The Minnesota Twins have called up right-handed pitcher Yohan Pino from Triple-A Rochester, just one day after sending him down. The move was made before Friday’s game at Texas, when the Twins also placed shortstop/center fielder Danny Santana on the 15-day disabled list with a bone bruise in his left knee.
Mike Trout and Albert Pujols drove in two runs apiece, Jered Weaver pitched seven strong innings, and the Los Angeles Angels completed a perfect homestand with a 6-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday. Pujols had three hits and Josh Hamilton drove in a run to help the Angels win their sixth straight and move a season-best 11 games over .500 (44-33).
The Minnesota Twins have signed right-hander Nick Burdi, the hard-throwing college closer they drafted in the second round. The Twins announced Tuesday the deal was done. Burdi will report Friday to Class A Midwest League affiliate Cedar Rapids.
The countdown is on! In less than a month, baseball’s biggest names will be in the Twin Cities for an All-American celebration: Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game. This is the third Mid-Summer Classic the Twins have been honored to host.
Ten years. Two hundred ninety-two games. One thousand ninety-three and two-thirds innings. That’s how long Yohan Pino had to slog his way through the minor leagues before finally getting his shot at the big leagues. And, in an ironic twist few sports other than baseball could provide, he had to wait an extra two hours on Thursday night thanks to a steady rain that delayed the start of the Twins vs. White Sox until 9:16 p.m.
Facial hair seems almost mandatory in Major League Baseball, and the American League Central has some of the best.
The elation in the Minnesota dugout after Chris Parmelee broke a scoreless tie on a solo homer in the 10th inning didn’t last long. Seemingly on the verge of ending a four-game losing streak, the Twins instead lost their fifth in a row when Boston’s David Ortiz and Mike Napoli delivered back-to-back homers off Casey Fien and the Red Sox won it 2-1 Wednesday.
The Boston Red Sox are still looking for a position for Brock Holt. The versatile rookie has made the search difficult by playing well wherever the club has put him. Holt made his first professional start in center field and he appeared perfectly comfortable in his fifth position this season. He made a sensational diving catch to end the third inning and scored both Boston runs in the Red Sox’s 2-1 win over the Minnesota Twins 2-1 on Tuesday night.
In its first trip to the state tournament, New Life Academy’s baseball team has its first state title. It’s pretty incredible when you think about where this program was just four years ago.
Rubby De La Rosa matched his first career Fenway Park start with another seven impressive innings and A.J. Pierzynski had a sacrifice fly, lifting the Boston Red Sox to a 1-0 win over the Minnesota Twins Monday night. Mike Napoli helped cut down a runner trying to score with a heads up play in a Red Sox victory that came after a pair of one-run losses. Boston is 9-15 in one-run games.
The last time baseball’s All-Star Game was in Minnesota Pete Rose was still playing, the Metrodome was brand new, and it cost $2 to watch the home run derby. A lot has changed in 29 years. This year, the Minneapolis Area Convention and Visitors Bureau projects the four-day All-Star Game events will bring in $75 million, and draw 160,000 visitors.
Despite falling a single short of hitting for the cycle in front of his childhood idol, Eugenio Suarez still had a memorable game. Playing in just his eighth career game, Suarez had a double, triple, homer, two RBIs and scored three runs in Detroit’s 12-9 victory Saturday. He grounded into a force out in the eighth inning, ending his bid for the cycle.
Onas Farfan loves baseball. So much so, that his family moved him to the U.S. to play. Farfan spent most of his youth in Venezuela, but at age 16 his mother and father decided to send to hime Minnesota to live with an aunt, and to chase the American dream.
This is the last Rally of the school year.
Ron Gardenhire will be in the dugout with the AL All-Stars at his home stadium. The Minnesota manager was chosen along with Cleveland’s Terry Francona as coaches to join AL manager John Farrell of Boston in the July 15 All-Star game at Target Field. For the NL, manager Mike Matheny of St. Louis chose Clint Hurdle of Pittsburgh and Fredi Gonzalez of Atlanta as his coaching staff.