Boof Bonser, who hasn't won in 12 consecutive starts, won't lose his spot in the starting rotation, but if the Twins have their way, he will lose some weight.
With Boof Bonser riding a 12-start winless streak, the Twins will keep him in the starting rotation, but they want him to lose weight.
Bonser, 24, is listed on the roster at 6-4 and 260 pounds. Manager Ron Gardenhire said Bonser has worked hard to maintain that weight all season, but now the team wants to see how he will do by shedding about 10 to 15 pounds.
Gardenhire said he has spoken to strength and conditioning coach Perry Castellano about a diet program Bonser can begin soon and carry into the offseason.
"It's not like his weight really fluctuates up and down; it stays the same," Gardenhire said. "He comes in and does all of his work, but if we got him down to a better weight, we'll see. We'll talk to him about it and see if that will help."
Bonser is 5-10 with a 4.93 ERA, despite going 0-8 during the longest winless streak for a Twins pitcher since Pat Mahomes went 12 starts without a victory from 1995 to 1996.
Opponents are batting .269 against Bonser in innings 1-4 but .337 in the fifth inning and .328 in the sixth. Those numbers raise questions about his stamina.
"Now we take him and say, 'OK, this is what we think can get you to the next level,' " Gardenhire said.
Blister not a concern
Johan Santana's slider was the pitch that gave him the most trouble when he was dealing with a cracked fingernail and blister problem in recent weeks.
Only four of Santana's 112 pitches were sliders in Sunday's 1-0 victory over Texas, but he said the finger wasn't the reason. He said he also threw very few sliders when striking out 13 Rangers in a 7-1 victory May 22.
"I wasn't really thinking about my finger or my slider," Santana said. "I was just trying to get people out."
Though Santana's finger is mostly healed, Gardenhire did cite it as one reason not to push him past the eighth inning.
"We were going to give him the decision," Gardenhire said. "With him tipping his hat and everything, 110-plus pitches, coming off a blister, broken fingernail and all those things, we were going to give him a decision, but you know, what? He did his job. He did everything he was supposed to do."
After officially becoming the 18th member of the Twins Hall of Fame, Gary Gaetti threw out the ceremonial first pitch with a twist.
He went to third base and fired to first baseman Kent Hrbek, re-enacting a play they'd made since their days at rookie level Elizabethton in 1979 and more famously to end the 1987 World Series.
"I would just like to say thanks to Kent for being my best friend in baseball, for making me laugh and being such a big target at first base," Gaetti said.
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|Detroit||10/26/14 8:30 AM|
|Buffalo||10/26/14 12:00 PM|
|St. Louis||10/26/14 12:00 PM|
|Houston||10/26/14 12:00 PM|
|Minnesota||10/26/14 12:00 PM|
|Seattle||10/26/14 12:00 PM|
|Baltimore||10/26/14 12:00 PM|
|Miami||10/26/14 12:00 PM|
|Chicago||10/26/14 12:00 PM|
|Philadelphia||10/26/14 3:05 PM|
|Oakland||10/26/14 3:25 PM|
|Indianapolis||10/26/14 3:25 PM|
|Green Bay||10/26/14 7:30 PM|
|Washington||10/27/14 7:30 PM|
|New Orleans||10/30/14 7:25 PM|
|Boston||1||2nd Prd 12:35|
|NY Rangers||1||2nd Prd 12:50|
|New Jersey||0||2nd Prd 9:51|
|Dallas||3||2nd Prd 7:09|
|Detroit||1||2nd Prd 4:47|
|Chicago||1||1st Prd 9:13|
|Pittsburgh||1||1st Prd 7:49|
|Tampa Bay||1||1st Prd 7:52|
|(11) Kansas State||23|
|San Jose St||31||FINAL|
|(1) Miss State||45||FINAL|
|(22) West Virginia||34||FINAL|
|(8) Michigan State||35|
|Temple||14||4th Qtr 6:15|
|(15) Arizona||45||3rd Qtr 10:12|
|Texas-El Paso||17||3rd Qtr|
|Texas State||0||3rd Qtr|
|Wyoming||3||2nd Qtr 2:00|
|Syracuse||3||2nd Qtr 1:22|
|(3) Ole Miss||7||2nd Qtr 11:55|
|(4) Alabama||20||1st Qtr 0:18|
|So Carolina||14||2nd Qtr 11:12|
|(13) Ohio State||0||1st Qtr 11:28|
|(20) USC||9:00 PM|
|(14) Arizona State||9:45 PM|
|(2) Florida State||10/30/14 6:30 PM|
|Troy||10/30/14 6:30 PM|
|Cincinnati||10/31/14 7:00 PM|
|Tulsa||10/31/14 7:00 PM|
|Purdue||11/1/14 2:00 AM|
|(17) Oklahoma||11/1/14 2:00 AM|
|Oklahoma State||11/1/14 2:00 AM|
|(11) Kansas State|
|(10) TCU||11/1/14 2:00 AM|
|(22) West Virginia|
|Texas||11/1/14 2:00 AM|
|Northwestern||11/1/14 2:00 AM|
|Maryland||11/1/14 2:00 AM|
|Air Force||11/1/14 10:30 AM|
|ULM||11/1/14 11:00 AM|
|Duke||11/1/14 11:00 AM|
|Wisconsin||11/1/14 11:00 AM|
|Rice||11/1/14 11:00 AM|
|(18) East Carolina||11/1/14 11:00 AM|
|UCF||11/1/14 11:00 AM|
|Boston College||11/1/14 11:30 AM|
|North Carolina||11/1/14 11:30 AM|
|Washington||11/1/14 12:00 PM|
|Central Mich||11/1/14 12:00 PM|
|Western Mich||11/1/14 1:30 PM|
|Western Ky||11/1/14 2:00 PM|
|NC State||11/1/14 2:00 PM|
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|Virginia||11/1/14 2:30 PM|
|BYU||11/1/14 2:30 PM|
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|Florida||11/1/14 2:30 PM|
|Georgia State||11/1/14 2:30 PM|
|Kentucky||11/1/14 3:00 PM|
|Kansas||11/1/14 3:00 PM|
|Houston||11/1/14 3:00 PM|
|(20) USC||11/1/14 3:30 PM|
|Arkansas State||11/1/14 4:00 PM|
|South Alabama||11/1/14 4:00 PM|
|New Mexico||11/1/14 4:30 PM|
|UAB||11/1/14 6:00 PM|
|(5) Auburn||11/1/14 6:00 PM|
|(3) Ole Miss|
|Arkansas||11/1/14 6:00 PM|
|(1) Miss State|
|Old Dominion||11/1/14 6:00 PM|
|Colorado State||11/1/14 6:00 PM|
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|Stanford||11/1/14 6:30 PM|
|Tennessee||11/1/14 6:30 PM|
|Southern Miss||11/1/14 7:00 PM|
|(7) Notre Dame||11/1/14 7:00 PM|
|Illinois||11/1/14 7:00 PM|
|(13) Ohio State|
|(15) Arizona||11/1/14 9:30 PM|
|California||11/1/14 9:30 PM|
|San Diego St||11/1/14 9:30 PM|
|Wyoming||11/1/14 9:45 PM|
|(19) Utah||11/1/14 10:00 PM|
|(14) Arizona State|
|Utah State||11/1/14 10:00 PM|
|Toronto FC||0||2nd Half|
|Hamilton||10/31/14 6:30 PM|
|Winnipeg||11/1/14 3:00 PM|
|Brt Columbia||11/1/14 6:00 PM|
|Toronto||11/2/14 11:00 AM|