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Molitor: The emotion of Saturday's dust-up is behind Twins now

    The emotions of Saturday have cooled, and the Twins and Tigers have put their differences behind them. Or so Paul Molitor believes as the teams prepare for the finale of the three-game series today at Target Field.

    A shoving match broke out Saturday after Matt Boyd threw a pitch behind Miguel Sano in the fifth inning, and Sano was ejected after getting physical with Tigers catcher James McCann, who stepped in when Sano shouted at Boyd. The pitch is believed to be a response to JaCoby Jones being hit in the face by a pitch two innings earlier.

    “I think it’s over. I don’t plan to have any carryover,” Molitor said, though he added that he wouldn’t be surprised if the umpires mention it during the exchange of lineup cards. “There was a lot of emotion out there yesterday. I think a lot of it was that Jones got hit in the face. That’s a tough thing to watch, and I think they were carrying that into the scrum.”

    Molitor said after viewing the video, McCann was more aggressive with Sano than he originally thought. If MLB considers disciplining Sano, Molitor said, “I think how [McCann] handled it would make Miggy’s case more defendable.” But even that lingering animosity is likely defused by the fact that McCann is not in the lineup today.

    Kennys Vargas and Buddy Boshers are in uniform today, called up to replace Adalberto Mejia, who was demoted to Class AAA Rochester after his disappointing start on Saturday, and Justin Haley, who went on the disabled list with right bicep tendonitis. Vargas isn’t in the lineup, but is available to pinch-hit. Boshers got the call in case the Twins need a long reliever for Kyle Gibson today, or Phil Hughes tomorrow night in Texas. Molitor said he would have no problem using Boshers for 40 pitches if necessary.

    Here are the lineups for today’s game:

TIGERS

 

Kinsler 2B

Collins CF

Castellanos 3B

Martinez DH

Upton LF

Avila C

Adduci RF

Hicks 1B

Romine SS

 

Fulmer RHP

 

TWINS

 

Dozier 2B

Kepler RF

Sano 3B

Mauer 1B

Grossman DH

Castro C

Escobar SS

Rosario CF

Santana LF

 

Gibson RHP

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.

Final, 4/23 R H E
Detroit 10-8 13 13 0
Minnesota 8-10 4 6 2

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