Found March 15, 2012 on The Sports Bank:
While spring training can be devastating for those who have to face the reality of not making a team, it also brings out a great deal of happiness for some, especially for those players who have labored a long time to reach a certain level.  Down in Fort Myers, FL where the Minnesota Twins train there seems to be one really happy, perhaps giddy player.       The guy who we can almost picture with a constant grin is first baseman Chris Colabello, last season’s Most Valuable Player in the Can-Am League as well as Baseball America magazine’s choice as Independent Baseball Player of the Year.  What makes the 6-foot-4 Colabello so happy is that after seven seasons of playing in the Can-Am League he is finally getting his first solid opportunity to play for a major league organization.       This type of opportunity does not happen often for a 28-year-old who did not get drafted out of Assumption College (Worcester, MA) and has waited so long, spending all this time with the professiona...

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Sano emerges as a top prospect for Twins

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Mauer plays first for Twins in win over Red Sox

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Nick Blackburn had another impressive start, striking out three and allowing just one hit in four scoreless innings for a Minnesota Twins split squad in a 3-1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Friday. The right-hander, who is coming off an inconsistent, injury-slowed 7-10 season, has given up four hits and no runs through seven innings this spring. Orioles first baseman Chris Davis...
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