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Postgame: Thoughts on Sano, Mejia and the Polancos

Three thoughts from LEN3 after the Twins lose 5-4 to the Tigers

DING! DING!: A number of factors usually lead to bench-clearing incidents, and the one on Saturday was no different. I think Miguel Sano could have handled his temper better. The Tigers were affected by Jacoby Jones being hit in the face and bleeding all over the place. Some teams would understand. Some teams feel the need to make a statement. Sano has to be prepared for responses like Detroit's. "It’s something that happens in the game," Sano said. "It was something that I try to handle with a lot of patience. It (stunk) because I had to come out of the game.” Catchers routinely step in between their pitchers and opponents after a close pitch or bean ball. Home plate umpire Jordan Baker already had Sano backing up. Tigers catcher James McCann made things worse by engaging Sano and putting his glove in Sano's face. Sano even said that's what set him off. "They supposed to eject McCann too," Sano said. McCann should receive some sort of punishment for his role in the scrum, because his actions escalated it. "I saw (Sano) wag a finger at my pitcher,” McCann said. “As far as I’m concerned, you’re not going to do that while I’m catching.”

MEJIA DOWN: Adalberto Mejia struck out six batters on Saturday - but the rest of his line wasn't good - five hits, three runs three walks. The only reason the Twins didn't get blown out was that Detroit was 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position. After three starts, the Twins decided to make a change, and Mejia was optioned to Rochester. "He hasn't been the same guy," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "We have seen some glimpses. He throws it over ad he hasn't been doing that consistently. I think he's trying a little too hard. Maybe a classic case of someone who thinks he's got to be a little better, throw a little harder. Spin a little faster." With Justin Haley landing on the DL, the Twins might call up two pitchers instead of calling Kennys Vargas back up. I'm guessing one could be righthander Nick Tepesch because he has a 2.00 ERA after three starts and can pitch out of the bullpen. It doesn't sound like Jose Berrios is going to get summoned this time because the Twins can go with four starters until May 6. And, by the way, Daniel Palka is killing it at Rochester right now and might earn a promotion.

POLANCO POP: Jorge Polanco doubled over Justin Upton in left in the second inning, flied out deep to center in the seventh and almost dropped one into the overhang in right in the ninth that would have won the game. What's with the long drives? Is it just a coincidence that Polanco's father, Marino, is in Minnesota for the first time this weekend? And his son wanted to it a homer for him? Sano brought Polanco's father into the clubhouse after the game to meet Molitor and some of the teammates. And they posed for pictures at Polanco's stall.

Twins get another crack at Tigers lefthander Boyd - but not Miguel Cabrera

So far, the Twins have fared well against lefthanded starters, posting a 5-1 record on the days they throw. That includes an Opening Day win over Danny Duffy and two wins over Jose Quintana.

The one loss was last week to Detroit when Matt Boyd started and led the Tigers to a 2-1 victory. And Boyd is back on the mound this afternoon as the Twins try to win the first two games of this series. Boyd held the Twins to just one hit - a Robbie Grossman single - over six innings in his outing a week ago, so it's back to the drawing board for manager Paul Molitor.

With a lefty on the mound and it being a day game after a night game, Joe Mauer is not in the starting lineup. Same for catcher Jason Castro, as Chris Gimenez  is behind the plate today. The first baseman is Miguel Sano, who is making his second start there.

"The best," Sano said as he looked over a reporter's shoulder at the lineup. "I make good plays there."

Eddie Rosario, who homered last night, and Max Kepler, who leads the Twins with 17 hits, remain in the lineup.

Adalberto Mejia is on the mound for the Twins. The Tigers are 4-1 against lefthanded starters.

This is Torii Hunter's second day as an FSN commentator. He said his first broadcast went fairly well until Dick Bremer handed him the disclaimer to read and he stumbled over the word, 'disseminate.'


TBA - Miguel Cabrera pulled his groin muscle last night and left the game early. Everyone is waiting to find out if Cabrera will put himself in the lineup today.

UPDATE: Cabrera has been placed on the DL. Still no lineup, though.


Brian Dozier, 2B
Jorge Polanco, SS
Miguel Sano, 1B
Robbie Grossman, DH
Max Kepler, RF
Chris Gimenez, C
Eduardo Escobar, 3B
Eddie Rosario, LF
Byron Buxton, CF

Adalberto Mejia, LHP

Final, 4/22 R H E
Detroit 9-8 5 11 0
Minnesota 8-9 4 10 2

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