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Twins postgame: Offense picks up in homestand finale

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.''

Lefty Boshers called up, Dozier back in lineup today

Was told that the start of today's game has been pushed back to 12:30 p.m. 

Outfielder Darin Mastroianni has a strained left oblique muscle, something he said came up while the team was in Detroit last week. So the Twins on Wednesday placed him on the 15-day disabled list.

To replace him on the roster, the Twins called up lefthander Buddy Boshers from Class AAA Rochester, where he was 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA in 15 games with the Red Wings. Twins manager Paul Molitor said Boshers has been stretched out recently, which factored in the decision to call him up. With the way things are going with the pitching staff, they need someone who can eat up innings if needed.

``We've been talking about going to 13 pitchers for a while,'' Molitor said.

Fans are clamoring for righthander J.T. Chargois, who throws gas. Boshers, who pitched in 25  games with the Dodgers in 2013, throws around 90 miles and hour. Eddie Guardado and LaTroy Hawkins helped him with his change up during spring training, and he's not afraid to use it.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Boshers, the Twins moved Lefthander Glen Perkins to the 60-day DL. That was an inevitable move, since Perkins has been out since early April and is not close to returning.

It's raining now, but the Twins think they can get this game in. The Royals are looking to be the latest team to sweep the Twins in a series.


Alcides Escobar, SS

Whit Merrifield, LF

Lorenzo Cain, CF

Eric Hosmer, 1B

Salvador Perez, DH

Paulo Orlando, RF

Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B

Omar Infante, 2B

Drew Butera, C

Dillon Gee, RHP



Eduardo Nunez, 3B

Brian Dozier, 2B

Joe Mauer, DH

Miguel Sano, RF

Robbie Grossman, LF

Byung Ho Park, 1B

Eduardo Escobar, SS

Kurt Suzuki, C

Danny Santana, CF

Tyler Duffey, RHP