Touch 'Em All: Twins mark holiday in touching manner

Master Sgt. Rob Buresh hugs daughters Annie (left) and Alex in a surprise visit in Minneapolis.
Master Sgt. Rob Buresh hugs daughters Annie (left) and Alex in a surprise visit in Minneapolis. (PAUL BATTAGLIA / AP)
Posted: May 28, 2012

The Minnesota Twins chose to remember Memorial Day in a touching manner.

Robert Buresh, a Minnesota Air National Guard master sergeant just returned from Afghanistan, surprised his daughters in front of home plate as they ran around the bases in a promotional contest.


Memorial Day is the first of baseball's annual markers on the long run to October, the others being the Fourth of July and Labor Day. Some teams have gotten to the first post in poorer shape than others.

The Chicago Cubs will enter Memorial Day with the fewest wins in the National League and are riding a 12-game losing streak - their longest since starting the 1997 season 0-14.

May 29 is the latest the Red Sox (23-24) have failed to top .500 since late August 1996.

Miami sent out a lineup with three position players batting under .190 to face Giants ace Matt Cain. The results were predictable: six hits in a 3-2 loss.

It must be said that Cain is a very tough customer. Miami went 2 for 10 with runners in scoring position, but opponents are batting .138 against Cain in those situations this season.

Around the bigs

Ryan Plantier, the son of Padres hitting coach Phil Plantier, plays for Ivy League champion Cornell, and about a dozen members of the Big Red visited the San Diego clubhouse before Sunday's game in New York.

Mets manager Terry Collins turned 63 Sunday and the clubhouse was kept closed for a few extra minutes after the 2-0 win over the Padres so the team could give him a cake.

Kansas City centerfielder Jarrod Dyson sat out a day after a frightening collision with leftfielder Alex Gordon. Dyson suffered a bruised hamstring, but said he was fine.

Injury-riddled Minnesota - the Twins are tied with the Cubs for the fewest wins in baseball - recalled righthander Jeff Manship from triple-A Rochester. He is the eighth player summoned from the Red Wings already.

Baltimore centerfielder Adam Jones signed a six-year, $85.5 million contract Sunday, ensuring that the 26-year-old will be with the team through 2018. A fan favorite, Jones has hit in 18 straight games and leads the team in home runs (14) and RBIs (31).

Twins rookie Quintin Berry has at least one hit in each of his five games. He's 8 for 21 overall.

Kansas City's Jeff Francoer has five homers, all on the road.

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This article contains information from the Associated Press.


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