Twins ace Johan Santana is enjoying his second sports passion as much as baseball these days, as he monitors the Internet for World Cup soccer updates and — as he did Saturday afternoon — shows off some impressive moves kicking around a soccer ball in the outfield.
Venezuela's national team has never overcome South American powers such as Argentina and Brazil to qualify for a World Cup. But that hasn't stopped Santana from closely following the tournament, to the point of trying to collect jerseys from all 32 teams in this year's field. (He's up to about 15, he said.)
"A lot of people don't know what that means to the world,'' he said of the World Cup. "It's a beautiful competition. You see everybody standing for their country. Even when you don't have a team in the World Cup, you still stand. For me, you stand for everybody.''
I wonder if he has a Dutch jersey yet.
Center fielder Brandon Roberts made his Twins organization debut last night for Class A Fort Myers.
"We were hoping Tony would be able to hit a few more home runs," manager Ron Gardenhire said last week. "He's been wonderful here, a quality person, just what we thought when we brought him over. It's just that we're not getting the production we need."
Twins Trade Castro The Twins traded Juan Castro to Cincinatti today for Minor League outfielder Brandon Roberts. From the Twins Press Release:
Roberts, 21, was batting .267 (66-247) with five doubles, one triple, one homer, 15 rbi and 23 stolen bases in 60 games with the Sarasota Reds (A, Florida State League) this season.
The 6-0, 185-pounder was originally drafted by the Reds in the seventh round of the June, 2005 free agent draft. In 2005, his first professional season, Roberts batted .318 (87-274) with nine doubles, six triples, four homers, 36 rbi and 32 stolen bases, while being selected to the Pioneer League Year-End All-Star team.
The Twins will be playing one man short tonight, no news as to who will be the 25th man on the roster tomorrow.
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Safe at home.
Two dudes ran on the field last night, one got caught early, the other made it all the way around the bases and slid head first in to home right in front of David Ortiz. MLB and the broadcasters usually don't show this stuff, but this was way to funny for them no to show.
UPDATE The two guys from a Minneapolis suburbs are being charged with disorderly conduct and could be charged with more. By the way, how are you still a bat boy at 25 years old Nate Reese?
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In case anyone missed it, the Twins beat the Red Sox in 12 innings last night with Jason Kubel's walk off Grand Slam. Not only was it his first home run, it was his first Grand Slam, his first walk off hit and his first Major League gatorade bath.
KG was at the game again last night and JJ once again got a hand shake.
Bye bye Twista. The Twins send Tony Batista down to AAA and recall Jason Bartlett who will replace Castro as shortstop. Third base will now more than likely be platooned by Juan Castro,Nick Punto, L-Rod & T-Tiffee.
Mauer is reportedly the third Major League player to ever reach base four times in five consecutive games. But the mark is considered unofficial by the Elias Sports Bureau because no official record exists for consecutive games reaching base four times.
Hopefully he can keep up the hot hitting with the Red Sox in town.
Want to know how Joe keeps up his training and is able to this so well? I'm sure you can learn a thing or two from his Quickswing Training Aid.
Buck, lets get that YouTube clip of us going crazy as the twins moved 11.5 out on Friday night.
Tomorrow, Johan plays Curt. Lets sweep the Sox.
I spoke to my dad this morning, Rocheter is known as the "flower city" we have lilacs and we have lots of Flour. Anyway, we are also pretty clever there. I guess they are wearing a hat this year on the road that is like the TC on the twins hat but its an FC. I put an order in with my dad.
Draft news. The Twins took Chris Parmelee from Chino Hills HS in the First round of the Draft today. An outfielder/1B apparently he can hit. From Baseball America:
Considered one of the draft's safer bets among hitters with good plate discipline and a sound swing
. Chris Parmelee is a 6'1, 200 pound first baseman and pitcher from Chino Hills, CA. One of the top power hitters in the class of 2006, Chris has the bat speed and contact ability to hit with power to all fields. This season Chris batted .412 with 28 hits, 24 RBI's and 11 home runs. On the defensive side, Chris has great agility, a strong arm and soft hands when playing first base. On the mound this season Chris recorded five wins and 50 strikeouts. He was a First Team All-District selection for Chino Hills. Could this be the power hitter the Twins want when the new stadium opens?
In the second round the Twins selected another outfielder, William Benson from Joliet Catholic Academy. From the MLB scouting report:
he has a power-speed combination that excites scouts. He's raw, but projectable.
You're with me Bert.
The Twins optioned Scott Baker AAA Rochester today. Looks like we'll be seeing Silva back in the line up this week. They recalled Terry Tiffee. Anyone want to bet on who the next pitcher in rotaion sent down will be? Boof? Bradke?
The first results of the annual fan voting for All-Stars has been released, and despite being the Major League's batting leader, Twins catcher Joe Mauer's name was nowhere in sight. In fact, the only Twin to show up among the leaders was Torii Hunter, who placed 12th among outfielders. Vote at the game and online!
J.D. Durbin turned in another impressive performance for the Rochester Red Wings on Tuesday night, giving up only three hits and no runs over eight innings. Unfortunately for Durbin, the game was scoreless when he left, and the Red Wings eventually won, 5-0. For the season, Durbin is 3-1 with a 2.54 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 56 2/3 innings of work.
Looks like Roger Clemens will pitch his first game back with Houston against the Twins on June 22. I'd love to watch this game, but i'll be too busy yelling at A.J. and watching Albert touch em all in Chicago.
Francisco Liriano pitched another stellar game last not, not giving up a hit in 5+ innings. In three starts he's given up only seven hits and one run in 16 innings, and has an ERA of 0.56 as a starter. Which leads me to this rule.
Things not to say to a buddy when his favorite pitcher has a no-hitter going in the 5th: 1.Santana has a no hitter going? Wow. 2. Did you see Liriano has a No-hitter going? 3. Anything involving no's and hits.
Things you can say: 1. Dude, turn on the game. 2. Good game so far. 3. Nothing at all.
I know Liriano's pitch count was up there and the Twins coaches were just waiting for him to give up something so they could take him out, but come on. Don't mention the no hitter.