ARLINGTON, Texas – Twins reliever Ryan Pressly, who grew up a few miles north of Arlington, was with friends after the game Thursday night when they drove past downtown Dallas. “All the exits were blocked off, it was just solid police cars everywhere,” Pressly said. “It almost looked like a war zone. Just a ghost town except for police cars.”
Like the rest of the country, the Twins were shocked and saddened by the violence just a few miles away, where five police officers were murdered by a sniper at an anti-violence protest. Most of them found out about the situation as they came off the field, and it made for a somber clubhouse.
“It was a little awkward doing the postgame last night, when you first find out something as disturbing as that was,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. “Your stomach drops — and then you talk about a baseball game.”
Molitor said he watched coverage of the shootings late into the night, “probably up too late,” he said. “We are prayerful for families who have lost husbands and dads. It’s a really, really sad thing. You can’t really explain behavior like that; you don’t even try to.”
For pitcher Trevor May, the night was just another awful event in a week full of them, and he felt moved enough to take to Twitter with a message.
“Go make someone else happy right now. Hug your significant other, your kids, your parents. Do something nice for a stranger,” May wrote through his account, @trevmay65. “Let’s show that we can have more love than hate in our hearts. Make the world around you just a little bit happier. #dallas”
“I don’t understand why everything has to devolve into taking sides and arguing and violence, when we agree on so much,” May said. “I just wish we could all try to add a little bit of joy to the world, instead of hatred.”
The Rangers and Twins were on the field for pregame ceremonies, first a swearing-in ceremony for Air Force recruits, then a moment of silence for victims of violence.
Answering the phone
The calls have started coming, Twins General Manager Terry Ryan said, inquiries about potential trades before the July 31 deadline. Ryan expects there to be significant interest in some of his players, and he said he has no specific targets in mind.
“It’s very similar to the draft for me — just take the best you can get,” Ryan said. “You can always maneuver around talent, and you don’t want to eliminate clubs from your radar. I don’t think we’ll be too picky about specifying” a certain position or player.
He also said he would be willing to include some cash in a trade to cover part of a player’s salary if it meant a bigger return. That could be significant, considering there is expected to be interest in pitchers such as Ervin Santana, who is owed $27 million over the next two seasons, or even Ricky Nolasco, who is owed $12 million next season.
“I wouldn’t be opposed to that,” Ryan said of including cash. “If you get a good player back and it might take some money to do it? I wouldn’t be opposed.”
• Jose Berrios allowed nine hits and six runs, though only three were earned, to Scranton in 5 ⅔ innings for Class AAA Rochester on Friday. That brings the pitching prospect’s innings count to 98 ⅓ this season, including 15 in the major leagues. Is there an urgency to bring Berrios back soon? Ryan said there is no innings limit this season on the righthander, who threw 166 ⅓ last year. “I’m not sure yet when he’ll be back,” the GM said.
• The Rangers announced after Friday’s game that they sent Saturday’s originally scheduled starter, Nick Martinez, to Class AAA Round Rock and called up Kyle Lohse to start. Lohse, a Twins pitcher from 2001 to ’06, signed with Texas in mid-May and has been pitching at Round Rock waiting for a call. He has an 8.10 ERA in three career starts vs. the Twins.