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- Manny Ramirez is currently playing in Japan for the independent league Kochi Island Fighting Dogs, and they are apparently contractually obligated to provide the 44 year-old with unlimited free sushi. Seriously. How are we going to beat that? Unlimited wild rice soup? Unlimited walleye tacos? Unlimited cheese curds imported from Wisconsin?
- In case you missed it, Ervin Santana officially decided to leave Twins camp and join the Dominican Republic in the WBC. He’ll start for them tonight in San Diego.
- Nick Nelson of Twins Daily has a great piece about ByungHo Park’s strong showing so far at spring camp. It sounds like Park is under less pressure, catching up to faster pitches, and swinging at more strikes. His strikeout-to-walk ratio has vastly improved over last spring too—6-to-4 versus 17-to-1.
- Despite his slightly shaky start yesterday, Rule 5 draft pick Justin Haley is optimistic about his chances to make the starting rotation, though open to any role. “I can form to any role they need me to,” Haley told the Pioneer Press. “Aside from the numbers [yesterday], I feel I’ve been doing pretty well. I hope they appreciate that.”
- I feel a little bad for being so hard on Danny Santana, because apparently he’s been playing through the grief of recently losing his mother to cancer. “When I did good, she always said something good to me,” Santana told the Pioneer Press. “When I was struggling, she’d always say, ‘Tomorrow is a new day. Don’t worry about it. You’ll be OK.’”