INJURY UPDATE NO. 1: Twins manager Paul Molitor made a curious move late in the game when Oswaldo Arcia hit for Danny Santana in the eighth inning. I initially thought it was because Santana is 1-for-12 against lefthanders, and lefty Justin Wilson was on the mound for the Tigers. Santana, however, was battling eye problems late in the game and was being checked for a scratched eyeball after the game. Molitor said Santana was tearing and battling a watery eye. He could track the ball in the field but could not track it at the plate. So Molitor took a chance with Arcia. Arcia struck out on a pitch he thought his checked his swing on. Third base umpire Cory Blaser disagreed.
INJURY UPDATE NO 2: I know what you are thinking. Santana could be injured. HERE COMES BUXTON, WHEEEEEE! Slow down, turbo. Buxton was removed from Saturday's because of back spasms, and I was informed that he hasn't recovered yet. Max Kepler had to play all 11 innings of a 3-2 loss to Charlotte tonight. That means the top outfield prospect is having lingering issues.
THAT WAS UGLY: Paul Molitor said the following about Jose Berrios before the game: ``I think we're all waiting for that breakout game, where he has all his pitches from the start and he does some of the things we've seen him do in his minor league career.'' The exact opposite happened on Monday as he gave up seven runs over two-thirds of an inning, the shortest outing by a Twins starter since Trevor May went one-third of an inning last season. He did not sound defeated after the game. ``Sometimes when you get in the hole you have to dig out of the hole again,'' he said. ``I'll do my adjustments and keep working hard.'' It reads hokey, but he sounds confident when he says it. He's got to start with his fastball command. It has not been there for him in any of his starts. That will make his other pitches effective.
AUSMUS-NESS: One person asked me today if Ron Gardenhire could get out of his new deal with the Twins. That's the state of Tigers baseball these days, as the hot seat is burning under manager Brad Ausmus. I wonder if that was one reason why he popped off to Doug Eddings in the fourth inning after Nick Castellanos looked to have been hosed on a couple pitches. Ausmus got his money's worth, taking his hoodie off and covering home plate with it before he left the field. Funny thing, the Tigers ended up winning the game. I think the Tigers would reach down to Lloyd McClendon at Class AAA Toledo before looking outside for someone like Gardy, who will want to bring some of his staff with him. That's provided Gardy still wants to manage, which I'm pretty sure he still does.
ABOUT THE UMPIRE: Eddings had some issues on Monday but I didn't think he was awful. I thought the second strike to Castellanos in the fifth might have been questionable, but I see lefties get that third strike called on that type of pitch to righthanders a lot. Brian Dozier got a raw deal on his strike three call in the seventh. I've never seen him that mad before. That was a big call. I'm sure you noticed the Twins stopped scoring after that.