The Twins absolutely crushed the Tigers last night, winning 16-4.
Torii Hunter led it all with 2 homers and 7 RBI, a career-high for him. Mike Redmond would add his first homer since the 2005 season and Michael Cuddyer would also hit his 3rd of the year, a 3-run shot in the 8th. The Twins had 3 home runs in 335 at bats coming into last night’s game, when they got 4 home runs in 44 at bats. Absent from the list is Justin Morneau (who hit all 3 in those 335 ABs), but he still went 3-for-5 and led the team with 3 runs scored.
Boof Bonser picked up his first win of the season, going 5 innings and giving up 6 hits and 4 runs. He walked 3 and struck out 6. It didn’t look pretty when he gave up a 2-run homer in the first, but Torii bailed him out with his own home run in the bottom half of the inning.
Every player on the Twins got a hit last night, including replacements Luis Rodriguez and Jason Tyner.
Lew Ford is back off the DL and Josh Rabe was put on it, for what I don’t know.
Speaking of switching players, in big but expected news, Sidney Ponson has been released by the team. He can either be traded or accept an assignment at AAA. It’s expected that he’ll be traded or flat out let go, because he says he wants to relax at his house for the rest of the season. His former spot in the rotation doesn’t come up until Saturday, so look for somebody to be sent down and/or somebody to be sent up, because they want Glen Perkins to stay in long relief right now, and if they did put him in the rotation they’d need somebody else to be in the bullpen in the long relief situation; Matt Guerrier can’t do it all. Brought up was 1B/trying-to-learn OF Garrett Jones. He had 5 HRs and 23 RBI in AAA already this season. He only played RF in Spring Training when he “practiced” in the outfield, and he’ll need to play left at the ML level with the club. Apparently when he first plays it will be as a DH, which will hopefully provide us with that power threat at the DH “position” that is incredibly weak right now.
Also, a big story in Spring Training, Mike Venafro‘s contract was sold to the Blue Jays yesterday. Two lefty relievers came off the DL in AAA and Mike wasn’t getting much work so he requested to be moved. No word on what we got back, if even a player.