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Continued: Reusse: Once-dominant Burton setting up Twins to fail

  • Article by: PATRICK REUSSE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: July 2, 2013 - 11:47 AM

Actually, Burton got flustered, and the customers got flabbergasted, as he threw away Suzuki’s bunt, and then threw a pickoff throw past first base.

Gardenhire was asked what he sees different with Burton, from his terrific Twins introduction in 2012, and then the first two months of this season.

“He’s not able to finish off a hitter — we saw that with Cano tonight,” the manager said. “The changeup isn’t in the strike zone, and it’s not a pitch they are chasing.”

When he was good, Burton was throwing a fastball or two to get ahead, then throwing the changeup out of a perfect motion, sending it toward knee level andhaving it dive under some silly looking hacks.

“He looks different, kind of on the side of the ball,” Gardenhire said. “We’re trying to figure what’s wrong … We desperately need him.”

 

Patrick Reusse can be heard 3-6 p.m. weekdays on AM-1500. • preusse@startribune.com

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