Here are a few leftovers from the Twins crazy 13-7 win over Toronto:
BENEFITS FROM SUPPORT: Kyle Gibson, 11-10, ended up lasting six innings, giving up five runs. "The offense made that start a successful start," he said. No kidding, and there's a pattern developing. Gibson benefited from another offensive outburst. He started the Sept. 2 game when the Twins beat the Royals 17-0 and also Tuesday's game when they beat San Diego 16-0. Now they scored 13 for him on Sunday. I asked Gibson if he should ask to pitch the wild card game since he's going to get double-digit run support. "If I'm going to start and they score 17 I'm sure Mollie would like that," Gibson said. "But I'm he wouldn't like being the first time up hitting and being down 5-0." Gibson began the day getting an average of 7.3 runs from his offense, tops in the AL
DOES HE COUNT?: The Twins are facing Jaime Garcia on Monday - the same Garcia who was with the Twins for a week before he was traded when the front office thought they should be selling instead of buying. Garcia won his only start for the Twins - July 28 at Oakland. It was the only game they won of that series. So Joe Mauer was asked if Garcia qualifies as a former Twin. "Yeah, he wore the uniform didn't he?" Mauer said with a chuckle. "He won us a ballgame. Sure, he's a former teammate."
QUOTES FROM MAUER: On facing the Yankees: "We haven't seen them in a while (July). Obviously, it was a team we might see a little later hopefully. We just have to keep playing the game the way we have been playing, Going into NY, where they are playing for something special, too. Stay focused and keep playing the right way." Will the younger guys have to guard against making these games too big? "It's been our message all year. Just do what we have been doing. Nothing different. This is the fun time of the year and the boys are having fun. Try not to make it more than what it is."