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Revere's catch is one to remember

  • Article by: La VELLE E. NEAL III
  • Star Tribune
  • September 15, 2012 - 6:26 PM

The Twins should look into producing a highlight package of Ben Revere's best catches -- because he seems to come up with a gem at least once a week.

His latest great catch came in the eighth Saturday with two on and two out. Tyler Robertson left a pitch up in the hitting zone that was crushed to left-center by A.J. Pierzynski and had game-breaker written all over it.

But Revere chased down the long drive and, with his back turned partially toward the infield, made an over-the-shoulder catch at the waist just before he got to the fence. It wasn't Willie Mays vs. Vic Wertz, but it brought fans to their feet.

"That play is unbelievable, to tell you the truth," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "It looked like he ran about 50 yards to catch it, over the head, going into the fence. It doesn't get much better than that. You're going to see that one on TV a few times."

Revere called it one of his top 10 catches, a tough category to break into.

"I didn't think Pierzynski hit it that well," Revere said, "then I heard Big Willie [Twins outfielder Josh Willingham] yell, 'Back!' on me, so I kind of went back and looked both ways to see where the fence was and I kind of caught it before it hit the fence. It was a play that had to be made or the game was going to get out of control."

Mauer ponders return

Joe Mauer missed his fourth game in a row Saturday as he recovers from back spasms. He hopes to at least be available to pinch hit Sunday and could be in the lineup if his pregame work goes well.

"The first couple of days were really rough," Mauer said. "[Friday] was the first day it felt good doing everyday things."

Mauer ran on the field before Saturday's game and hit in the batting cage. He's feeling and moving better, but Sunday's fitness test will be key.

Comeback Capps

The Twins might get a look at another pitcher before the season is over.

His name is Matt Capps.

Capps, who has battled rotator cuff problems since June, threw in the bullpen Saturday. He would like to face hitters in a simulated game by the middle of next week and pitch in a real game before the end of the season. He's determined to show himself, the Twins and the rest of baseball that he's healthy. The Twins hold a $6 million option on his 2013 contract, but he knows there's a fat chance that they will pick it up.

So he has to promote himself.

"I think that's kind of what I have to do," he said. "There's 29 other teams out there. There's one team in baseball that knows I'm going to be healthy, that's this team, and it kind of knows what's been going on.

"For everyone else, I'm going to have to show going into the offseason that I'm healthy. That's a big difference-maker, a normal offseason as opposed to a rehab offseason."

Capps, who is 1-4 with a 3.81 ERA and 14 saves, will travel with the team on its upcoming road trip to Cleveland and Detroit.

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