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Happy Birthday–July 4

Yankee Doodle Dandies:

Mickey Welch (1859)
George Mullin (1880)
Abe Saperstein (1903)
Bill Tuttle (1929)
Chuck Tanner (1929)
Peter Angelos (1929)
George Steinbrenner (1930)
Hal Lanier (1942)
Wayne Nordhagen (1948)
Ed Armbrister (1948)
Jim Beattie (19540
Jose Oquendo (1963)
Vinny Castilla (1967)
Brendan Donnelly (1971)
Jay Canizaro (1973)
Jeff Harris (1974)

Best remembered as the founder of the Harlem Globetrotters, Abe Saperstein was a long-time executive in what were then known as the Negro Leagues.

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Minor Details: Games of 7/2

Lehigh Valley 1, Rochester 0 in Lehigh Valley.  The IronPigs scored the game’s lone run in the eighth.  Dustin Martin singled and doubled.  Scott Diamond took a complete game loss, giving up five hits, walking none, and striking out five.  The Red Wings stranded nine runners.

Harrisburg 11, New Britain 3 in New Britain (Game 1—Scheduled 7 innings).  The Senators scored eight in the first two innings.  Brian Dozier doubled and tripled, raising his average to .368 in 61 at-bats.  Yangervis Solarte had two hits to raise his average to .324.  Starter Steve Hirschfeld lasted only 1.1 innings, surrendering eight runs on eight hits and three walks.

Harrisburg 9, New Britain 3 in New Britain (Game 2—Scheduled 7 innings).  The Senators scored three in the third to take a lead they would never relinquish.  Yangervis Solarte had two singles and a double, raising his average to .330.  Evan Bigley singled and doubled.  Starter Blake Martin pitched just three innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on three hits and three walks while striking out three.

Ft. Myers 9, Charlotte 3 in Ft. Myers.  The Miracle scored five in the first.  Danny Rams singled and hit a three-run homer.  James Beresford singled and tripled.  Anderson Hidalgo singled and doubled.  Reggie Williams and Nick Romero each had two hits.  Oswaldo Arcia hit a two-run homer.  Aaron Hicks left the game in the first inning after drawing a walk—no reason was given.  Pat Dean got the win, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks in 5.1 innings.  Matt Schuld pitched 2.2 scoreless innings, striking out three.

Beloit 7, Kane County 2 in Kane County.  The Snappers scored three in the third and three more in the fifth.  Michael Gonzales singled and doubled.  Nate Roberts hit a solo homer and Daniel Santana hit a two-run homer.  B. J. Hermsen struck out ten in seven innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks.

Kingsport 8, Elizabethton 6 in Elizabethton.  The Twins tied it with a run in the eighth, but the Mets scored two in the ninth to win.  Roy Larson had two doubles and a single.  Kennys Vargas hit a two-run homer.  Justin Parker allowed five runs (two earned) on five hits in 4.1 innings, walking none and striking out none.  Madison Boer pitched the ninth.

GCL Red Sox 3, Twins 1 at Twins.  The Red Sox broke a scoreless tie with three in the seventh.  Aderlin Mejia  and Joshua Hendricks each had two hits.  Starter Bobby O’Neill pitched three shutout innings, giving up two hits and no walks.  Marcus Limon followed with two shutout innings, striking out three.  Markus Solbach took the loss, allowing two runs (none earned) on a hit and a walk in 1.1 innings.

DSL Twins 4, Cubs1 3 at Twins.  Ronald Jimenez singled with two out in the ninth to drive in the winning run. Felix Gallardo had two hits.  Starter Reyson Zoquiel gave up two runs on four hits and three walks in four innings.  Edgar Martinez pitched three perfect innings to get the win.

Minor League Players of the Month: June

ROCHESTER

Position PlayerDustin Martin hit .324/.393/.533 in 105 at-bats.  For the season he is .261/.354/.391 in 254 at-bats.  Honorable MentionAaron Bates hit .339/.393/.446 in 112 at-bats.  For the season he is .331/.405/.457 in 175 at-bats.

PitcherAnthony Slama was 0-0, 1.54 with a save in 11.2 innings (10 appearances).  He allowed 8 hits and 5 walks and struck out 17.  For the season, he is 3-2, 3.00, 1 save, 1.19 WHIP with 41 strikeouts in 36 innings.  Honorable MentionJake Stevens was 0-0, 3.38 in 13.1 innings (7 appearances).  He allowed 16 hits and 2 walks and struck out 12.  For the season, he is 0-1, 3.94, 1.38 WHIP with 12 strikeouts in 16 innings.

NEW BRITAIN

Position PlayerChris Parmelee hit .278/.391/.412 in 97 at-bats.  For the season he is .283/.368/.413 in 283 at-bats.  Honorable MentionDeibinson Romero hit .271/.342/.412 in 85 at-bats.  For the season, he is .255/.340/.366 in 216 at-bats.

PitcherLiam Hendriks was 3-0, 2.03 in 31 innings (5 starts).  He allowed 26 hits and 4 walks and struck out 23.  For the season, he is 7-2, 2.71, 1.18 WHIP with 74 strikeouts in 83 innings.  Honorable MentionSteve Hirschfeld was 2-2, 3.33 in 30 innings (5 starts).  He allowed 32 hits and 10 walks and struck out 16.  For the season, he is 5-4, 2.72, 1.10 WHIP with 57 strikeouts in 82.2 innings.

FT. MYERS

Position PlayerAaron Hicks hit.337/.466/.530 in 83 at-bats.  For the season he is .280/.390./.424 in 243 at-bats.  Honorable MentionAnderson Hidalgo hit .296/.337/.444 in 81 at-bats.  For the season, he is .301/.356/.421 in 216 at-bats.

PitcherTom Stuifbergen was 3-0, 0.87 in 30 innings (5 starts).  He allowed 25 hits and 7 walks and struck out 16.  For the season, he is 3-4, 2.89, 1.33 WHIP with 38 strikeouts in 62.1 innings.  Honorable MentionAndrew Albers was 1-0, 2.08 with a save in 17.1 innings (9 appearances).  He allowed 18 hits and 2 walks and struck out 19.  For the season, he is 4-1, 1.68, 2 saves, 1.10 WHIP with 41 strikeouts in 48.1 innings.

BELOIT

Position PlayerJairo Perez hit .397/.475/.618 in 68 at-bats.  Those are also his season numbers.  Honorable MentionMichael Gonzales hit .327/.358/.525 in 101 at-bats.  For the season, he is .304/.385/.490 in 247 at-bats.

PitcherPat Dean was 2-0, 1.46 in 24.2 innings (4 starts).  He allowed 17 hits and 4 walks and struck out 27.  For the season, he is 2-0, 2.86, 1.11 WHIP with 37 strikeouts in 44 innings.  Honorable MentionRyan O’Rourke was 2-0, 1.59 in 22.2 innings (4 starts).  He allowed 16 hits and 2 walks and struck out 29.  For the season, he is 2-1, 1.84, 1.13 WHIP with 48 strikeouts in 49 innings.

ELIZABETHTON

Position PlayerEddie Rosario has hit .357/.428/.810 with five home runs in 42 at-bats.  Honorable MentionRory Rhodes has hit .320/.393/.560 in 25 at-bats.

PitcherTim Shibuya is 2-0, 0.82, 0.82 WHIP with 14 strikeouts in 11 innings (3 starts).  Honorable MentionPedro Guerra is 0-0, 1.23, 0.55 WHIP with 8 strikeouts in 7.1 innings (2 starts).

GCL TWINS

Position PlayerAderlin Mejia has hit .444/.524/.444 in 18 at-bats.  Honorable MentionWander Guillen has hit .320/.414/.400 in 25 at-bats.

PitcherCole Johnson is 1-0, 0.00, 0.67 WHIP with 3 strikeouts in 6 innings (3 appearances).  Honorable MentionAngel Mata is 0-0, 1.29, 1.29 WHIP with 6 strikeouts in 7 innings (2 starts).

DSL TWINS

Position PlayerErick Gonzalez has hit .304/.473/.420 in 69 at-bats.  Honorable MentionAdonis Pacheco has hit .316/.372/.494 in 79 at-bats.

PitcherFrancisco Nunez is 4-1, 0.47 with 2 saves and a 0.47 WHIP with 25 strikeouts in 19 innings (8 appearances).  Honorable MentionJunior Subero is 0-3, 0.98, 0.87 WHIP with 18 strikeouts in 18.1 innings (5 starts).

Minor Details: Games of 7/1

Rochester 8, Pawtucket 4 in Pawtucket.  The Red Wings built a 6-0 lead after three and a half innings.  Dustin Martin singled, doubled, and homered, scoring three times.  Steve Singleton had two singles and a double.  Trevor Plouffe singled and homered, driving in three and raising his average to .301.  Aaron Bates and Chase Lambin each had two hits, with Bates raising his average to .333.  Starter Scott Diamond gave up two runs on seven hits and a walk in just 4.1 innings.  Dusty Hughes pitched 2.2 scoreless innings to get the win, allowing just one hit.

New Britain 4, Harrisburg 3 in New Britain.  The Rock Cats broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the ninth when Chris Parmelee led off with a single, went to second on a bunt, took third on a ground out, and scored on a wild pitch.  The Senators made four errors.  Parmelee and Brian Dozier each had three hits, with Dozier raising his average to .358 in 53 at-bats.  Deibinson Romero singled and homered.  Dennis Suarez gave up three runs on eight hits and a walk in six innings.  Deolis Guerra pitched two shutout innings.  Tyler Robertson worked a scoreless ninth for the win.

Ft. Myers 0, St. Lucie 0 at Ft. Myers (1 innings—suspended).  Game will be completed on August 23.

Beloit 6, Kane County 4 in Kane County.  The Snappers scored three in the eighth to overcome a 6-4 deficit.  Jairo Perez singled, doubled, and homered, raising his average to .417 in 72 at-bats.  Starter Andrew Achter allowed all four runs on nine hits and a walk in four innings, although he struck out seven.  Nelvin Fuentes worked three perfect innings to get the win, striking out three.  Clinton Dempster threw two shutout innings, allowing just a walk to get the save.

Kingsport 15, Elizabethton 10 in Elizabethton.  The Twins were down 10-2 after five and a half and scored eight in the sixth to tie, but the Mets scored five in the seventh to win.  Max Kepler had three hits.  Kennys Vargas singled and homered, driving in three.  Justin Parker singled and doubled and JaDamion Williams had two hits.  Starter Todd Van Steensel allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits and two walks in 4.1 innings.  He struck out six.  Pedro Guerra took the loss, surrendering five runs (three earned) on four hits and two walks in 1.1 innings.  There were nine errors in the game; the Mets made five and the Twins four.

GCL Red Sox 3, Twins 2 at Red Sox.  The score was 2-1 after one and stayed there until the fifth, when the Red Sox scored two.  Joshua Hendricks singled and tripled.  Estarlin De Los Santos and Drew Leachman each had two hits.  Jeff Manship allowed a run on four hits in three innings, striking out three and walking none.  Hung Yi Chen allowed the fifth inning runs to take the loss, giving up four hits in three innings.  Tyler Herr went two shutout innings, giving up one hit.

DSL Twins 9, Orioles 1 at Orioles.  The Twins scored in seven innings.  Erick Gonzalez had two singles and a homer, raising his average to .324 in 74 at-bats.  Eddy Concepcion had two singles and a double.  Ernesto Ciprian and Javier Pimentel each singled and tripled and Adonis Pacheco singled and doubled, raising his average to .321 in 84 at-bats.  Sterling Bonilla gave up an unearned run on one hit in four innings, striking out four.  Randy Rosario allowed only a walk in three shutout innings, also striking out four to get the win.

Where They Stand

Rochester is 30-48, sixth (last) in the IL North, 15 games behind Lehigh Valley.  They have lost five in a row and are 3-7 in their last ten games.

New Britain is 41-35, third in the EL East, 4.5 games behind New Hampshire and Trenton.  They have lost three in a row and are 5-5 in their last ten games.

Ft. Myers is 37-41, second in the FSL South, 5.5 games behind St. Lucie.  They won their last game and are 3-7 in their last ten games.

Beloit is 43-34, third in the ML West, 5 games behind Burlington.  They lost their last game and are 7-3 in their last ten games.

Elizabethton is 6-4, second in the AL West, 3 games behind Johnson City.  They won their last two games.

The GCL Twins are 4-4, third in the GCL South, 1.5 games behind the Rays.  They lost their last game.

The DSL Twins are 19-10, first in the B. C. B. C., a half game ahead of the Orioles.  They lost their last game and are 6-4 in their last ten games.

This Week in Twins Transactions

Again, it's actually two weeks:

Joe Mauer was activated from the disabled list by Minnesota.
Glen Perkins was activated from the disabled list by Minnesota.
Brian Dinkelman was outrighted from Minnesota to Rochester.
Chuck James was optioned from Minnesota to Rochester.
Joe Nathan was assigned to Rochester on a rehab assignment, then was activated from the disabled list by Minnesota.
Jim Hoey was optioned from Minnesota to Rochester.
Delmon Young was placed on the fifteen day disabled list by Minnesota.
Rene Tosoni was optioned from Minnesota to Rochester, then was promoted from Rochester to Minnesota the next day.
Kevin Slowey was assigned to Ft. Myers for rehab.
Jason Kubel was assigned to Ft. Myers for rehab.
Jair Fernandez was promoted from New Britain to Rochester.
Steve Holm was placed on the seven day disabled list by Rochester with a strained right groin.
Ryan Mullins was released by Rochester.
Jake Stevens was sent from Rochester to New Britain.
Mike Hollimon was sent from Rochester to New Britain.
Brandon Roberts was sent to the GCL Twins for rehab, then was activated from the disabled list by Rochester.
Thomas Diamond was signed and sent to Rochester.
Nick Romero was assigned to Ft. Myers from Rochester.
Brian Dozier was activated from the disabled list by New Britain.
Santos Arias was released by New Britain.
Oswaldo Arcia was sent to the GCL Twins for rehab, then was promoted from Beloit to Ft. Myers.
Pat Dean was promoted from Beloit to Ft. Myers.
Hyeong-rok Choi was released by Beloit.
Tyler Grimes was sent from Elizabethton to extended spring training, then was promoted to Beloit.
Jhonatan Arias was promoted from Elizabethton to Beloit.
Estarlin de los Santos was sent to the GCL Twins for a rehab assignment.
Jeff Manship was sent to the GCL Twins for a rehab assignment.
Joe Benson was sent to the GCL Twins for a rehab assignment.
Steven Wickens was activated by the GCL Twins.
Kevin Mention was transferred by the GCL Twins from the seven day disabled list to the sixty day disabled list.
Emilio Sepulveda was activated from the disabled list by the DSL Twins. 

The following players were assigned to Elizabethton:  Miguel Sano, Bart Carter, Madison Boer, Max Kepler, Tyler Koelling, Corey Kimes, Steven Evans, Eddie Rosario, Adam Pettersen, Derek Christensen, JaDamion Williams, Niko Goodrum, Steven Gruver, David Hurlbut, Matthew Bashore, Todd Van Steensel, Rory Rhodes, Justin Parker, Cesar Ciurcina, Matej Hejma, and Kennys Vargas.

The following players were assigned to the GCL Twins:  John Krogstad, Gerardo Ramirez, Dereck Rodriguez, Julio Torres,

This Week in Ex-Twins

Actually two weeks:

Atlanta organization sends Jose Lugo from AAA Gwinnett to AA Mississippi.
Atlanta organization (AA Mississippi) releases Eddie Morlan.
Cleveland designates Adam Everett for assignment.
Colorado places Jose Morales on the sixty day disabled list.
Houston organization signs Brad Hennessey, sends him to AA Corpus Cristi, then promotes him to AAA Oklahoma City.
Houston organization (AAA Oklahoma City) places Ryan Rowland-Smith on the seven day disabled list.
Yankees organization signs Mike Lamb and assigns him to AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Yankees organization (AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre) activates Carlos Silva from the disabled list.
Yankees organization signs Terry Tiffee and assigns him to AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Oakland places Grant Balfour on the fifteen day disabled list.
Philadelphia unconditionally releases J. C. Romero.
St. Louis assigns Nick Punto to AA Springfield for rehab.
San Diego activates Orlando Hudson from the disabled list.
San Diego organization (AAA Tucson) places Bobby Kielty on the seven day disabled list.
San Diego organization sends Bobby Kielty from AAA Tucson to AA San Antonio.
Seattle organization (AAA Tacoma) places Luis Rodriguez on the seven day disabled list.
Toronto organization (AAA Las Vegas) places Sean Henn on the seven day disabled list, then activates him.
Washington signs J. C. Romero and assigns him to AAA Syracuse.

Minor Details: Games of 6/30

Pawtucket 6, Rochester 5 in Pawtucket.  The Red Wings tied it at five with a run in the top of the eighth, but the Red Sox won with a run in the bottom of the eighth.  Brian Dinkelman singled and doubled.  Aaron Bates had two hits to raise his average to .331.  Kyle Gibson allowed five runs on nine hits and a walk in five innings.  Kyle Waldrop pitched two shutout innings.  Anthony Slama allowed the winning run, which scored on a walk, two stolen bases, and a wild pitch.

Harrisburg 6, New Britain 0 in New Britain.  The Senators scored three in the first inning.  Evan Bigley singled and doubled.  Brett Jacobson struck out nine in 6.2 innings, but allowed four runs on five hits and three walks.

St. Lucie 2, Ft. Myers 1 in Ft. Myers (Game 1—Scheduled 7 innings).  The Mets scored both their runs in the third.  The Miracle out-hit the Mets 8-4.  Anderson Hidalgo was 3-for-3 with a double.  Jamaal Hawkins was 2-for-2 with a walk.  Kevin Slowey allowed both runs on three hits in 3.1 innings.  Matthew Tone pitched two hitless innings, walking one.

Ft. Myers 3, St. Lucie 2 in Ft. Myers (Game 2—Scheduled 7 innings).  The Miracle scored two in the first and one in the fourth to build a 3-0 lead.  Anderson Hidalgo hit a two-run homer and Aaron Hicks hit a solo homer.  Those were the only hits the Miracle had, as they were out-hit 9-2.  Kane Holbrooks gave up a run on six hits in six innings, walking none and striking out five.

Kane County 4, Beloit 3 in Kane County.  The Cougars scored three in the bottom of the eighth to overcome a 3-1 deficit.  Wang-wei Lin had three hits.  Daniel Ortiz hit a home run.  Manuel Soliman gave up an unearned run on three hits and two walks, striking out five in six innings.  Michael Tonkin took the loss, surrendering the eighth inning runs in his second inning of work.  He struck out three, but allowed three hits and walked two.

Elizabethton 2, Kingsport 0 in Elizabethton.  The Twins scored both of their runs in the fifth inning on Tyler Koelling’s two-run homer.  Koelling also singled.  Nick Lockwood singled and doubled to raise his average to .364 in 33 at-bats.  Max Kepler had two hits.  Tim Shibuya struck out six in six innings, giving up two hits and two walks.  Sam Spangler struck out three in two innings, allowing one hit to get the save.

GCL Twins 1, Rays 1 at Rays (Game suspended in the top of the sixth.)  Each team has four hits.  Joshua Hendricks had two of them for the Twins.  Angel Mata struck out five in three innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk.  Luis Nunez pitched two perfect innings, striking out four.

DSL White Sox 5, Twins 1 at Twins.  The Twins out-hit the White Sox 5-4 but made three errors.  Adonis Pacheco doubled and tripled.  Jose Jimenez took the loss, giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk, striking out three in four innings.  Ezequiel Zarzuela pitched two perfect innings.