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Postgame: Stitches for Suzuki but no concussion

Three quick thoughts following the Twins' wild win over the Red Sox:

SUZUKI UPDATE: Catcher Kurt Suzuki took a foul ball off the chin of his mask in the second inning that opened up a gash on his chin. A bleeding Suzuki was taken out of the game. Manager Paul Molitor said Suzuki needed, ``eight or nine,'' stitches to close the wound. He's definitely out for Sunday's game. Juan Centeno will start, but he also took a foul ball during the game and was a little woozy. But he passed the concussion tests and remained in the game. Eduardo Escobar remains the emergency catcher. NOT JOE MAUER, so stop asking.

SANO CAPERS: Miguel Sano thought a pop up in the fourth inning was going to carry to left field. He gave up on it, but the wind kept it in the infield. Eduardo Nunez was shifted over at second base, and rushed over to try and make a play but couldn't get there. The Twins addressed the play with Sano.  ``Lesson learned,'' Molitor said, ``You put those in the memory bank when you make mistakes, and hopefully you avoid them in the future.'' 

VARGAS' WHEELS:     When Kennys Vargas blooped a double to left in the seventh inning, Molitor looked down his bench and saw Danny Santana, Eduardo Escobar and Joe Mauer. He considered pinch running for Vargas then but decided against it. ``Sure enough, we get a hit where speed is a factor,'' Molitor said. ``Eddie Rosario singled to center, and Vargas was waived home by third base coach Gene Glynn. Catcher Sandy Leon took the throw and appeared to tag Vargas out. The Twins challenged the call, and replays showed that Vargas reached around the tag and slapped home plate safely. ``Kennys maybe made the slide of his life,'' Molitor said.

BONUS: I have run into Twins fans all weekend. This morning, some fans asked me of Friday's win the best win of the year. I thought the game in Seattle when replays confirmed a game-ending double play was pretty exciting. Now we have Saturday's 11-9 win at Fenway. Your homework assignment is to present your top two or three wins of the season to this point. See you in a few hours!!!!

Mauer avoids matchup with David Price as Twins face Red Sox


Joe Mauer is not in the starting lineup tonight, no big surprise there. He is batting .176 against Boston lefty David Price, so it's probably a good time to give Mauer a break and let someone else try to hit him. Kennys Vargas will play first base instead of Mauer. Twins manger Paul Molitor pointed out that Vargas' swing is better from the left side than the right side. But Vargas is 4-for-7 with a home run against the lefties he's faced since being called up.

It's another chance for Vargas to prove he can be a factor in the teams' future. With Byung Ho Park at Rochester, Vargas could force the Twins to make a tough decision about who to go with in the future.

But Park isn't going away any time soon. He homered on Friday and entered tonight batting .321 with four homers and eight RBI over his last eight games.

Both Michael Tonkin and Trevor May, who threw a ton of pitches on Thursday, are available out of the bullpen tonight.

Mookie Betts, who led off the first two games of this series with a home run, is out of Boston's lineup because of a right knee strain. Brock Holt is the new leadoff hitter, so we'll see if the Twins can stop the leadoff home run streak at three. Remember, Ian Kinsler led off Wednesday's game with a homer as well.

Talked to Miguel Sano today. He's very disappointed in himself for dropping another popup and wants to prove he can focus better than that. Molitor spoke with Sano today and hopes the third baseman become unsure of himself in the field, because that would make things worse. More on that in the dead tree edition.

Twins

Eduardo Nunez, SS
Robbie Grossman, DH
Miguel Sano, 3B
Brian Dozier, 2B
Max Kepler, RF
Kennys Vargas, 1B
Eddie Rosario, LF
Kurt Suzuki, C
Byrin Buxton, CF

Ricky Nolasco, RHP

Red Sox

Brock Holt, LF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Hanley Ramirez, 1B
Jackie Bradley, Jr.  CF
Aaron Hill, 3B
Sandy Leon, C
Michael Martinez, RF

David Price, LHP