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Postgame: Thoughts on Pino, Mauer and umpires

  • Blog Post by: La Velle E. Neal III
  • June 20, 2014 - 9:34 AM

Here are three Twins thoughts following their 4-2 win over the White Sox

YOHAN PINO: The way he was described to me, Pino didn't throw hard. And he doesn't. But he hit 91 a few times on Friday. And when he's mixing in his curveball and other pitches, his fastball can be more effective. I knew he was crafty when he opened up with curveballs to Jose Abreu and the Adam Dunn in their first at-bats. And Pino kept throwing that hook. ``It looks like he can throw that curveball for a strike any time he wants to.''

JOE MAUER: Mauer was 2-for-4 with 2 RBI to help the Twins' cause on Thursday - his first multi-RBI game since May 3 and just his third game all season with multiple RBI's. And he hit the ball hard in three of his four trips to the plate on Thursday. I'm not ready to call a Mauer surge here, but his bat looked a little quicker on Thursday, like he's been working on shortening his swing.

MIKE MUCHLINSKI: The home plate umpire was hit in the facemask by a foul ball off of Alexei Ramirez's bat in the fourth. He finished the inning, but came out of the game and was replaced by Mark Wegner, the Cretin-Derham Hall grad. Wegner is not well-liked  by the White Sox. Wegner ejected Jose Quintana - who, ironically - was pitching Thursday - for throwing behind Ben Zobrist in a 2012 game. Hawk Harrelson melted down on air about Wegner. No incidents on Thursday, though.

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