Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Postgame: Twins made Sanchez work

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: May 1, 2013 - 6:58 PM

A handful of leftovers from the Twins' matinee 6-2 victory on Wednesday:

-- Minnesota's starting pitchers have had problems keeping their pitch counts down this year, but they inflicted the extra work on their opponent this time. Anibal Sanchez threw 41 pitches in the first inning, giving up a pair of runs on two hits and two walks. Justin Morneau doubled in a run and Chris Parmelee singled one home.

But the most intriguing aspect of that inning was that each of the first five hitters worked the count to 3-2 on Sanchez.

"We had some good at-bats," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We made him throw a lot of pitches."

He ended up with 115, actually, over six innings. What, you didn't know pitchers could throw that many? That's because Twins pitchers don't. No Twin has reached 115 pitches this year or last year.

-- Just when the Tigers' offense finally got a couple of runs, closing the gap to 3-2, Bruce Rondon came in and quickly gave up two more runs, surrendering a triple to Aaron Hicks, a single to Pedro Florimon, and two walks. The Tigers had seen enough: Not only was Rondon pulled, he was sent to Class AAA Toledo after the game.

-- Scott Diamond took a comebacker off his calf in the second inning, but pounced on the ball and got the out. The pain wasn't the annoying part, he said.

"It actually hit me quite flush, right off my right calf, but I was able to still run on it. That might have been sheer adrenalin," Diamond said. "Everyone's been making fun of me for the way I reacted afterwards. They were making fun of my throw over to first base, saying I kind of pranced over. As long as we got the out...."

-- The Twins took a three-hour bus ride to their next stop after Wednesday's game, and they now have Thursday off, an unusual open date in the middle of a road trip. There are no workouts scheduled, and the players are free to occupy themselves in Cleveland any way they like. Gardenhire was somewhat coy about how he and his coaching staff will spend the day, but he did offer one hint:

"I like Cleveland. It's a lot of fun downtown. Good ballpark, good places to eat," the manager said. "Some great golf courses, too."


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