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Tuesday Twins: Team prepares for games in Puerto Rico

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Puerto Rican natives Eddie Rosario and Jose Berrios go back to their roots, plus videos, notes from the team, and more.

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Hola from Puerto Rico! I mean, I’m not there, but the Twins are. Here are the links:

  • Eddie Rosario, who is from Puerto Rico, visited his old high school yesterday in Guayama. It was the first time he’s been back to the school in seven years. It was an emotional trip for Eddie as he reconnected with people from his past, current sutdents, and the devestation Hurricane Maria caused to his family and the island as a whole.
  • Here’s a video summarizing Eddie’s trip made by the Twins:
  • Meanwhile, Jose Berrios — also Puerto Rican — took Joe Mauer and a bunch of his other teammates to visit patients at the San Jorge Children’s Hospital in San Juan.
  • In case you missed it, Ryan LaMarre is with the Twins in Purto Rico this week, despite being optioned last weekend. Teams are allowed to bring a 26th man with them for these overseas trips, so LaMarre didn’t have to wait the full ten days to be recalled to the majors. He will have to be sent down after the series, however.
  • You may have noticed that the Twins will serve as the “home” team for both games in San Juan, meaning the team will only play 79 games at Target Field this year (assuming it stops snowing and they are able to play that many at all). Why were the Twins willing to give up two home games? Mike Berardino asked Twins president Dave St. Peter about it.