Three things after the Twins 6-3 loss to the Yankees - and a defining moment in refereeing during the Packers loss to Seahawks.
1. Willingham's shoulder: You have to wonder what the status of Josh Willingham's shoulder is if the Twins decide to make a date with the MRI machine. Willingham hurt himself when he jumped at the wall, in vain, to catch Eric Chavez's home run in the seventh inning. With eight games left and 35 home runs in the bank, he's a long ball spree away from reaching the 40-home run mark.
2. Lessons learned: You hope Liam Hendriks learns what happens when you leave too many balls over the plate. There were stretches on Monday when he looked up to the task of controlling the Yankees offense. Then he would lay one over the plate. "I can take away some positives from tonight and hopefully finish on a high note," he said. Both pitching coach Rick Anderson and catcher Ryan Doumit told him he made several quality pitches on Monday.
3. Florimon's homer. There might be another baseball rescue effort at Target Field on Tuesday. Pedro Florimon's first major league home run landed in the flowers above the right field wall. After fans went nuts on the plants - even pulling entire pots out of flower box - no one could find the ball. There were discussions after the game about lowering a worker into the flowers in search of the milestone home run.
BATTING TITLE BATTLE
Joe Mauer: 1-for-4 on Monday, batting .322 on the season
Miguel Cabrera: 1-for-5 on Monday, batting .331 on the season
Derek Jeter: 1-for-3 on Monday, batting .322 on the season.
Mike Trout: Off Monday. Batting .323 on the season