COLON GETS SICK: Twins manager Paul Molitor said that he received word that Bartolo Colon was not feeling well but was willing to make his start and see if he can fight through it. That fight lasted one inning, in which Colon gave up two runs. Molitor said he thanked Colon for trying to gut things out, but wanted to make a change. That led to nine relievers being used, 10 pitchers in all, a club record. "We had to go through quite a few people to get through the game," Molitor said. Molitor went to Tyler Duffey first, and not Dillon Gee. Molitor felt that Gee has been used in shorter stints lately, and that Duffey was better equipped to pitch longer. Duffey threw 38 pitches, Gee 35. But it worked out.
MOLITOR'S BLUNDER: Molitor went to the mound in the third inning after Duffey fell behind Jay Bruce 2-0, including a wild pitch. He wanted to make a pitching change. But he was stopped by home plate umpire Todd Tichenor. Why? Neil Allen went to the mound before the at-bat started, and Duffey had to face that batter. "I messed up," Molitor said. "It wasn't one of my shining moments. It won't be the last time. It's a little easier to laugh it off when you win. I wanted Duffey to get through Santana (the next batter) then after the wild pitch and the open base I was going to make a change and I just reacted to a the wild pitch. I should have known we had made the visit at the start of the at-bat. I try to be calm but sometimes you get excited, and I reacted too quickly there." Now, I read the complaints on twitter about how Molitor mishandles the bullpen, and I disagree, given what he's had to work with this season. But mistakes like the one on Tuesday don't help his case.
BUXTON'S DAY: Byron Buxton swiped his 23rd consecutive base on Tuesday, establishing a new Twins record while showing how much progress he's made in stealing bases. "It's something to cherish but it's something I know I have to get better over there, pick the right counts and stay aggressive. I also have to cover his great catch in the eighth when he stole a leadoff hit from Jason Kipnis. He didn't like his chances when the ball came off the bat. "I thought it was in the gap," he said. Buxton took a couple steps toward the gap before changing his mind. "Once it got to shortstop, I said, "oh, this ball is sinking." Buxton adjusted, went for the ball and made the diving catch with not much air between the ball and the ground. He said it helped that Eddie Rosario, the leftfielder, let him know he was backing him up, so he could go for the ball. The latest great play in the outfield by Buxton."