4/27 - Congrats to Rene Tosoni

Just wanted to send out my congratulations to Red Wings outfielder Rene Tosoni, who just got called up to the Minnesota Twins to replace Delmon Young. Young has been placed on the 15-day DL. Tosoni, the 24-year-old,  was batting .286 with a .329 on-base percentage and .500 slugging percentage with three home runs, six doubles and 16 RBIs in 19 games with Rochester. Here's some of the best photos of Tosoni from his brief stint with Rochester:

4/27 - Rainstorm Aftermath

Park Point parking lot immediately after the rainstorm. 

Josh Upton check out the skies after the rainstorm

A rainbow peeks through the apartment complex

The rainbow shines behind the apartment complex

Perkins Road at Sunset, leading to RIT's campus

Backyard of my apartment's complex

The sunset

The sunset shines onto the pond at Park Point

My apartment and the purple skies

Looking toward Barnes and Nobles

The purple skies overshadows the tree

More purple skies...

Josh Upton playing on his friend's PlayStation while he goes out shooting

4/24 - Parking Lot Flood

Just this past week, for the first in, oh about a century or so, we had a huge thunderstorm with rain in the Rochester area. My school, Rochester Institute of Technology, was built on a swamp and this is what happened....

4/24 - Catching up on Easter

Hey folks,

Sorry for the recent delay in updates. Been pretty busy in the last few weeks around here for me. Anyway, before today's game at the Red Wings game, they had a bunch of kids doing an Easter Egg hunt on the field. The kids would run around the field picking up eggs and inside are different kind of prizes, such as free candy or a chance to throw out the first pitch or free tickets or whatever.

5/9 - Bailey Leads Wings to 7-6 Victory in Extras

Rochester native Lou Gramm signs the National Anthem during the pre-game ceremony.

Wings manager Tom Nieto watches the fireworks go off during the National Anthem.

Minnesota Twins' no. 1 Prospect Kyle Gibson works the first inning.

Second baseman Brian Dinkelman singles in the first inning.

Second baseman Brian Dinkelman is thrown out at home in the first inning.

Shortstop Trevor Plouffe watches the first of his two home runs of the day soar over the left field fence.

Shortstop Trevor Plouffe pumps his fist in celebration of his first homer.

Shortstop Trevor Plouffe is greeted by his teammates in the dugout after his first home run.

Minnesota Twins' no. 9 prospect Carlos Gutierrez shuted out the Yankees in the top of the 12thi inning and picked up the win.

First baseman Jeff Bailey hits his game-winning home run in the bottom of the 12th inning.

First baseman Jeff Bailey is mobbed by his teammates after hitting a walk-off home run to give the Wings a 7-6 victory.

4/7 - Gardy re-joins the Wings

Well, in today's news, Minnesota Twins second baseman Tsuyoshi Nishioka broke his leg in the game against the New York Yankees. Nishioka took a hard slide from Yankees' Nick Swisher, who was trying to break up the double play. That specific play set up a chain reaction throughout the Twins' minor league system.

Luke Hughes was supposed to start tonight at second base for the AAA Rochester Red Wings got called up to replace Nishioka, who will be making a trip to the DL. In a corresponding move, the Red Wings are going to get an old friend back in Toby Gardenhire from AA New Britain. Gardenhire, son of the Minnesota Twins' manager Ron Gardenhire, will be spending his second season with the Red Wings as the team's utility infielder.

In related news, the Rochester Red Wings dropped their season opening game 2-1 to the Pawtucket PawSox. Rene Rivera drove in the team's only run in the fifth inning, bringing Chase Lambin home with a RBI Double. Also, an old friend of mine, former Iowa Cub Rich Hill picked up the win for the Paw Sox.

4/6 - 2011 Rochester Red Wings Returnees

It's that time of the year again!!! The week where the minor league teams usually announce their opening day rosters. The Rochester Red Wings, the AAA team of the Minnesota Twins, will be having 15 players returning from their 2010 squad. To lead off the 2011 season, here are the photos of the returnees from last season (in no particular order):

Right-handed pitcher Anthony Swarzak will be the Opening Day for the Red Wings. This will be his third year with the team.

Right-handed reliever Alex Burnett is expected to be a workhorse for the backend of the Red Wings' bullpen.
Outfielder Brian Dinkelman returns to the Red Wings after being the team's most consistent hitter.

Kyle Waldrop had an outstanding season for the Red Wings and be one of the first pitchers that could be called up to the Minnesota Twins.

Outfielder Brandon Roberts had a impressive short stint with the Red Wings in the last two months of the season and will play center and left this summer.
All-Star Outfielder Dustin Martin, who led the team in RBIs for the 2010 season will patrol right field for the Wings.

Veteran shortstop Trevor Pouffe will return for his third season with the Red Wings. He will be on the shuttle bus between Rochester and Minnesota.

Lefty Ryan Mullins had a solid season with the Red Wings in the first half before missing the rest of the season with an injury.

All-Star Closer Anthony Slama will open the season on the disabled list, but is expected to be the team's closer once he returns from extended spring training.
Infielder Luke Hughes had an impressive offensive spring training for the Minnesota Twins, but will start the season in Rochester in order to work on his defense.