 Rule 4 Draft. Today will be the second day of live-blogging the Twins Draft. You can find all coverage, including mini-profiles of the draftees [URL="http://tenthinningstretch.blogspot.com/search/label/2012 MLB Draft"]here[/URL][*]The Twins are now 13-7 in their last 20 games. This is good news.[*]Former Twins' OF [B]Lew Ford[/B], 35, is hitting .397/.441/.619 with 3 HRs in 68 PAs with Baltimore's AAA club Norfolk Tides[*]A few Minor league transaction notes: [B]Daryl Thompson[/B] and[B] Brad Thompson [/B](AAA and AA) have been released. [B]Bruce Pugh[/B] was promoted to AA New Britain from Fort Myers and newly signed St Paul Saints' closer [B]Dan Sattler[/B] has been assigned to Fort Myers.[*]The Twins' Dominican Summer League team saw action last Saturday. So this gives a fifth Twins' minor league team to pay attention to. Also, I updated the [URL="http://tenthinningstretch.blogspot.com/2012/04/twins-organization-player-and-staff.html"]the Twins organization birthday list[/URL] with the newest Twins who are playing the the DSL.[*]Beloit's [B]AJ Achter,[/B] [B]Jhon Goncalves,[/B] [B]Tyler Grimes[/B], [B]Eddie Rosario[/B], [B]Miguel Sano,[/B] [B]Michael Tonkin [/B]and[B] Jason Wheeler[/B] made the Midwest League All Star game[*]Ben Badler of Baseball America is writing of high profile arrests in Dominican because of [URL="http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/prospects/international-affairs/2012/2613488.html"]trafficing of Baseball players[/URL][*]Tom Veducci wrote [URL="http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/magazine/05/29/baseball.steroids/index.html"]this very interesting article[/URL] on steroid use by Fort Myers Miracle players in the mid 90s, when current Twins' third base coach, Steve Liddle was the manager there.[*]The Twins' product of the week is the [URL="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004SQIUW2/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=biowriters&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B004SQIUW2"]Minnesota Twins Beach Towel[/URL][IMG]http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=biowriters&l=as2&o=1&a=B004SQIUW2[/IMG][/LIST]The parting shot today is of Twins' number one draft pick of the 2012 MLB Draft, Byron Buxton:


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