Here are three thoughts after a LONG day at the ballpark
WILL TWINS FANS SEE THE LIGHT?: Buddy Boshers has a sore elbow. Tommy Milone has a sore shoulder. Both are headed for MRI exams tomorrow to see if there is any major damage. It's hard to see both of them avoid the DL. So the Twins are going to need at least another pitcher. Add in Andrew Albers, who threw 108 pitches out of the bullpen on Thursday and will not be able to pitch for at least three days. The Twins might need at least two pitchers by tomorrow. One of them has to be righthander Pat Light, whom the Twins received from Boston for Fernando Abad. Light got the save on Thursday for Rochester in a win over Syracuse and has a 2.25 ERA through four innings of work with his new team. He's hit 100 mph on the gun a few times.
EDDIE TO THE RESCUE: His bullpen on fumes in game one and with a second game to play, Twins manger Paul Molitor turned to Eduardo Escobar to pitch the ninth inning after Taylor Rogers gave up three home runs. ``I went out there and told him not to throw hard, just throw it over and let them hit it,'' Molitor said, ``and he's hitting 90. But he got through it and he said he feels fine.'' Escobar gave up a hit but got three outs to mark the 12th time a Twins postilion player pitched in a game. Now Escobar will be linked to the likes of Dan Gladden, John Moses, Michael Cuddyer and Drew Butera as position players who have pitched in games. ``I throw with him every day, so I know he's got a strong arm,'' second baseman Brian Dozier said. ``To be honest, it's a lot stronger than it showed.'' Molitor said there's no shortage of position players who would like a chance to pitch. ``There's guys begging for that opportunity, to be honest. We have guys who have knuckleball claims and split fingers. Dozier, Plouffe, there are a lot of guys who want to try it. I think Esco's arm is about as resilient as anybody on our team and we felt that was the safest route to go.''
POLANCO ERROR: Jorge Polanco was charged with an error in the fourth inning of the second game when Tyler White's grounder got by his glove. Molitor confirmed my suspicion that Polanco was in a hurry to get off a throw and pulled his glove up a little too soon. That's one thing the Twins will watch for as they determine if Polanco can stick at short. His arm strength might be average at best. But he can't be in a rush to make plays and has to trust his arm. ``I'm going to keep putting him out there,'' Molitor said. I saw the hint of a twinkle in his eye when he said it. He must like what he sees so far in Polanco. He's hitting .333 and has a 13-game hitting streak. That will make a lot of eyes twinkle.