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Off-day notes: Suspensions, signings, and old friends

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"I was just trying to get to the majors for once." - Reynaldo Rodriguez, probably
"I was just trying to get to the majors for once." - Reynaldo Rodriguez, probably
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Since there's no game tonight, here's a few tidbits for you to munch on:

  • Twins minor leaguer outfielder Reynaldo Rodriguez was suspended 80 games today for testing positive for Stanozolol. Never heard of the guy? No worries—he's spent his entire 11 year professional career in the minors for the Yankees, Red Sox, and Twins.
  • The Rochester Red Wings are in desperate need of pitching right now, and the Twins addressed that by signing old friend Andrew Albers. If you recall, Andrew Albers pitched two back-to-back (practically) complete game shutouts when the Twins called him up in 2013 and was named an instant hero. Then the Twins traded him to Korea.
  • The Twins and the Indians are sending a bunch of junk from Monday's Prince Tribute Night to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  • The Tigers are coming to town this weekend, and the Twins are scheduled to face old friend Mike Pelfrey on Sunday. Big Pelf said he is excited to face his former team, and considering he has a 4.64 ERA on the year, the Twins are probably excited to face him too.
  • Here's something new: Tyler Duffey sold 10% of his future earnings for $2.23 million to a company called Fantex, which will then sell securities to investors.
  • Former Twin AJ Pierzynski hit his 2000th hit yesterday, becoming only the 10th catcher to reach that mark. 430 of AJ's hits came in a Twins uniform.