This Week in Twins Transactions

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.

Where They Stand

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.

This Week in ex-Twins

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).

Minor Details: Games of 5/19

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.

Happy Birthday–May 20

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.

Embrace – 3 Is The Magic Number

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.

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Game 42 Recap: Twins 11, A’s 1

- 15-27 (Last in the Central)
Highest WPA
- Blackburn (7.0 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 SO) and Morneau (3 for 5, HR, 2 RBI)
Lowest WPA - Plouffe (1 for 5, HR, 3 RBI) - seriously, the guy who hit a 3-R HR ended up with the lowest WPA.
MLB Recap


I did not have a chance to see this game as it happened.  Work required my attention this afternoon, but I managed to avoid hearing anything about it and once I got home I turned on the replay.  Unfortunately, I can't recap the actual game, because someone edited in some obviously fake footage right over the top of what I assume to be the standard 2011 Twins effort.

Instead, I got to see Nick Blackburn pitch an effective seven innings, alternatively aided and hindered by his defense.  Meanwhile, the Twins offense put up double digit runs (I know, I know. This was one of the clues that something was up).  All those runs were the result of multiple extra base hits (strike two) including a home-run by Rene Rivera (Oh, come on!).

Prior to this "game" the Twins had won two straight, but this is the first time in a long time that Minnesota won a game that was never really in doubt.

Feels good.  Too bad it was a fabrication.  Anyone care to fill me in on what actually happened?


Winner, Winner, Chickpea Dinner

Afternoon baseball has a way of building an appetite while simultaneously sapping the will to invest the time and effort to make a complex meal. This dish tastes complex, but it's pretty simple to make, and takes only one pot (plus a pot for rice). The inspiration for this dish comes from here, here and here. It can be made with dried chana dal, but my kids actually prefer the quick version with canned chick peas (garbanzo beans).
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Remodeled basement. Same half-baked taste.