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Twins Minor League Report (8/11): Diamond Deals

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Two starting pitchers that began the season in the Minnesota Twins starting rotation pitched very well in the minor leagues on Sunday. Thatís probably a big part of the story of the Twins 2013 season. Scott Diamond pitched one whale of a game for the Red Wings while Cole De Vries pitched five very good innings in Ft. Myers. The Twins traded Jamey Carroll on Sunday, and one of the candidates to replace him on the roster had a big game for the Red Wings as well. Miguel Sano continued to mash. There were several firsts in Elizabethton on this night. Speaking of firsts, congratulations to Cedar Rapidsí Adam Walker who became the first player in minor league baseball to tally 100 RBI this season. See what else happened in the Twins farm system on Sunday.

Rochester Red Wings 5, Norfolk Tides 0
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Scott Diamond was sent to AAA, and the hope would be that he would pitch well and quickly return. On Sunday, the lefty threw a complete game shutout. He needed just 106 pitches, and 73 of them were strikes. He gave up just five hits, walked none and struck out four.

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Eduardo Escobar apparently wants to return to the Twins. Theinfielder went 4-5 with his ninth and tenth doubles, and his fourth stolen base. Deibinson Romero went 2-3 with two walks and a triple. Eric Farris went 2-4 with his 21st stolen base. Ray Olmedo went 2-4.

New Britain Rock Cats 5, Reading Fightin Phils 14
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The Miguel Sano Show just continues, but on this night, the offense was not enough to overcome some poor defense. Matt Summers made the start and went four innings. He gave up five runs on nine hits. He walked one, hit one and did not strike out any. Jose Gonzalez came on and gave up five runs, but just one was earned, in 0.2 innings. He gave up one hit, walked one and hit one. Matt Hauser came in and gave up a home run before getting the final out. Dan Sattler struck out two in his perfect inning. Blake Martin gave up three runs on five hits and a walk in two innings. He struck out four.

Sano went 2-5 with his 11th double and 13th home run. It was his 29th combined homer. Dan Rohlfing went 3-5. Reynaldo Rodriguez hit his 18th home run. Jordan Parraz hit his 11thhomer.

Ft. Myers Miracle 3, Jupiter Hammerheads 1
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The Miracle got two wins on the day. They finished a game started on June 28th. Steve Gruver went three innings, and then Chad Rodgers went the final 3.2 innings. Kennys Vargas led the offense by going 2-4.

The regularly scheduled game became a seven-inning game.Cole De Vries got the start and went five shutout innings. He gave up just two hits, walked none and struck out four. Adrian Salcedo gets the save as he gave up an unearned run over the final two innings. He gave up two hits and walked one.

Stephen Wickens went 2-4 with his 15th double. Dalton Hicks went 2-3 with his third double and two RBI.

Cedar Rapids Kernels 8, Kane County Cougars 4
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If there was a race to 100 RBI in the entire minor leagues, the winner would be the Kernelsí Adam Walker. On Sunday, he went 2-4 with his seventh triple and his 26th home run. The homer went over the batterís eye in centerfield, and drove in three runs. It accounted for his 100th, 101st, and 102nd RBI. Jorge Polanco went 2-4 with his 30thdouble. Travis Harrison went 2-5 with his 28th double. Jonathan Murphy went 2-5.

Hudson Boyd returned to the starting rotation for the Kernels. He went 2.2 innings. He gave up just one run on two hits. He walked six batters and struck out two. Christian Powell came on and went the next 4.1 innings. He gave up three runs on seven hits. He walked three and struck out four. Alex Muren recorded his second save. He struck out two over two one-hit innings.

Elizabethton Twins 12,Burlington Royals 5
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Down 5-4 heading into the 7th inning, the E-Twins scored seven runs in the top of the seventh to put the game out of reach. Stuart Turner went 2-4 with two walks, his fifth double and his first home run. Tanner Vavra went 2-4 with a walk. Zach Granite went 2-5 with a walk. Zach Larson went 2-5. Ryan Walker went 1-3 with three walks and his third and fourth stolen base. Rory Rhodes had just one hit, but his grand slam was the biggest hit of the game.

Yorman Landa started and went the first four innings. He gave up five runs (3 earned) on seven hits and three walks. He struck out two. Tanner Mendonca got his first win. He came in in relief. He threw two scoreless innings and gave up one hit, walked one and struck out two. Aaron Slegers recorded his first save. He struck out three over three perfect innings.

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