Minnesota Twins Morning News: Spring Training Day Twelve

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Oct 4, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins shortstop Danny Santana (39) singles during the fourth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 4, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins shortstop Danny Santana (39) singles during the fourth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports /
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– The Minnesota Twins dropped their spring training home opener last night by a score of 6-5 against the Red Sox. The ending of the game was not without controversy. Umpire Jeff Kellogg called Joe Benson out on a force play at home in the 9th inning. Benson looked safe. (judge for yourself) There would have been no doubt if Benson had run hard to the plate. That would have been the tying run. James Beresford ground out to end the game and the rally.

Byung Ho Park got his first North American hit with a single.

Danny Santana helped his case for a spot on the opening day roster with a two run, game tying bomb in the 6th inning.

Brian Dozier went 3 for 3 with two doubles.

On the pitching side of things, Ricky Nolasco and Taylor Rogers allowed all six runs while Aaron Thompson, Casey Fien, J.T Chargois, Tyler Duffey, Jake Reed, Logan Darnell and Glen Perkins all put up zeroes.

Miguel Sano didn’t see any action in the outfield on Wednesday but last night, he had a few balls hit his direction. The results were, mixed.

– In spite of the 3 earned runs he allowed over 1.1 innings last night, Ricky Nolasco felt good about his outing. We don’t think we share his optimistic appraisal of his performance but it is encouraging to see his fastball back in the mid 90s.

– MLB Pipeline has ranked the Minnesota Twins’ farm system at #5 in the majors.

– Whaddya know? The ‘B’ in Engelb Vielma is silent. Mike Berardino got the correct pronunciation from the Twins’ middle infield prospect himself.

– The Twins play today at 12:05 PM (1:05 PM eastern time) in Bradenton against the Pirates. Tommy Milone will get the start. Here’s a list of all the players scheduled to make the trip.

Next: Opening Day Roster Prediction

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