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: Mastroianni, Walters and Plouffe

Posted by: Phil Miller under Twins game coverage Updated: September 18, 2012 - 11:52 PM

CLEVELAND -- Some perspective from the Twins clubhouse after Tuesday's 6-5, 12-inning victory over the Indians:

THE MASTROIANNI SHOW

Standing on second base in the 12th inning, Darin Mastroianni knew he might be able to score on Alexi Casilla’s bouncer, but he relied on third base coach Steve Liddle for the cue.

“Steve just told me to keep going,” Mastroianni said. “I kind of got halfway to home and looked up. I saw the umpire call Lexi safe, so at that point I knew I was going to score; I just wanted to make sure I got there.”

Mastroianni really stole a run there for the Twins. He hit a two-out single, stole second and then scored on Casilla’s infield single. Mastroianni was kicking himself for a play four innings earlier. After entering as a pinch runner in the eighth, he was on second base when Trevor Plouffe hit a sharp comebacker to Vinnie Pestano.

Mastroianni said he told himself to freeze on a ball back to the pitcher, but he was leaning toward third, allowing Pestano to get him on his way back to second.

“I know the old rule is make it go by the pitcher, but that pitcher made a heck of a play,” Manager Ron Gardenhire said. “That ball was a rocket, and I don’t know how he caught it. I don’t care -- good baserunner, bad baserunner -- that was a really tough baserunning play.

“As far as aggressive baserunning, that’s what he is, that’s what he brings to this team. You know what? He’s going to make some outs out there, but he’s going to also make some big plays like he did tonight, and we’ll take the big plays over those outs.”

WALTERS IS FLUSTERED

Twins starter P.J. Walters wasn’t happy with his performance. He retired nine consecutive batters before Cleveland opened the sixth inning with three straight singles.

“Obviously I didn’t pitch as well as I would have liked to, but a win is a win and I’ll take it,” Walters said. “But I need to be a little more consistent. I had a few good innings mixed in with a few shaky ones. That’s kind of been the thing lately, but [Brian] Duensing came in and pitched great, limited the damage pretty well.”

PLOUFFE UPDATE

Third baseman Trevor Plouffe missed a line drive with his glove and had the ball hit him in the right hand for a costly error in the sixth inning, as Cleveland scored the tying run. Plouffe, who went 0-for-4, left the game for a pinch runner after grounding into a fielder's choice in the eighth inning, but he didn't need X-rays.

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