Some quick notes on turnaround day:
SANTANA ADJUSTS: Ervin Santana used video in recent weeks to spot flaws in his mechanics and work on them. On Wednesday, he said he altered the grip on his sinking fastball, and gave him a pitch with noticeable downward movement. Add in that his control was very good on Wednesday, and Oakland hitters had no chance. On June 14, Santana was 1-7 with a 5.10 ERA. Since then he's posted a 1.63 ERA over his last four starts. He's rolling right now, and scouts are noticing. I think the Twins will have no problems moving Santana before the deadline if they choose to move him. It depends what their goal is. Move salary or get decent talent in return?
KEPLER HANGS IN THERE: Max Kepler was 0-for-3 in the game but drew a big two-out walk in the seventh with the bases loaded. The Twins ended up scoring twice in the inning and once in the ninth, That kept manager Paul Molitor away from his bullpen. But it was another good sign for Kid Kepler, who doesn't seem overwhelmed at the plate. ``I said to him that fourth at-bat can make a not so good day a really good day,'' Molitor said.``I don't know if he heard me. He's taken good at bats for the most part.''
BUXTON WATCH: Keep an eye on Byron Buxton to see if he's in the lineup tomorrow. He got the day off on Wednesday, and Molitor said the young outfielder was available off the bench. But he was walking with a little bit of a limp after banging into the fence on Tuesday after making a fine running catch. Molitor said that Buxton is fine. My eyes are telling me he's a little ouchy, but I'll have to believe the manager until further notice. One of the things worth watching during the second half of the season is how the outfield of Buxton, Rosario and Kepler develops.