September baseball for non-contending teams means looking at players who could help a team contend in the future. And now that all the Twins’ late-season call-ups have arrived the evaluation period can move into full swing. The Twins saw a few swings they liked Monday when they beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-3 and ended a franchise-record 10-game home losing streak. Third baseman Trevor Plouffe — no he’s not a rookie but he might need to produce to save his job — was 2-for-4 with three RBI. Catcher Josmil Pinto — one of the inexperienced players trying to impress this month — hit three doubles. The teams met Monday to play a game that was rained out April 17 and the announced attendance of 21826 was the lowest in Target Field’s history. “The people who showed up they were rooting pretty hard” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. With the streak over and the players finally called up from Class AAA Rochester — the Red Wings were in the playoffs until Sunday — the Twins can work on determining their 2014 roster. Infielder Eduardo Escobar first baseman-outfielder Chris Parmelee catcher Eric Fryer lefthander Scott Diamond and righthanders Cole De Vries Michael Tonkin and Shairon Martis were promoted for Monday’s game. “We are going to move people around and hopefully they will come up and show us some things and give us good thoughts over the winter” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. Pinto was called up Aug. 31 and has made an impression with his bat. He is batting .565 with five doubles and a home run. He hit three doubles and scored two runs Monday but needs to work on his game-calling. “He’s a strong man with a short swing and you can see him drive the ball both ways” Gardenhire said. Diamond earned a call-up after going 4-0 with a 2.41 ERA in six starts. He will start Thursday against Oakland with the Twins using a six-man rotation the rest of the season. One player not called up was outfielder Aaron Hicks the former first-round draft pick and Opening Day starting center fielder. Hicks was sent down Aug. 1 with a .192 batting average with orders to play well enough to deserve a promotion. Hicks batted .220 battled injuries and made a couple of poor plays in the field.
Twins welcome call-ups, end 10-game home losing streak
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Sep 10