2011 Game 30: Minnesota Twins at Boston Red Sox

Scott Baker vs Tim Wakefield

Knuckleball pitchers may be ageless, but Wakefield's time machine finally broke. Nonetheless, I think he will have a long leash in today's game. Knowing the Twins' offense, they might not be able to score enough runs in a single inning to knock him out of the game and expose the tired bullpen. Instead, they will have time to perfect the single/walk, steal, sacrifice, sacrifice (fly) strategy.

The Red Sox used their entire bullpen for Wednesday's game, including Wakefield, for a 13 inning game in which the starter lasted 4.1 innings. Naturally, the starter in yesterday's game also lasted a mere four innings, but it was mop-up time after that and anyone important was saved for today's game. The Sox have yet to top .500 after failing two previous times. Hopefully the Twins don't notice the "Red" part and treat these Sox like their bleached brethren.

This Week in Ex-Twins

Arizona organization (AAA Reno) places David Winfree on the seven day disabled list.
Atlanta organization promotes Eliecer Cardenas from Lynchburg (A) to Mississippi (AA).
Colorado organization (AAA Colorado Springs) activates Matt Macri from the temporarily inactive list.
Dodgers place Casey Blake on the fifteen day disabled list.
Milwaukee organization (AA Huntsville) releases Yancarlos Ortiz.
Philadelphia sends J. C. Romero to Lakewood (A) on a rehab assignment.
Philadelphia activates J. C. Romero from the disabled list.
Philadelphia organization (A Lakewood) places Jeff Lanning on the seven day disabled list.
San Diego places Orlando Hudson on the fifteen day disabled list.
Yankees assign Luis Ayala to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA).
Yankees assign Carlos Silva to Tampa (A).
Toronto organization activates Bobby Korecky from the disabled list.

Minor Details: Games of 5/5

Rochester 3, Gwinnett 2 in Rochester.  Ray Chang singled in Danny Lehmann in the bottom of the ninth to win the game.  Chang also doubled.  Brian Dinkelman had two hits.  Anthony Swarzak struck out six in 5.1 innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and no walks.  Anthony Slama struck out two in a scoreless ninth to get the win.

New Britain 2, Richmond 1 in New Britain (Game 1—scheduled 7 innings).  The Rock Cats scored both of their runs in the third.  Evan Bigley doubled and tripled.  Steve Hirschfeld gave up just one run on three hits and no walks in six innings to get the win.  Cole DeVries pitched a scoreless seventh for the save.

Richmond 7, New Britain 4 in New Britain (Game 2—10 innings—scheduled 7 innings).  The Rock Cats scored two in the seventh to tie it, but could not push the winning run across.  Evan Bigley doubled and tripled, Deibinson Romero doubled and singled, and Yangervis Solarte had two hits.  Liam Hendriks struck out eight in six innings, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks.  Tyler Robertson surrendered all three tenth-inning runs in his third inning of work.

Ft. Myers 6, Palm Beach 5 in Ft. Myers.  Josmil Pinto’s RBI double tied the game in the eighth and James Beresford singled in the winning run in the ninth.  Beresford had three hits.  Pinto also singled.  Jon Goncalves singled and doubled and Reggie Williams had two hits.  Starter Edgar Ibarra allowed all five runs on six hits and a walk in just four innings.  Brad Tippett and Jhon Garcia each pitched two shutout innings, with Garcia retiring all six batters he faced, four by strikeout.  Dakota Watts worked a perfect ninth for the win.

Beloit 10, Wisconsin 5 in Beloit.  The Snappers scored eight runs in the fifth.  Andy Leer and Tobias Streich each singled and homered, with Leer driving in three.  Jamaal Hawkins, Nate Roberts, Danny Ortiz, and Gunner Glad each singled and doubled.  Wang-Wei Lin had two hits.  Starter Andrei Lobanov gave up two runs on six hits and two walks in only 4.1 innings.  Blayne Weller allowed his first earned run of the season on two hits in 1.2 innings but got the win.  Jose Gonzalez threw two scoreless innings.

Happy Birthday–May 6

Bonesetter Reese (1855)
Walton Cruise (1890)
Mike McCormick (1917)
Willie Mays (1931)
Russ Gibson (1939)
Bill Hands (1940)
Masanori Murakami (1944)
Steve Staggs (1951)
Larry Andersen (1953)
Al Williams (1954)

John “Bonesetter” Reese worked with many baseball players and other famous people in the first part of the twentieth century.  “Bonesetting” is a Welsh term for the treatment of muscle and tendon strains.

Infielder Steve Staggs was drafted by Minnesota in the fourteenth round in 1970, but did not sign.

This is also the birthday of Twins’ farmhand Wilson Sanchez (1991).

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The dB’s – Big Brown Eyes

From Allmusic:

The band's music was a quirky blend of smart pop and psychedelia crossed with the more experimental side of new wave. Though they never received widespread recognition outside of critical acclaim, they provided a key link between Big Star and '80s alternative guitar acts such as R.E.M.


Pretty Fountains of Waynesie if you ask me.

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Minor League Players of the Month: April


Position PlayerTrevor Plouffe was .261/.333/.551 in 69 at-bats in April with five home runs.  Honorable mentionRene Tosoni hit .286/.389/.500 in 70 at-bats.

PitcherKyle Gibson was 0-1, 3.15, 1.05 WHIP in 20 innings (four starts).  He has struck out 21 and walked four.  Honorable mentionScott Diamond was 1-1, 3.48, 1.16 WHIP in 20.2 innings (four starts).  He has struck out 16 and walked nine.


Position PlayerYangervis Solarte was .359/.367/.577 in 78 at-bats.  Honorable mentionChris Parmelee is .273/.378/.442 in 77 at-bats.

PitcherCole DeVries is 0-0, 0.00, 0.27 WHIP in April in 14.2 innings (seven appearances).  He had four saves, walked one, and struck out 21.  Honorable mentionSteve Hirschfeld is 1-0, 2.05, 0.91 WHIP in 22 innings (four starts).  He has walked five and struck out 18.


Position PlayerBrian Dozier is .312/.443/.455 in 77 at-bats in April.  Honorable mentionDanny Rams is .338/.408/.500 in 68 at-bats.

PitcherKane Holbrooks is 0-4, 2.43, 1.11 WHIP in 29.2 innings (five starts).  He has walked six and struck out nine.  Honorable mentionDaniel Osterbrock is 2-0, 2.95, 1.15 WHIP in 18.1 innings (three starts, one relief appearance).  He has walked two and struck out nine.


Position PlayerDanny Ortiz is .377/.429/.768 with six home runs in 69 at-bats in April.  Honorable mention:  Oswaldo Arcia is .352/.420/.704 with five home runs in 71 at-bats.

PitcherLogan Darnell is 1-1, 2.78, 0.66 WHIP in 22.2 innings (four starts).  He has walked three and struck out 16.  Honorable mention:  Blayne Weller is 2-0, 0.00, 1.40 WHIP in 14.1 innings (seven appearances).  He has walked six and struck out twelve.

Minor Details: Games of 5/1 – 5/4


Sunday—Rochester 9, Syracuse 6 in Syracuse.  Trevor Plouffe had two singles, a double, and a home run.  Brian Dinkelman and Matt Brown each had three hits.

Monday—Syracuse 3, Rochester 2 in Syracuse.  Scott Diamond worked five shutout innings.  Ben Revere and Dustin Martin each had two hits.

Tuesday—Rochester at Syracuse.  Postponed.

Wednesday—League-wide off day.


Sunday—New Britain 8, Harrisburg 7 in New Britain (10 innings).  Yangervis Solarte had two doubles and a single, scoring the winning run.  Mike Hollimon had three hits.  Brett Jacobson worked 3.1 scoreless innings.

Monday—Richmond 6, New Britain 2 in New Britain.  Deibinson Romero had two hits.  Michael Tarsi worked two scoreless innings.

Tuesday—New Britain 4, Richmond 2 in New Britain. Evan Bigley had two singles and a double.  Bobby Lanigan gave up two runs on five hits in seven innings.  Cole DeVries pitched two scoreless innings.

Wednesday—Richmond at New Britain.  Postponed.  Will be made up as a doubleheader today.


Sunday—Ft. Myers 5, Charlotte 3 in Charlotte.  Nate Hanson had three hits.  Andrew Albers gave up two hits and struck out four in 4.2 scoreless innings of relief.

Monday—Ft. Myers 4, Charlotte 3 in Charlotte (10 innings).  Nick Romero and James Beresford each had two hits.  Nate Hanson hit a game-tying homer in the ninth.  Kevin Slowey gave up two hits and no walks in 5.2 scoreless innings.

Tuesday—Ft. Myers 9, Palm Beach 6 in Ft. Myers.  Brian Dozier doubled and tripled, scoring three times.  Aaron Hicks hit a two-run homer.  Tom Stuifbergen pitched two scoreless innings of relief.

Wednesday—Ft. Myers 6, Palm Beach 2 in Ft. Myers.  Danny Rams had three hits.  Kane Holbrooks gave up two unearned runs on six hits and a walk in six innings.  Blake Martin worked three perfect innings.


Sunday—Beloit 10, Clinton 8 in Clinton.  The Snappers scored nine runs in the eighth.  Danny Ortiz, Tobias Streich, and Wang-Wei Lin each had two hits.  Ryan O’Rourke pitched 2.1 scoreless innings.

Monday—Clinton 13, Beloit 6 in Clinton.  Jamaal Hawkins, Michael Gonzales, and Nate Roberts each had two hits.

Tuesday—Beloit 6, Clinton 3 in Clinton.  Kyle Knudson had three hits.  Ryan O’Rourke pitched two scoreless innings.

Wednesday—Beloit 4, Wisconsin 1 in Beloit.  Danny Ortiz had two doubles.  Adrian Salcedo gave up one run on six hits in seen innings while striking out eight.  Clinton Dempster struck out five in two shutout innings.

Twins Collectibles Spotlight: Unphortunate Fotos

Thought I'd post some Twins cards with photos that caught my fancy. Some you've probably seen before, some might be new -- all of them caught a certain interesting moment in time.

1994 Topps Gold #543 Larry Casian "Shower time, Larry"; 2003 Playoff Prestige #81 Torii Hunter "backwards K"; 2010 Bowman #137 Delmon Young "Whoa! Uh lookout, whoa!"; 2004 Topps Total #81 Matt LeCroy "Huff puff huff puff..."

Remodeled basement. Same half-baked taste.