Here are three thoughts following the Twins 4-3 win over the White Sox
LEAVE TREVOR MAY IN?: When the bullpen began warming up in the fifth inning on Saturday, my jaw dropped. Trevor May had just passed the 60-pitch mark, for goodness sakes, and looked to be in a groove. I didn't know at the time that manager Paul Molitor was worried about the declining fastball command. He said in spring training he wanted his starters to get used to going deeper in games, even close games. This flies against that mantra. So I have arrived at the conclusion that, after losing Friday (in a game they could have won) Molitor wanted this one badly to give his team a shot to win the series with Kyle Gibson on the mound. May said he had another 30 pitches in him but was fine with the decision.``We've got a good eighth inning (group) with Aaron Thompson and Blaine Boyer,'' he said. ``And Glen Perkins is 16-for-16 in saves. Those are weapons you've got to use.'' It worked out, and now we have Gibson versus Jose Quintana for the series tomorrow.
MAUER BENCHED: I didn't get this one either, but Molitor is looking at the big picture with Joe Mauer and decided to not start him Saturday despite him batting .338 against lefties and batting .296 against Chris Sale. Mauer told me he was ready to play Saturday but went with the manager's decision. The Twins had two off days this week and another coming up Thursday. Mauer won Wednesday's game with a homer then drove in a run with a double on Friday then stole third. He just might be getting hot. But, the Twins won with him just pinch hitting Saturday. I don't know. In a span of 20 hours, Molitor has pulled Phil Hughes with 89 pitches, pulled May with 80 and benched his No. 3 hitter. Is the job getting to him already? (I'm kidding).
HICKS CAN CLOSE ON A BASEBALL: For the second straight game Hicks made a dazzling outfield. In the eighth inning, Hicks was shaded toward left field when Adam Eaton drove a ball to the right-center gap. Hicks might have covered 40-50 yards before laying out and making an incredible catch and stopping a potential leadoff triple. ``I knew it was a close game and I tried to do my best to cut that thing down,'' Hicks said. ``I made the catch. Turned out to be good for the team.'' Friday night, he was shaded to right and had to go left to steal a hit from Carlos Sanchez. And he almost pulled in Adam LaRoche's drive in the second but his glove got caught under the fence padding. The Twins needed Hicks to get back up here.