Weather: 82 degrees, partly cloudy
Wind: 5 mph, R to L
Umpires: HP - Tim Tschida. 1B - Jeff Nelson. 2B - Marty Foster. 3B - Bill Welke
Three times this season the Twins have won three games in a row and failed to extend the streak to four. Three times. They failed again tonight in Arizona, their inaugural inter-league game of the 2011 campaign, but you have to give the boys credit for making it interesting. If you told me after the seventh, down by four runs in the wreckage of a five run Diamondback inning, that the boys would come back and break my heart in the ninth I would have offered up an earnest guffaw.
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Brian Duensing vs Ian Kennedy
And now begins the interleague preview.
The Twins have played the Diamondbacks three times. The most recent series was here in 2008, sweeping them. Livan out pitched Webb for the win in game 1. The Twins visited Arizona in 2005, winning the series 2-1, and again in 2004 with the same results. Their sole loss was a complete game by Randy Johnson. I guess Silva, Aaron Fultz, and Joe Roa weren't a good match against him. In 2003, the Twins lost the series 1-2, with the sole win coming from spot starter Santana. It was his final start for a month before he was permanently installed in the rotation.
Following the clear progression, I predict a sweep.
Delmon Young was reinstated from the disabled list.
Jose Mijares was placed on the fifteen day disabled list.
Anthony Swarzak was recalled from Rochester to Minnesota.
Phil Dumatrait was recalled from Rochester to Minnesota.
Rene Tosoni was optioned from Minnesota to Rochester.
Jim Hoey was optioned from Minnesota to Rochester.
Jason Repko was assigned to Rochester on injury rehab.
Steve Holm was designated for assignment, then outrighted to Rochester.
Yorman Bazardo was placed on the seven day disabled list by Rochester (sore right forearm).
Steve Singleton was sent from Rochester to New Britain.
Ryan Mullins was promoted from Ft. Myers to New Britain.
Daniel Osterbrock was sent from New Britain to Ft. Myers.
Danile Osterbrock was placed on the seven day disabled list by Ft. Myers (shoulder injury).
Logan Darnell was promoted from Beloit to Ft. Myers.
Pat Dean was promoted from Elizabethton to Beloit.
Ben Tootle was activated from the disabled list by Beloit.
Rochester is 15-23, sixth (last) in the IL North, 8 games behind Lehigh Valley. The Red Wings have lost two in a row and are 3-7 over their last ten games.
New Britain is 23-14, second in the EL East, 1 game behind New Hampshire. The Rock Cats have lost one in a row and are 8-2 over their last ten games.
Ft. Myers is 23-18, second in the FSL South, 2 games behind St. Lucie. The Miracle has won three in a row and is 4-6 over its last ten games.
Beloit is 21-19, tied for third in the ML West, 8.5 games behind Burlington. The Snappers have lost two in a row and are 4-6 over their last ten games.
Atlanta organization sends Jose Lugo from Gwinnett (AAA) to Mississippi (AA), then promotes him back to Gwinnett the next day.
Boston reinstates Dennys Reyes from the inactive list.
Florida organization (AA Jacksonville) releases Erik Lis.
Dodgers purchase the contract of Juan Castro from Albuquerque (AAA).
Yankees promote Carlos Silva from Tampa (A) to Trenton (AA), then promote him from Trenton to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA).
St. Louis places Nick Punto on the fifteen day disabled list.
San Diego sends Orlando Hudson to Tucson (AAA) on a rehab assignment, then activates him from the disabled list.
San Diego recalls Pat Neshek from Tucson (AAA).
He’s still around? Arizona selects the contract of Sean Burroughs from Reno (AAA).
Gwinnett 7, Rochester 3 in Gwinnett. The Braves scored five runs in the first two innings. Scott Diamond allowed all five (four earned), giving up six hits and three walks in 2.1 innings. Kyle Waldrop struck out six in 3.2 perfect innings. Ray Chang and Steve Holm each singled and doubled. Brian Dinkelman had two hits.
Harrisburg 3, New Britain 1 in Harrisburg (Game 1—Scheduled 7 innings). A two-run third made the difference. Liam Hendriks pitched a complete game, allowing one earned run on seven hits and a walk while striking out six. The Rock Cats made two errors, both in the third inning, and had only three hits.
New Britain at Harrisburg (Game 2). Postponed.
Ft. Myers 4, Brevard County 3 in Ft. Myers. Brian Dozier hit a two-run single with two out in the bottom of the tenth. Josmil Pinto had three hits and Dozier had two. Matt Schuld gave up just one unearned run on four hits and two walks in 7.1 innings. Jhon Garcia allowed an unearned run in the top of the tenth on a hit and two walks to get the win. The Miracle made three errors.
Wisconsin 6, Beloit 1 in Wisconsin (Game 1—Scheduled 7 innings). The Timber Rattlers scored three in the second to take the lead for good. Adrian Salcedo allowed four runs on seven hits and a walk in five innings. The Snappers had only five hits.
Wisconsin 4, Beloit 3 in Wisconsin (Game 2—Scheduled 7 innings). The Snappers scored all their runs in the first inning. The Timber Rattlers tied it with a three-run third and scored one more in the fourth. Lance Ray singled and doubled, collecting two of the three Snapper hits. They also made three errors. Starter Michael Tonkin gave up three runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks in three innings. Ben Tootle took the loss, giving up the fourth-inning run but nothing else in three innings. He allowed two hits.
I'm in a bit of a musical funk right now, between enthusiasms. Maybe some randomness will get me going agin.
Today the Twins have another chance for their first four-game winning streak of the season. The Diamondbacks seem as good an opponent as any.
Walt Burnham (1860)
Joe Harris (1891)
George Grantham (1900)
Pete Appleton (1904)
Hal Newhouser (1921)
Herman Wedemeyer (1924)
Tom Morgan (1930)
Ken Boyer (1931)
Sadaharu Oh (1940)
Bobby Murcer (1946)
Ralph Bryant (1961)
David Wells (1963)
Todd Stottlemyre (1965)
Ramon Hernandez (1976)
Jayson Werth (1979)
Austin Kearns (1980)
Outfielder Herman Wedemeyer played for Class C Salt Lake City in 1950. He was a star running back in the All-America Football Conference, and later appeared in over 300 episodes of Hawaii Five-O, playing Sergeant Edward "Duke" Lukela.
Right-hander Tom Morgan was with Washington at the end of 1960, appearing in fourteen games with them. On January 31, 1961, before the franchise played a game in Minnesota, he was sold to the Los Angeles Angels.
Outfielder Ralph Bryant was drafted by Minnesota in the thirteenth round of the January draft in 1981, but he did not sign.
There do not appear to be any other major league players with connections to the Minnesota Twins born on this day.
We would like to wish a very happy birthday to hungryjoe.
Jeff Buckley, De La Soul, and Blind Melon, have all taken turns with this School House Rock title before. Here is an English group, Embrace. I chose them because the video was live and of the highest quality.
I wonder if Jobu is going to play Marvelous 3 or 3 Days Grace tomorrow.