In news not related to yesterday’s game, Kyle Lohse was traded to the Reds, who has a GM that loves bad Twins players. The Reds are the team that accepted a Juan Castro trade earlier in the year. The player we got in return is a pitching prospect named Zach Ward, who has amazing numbers playing for the Dayton Dragons in Class A. 7-0, 2.29 ERA, 114 IP in 18 starts, allowing 74 hits, 29 ER, just TWO homeruns, while walking 37 and striking out 95. This was the only trade that was made before the deadline for the Twins, and it appears to be a good one.

Carlos Silva pitched as much as the first 3 pitchers the Rangers used, and he pitched effectively throughout. 7 IP, 6 hits, 1 run (a homerun), while walking 0 and getting 4 strikeouts.

As a team last night, the Twins hit .439. Take out Luis Castillo and Jason Tyner, who both failed to get a hit, and they were batting .545.

Josh Rabe smoked a homerun to left field, with two men on and two outs.

Torii Hunter did nearly the same thing, but his just barely cleared the fence. Torii had a great comeback game, going 3-for-5 with 4 RBI and 3 runs scored.

Justin Morneau was 3-for-4 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored, raising his average to .321. I’m willing to bet he hits .330 by the end of the season.

Nick Punto had a great game, after hitting poorly in the Detroit series. Nick was 4-for-4 with a walk, 3 RBI, and 4 runs scored.

Michael Cuddyer had 2 hits last night, and one of them was a double. That gives him 47 extra base hits on the season, while he has just 89 total. The math is that more than 50% of his hits are doubles, triples, or homeruns.