Happy Birthday–June 11

Roger Bresnahan (1879)
Ernie Nevers (1902)
Dan Topping (1912)
Frank Thomas (1929)
Jimmy Stewart (1939)
Danny Morris (1946)
Dave Cash (1948)
Brian Gorman (1959)
Mike Davis (1959)
Odalis Perez (1978)
Bobby Keppel (1982)
Jose Reyes (1983)

Football great Ernie Nevers, born in Willow River, Minnesota, pitched for the St. Louis Browns for parts of three seasons (1926-1928).

We would also like to wish a very happy birthday to UncleWalt.

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This Week in Twins Transactions

It's actually two weeks, but this still seems like an awfully long list:

Brian Dinkelman was promoted from Rochester to Minnesota.
Dusty Hughes was optioned from Minnesota to Rochester.
Luke Hughes was promoted from Rochester to Minnesota.
Chuck James was promoted from Rochester to Minnesota.
Jason Kubel was placed on the fifteen day disabled list.
Francisco Liriano was placed on the fifteen day disabled list, then came back off the disabled list.
Jose Mijares was activated from the disabled list.
Joe Nathan was placed on the fifteen day disabled list.
Trevor Plouffe was optioned from Minnesota to Rochester.
Ben Revere was promoted from Rochester to Minnesota.
Anthony Slama was promoted from Rochester to the major leagues, then was optioned to Rochester.
Jim Thome was placed on the fifteen day disabled list.
Rene Tosoni was promoted from Rochester.
Matthew Brown was released by Rochester.
Ray Chang was placed on the seven day disabled list by Rochester with a broken fibula.
Cole DeVries was promoted from New Britain to Rochester.
Mike Hollimon was promoted from New Britain to Rochester.
Jeremy Reed was traded to Rochester from Nashville.
Steve Singleton was promoted from New Britain to Rochester.
Michael Tarsi was promoted from New Britain to Rochester.
Joe Benson was placed on the seven day disabled list by New Britain with a sore left knee.
Brian Dozier was promoted from Ft. Myers to New Britain.
Jair Fernandez was activated from the disabled list by New Britain.
Blake Martin was promoted from Ft. Myers to New Britain.
Bruce Pugh was promoted from Ft. Myers to New Britain.
Spencer Steedley was placed on the seven day disabled list by New Britain.
Dennis Suarez was assigned to New Britain by Minnesota.
Ricky Bowen was assigned to Ft. Myers from extended spring training.
Matthew Hauser was promoted from Beloit to Ft. Myers.
Aaron Hicks was activated from the disables list by Ft. Myers.
Kane Holbrooks was activated from the disabled list by Ft. Myers.
Joe Mauer was assigned to Ft. Myers by Minnesota.
Tsuyoshi Nishioka was assigned to Ft. Myers by Minnesota.
Brad Tippett was released by Ft. Myers.
Dakota Watts was activated from the disabled list by Ft. Myers.
Hyeong-rok Choi was promoted from Elizabethton to Beloit.
Nelvin Fuentes was activated from the disabled list by Beloit.
Gunner Glad was released by Beloit.
Jairo Perez was promoted from the GCL Twins to Beloit.
Alexandre De Oliveira was placed on the restricted list by the DSL Twins.
Carlos Martinez was assigned to the DSL Twins by Minnesota.
Angel Mata was placed on the reserve list by the DSL Twins.
Aderlin Mejia was placed on the reserve list by the DSL Twins.
Joel Polanco was assigned to the DSL Twins by Minnesota.
Brayan Rivera was assigned to the DSL Twins by Minnesota.
Emilio Sepulveda was placed on the seven day disabled list by the DSL Twins.
Reyson Zoquiel was assigned to the DSL Twins by Minnesota.

Where They Stand

Rochester is 23-35, sixth (last) in the IL North, 14 games behind Lehigh Valley.  The Red Wings have lost three in a row and are 4-6 in their last ten games.

New Britain is 32-26, third in the EL East, 3.5 games behind New Hampshire.  The Rock Cats won their last game and are 5-5 in their last ten games.

Ft. Myers is 30-30, second in the FSL South, one game behind St. Lucie.  The Miracle lost its last game and is 2-8 in their last ten games.

Beloit is 30-30, tied for fourth in the ML West, 10.5 games behind Burlington.  The Snappers have won two in a row and are 7-3 in their last ten games.

The DSL Twins are 5-3, tied for second in the B.C.B.C., 1.5 games behind the White Sox.  The Twins won their last game.

This Week in Ex-Twins

Actually two weeks:

Atlanta organization sends Eliecer Cardenas from Mississippi (AA) to Lynchburg (A).
Baltimore organization sends Armando Gabino from Norfolk (AAA) to Bowie (AA).
Boston assigns Darnell McDonald to Pawtucket (AAA).
Cubs activate Matt Garza from the disabled list.
Cubs organization (AAA Iowa) activates Augie Ojeda from the disabled list.
White Sox organization (AAA Charlotte) places Michael Restovich on the seven day disabled list, then activates him from the disabled list.
Dodgers outright Juan Castro to AAA Albuquerque.
Dodgers recall Trent Oeltjen from AAA Albuquerque.
Yankees organization (AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre) places Carlos Silva on the seven day disabled list.
Oakland places Grant Balfour on paternity leave.
Oakland organization (AAA Sacramento) places Steve Tolleson on the temporarily inactive list.
Oakland organization (AAA Sacramento) trades Steve Tolleson to San Diego organization (AAA Tucson) for cash considerations.
Philadelphia organization sends Jeff Lanning from AA Reading to extended spring training, then sends him to Lakewood (A).
Pittsburgh places Joe Beimel on the fifteen day disabled list.
San Diego organization (AAA Tucson) activates Bobby Kielty from the disabled list.
Minatitlan of the Mexican League adds Hector Carrasco to the roster.
Veracruz of the Mexican League places D’Angelo Jimenez on waivers.

Minor Details: Games of 6/9

Columbus 7, Rochester 1 in Columbus.  The Clippers scored three in the fourth and three in the fifth.  Dustin Martin singled and doubled.  Scott Diamond surrendered all seven runs on eight hits and four walks in 4.1 innings.

New Britain 14, Akron 3 in New Britain.  The Rock Cats scored in only three innings:  three in the first, five in the third, and six in the fourth.  Daniel Rohlfing had two doubles and a single, driving in three.  Chris Parmelee and Mark Dolenc had three hits each.  Evan Bigley singled and homered.  Liam Hendriks gave up one run on seven hits and a walk in six innings.  Tyler Robertson got a save despite giving up two runs on seven hits in three innings.

Palm Beach 11, Ft. Myers 5 in Ft. Myers.  The Cardinals scored three in each of the third, sixth, and eighth innings.  Anderson Hidalgo had a homer and two singles, raising his average to .319.  Aaron Hicks and Jon Goncalves each had two hits.  Tsuyoshi Nishioka and Joe Mauer each went 1-for-3, with Mauer hitting a double.  Brad Stillings allowed four runs on four hits and two walks in three innings.  He did strike out five.  Shooter Hunt, after a hopeful start, is struggling again.  He gave up three runs on a hit and four walks in a third of an inning.  Over his last 7.1 innings (five appearances), he has walked nineteen batters.

Beloit 11, Ft. Wayne 8 in Beloit (completion of suspended game).  The Snappers scored four in the bottom of the eighth to overcome an 8-7 deficit.  Wang-wei Lin hit a three-run homer to provide the margin of victory.  Michael Gonzales had a double and two singles to raise his average to .305.  Lance Ray had two doubles and a single, scoring three times.  Jairo Perez had two hits in his Snapper debut.  Manuel Soliman allowed five runs on ten hits and a walk.  Jose Gonzalez pitched the final 1.1 innings scorelessly to get the win.

Beloit 3, Ft. Wayne 0 in Beloit (regularly scheduled game—scheduled 7 innings).  All the runs were scored in the third inning.  Andy Leer doubled two drive in the first two and scored the third.  Leer had two doubles in the game.  Daniel Santana had two hits.  Ryan O’Rourke gave up just one hit in 3.2 innings, striking out four.  Michael Tonkin got the win, also giving up just one hit in 2.1 innings.  Clinton Dempster pitched a perfect seventh to get the save.

DSL Twins 6, Rockies 3 at Twins.  The Twins scored three in the seventh to break a 3-3 tie.  Adonis Pacheco singled and doubled.  Erick Gonzalez and Pedro Estaba each had two hits.  Felix Martinez drove in three runs.  Sterling Bonilla gave up two runs on six hits and a walk, striking out five in five innings.  Jose Jimenez got the win, giving up one run on two hits and a walk in three innings.  Edgar Martinez pitched a scoreless ninth to get the save.

Friday Music Day: June 10, 2011

I think this is the best song I've heard all year: "Wicked Games" by Canadian R&B singer the Weeknd. (Warning! Foul language!)
I love that it nearly shares a title with the Chris Isaak song, which had a foreboding feel, but never went this dark. This is so dark it's evil. If any other R&B sounded like this, I'd actually give the genre a better chance.

I left my girl back home
I don't love her no more

I keep listening over and over and over, dreaming about CJ.

You can get the whole album for free direct from him. Nothing else this great on one inattentive listen through.

There's a video on vimeo, too, which is pretty awesome, but it's got nudity and drug use, so you'll have to put in the legwork.

What've you got?

[PS. Soundcloud embeds don't seem to work, or this would have been even cooler.]

Happy Birthday–June 10

Jack Graney (1886)
Garland Braxton (1900)
Danny McFayden (1905)
Vic Harris (1905)
Mike Kreevich (1908)
Frank Demaree (1910)
Chuck Thompson (1921)
Hank Foiles (1929)
Ed Palmquist (1933)
Johnny Edwards (1938)
Ken Singleton (1947)
Elias Sosa (1950)
Gerry Hunsicker (1950)
Francisco Barrios (1953)
Scott Ullger (1955)
Floyd Bannister (1955)
Pokey Reese (1973)
Freddy Garcia (1975)

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Remodeled basement. Same half-baked taste.