Twins stay alive by trouncing Tigers

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It wasn’t what they needed, but the Twins still have some life after winning two out of four games in Detroit.  Thursday’s game turned into a rout in the eighth as Minnesota ended up winning 8-3.  That leaves the Twins two games back with three to play.

 

What’s left may favor the Twins a bit.  They have three home games against the Royals this weekend, while the Tigers have a home series against the White Sox.  Let’s look at the probable matchups:

 

Kansas City at Minnesota

Fri: Lenny DiNardo vs. Jeff Manship

Sat: Zack Greinke vs. Nick Blackburn

Sun: Luke Hochevar vs. Brian Duensing

 

Chicago at Detroit

Fri: Jake Peavy vs. Edwin Jackson

Sat: Freddy Garcia vs. Alfredo Figaro

Sun: John Danks vs. Justin Verlander

 

Minnesota‘s starters are all tentative at the moment, but that’s how it’s lining up.  Manship appears likely to get the nod on Friday because Francisco Liriano threw an inning Wednesday.  Blackburn would be starting on short rest after being pushed back from Monday to Tuesday by the rainout.

 

The Tigers aren’t in such an urgent position, so they won’t go with Verlander on short rest Saturday.  Verlander will probably be limited to a couple of innings Sunday if the Tigers have clinched by then.  The Tigers will also probably want Rick Porcello to throw a couple of innings then.

 

The Greinke roadblock is huge, so even if the White Sox step up and claim two out of three games this weekend, the Twins have their work cut out for them to force a one-game playoff.

Your 2016 Winter Meetings Wrapup

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OXON HILL, MD — The 2016 Winter Meetings are over.  As usual, there was still no shortage of excitement this year. More trades than we’ve seen in the past even if there are still a lot of free agents on the market. Whatever the case, it should make the rest of December a bit less sleepy than it normally is.

Let’s look back at what went down here at National Harbor this week:

Well, that certainly was a lot! I hope our coverage was useful for you as baseball buzzed through its most frantic week of the offseason. And I hope you continue coming back here to keep abreast of everything happening in Major League Baseball.

Now, get me to an airport and back home.

Eighteen players selected in the Rule 5 Draft

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OXON HILL, MD — The Rule 5 Draft just went down here at National Harbor. As always, it was the last event of the Winter Meetings. As usual, you likely don’t know most of the players selected in the Draft, even if a couple may make a splash one day in the future.

In all, 18 players were taken in the Major League phase of the Rule 5. Here they are, with the name of the team which selected them:

Round 1
1. Twins:  Miguel Diaz, RHP, Brewers
2. Reds: Luis Torrens, C, Yankees
3. Padres: Allen Cordoba, SS, Cardinals
4. Rays: Kevin Gadea, Mariners
5. Braves: Armando Rivero, RHP, Cubs
6. D-backs: Tyler Jones, RHP, Yankees
7. Brewers: Caleb Smith, LHP, Yankees
8. Angels  Justin Haley,RHP, Red Sox
9. White Sox:  Dylan Covey, RHP, A’s
10. Pirates: Tyler Webb, LHP, Yankees
11. Tigers: Daniel Stumpf, LHP, Royals
12. Orioles: Aneury Tavarez, 2B, Red Sox
13. Blue Jays: Glenn Sparkman, RHP, Royals
14. Red Sox: Josh Rutledge, INF, Rockies
15. Indians: Holby Miller, LHP, Phillies
16. Rangers: Michael Hauschild, RHP, Astros

Round 2
17. Reds:  Stuart Turner, C, Twins
18. Orioles:  Anthony Santander, OF, Indians

For a breakdown of most of these guys and their big league prospects, check this story out at Baseball America. Like I said, you don’t know most of these guys. And, while there have been some notable exceptions in Rule 5 Draft history, most won’t make a splash in the big leagues.

Each player cost their selecting team $100,000. Each player must remain on the 25-man roster of his new club for the entire season or, at the very least, on the disabled list. If he is removed from the 25-man, the team which selected him has to offer him back to his old team for a nominal fee. Sort of like a stocking fee when you return a mattress or something. Many of these guys, of course, will not be returned and, instead, will be stashed on the DL with phantom injuries.

Aren’t transactions grand?