By Joe Christensen
A couple notes to pass along, courtesy of our good friend Jim Mandelaro, from the Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat & Chronicle:
(*) The Twins granted Bobby Kielty his release today before Class AAA Rochester’s season finale. This allows him to sign with another team immediately, if he so desires.
Kielty batted .218 with two home runs and eight RBI in 55 at-bats for the Red Wings. But he did bat .261 with a .400 OBP against lefthanded pitching. If Randy Ruiz hadn’t come up and done so well for the Twins, they might have given Kielty another shot.
(*) Speaking of Ruiz, he won the International League batting title today with a .320 average. He had enough plate appearances to qualify even after coming to the Twins on Aug. 1. Ruiz also is batting .320 for the Twins.
This is his third minor-league batting title. He won the 2005 Class AA Eastern League title after batting .349 for Reading and the 2000 Class A Pioneer League title after batting .381 for Billings.
(*) The White Sox will put their half-game lead on the line tonight at Cleveland, facing Cliff Lee (19-2, 2.43 ERA). Lee can become Cleveland’s first 20-game winner since Gaylord Perry went 21-13 in 1974. Chicago counters with rookie Clayton Richard (2-2, 6.33 ERA).