A couple things, one new one old, following the Twins win over the Royals
OFFENSE PICKS UP: For the second time in three games, the Twins collected 12 hits against the Royals. After dropping to a .231 team batting average - its lowest in five weeks - the Twins showed some life at the plate on Wednesday. Brian Dozier and Miguel Sano came through with much-needed home runs, and manager Paul Molitor made a point to praise Byung Ho Park for his RBI single in the seventh. A lot of players have been scuffling at the plate. Those three hitters could mean a huge boost for the offense if they start to get going. They still have to work on situational hitting, as they were 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position on Wednesday. They also need more than two walks.
VAVRA HAS NO ISSUES WITH DONALDSON: I could not get a hold of Joe Vavra after I learned of Josh Donaldson's comments about him on Sunday. And I was not at the park for the first two games of the series with the Royals. So Wednesday was the first time I could get Vavra's side of the spat with Donaldson and the Blue Jays. Quick background. Donaldson was tossed from Saturday's game because, he believes, Vavra said something to him as he ran out a grounder. As he left the field, he turned and swore at Vavra. The home plate umpire thought it was intended for him and tossed Donaldson. The next day, Donaldson homered and glared into the Twins dugout - for Vavra - after he crossed home plate. ``I'm certainly not going to take it personally because he's a great player,'' Vavra said. Vavra praised Donaldson for his competitiveness and his fire. When asked if he said something to Donaldson, Vavra said there was a lot of chatter in the Twins dugout - and from fans behind the dugout - at the time. ``I certainly heard stuff along the chain of people (in the dugout),'' Vavra said. ``Maybe it was me. Maybe.'' Donaldson was convinced that it was Varva, telling the Toronto reporters that it was, ``their bench coach who used to be their third base coach.''