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With Permission - Twins
With Permission - Twins
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Steve Geltz: The only active UB player to have seen the majors is back from a 50 game suspension is once again playing solid ball for the Durham Bulls.

Rays down on the farm June 29: Charlotte on a roll - DRaysBay
The Bulls handed Merrill Kelly a 4-0 lead, but he struggled in Durham's 6-4 loss to Pawtucket. After Mike Montgomery left his last start early with elbow soreness, they skipped this turn in his rotation, but he should be back next time out. Kelly was unable to pitch a single scoreless inning, finishing with five runs allowed on nine hits in 3+ innings with four strikeouts and no walks. Three relievers combined to hold Pawtucket scoreless the rest of the game, including Steve Geltz who struck out four in 1.2 innings.

The Durham Bulls will be in Buffalo taking on the Bisons July 10th through the 13th.

Tom Murphy: The Tulsa Drillers, an AA team for Colorado, have welcomed back Murphy but given the nature of his shoulder injury they are taking their time in getting Murphy back on the field.

Drillers Home For 6 Games, June 25-30 | Tulsa Drillers News
The Drillers roster currently features five of the Rockies Top 20 Prospects, according to, in RHP Jon Gray (#1 overall), C Tom Murphy (#7 overall), LHP Tyler Anderson (#11 overall), SS Cristhian Adames (#15 overall) and RHP Scott Oberg (#17 overall).

Jason Kanzler: This past week was a good one for Jason Kanzler with Minnesota's A level Ceder Rapids Kernels.

Twins Minor League Reports: Games of June 27

CEDAR RAPIDS 6, CLINTON 5 IN CEDAR RAPIDS Batting stars: Jason Kanzler was 2-for-4 with a triple, scoring once and driving in one.

Tyler Mautner: After a slow start as a batter Mautner quickly adjusted to the new level of play with the Twins Rookie team in Elizabethton.

Twins Minor League Reports: Games of June 24
PULASKI 9, ELIZABETHTON 8 IN ELIZABETHTON (10 INNINGS) Batting stars: Trey Vavra was 2-for-4 with a double and a walk, scoring once and driving in two. Max Murphy was 2-for-5 with a double and a walk, scoring once and driving in one. Tyler Mautner was 1-for-4 with a double and a walk, scoring once and driving in one.

Jon Mestas: Mestas, s a rookie, is impressing his coachins in the Frontier League. He went from a role player to a lineup staple, usually at third base.

Baseball: Rookie Jon Mestas making impact with ThunderBolts - Southtown Star
"It’s been nice," Mestas said. "Ever since Florence, (T-Bolts manager Ron Biga) has been giving me my chance. I’m just trying to make the most of it. Every time I get up, I try to put the ball in play and just do whatever I can to help the team win." Mestas entered Saturday hitting .288 with a .356 on-base percentage, and had scored 10 runs and driven in nine in 80 at-bats.