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Updated: September 5th, 2011 4:54pm
Twins call up Benson, Parmelee from Double-A; Tolbert also recalled

Twins call up Benson, Parmelee from Double-A; Tolbert also recalled

by Phil Mackey
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins want to take a closer look at two key pieces to the franchise's future.

Outfielder Joe Benson and first baseman Chris Parmelee have been summoned from Double-A New Britain to join the major league club prior to Tuesday night's game against the Chicago White Sox.

Benson, the Twins' minor league player of the year in 2010, owns a .287/.389/.499 batting line with 16 home runs, 28 doubles, 67 RBIs and 13 stolen bases in 468 plate appearances for New Britain this season. Benson hit .259/.343/.538 with 27 home runs between Single-A and Double-A last year.

Benson was also named Baseball America's 100th-best prospect in it's top 100 list for 2011.

Parmelee posted a .287/.366/.435 batting line with 13 home runs, 29 doubles and 82 RBIs for New Britain this season.

The Twins also recalled infielder Matt Tolbert, who was sent to Triple-A Rochester on Aug. 26 to make room for catcher Rene Rivera.

Tolbert, owner of a .202 batting average in the majors this season, hit .136 (8-for-59) in 17 games with the Red Wings.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Rene Rivera, Matt Tolbert