Twins call up top prospect Oswaldo Arcia for a brief stay

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Wilkin Ramirez is away from the team on paternity leave and to fill his roster spot the Twins have called up outfield prospect Oswaldo Arcia for his big-league debut.

As discussed on my Twins-centric podcast last night it’s a little odd, because Ramirez will be back after one or two games and the assumption is that Arcia will then return to Triple-A. So why call up a 21-year-old top prospect for his first taste of the majors if it’s only going to last 48 hours? I suppose “why not” is an acceptable answer.

Either way, Arcia is starting in left field and batting sixth tonight against the Angels after hitting .414 with three homers in nine games at Triple-A, so it’ll give Twins fans a reason to watch. Prior to the season he ranked 41st on Baseball America‘s list of top prospects and I rated him as the third-best prospect in the Twins’ stacked farm system.

Padres ride double-decker tour bus to AT&T Park

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On Sunday morning, the Padres planned to take a bus from their hotel in San Francisco to AT&T Park ahead of their afternoon game. The bus never showed. MLB.com’s AJ Cassavell reports that team director of player and staff services TJ Lasita flagged down an empty San Francisco tour bus, negotiated a rate, and got his players an impromptu ride to the ballpark.

The Padres’ Twitter account and Annie Heilbrunn of the San Diego Union-Tribune tweeted pictures and video:

The Padres and Giants are playing the rubber match of their three-game series this afternoon. The Padres will then travel to Arlington for a series with the Rangers. The Giants will welcome the Rockies.