My day began with text messages from Japan.
"Damn the Twins love their Australians. It's like every guy on this team plays or played for the Twins."
It was from national baseball writer Danny Knobler, who was watching the Aussies  beat China 11-0 today in the World Baseball Classic. James Beresford, Luke Hughes, Aaron Whitefield, Logan Wade and Allan de San Miguel all have or still are in the Twins farm systems. Todd Van Steensel pitched today. Lachlan Wells pitched yesterday. 
The Twins continue to have a presence in Australia, still looking for that one player who will make their investment pay off.
Pitcher Lewis Thorpe could be that guy. He was impressive his initial years in the system but has been slowed the last two years because of Tommy John surgery, then mono, then a knee injury. When healthy, he throws 94 mph with sink. The Twins are looking for a bounce back year from him this year.
The writer watched Wells last night and was impressed.
"The 20-year old kid Lachlan Wells was really impressive last night." He wrote. "Big atmosphere. Tough opponent. Not scared."
Wells was 6-4 with a 1,77 ERA last season at Cedar Rapids, so he should be a Class A Fort Myers this year.
Back in Fort Myers, there were some interesting things last night after the Twins win over Team USA.
I noticed Trevor May threw a big 12-6 curveball in the third that got Nolan Arenado looking. I asked him about it after the game, the May was gushing about how he's tweaked his grip on his curveball thanks to - Kevin Jepsen.
Jepsen showed May his grip last year, and May has been tinkering with it, Ricky Nolasco  added some pointers too. May basically is using his middle finger to pull down on bottom seam of the baseball. He used to use his index finger to grab the top seam, but it would lead to spinning sideways. Now he bends his index finger in and grabs the top seam with the knuckle. 
May is getting more of a vertical break now - a 12-6 curve, like the hands of a clock - with the new grip. So far, he's getting results with it. He gave up three straight hits, and two runs, to the first three batters on Wednesday but shut down Team USA after that.
Other stuff from last night:
Twins manager Paul Molitor was pleased with the at bats Jason Castro and Jorge Polanco had in the second inning that led to two runs being scored. But he also liked Nick Gordon's lead off double in the sixth and how he eventually scored on na sacrifice fly.
"He hasn't had a lot of at bats but he has been swinging the bat when he gets a chance," Molitor said.
Gordon should be on the trip tomorrow to Jupiter, where the Twins will face Dee Gordon and the Marlins.
Danny Santana is in left field today after having some adventures at short last night. Let's see how he responds today.
Donovan Solano, SS
Reynaldo Rodriguez, 1B
Giovanny Urshela, 3B
Jorge Alfaro, C
Jhonatan Solano, LF
Mauricio Ramos, Lf
Jesus Valdez, RF
Adrian Sanchez, 2B
Tito Polo, CF
Elling Moreno, RHP
Twins minor leaguers Ryan Eades, Jim Miller and Jason Wheeler will pitch for Colombia.
Drew Stubbs, CF
Danny Santana, LF
Brian Dozier, 2B
Miguel Sano, DH
Ben Paulsen, 1B
Matt Hague, 3B
Eduardo Escobar, SS
Chris Gimenez, C
J.B. Shuck, RF
Ervin Santana, RHP

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