Venezuelan View

Margarita 2, Aragua 0 at Aragua.  Sean Burroughs, Francisco Leandro, and Cesar Hernandez (Philadelphia) each had two hits for the Bravos.  Mike Parisi (Dodgers) worked seven innings to get the win.  Ronald Belisario (Pittsburgh) pitched the last 1.2 innings to get the save.  Yangervis Solarte and Vinny Rottino were each 2-for-4.  Joe Benson was 0-for-3.  The loss went to Deunte Heath (White Sox), who gave up two runs on four hits and two walks in six innings while striking out six.

Magallanes 6, Caracas 1 in Caracas.  Jesus Flores (Washington) had two singles and a double to lead the Navegantes.  Jose Sanchez gave up a run on four hits in five innings to get the win.  Pedro Guerra struck out three in two shutout innings, giving up only one hit, to get the win.  For the Leones, Wladimir Sutil (Houston) singled and doubled.  Michael Fiers (Milwaukee) allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits and a walk in five innings to take the loss.

Lara 4, Anzoategui 3 in Lara.  The Cardenales scored two in the eighth to take the win.  Oswaldo Navarro (Houston) and Jose Lopez (Florida) each had two hits.  Luis Valbuena (Cleveland) hit a two-run homer in the eight to seal the victory.  Jose Jimenez (Seattle) retired the only man he faced to get the win, while Raul Rivero (Baltimore) worked a scoreless ninth for the save.  For the Caribes, Juan Camacho had three hits.  Andrew Baldwin started and went 6.2 innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks.  Brayan Villareal (Detroit) allowed the two eighth-inning runs on two hits in a third of an inning to take the loss.

In other Venezuelan League action, Zulia defeated La Guaira 5-3 in Zulia.

On today's schedule, Margarita is at Caracas, Aragua travels to Magallanes, La Guaira goes to Zulia, and Anzoategui is at Lara.

Solar Sox Summary

Mesa scored three in the eighth to turn a 10-9 deficit into a 12-10 victory in Mesa.

Brian Dozier had two doubles and a home run to lead the way.  He went 3-for-5, scored three times, and drove in two.  Brandon Short (White Sox) had two doubles and a single.  D. J. LaMaheiu (Cubs) and Joe Mahoney (Baltimore) each had two singles and a home run and each drove in three.  Chris Herrmann and Aaron Hicks were each 1-for-4, with Hicks hitting a double and driving in two.  Jake Petricka (White Sox) got the win in relief, giving up a run on three hits in two innings.  Andrew Cashner (Cubs) worked a scoreless ninth for his second save.

Salt River was led by Nolan Arenado (Colorado), who had three doubles and a single.  Jake Goebbert (Houston) had two singles and a double and Brian Cavazos-Galvez (Dodgers) had three hits.  The loss went to Parker Frazier (Colorado), who allowed all three eighth-inning runs on three hits in a third of an inning.

Today is the Rising Stars Game, in which Brian Dozier is the only Twin on the roster.  Mesa will be off Sunday and will host Peoria Monday.

This Week in Twins Transactions

Joe Nathan had his 2012 option declined.
Jeff Gray was claimed off waivers from Seattle.
Matt Maloney was claimed off waivers from Cincinnati.
Tom Brunansky was named hitting coach for AAA Rochester.

The Twins released the following minor league players:  Nick Alloway, Nick Cicio, Jamaal Hawkins, Brandon Henderson, Marcus Limon, Derek McCallum, Bobby O’Neill, Justin Parker, Nick Romero, Sam Spangler, Matt Tone, and Kyle Wahl.

This Week in Ex-Twins

Actually two weeks:

Arizona exercised its side of a mutual contract option on Henry Blanco.  Blanco declined his side of the option.  Arizona then signed Blanco to a contract for 2012 with a mutual option for 2013.
Detroit assigns Brad Thomas outright to AAA Toledo.
Mets reinstate Johan Santana from the disabled list.
Philadelphia releases Juan Morillo.
Seattle re-signs Carl Willis as pitching coach.
Toronto declines its 2012 option on Jon Rauch.
Toronto re-signs Bobby Korecky.

Venezuelan View

Aragua 1, Caracas 0 in Aragua.  The game's lone run scored in the third inning, when Jorge Cortes doubled and scored on a Guillermo Rodriguez single.    Hector Gimenez had two hits for the Tigres.  Yangervis Solarte made his season debut for Aragua and was 0-for-4.  Joe Benson was used as a defensive replacement and did not bat.  Sergio Perez (Houston) gave up three hits and a walk in 6.2 innings to get the win.  Francisco Butto retired the only man he faced for the save.

Margarita 7, Magallanes 5 at Magallanes.  The Bravos led 6-0 after two and a half, but Navegantes scored five in the bottom of the third to make it a close game throughout.  Sean Burroughs had four hits to lead Margarita.  Marcel Prado pitched 2.2 scoreless innings to get the win, with Ronald Belisario retiring all four batters he faced to get the save.  Jose Altuve (Houston) had two doubles and a single to lead Magallanes.  Deolis Guerra retired all five batters he faced.  Albert Suarez (Tampa Bay) allowed four runs on five hits and two walks in 1.2 innings to take the loss.

In a game in which no Twins played, Lara edged La Guaira 4-3.

In one that we missed, Lester Oliveros made his debut for Anzoategui Wednesday, allowing a run on three hits in one inning.

In this evening's action, La Guaira is at Zulia, Magallanes hosts Caracas, Margarita travels to Aragua, and Anzoategui goes to Lara.

Solar Sox Summary

Brian Dozier walked and scored on a double by Junior Lake (Cubs) in the bottom of the ninth to give Mesa an 8-7 victory over Phoenix.

The double was Lake's third hit of the game, as he also singled and tripled.  Tyler Saladino (White Sox) and Jarek Cunningham (Pittsburgh) each singled and doubled.  Dozier was 0-for-4 with a walk and a run.  Aaron Hicks was 1-for-3 with a walk, scoring once and driving in three.  Cole DeVries started and went three hitless innings, walking two and striking out two.  Brett Jacobson retired all five batters he faced, striking out two.  Jeff Inman (Pittsburgh) got the win despite allowing two runs on a hit and a walk in one inning.

Adeiny Hechavarria (Toronto) hit a home run for the Desert Dogs.  Preston Claiborne (Yankees) allowed the winning run in his second inning of work to take the loss.

Mesa hosts Salt River this afternoon.

FMD: Deer Opener (11-4-11)

I've been pretty absent here the past few weeks, I've been very busy at work. My absence will continue over the weekend: I'm driving up to Swanville, MN to hunt deer. At my great-uncle-in-law's. Both my father and father-in-law are in the hunting party. Which I quite enjoy.
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As I mentioned earlier, my week's soundtrack has been pretty much 70% Beyoncé (with 20% Merle, and 10% Random). When I put together my end-of-the-year lists, her new album 4 is going to be hard to file: an 8-song album might challenge* Colin Stetson, but those other five or so songs are still there on the album, and she might not get listed at all. At the same time, there's too many good songs for me to pick just one for my singles list (which is where I put songs not on listed albums: otherwise both lists would pretty much be copies of each other.

*Or maybe it's just a brief infatuation with the record and I'll be sick of it by December 1.

I like Kanye West's work, but I hope he never again shows up on a Beyoncé album. Three seconds into "Party", and three seconds of his voice, and I'm hitting the "next track" button.

So anyways, share your list.

Remodeled basement. Same half-baked taste.