Thursday, June 12, 2008

Thunderstorms force cancelation of Miracle game

Fort Myers Miracle

Mother Nature 1, Fort Myers 0

The Fort Myers Miracle went into the All-star break a little early as heavy thundershowers which included hail(!) moved into the area, causing the cancellation of Thursday night's game between against the Vero Beach Devil Rays.

The first half of the FSL season ends for the Miracle with a three-game road trip to Dunedin starting on Monday. As the Miracle and Vero Beach do not meet again in the first half of the season, the game is canceled and will not be made up.

The Miracle will send six representatives to the Florida State League All-star game in Brevard County. Starting pitcher Jeff Manship, 3rd baseman Danny Valencia, 2nd baseman Brian Dinkelman, catcher Wilson Ramos, and relievers Rob Delaney and Anthony Slama will all represent the First-Half West Division Champion Fort Myers Miracle at Spacecoast Stadium for the Showcase on Saturday, June 14th.

Outfielder Rene Tosoni was also named to the All-star team but is unable to participate as he suffered a broken foot during a game last month.

The Miracle hold a franchise leading 44-22 record. The second half of the season begins on Thursday with a homestand against the Sarasota Reds at Hammond Stadium.

Thursday's Florida State League game between the Brevard County Manatees and the Lakeland Flying Tigers was also canceled due to inclement weather.

Roster Moves: The Twins made several roster moves, releasing former Miracle Errol Simonitsch who had been with the New Britain Rock Cats and sending reliever Frank Mata to New Britain. RHP Yohan Pino was activated from the disabled list and infielder Luke Hughes was added to the disabled list in New Britain.

The Twins also parted ways with with Juan Rincon. The 29-year-old reliever stuggled this season, going 2-2 with a 6.11 ERA in 24 games. He has been outrighted to Rochester and may choose between the AAA assignment or free agency. The Twins recalled 3rd baseman Brian Buscher from the Rochester Red Wings. He has been hitting .328 with 7 home runs and 27 RBIs in 51 games with the Triple A club. Buscher appeared in three major league games earlier this season.

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