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Happy Birthday–April 20

Tommy Dowd (1869)
Charlie Hemphill (1876)
Charlie Smith (1880)
Mike Mowrey (1884)
Dave Bancroft (1891)
Roy Hofheinz (1912)
Preston Gomez (1923)
Tom Hutton (1946)
Milt Wilcox (1950)
Doug Clarey (1954)
Floyd Chiffer (1956)
Don Mattingly (1961)
Greg Brummett (1967)
Dan Smith (1969)
Todd Hollandsworth (1973)

Dan Smith was drafted by Minnesota in the twenty-second round in 1987, but did not sign.

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Rock Cats Recap

Where they stand:  New Britain is 7-4, second in the EL East, a half game behind Reading.

Who’s hot:  Joe Benson is hitting .372/.426/.581 in 43 at-bats.  Chris Parmelee is hitting .333/.362/.511 in 45 at-bats.  Cole DeVries is 0-0, 0.00, striking out ten and allowing just two hits and no walks in 7.1 innings (three appearances).  Steve Hirschfeld is 1-0, 0.82, allowing five hits and two walks in eleven innings (two starts).

Who’s cold:  Mike Hollimon is 1-for-26, giving him a line of .038/.167/.154 (his hit was a home run).  Allan de San Miguel is batting .167/.231/.250 in 24 at-bats.  Brett Jacobson has allowed five runs on five hits and three walks in five innings (three appearances).  Spencer Steedley is 0-1, 7.49, 1.94 WHIP in 5.2 innings (four appearances).  He has struck out eight.

Transactions:  Daniel Rohlfing was promoted from Ft. Myers to New Britain.  Danny Lehmann was promoted from New Britain to Rochester.

What’s next:  The Rock Cats have two more home games with New Hampshire.  They then go on the road for three in Portland, have an off day Sunday, and then have four in New Hampshire.

Minor Details: Games of 4/18

Rochester at Buffalo.  Postponed.  Will be made up as part of a doubleheader this afternoon.

New Hampshire 7, New Britain 3 in New Britain.  The Fisher Cats scored five runs in the third inning.  It was the only bad inning David Bromberg had—he allowed five runs on seven hits and a walk in seven innings.  Evan Bigley singled and doubled.

Ft. Myers 6, St. Lucie 4 in St. Lucie.  The Miracle scored four runs in the seventh to take the lead.  The inning was aided by three walks and two errors.  Danny Rams singled and doubled and Nathan Hanson had two hits.  Daniel Osterbrock allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and no walks in five innings.  Andrew Albers got the win, allowing a run on no hits and a walk in 1.1 innings.  Dakota Watts retired the final two batters of the game to get the save.

Beloit 4, Wisconsin 2 in Wisconsin.  The Snappers scored all four runs in the ninth to overcome a 2-0 deficit, hitting two doubles and then four singles.  Every starter had at least one hit, with Kyle Knudson the only Snapper with two.  Manuel Soliman gave up two runs on five hits and three walks in five innings while striking out seven.  Matt Hauser got the win with 1.2 innings of scoreless relief, allowing a hit and a walk with two strikeouts.  Jose Gonzalez struck out the only man he faced to get the save.

Happy Birthday–April 19

Bucky Walters (1909)
Hector Maestri (1935)
Rick Miller (1948)
Ed Hodge (1958)
R. J. Reynolds (1959)
Frank Viola (1960)
Spike Owen (1961)
Scott Kamieniecki (1964)
Brent Mayne (1968)
Jose Cruz (1974)
Joe Beimel (1977)
George Sherrill (1977)
Dennys Reyes (1977)
Joe Mauer (1983)

Right-hander Hector Maestri was with the Washington franchise in 1960, making one appearance in the majors.  Before the 1961 season started, however, he was selected in the expansion draft by the new Washington franchise, for whom he made one more appearance in 1961.

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Red Wings Report

Where they stand:  Rochester is 4-6, fifth in the IL North, two and a half games behind Lehigh Valley.

Who’s hot:  Trevor Plouffe is hitting .321/.374/.714 with three home runs in 28 at-bats.  Rene Tosoni is hitting .324/.381/.676 with three home runs in 37 at-bats.  Eric Hacker is 1-0, 0.00 in 11 innings.  He has given up four hits and no walks and struck out ten.  Jim Hoey is 1-0, 2.70 in 6.2 innings.  He has given up two runs on five hits and a walk with eight strikeouts.

Who’s cold:  Brandon Roberts is batting .071/.133/.071 in 28 at-bats.  Matthew Brown is batting .194/.324/.226 in 31 at-bats.  Andrew Baldwin is 1-1, 10.13 in 10.2 innings.  Kyle Waldrop is 0-2, 6.35 with a 2.47 WHIP in 5.2 innings (four appearances).

Transactions:  Anthony Slama was activated from the seven day disabled list.  Steve Holm was promoted to Minnesota.  Danny Lehmann was promoted from New Britain to Rochester.  Jim Hoey was promoted to Minnesota.  Jeff Manship was optioned from Minnesota to Rochester.

What’s next:  The Red Wings travel to Buffalo for four games, then come home for four against Pawtucket and four against Buffalo.

Minor Details: Games of 4/17

Rochester 6, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 3 in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.  Doubles by Rene Tosoni and Chase Lambin keyed a four-run first.  Brian Dinkelman had three hits.  Tosoni also homered, driving in three for the game.  Lambin also singled, and Danny Lehmann had two hits.  Andrew Baldwin went seven innings to get the win, striking out eight while giving up three runs on four hits and no walks.  Phil Dumatrait pitched a perfect ninth for the save.

Portland 11, New Britain 6 in New Britain.  The SeaDogs did all there scoring in three innings, getting five in the third, three in the sixth, and three in the ninth.  Chris Parmelee had two singles and a home run.  Yangervis Solarte hit two doubles.  Joe Benson singled and tripled, Steve Singleton singled and doubled, and Mark Dolenc had two hits.  Liam Hendriks took the loss, allowing five runs on five hits in five innings.  He walked none and struck out four.  Brett Jacobson allowed the three-run sixth and Santos Arias allowed the three-run ninth.

St. Lucie 4, Ft. Myers 1 in St. Lucie.  A three-run third provided the margin of victory.  The Miracle had only four hits, all singles, and no player had more than one.  Their lone run scored on a passed ball.  Kane Holbrooks took the loss, giving up three runs (two earned) on seven hits and no walks in seven innings.

Cedar Rapids 5, Beloit 3 in Beloit (Game 1—scheduled seven innings).  The Kernels led all the way, although never by more than three runs.  Daniel Ortiz had two doubles.  Oswaldo Arcia homered and singled.  Michael Gonzales homered.  Adrian Salcedo took the loss, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits and four walks in 4.2 innings.

Beloit 9, Cedar Rapids 1 in Beloit (Game 2—scheduled seven innings).  The Snappers scored five in the third and were never threatened.  Josmil Pinto and Derek McCallum each had two hits.  Michael Gonzales hit a three-run homer in the big third inning.  Oswaldo Arcia walked twice and scored three times.  Starter Andrei Lobanov pitched four innings, giving up one run on six hits and a walk while striking out five.  Martire Garcia struck out three in two innings while allowing a hit and a walk to get the win.

Happy Birthday–April 18

Frank Navin (1871)
Sam Crawford (1880)
Duffy Lewis (1888)
Jack Scott (1892)
Steve Blass (1942)
Mike Paul (1945)
Doug Flynn (1951)
Bobby Castillo (1955)
Rich Bordi (1959)
Jim Eisenreich (1959)
Dennis Rasmussen (1959)
Steve Dunn (1970)
Rico Brogna (1970)
Brian Buscher (1981)
Miguel Cabrera (1983)
Billy Butler (1986)

Rich Bordi was drafted by Minnesota in the fifth round in 1977, but did not sign.

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Minor Details: Games of 4/16

Rochester at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Postponed.  No makeup date has been announced.

Portland at New Britain.  Postponed.  No makeup date has been announced.

Ft. Myers 9, Bradenton 6 at Bradenton.  The Miracle overcame a 5-1 deficit with five in the sixth and then scored three more in the eighth.  Brian Dozier had two singles and a triple and James Beresford had two singles and a double.  Danny Rams and Nathan Hanson each singled and homered.  Aaron Hicks had two hits.  Nicholas Romero drove in three.  Starter Matt Schuld worked only three innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits and a walk.  Shooter Hunt got the win, giving up an unearned run on a hit and three walks in two innings.  He struck out five.  Bruce Pugh struck out three in two scoreless innings to get the save.

Cedar Rapids at Beloit.  Postponed.  Game will be made up as part of a doubleheader June 14.

Happy Birthday–April 17

Alexander Cartwright (1820)
Cap Anson (1852)
Tom Needham (1879)
Jake Daubert (1884)
Buzz Arlitt (1912)
Solly Hemus (1923)
Antonio Pollerena (1947)
Tsutomu Wakamatsu (1947)
Denny Walling (1954)
Craig Worthington (1965)
Marquis Grissom (1967)
Gary Bennett (1972)

This is also the birthday of Twins’ farmhand Deolis Guerra (1989).  There do not appear to be any major league players with connections to the Minnesota Twins who were born on this day.

Happy Birthday–January 1

Tim Keefe (1857)
Hugh Nicol (1858)
Webster McDonald (1900)
Ethan Allen (1904)
Hank Greenberg (1911)
Joe Reichler (1915)
Sherry Robertson (1919)
Earl Torgeson (1924)
Carl Scheib (1927)
Roy Majtyka (1939)
Bill Bethea (1942)
Rick Albert (1951)
Bob Owchinko (1955)
La Marr Hoyt (1955)
Fernando Tatis (1975)

We would like to wish a very happy birthday to mrs. bhiggum.

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