Tampa Bay 4, Twins 3: Two closers blow two saves

The Twins have two All-Star closers on their roster, and on Thursday neither one could get the job done with a late lead.

view larger photos


ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. — Twins righthander Carl Pavano had retired 11 consecutive hitters Thursday before Matt Joyce got the Rays' first hit, a one-out single in the fifth.

In eight innings, Pavano held Tampa Bay scoreless on four hits and two walks with seven strikeouts. He told manager Ron Gardenhire and pitching coach Rick Anderson that he was out of gas and left the game with a 2-0 lead.

Joe Nathan and Matt Capps both had chances to close the game out, but both failed.

With one out in the ninth, Nathan gave up a bloop double to Felipe Lopez that the Twins fielders might have lost in the roof. After a walk to Ben Zobrist, Matt Joyce lined a two-run double to right-center to tie the game at 2-2.

In the 10th, Danny Valencia's two-out, two strike single drove in Matt Tolbert to put the Twins up 3-2. In came Capps.

Sam Fuld singled to right with one out, then Johnny Damon lined a knee-high fastball over the fence in right. Game over, 4-3 final.

Who would have thought that two relievers with 359 saves and five All-Star Games between them could falter in the same game? Nathan is coming back from Tommy John elbow surgery but hit 94 miles per hour on the stadium radar gun Thursday.

"Those things happen," Pavano said. "I'll take my chances with either one of them. Everyone has those days. I had plenty of them."

Batting, playing second

With Joe Mauer joining Tsuyoshi Nishioka on the disabled list, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has been pressed for a No.  2 hitter.

Wednesday, Matt Tolbert batted second and went 2-for-5.

Thursday, Gardenhire looked at his list of available players and came up with Michael Cuddyer. Cuddyer started in the No. 2 spot in the lineup for the first time since July 30, 2005, when he went 1-for-3 against Boston's David Wells.

"Really, we don't have many options,'' Gardenhire said.

Gardenhire pointed out that Alexi Casilla needs to remain the No. 9 hitter until we gets his swing going, Mauer's backup, Drew Butera, is not a good fit at second, and the other middle-of-the-order hitters need to stay where they are, the manager said.

So he turned to Cuddyer, the player he's turned to when needed to fill in all over the infield and outfield.

"As we said all along, he's the most movable around guy on our team," Gardenhire said. "He can do just about anything. Put him up there and we'll go from there. He's better when he shoots the ball the other way, anyway."

Instant replay

According to a report, baseball is on the verge of expanding replay for the 2012 season so fair or foul balls that aren't home runs and balls that are trapped could be subject to review. The Twins were directly affected by two of those scenarios in the past two postseasons.

In the 2009 playoffs, Mauer's liner down the left-field line at Yankee Stadium was ruled foul by umpire Phil Cuzzi when replays showed it was fair.

In Game 1 last fall at Target Field, Delmon Young was given a single on a line drive it appeared Yankees right fielder Greg Golson caught for the final out.

"All anybody wants, the umpires and us, is to make sure we get the call right,'' Gardenhire said. "The one thing you don't want is the game to last longer, looking at all the replays and going deeper into the night.''

  • related content

  • Mauer on DL adds to Twins' pain

    Friday April 15, 2011

    If two blown saves and a Rays walk-off homer weren't enough, the star catcher went on the disabled list and will see a doctor in Baltimore.

  • Johnny Damon

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions
Detroit «00100002X340
@Ballpark Replay
Preview | Matchup | Lineup | Log | Wrap | Box
W:D.Price(15-12) L:K.Gibson(13-12) S:J.Nathan (35)
HR: MIN- None DET- I.Kinsler (17)


Oakland - J. Lester 7:07 PM
Kansas City - J. Shields
New England 14 FINAL
Kansas City 41
Minnesota 10/2/14 7:25 PM
Green Bay
Buffalo 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Chicago 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Cleveland 10/5/14 12:00 PM
St. Louis 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Atlanta 10/5/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants
Tampa Bay 10/5/14 12:00 PM
New Orleans
Houston 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Baltimore 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Pittsburgh 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Arizona 10/5/14 3:05 PM
Kansas City 10/5/14 3:25 PM
San Francisco
NY Jets 10/5/14 3:25 PM
San Diego
Cincinnati 10/5/14 7:30 PM
New England
NY Islanders 6:00 PM
NY Rangers 6:00 PM
Ottawa 7:00 PM
Carolina 7:00 PM
St. Louis
Tampa Bay 7:30 PM
Colorado 8:00 PM
Los Angeles 9:30 PM
San Jose
Fla Atlantic 10/2/14 6:00 PM
UCF 10/2/14 6:00 PM
Arizona 10/2/14 9:30 PM
(2) Oregon
Louisville 10/3/14 6:00 PM
San Diego St 10/3/14 9:00 PM
Fresno State
Utah State 10/3/14 9:15 PM
(18) BYU
(6) Texas A&M 10/4/14 11:00 AM
(12) Miss State
Ball State 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Iowa State 10/4/14 11:00 AM
(21) Oklahoma State
Marshall 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Old Dominion
Southern Miss 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Middle Tennessee
(20) Ohio State 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Purdue 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Florida 10/4/14 11:00 AM
SMU 10/4/14 11:00 AM
(22) East Carolina
Virginia Tech 10/4/14 11:30 AM
North Carolina
Eastern Mich 10/4/14 1:00 PM
North Texas 10/4/14 1:30 PM
Massachusetts 10/4/14 1:30 PM
Tulsa 10/4/14 2:00 PM
Colorado State
New Mexico 10/4/14 2:30 PM
TX-San Antonio
(3) Alabama 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(11) Ole Miss
(14) Stanford 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(9) Notre Dame
(17) Wisconsin 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Navy 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Air Force
(7) Baylor 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(4) Oklahoma 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(25) TCU
Wake Forest 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(1) Florida State
NC State 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Buffalo 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Bowling Green
Ohio U 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Central Mich
Oregon State 10/4/14 3:00 PM
Vanderbilt 10/4/14 3:00 PM
(13) Georgia
Kansas 10/4/14 3:00 PM
West Virginia
Kent State 10/4/14 4:00 PM
Northern Ill
South Alabama 10/4/14 5:00 PM
Appalachian St
Texas-El Paso 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Louisiana Tech
(15) LSU 10/4/14 6:00 PM
(5) Auburn
UAB 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Western Ky
Texas Tech 10/4/14 6:00 PM
(23) Kansas State
Michigan 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Hawaii 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Toledo 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Western Mich
ULM 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Arkansas State
Georgia State 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Idaho 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Texas State
Memphis 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Arizona State 10/4/14 6:30 PM
(16) USC
So Carolina 10/4/14 6:30 PM
Pittsburgh 10/4/14 6:30 PM
Miami-Florida 10/4/14 6:30 PM
Georgia Tech
(19) Nebraska 10/4/14 7:00 PM
(10) Michigan State
UNLV 10/4/14 7:00 PM
San Jose St
Ga Southern 10/4/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico St
California 10/4/14 9:30 PM
Washington St
Utah 10/4/14 9:30 PM
(8) UCLA
Boise State 10/4/14 9:30 PM
Winnipeg 10/3/14 6:00 PM
Calgary 10/3/14 9:00 PM
Edmonton 10/4/14 3:00 PM
Brt Columbia 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters





question of the day

Poll: Is it the right move to replace Ron Gardenhire?

Weekly Question