Late Night Roster Changes

This is what happens when you’re sick and you sleep during the game and then wake up to take more drugs so you can go back to sleep. You decide to check Twitter and… wow…

Danny Valencia

Danny Valencia has been struggling badly at the plate, with his batting average falling below the Mendoza line, and now he’s been optioned to Rochester.

Matt Maloney, along with his 9.00 ERA has been designated for assignment.

[Edit] Also in the ‘making a change’ category is Francisco Liriano who has been moved to the bullpen. As far as changes go, it was either this or the minors so I hope this works for him.

On their way up to the Twins from Rochester are outfielder Darin Mastroianni and pitcher P. J. Walters.

Mastoianni started the season in New Britain before moving up to Rochester after 9 games. In 20 games with the Red Wings, Mastroianni accumulated a .346/.393/.423 slash line with 2 doubles, 2 triples and 10 stolen bases.

Walters has a 3-1 record after six starts for Rochester, with a 2.70 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. He has struck out 25 hitters and walked only 6. Walters’ arrival means Francisco Liriano will be moving to the Twins bullpen, as the team announced Walters will be starting Saturday’s game with the Blue Jays.

With an infielder going to Rochester and being replaced on the roster by an outfielder, it does make one wonder what roles other existing roster members are going to be playing. Dan Gladden mentioned during the Wednesday night game broadcast that Alexi Casilla was taking ground balls at 3B, so we might assume he’ll be manning the hot corner, though Ron Gardenhire told reporters that Casilla, Plouffe and Carroll would all split time at 3B.

I hope Valencia finds his stroke in Rochester and can make his way back up before the season is over and I certainly hope Liriano finds whatever it is that he’s been missing.

– JC

GameChat – Angels @ Twins #3, 7:10pm

I really hope that we can repeat last nights result (ie the WIN) but more importantly, I would really love to see a repeat of that kind of starting pitching!!! It was really exciting to see a team NOT hit the hell out of the ball when we’re out there…

Is it asking too much to see it again??

And Congratulations to TC Bear! This is his 1000th game! that’s a lot of games to have never missed one since he started.


LA Angels


Trout, CF Span, CF
Callaspo, 3B Dozier, SS
Pujols, 1B Mauer, 1B
Morales, K, DH Willingham, LF
Hunter, To, RF Doumit, DH
Kendrick, H, 2B Valencia, 3B
Wells, V, LF Komatsu, RF
Aybar, SS Butera, C
Wilson, Bo, C Carroll, 2B
  Santana, E, P   Pavano, P




  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
LA Angels 0 0 3 0 2 1 0 0 0 6 14 0
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 6 1

Another ugly game. Carl Pavano was clearly not himself but Josh Willingham hit his sixth home run and Brian Duensing threw three hitless innings of relief. – JC

Knuckleballs Podcast with Phil Naessens

It’s kind of funny but all the Knuckleballs staff here finally did a group outing with the whole crew – of course, since we’re in three different states, it would have to be online and funnier yet, we did it with a guy in Greece!

Phil Naessens is an American abroad running his own US Sports Blog/Podcast called the Phil Naessens Show. I’m constantly amazed at the number of people outside the state of Minnesota who participate with Knuckleballs but outside the country really blows my mind. He’s a regular commenter here in the off-season so you may have seen his name before but if you haven’t had a chance to check out his blog, you should definitely do so.

Last night – during the first part of the game – we all had a chance to Skype with him to record a podcast. I have to admit, it’s my first time EVER doing something like that and I don’t think I was alone. KL also felt a little on the spot but I think he was pretty kind in his interview questions over all so we didn’t sound like QUITE the idiots we were worried about… it was also his first time doing a whole group – so we were all experimenting on what could have been a complete free-for-all.

I hope you will give it a listen! May 8th Podcast. You can either listen to his whole broadcast piece or skip ahead to about the 42 minute mark and listen to us… Hope you enjoy it and feel free to give us some ideas about what you might want to hear from us next time!