6/12/2013 3:20 A.M. ET
Phillies 'Tribute for Heroes' finalists announced
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
MINNEAPOLIS -- Major League Baseball announced the 90 finalists for its "Tribute for Heroes" campaign, a national initiative that recognizes veterans and military service members. Fans are encouraged to visit TributeForHeroes.com to view the list of finalists and vote for their favorite stories through June 30.
Three finalists representing the Phillies are...
Louis Namm from Thorofare, N.J., Army: Namm has worked 39 years for the VA in the Vocational Rehabilitation office in Philadelphia. As a sergeant in Vietnam, he stepped on a landmine while guiding his platoon. He lost both legs, but his actions saved his men. He received two Purple Hearts for Bravery and Injury. Namm is a passionate golfer. He took up the sport as a challenge and is now a semi-pro teacher. He also is lead instructor for the charity Amputee Veterans First Swing, which offers golf instruction to those with disabilities and those who teach golf to disabled individuals.
Kim Ripoli from Newport, R.I., Navy: Ripoli is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield and Operation Iraqi Freedom. She received several personal and campaign awards, such as the Presidential Unit Citation and Combat Action Ribbon. Her Pentagon experience (Senior Oversight Committee) with the Department of Defense and VA's Wounded, Ill and Injured programs, was key to her selection to spearhead the Naval Health Clinic New England (NHCNE) Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Center of Excellence program. Kim also played a crucial role in the inaugural 2009 United States Olympic Committee's Paralympics National Sports Camp at Naval Station Newport.
Raven Rossetti from Hawthorne, Calif., Air Force: After 23 years of honorable service in the Air Force, Rossetti retired in 2008 to have a son and pursue her career as a counseling psychologist. She wants to help returning service members overcome PTSD and military sexual trauma and learn to thrive. Rossetti ran as a volunteer Andersen Air Force Base's first-ever sexual assault response coordinator center and was awarded the meritorious service medal in part for her work there. In Guam she was the military liaison to the Guam Special Olympics committee, organizing 200 volunteers and running the logistical support required to make the event a huge success.
Revere returns to Minnesota for first time since trade
MINNEAPOLIS -- Ben Revere is back at Target Field for the first time since the Twins traded him in December.
Maybe he can recapture some good vibes.
"Back again," Revere said Tuesday before going 1-for-4 in a 3-2 loss. "It's good, though. It's going to be a fun series. Good to see everybody again. Back in old Minnesota. I had great years here. I just appreciate everyone, from the coaches, the fans, the players, I appreciate all that everyone has done for me. Wonderful stadium."
Revere entered Tuesday's game hitting .244 with four doubles, one triple, six RBIs, a .288 on-base percentage and .275 slugging percentage with the Phillies, who sent right-handers Vance Worley and Trevor May to Minnesota to acquire him. And while he has made some spectacular catches in center field, he also has experienced some growing pains playing the position for the first time on an everyday basis in the big leagues.
"It's been good," Revere said. "It's just, going to another league, coming to a new ball club, kind of the little adjustment and everything. Now it's just being an everyday guy, really for the Philadelphia Phillies. It's really good with a big market club and everything."
Asked if coming back to Minnesota rekindled memories of the December trade, he said, "Sometimes. I played them in Spring Training a little bit. I know [Denard Span] kind of felt the same thing. With me and how the situation happened, they trade Denard first and everyone thought I'd be the center fielder, then they traded me. Some people had some confusion. I just tell everybody it's a business. They just needed some guys. I'm not mad at them. They gave me a chance to be a Major League player. I just thank them every day for that."
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he hopes Revere doesn't cause his old team problems this week. The Phillies would welcome that.
"I liked Benny," Gardenhire said. "He was a nice kid, he comes to play and was fun in this clubhouse. You miss him an awful lot. He's got a big heart and he plays that way every inning, every out -- and that's what you like about the kid."
M. Young to remain leadoff hitter -- for now
MINNEAPOLIS -- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel is sticking with Michael Young as his leadoff hitter -- for now.
The third baseman hit first on Tuesday against the Twins at Target Field. It was Young's fifth consecutive game as the Phillies' leadoff hitter. Young, who had an RBI single in the third inning of the 3-2 loss, entered the game hitting .276 with a .355 on-base percentage. His on-base percentage is best on the team and ranks 44th in baseball out of 164 qualifying players, while his .360 slugging percentage ranks 135th. Young also has grounded into 13 double plays, second in baseball.
"He's been getting some hits," Manuel said. "That's why I left him up there today."
Ideally, Young hits for more power and hits lower in the lineup.
"I think he'll hit streaks where he'll get some balls up in the air," Manuel said. "I've said that before. In Boston, he hit a ball off the Monster and a home run. I think it's a just a matter of time. I think he will start getting balls up in the air more. … I think maybe he might be trying too hard. He strides a little quick at times. His hands drop. The more he plays, the better he'll get really. I think somewhere along the line he'll really settle in and he'll hit a hot streak that'll really help us."
Adams tagged with loss, Kratz to have surgery
MINNEAPOLIS -- Phillies setup man Mike Adams pitched for the first time in five days on Tuesday in a 3-2 loss to the Twins at Target Field.
It did not go well. He allowed a four-pitch walk to Jamey Carroll to start the eighth inning, then a single to Joe Mauer. Adams got the next two hitters out, but Antonio Bastardo replaced him and allowed Carroll to score on Justin Morneau's go-ahead single, as Adams took the loss to drop to 1-4 with a 4.22 ERA.
Adams had not pitched since Thursday in Milwaukee because of soreness in his right biceps. He said he felt good enough to pitch, although he would not say he feels completely healthy.
In other injury news, Phillies catcher Erik Kratz will have surgery on Wednesday in Philadelphia to repair the torn medial meniscus in his left knee.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.