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As Nick wrote yesterday, as the M&M Boys go, so go the Twins. On Monday night in the Bronx, Joe Mauer went 3-4 with a walk, two doubles and a stolen base. Justin Morneau had two hits, including a long home run. Jamey Carroll and Ryan Doumit also had multi-hit games in a game in which all nine Twins starters had at least one hit. Carl Pavano had a rought first inning, but was able to turn things around and give up just three runs in seven innings. Brian Duensing and Matt Capps each threw a scoreless inning of relief and the Twins had a 7-3 win over the Yankees in Yankees Stadium.

Here is a look at the Twins minor league games from Monday:

ROCHESTER 5, SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE 3


The Twins AAA affiliate also beat the Yankees AAA affiliate!

Scott Diamond continues to pitch well, although his string of scoreless innings ended just shy of 15. He had another Quality Start and improved to 3-0. In six innings, he gave up three runs on nine hits and a walk. He struck out five. Casey Fien came in and recorded the three-inning save. He gave up one hit, walked one and struckout four.

Ben Revere was in the lineup, hitting first. He had one hit. Tsuyoshi Nishioka was 2-5. Matt Carson was 2-4 with a walk, his fifth double and his first stolen base. Matt Rizzotti was 2-5 with three RBI. Ray Chang was 1-2 with two walks. Joe Benson was 1-2 with three walks and a double.

NEW BRITAIN 10, PORTLAND 5 (11 innings)


Down three runs with two on and two out in the bottom of the ninth, Chris Colabello connected on his second home run of the season to send the game to extra frames. His fourth double came in the five-run 11th inning. Evan Bigley went 3-4. Pedro Florimon hit his first home run.

Andrew Albers started and gave up four runs on eight hits. In five innings, he walked none and struck out four. Brett Jacobson gave up a run in his inning. He struckout two. Blake Martin pitched a scoreless inning. Luis Perdomo struckout three in two scoreless innings. Daniel Turpen gets the win as he threw two scoreless innings as well.

FT. MYERS MIRACLE 1, JUPITER 5


The Miracle managed just three hits in this loss. Angel Morales, who was named the Florida State League Hitter of the Week, was 1-3 with a walk. Manuel Soliman started and gave up one run on two hits in two innings. He walked three and struckout two. Ricky Bowen came in and in the next three innings, he gave up three runs (2 earned) on seven hits and a walk. Matt Hauser gave up a run on two hits in two inning. Tony Davis pitched a scoreless inning.

BELOIT – KANE COUNTY


Weather was the issue in southern Wisconsin on Monday. The Snappers game against Kane County was postpone. But, hey, on Tuesday, they’ll play a double header and we’ll get twice the highlights!!

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Players of the Day for Monday, April 16, 2012

Hitter of the Day – Chris Colabello
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Pitcher of the Day – Casey Fien
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A Look Ahead – Tuesday, April 17, 2012 Schedule

Rochester @ Scranton/Wilkes Barre – RHP Daryl Thompson
New Britain @ Portland –
Ft. Myers @ Jupiter – LHP Pat Dean
Beloit vs Kane County (DH) – RHP Madison Boer, LHP Steven Gruver

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