Twins Promote Four More Red Wings

The Minnesota Twins promoted four more minor leaguers on Monday, in a move to bolster their team for the playoff push. Catcher Chris Heintz and reliever Travis Bowyer will be making their first trip to a Major League roster, while Luis Rivas and Luis Rodriguez will be joining the Twins after spending time in the big leagues already this season.

The Minnesota Twins promoted four more minor leaguers on Monday, in a move to bolster their team for the playoff push. Catcher Chris Heintz and reliever Travis Bowyer will be making their first trip to a Major League roster, while Luis Rivas and Luis Rodriguez will be joining the Twins after spending time in the big leagues already this season.

Heintz hit .304 in 89 games for the Red Wings this past season, prompting his call-up after ten years in the minor leagues. He also hit eight home runs, and drove in 58 runs, as he platooned with Corky Miller.

Bowyer, an International League Post-Season All-Star, has been the best closer in the league in 2005. After being mostly a middle-reliever for his career, Bowyer settled into the closer role for the Wings, and even earned a berth in the Future Stars Game. On the year, he saved 23 games, while posting a 2.73 ERA.

Luis Rodriguez was a spark plug for the Minnesota Twins earlier in the year, but a late-season slump forced the Twins to demote him to Triple-A. With the Wings, Rodriguez batted .304 in 40 games, and proved that he deserves to be on a Major League roster.

Rivas, who was once considered the Twins' future second baseman, has seen his stock within the organization fall this season. After batting .250 in 48 games with the Twins, Rivas batted only .243 in Triple-A, and was on the fringes of even being called up.

With their roster now set, the Twins seem to have enough ingredients to make a run in the season's final month. If not, they at least are giving their young players a chance to play, something that will pay dividends in 2006 and beyond.

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