Here are three items of note following the Twins' 6-5 win over Cleveland.

LA MAQUINA IS HERE: Rochester manager Mike Quade called Jose Berrios over after Rochester arrived in Buffalo on Tuesday.
``What I do?'' Berrios said.
He had done nothing wrong. Actually, he had done pretty much everything right because Quade was telling him that he was being promoted to the majors and will make his major league debut on Wednesday.
``I stated crying,'' Berrios said. ``I said, `thank you.' '' 
Berrios, with Jorge Polanco, flew from Buffalo to Chicago, then Chicago to Minneapolis-St. Paul airport. He usually sleeps on plane rides, but he was too excited on Tuesday.
By the third inning, he was in the dugout with his new teammates and caught the rest of the Twins' victory over Cleveland. Now he's being asked to help the team sweep the Indians on Wednesday.
``Everybody was happy to see me,’’ he said. ``and I was happy to see everybody.’’
He expects to be able to calm his nerves in time for his first major league start
``Right now I feel excited. We win. We walk off,’’ he said. ``but tomorrow, three or four hours before the game I will try to calm myself and concentrate and do my best work out there.’’
Berrios will have his parents, brother, sister, wife and daughter at Target Field on Wednesday for his debut. Berrios' nickname in Puerto Rico: The Machine  (La Maquina)

REPLAY LOSS: The Twins challenged a called in the first inning on Tuesday that ruled Brian Dozier out on a force play at second. Replays looked like Dozier was out, but the Twins gave it a shot anyway and the call was confirmed. The Twins lost their challenge, so they could not dispute an out call at third on Danny Santana in the fifth. Replays showed he was safe. That's the system at work there. It would not have mattered if Santana had not cruised into third base on the play. He dropped for the bag at the last minute and seemed to be surprised that a throw was coming in. Santana seemed to pick up third base coach Gene Glynn late too, as Glynn was motioning for him to slide. It was a crazy play. Santana was on first when Brian Doizer blooped a single in front of a diving Lonnie Chisenhall in right. Santana started toward second but stopped then retreated in case the ball was caught. When it wasn't, he had to hit the clutch again and try to advance to third.

USING THE WHOLE FIELD: Brian Dozier, in the first inning, took a pitch on the outside part of the plate and managed to hit it to the opposite field. He did it again in the fifth on the Santana play. And again in the ninth for a double. What in the heck is going on around here? Dozier was the most pull-happy hitter in all of baseball last season, as 60.2 percent of his batted balls went to left field. Opponents are swinging their infield defenses around accordingly. But hitting a few to right field could force teams to readjust. Just four of Dozier's 18 hits this season have been to the opposite field - three on Tuesday. Twins manager Paul Molitor pointed out that Dozier still leads the team with 10 RBI. Just think what damage Dozier can do if he makes teams pay for shifting so much on him? ``He's finding a way to do things but to mix in those hits and bump up his ability to get on base, give guys behind an opportunity is important as well,'' Molitor said.
    

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