Saturday Morning Breakfast & Baseball: Nick Punto, Delmon Young, Jesse Crain, Nick Blackburn

CLEVELAND, OH- APRIL 30: Orlando Hudson #1 of the Minnesota Twins hits a single during the game against the Cleveland Indians on April 30, 2010 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
  • Nick Punto has been evaluated, and will re-join the Twins today in Cleveland.  Welcome back, LNP.
  • As a result, thus endeth the first Major League stint for Luke Hughes.  He's been optioned back to Rochester, finishing his week with the Twins with two hits in seven plate appearances, including his first Major League home run.  We'll see him again.
  • Delmon Young picked up two walks in last night's game, giving him seven in just the month of April.  He only struck out eight times.  We've already discussed the new philosophy at the plate by many members of the team this season, and Delmon is one of the main catalysts.  His seventh walk in 2009 didn't come until July 19th; in June of last season he didn't walk once.  The hits didn't fall this month, but this is definitely an encouraging trend.
  • Jesse Crain looked good last night.  Crainwrecktified?  I actually like that one.  Crainomoly is really good, too.
  • Orlando Hudson has come on, hitting .394/.444/.424 over his last seven games.  He's been incredibly important at the top of the lineup with Denard Span struggling.
  • Nick Blackburn has been placed on the Family Medical Emergency List.  Jeff Manship has been called up, and he'll make the start for the Twins today with Brian Duensing available in case Manship goes short.  Hopefully everything is alright for Nick.
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