Here are some thought following the Twins' 4-2 loss to the Rays
THE DECISION: I was a little surprised that Paul Molitor didn't go with Fernando Abad in the eighth inning with Brad Miller at the plate. Abad has been on a roll, and it would have forced Kevin Cash to choose between letting Miller hit or going to his bench. Molitor decided to go with Nolasco, who had been effective all night. `We got into a situation where we have options,'' Molitor said. ``I still thought it was his game.'' Miller slapped a single by a diving Brian Dozier at second that drove in the lead run. Tampa Bay added another run on a Logan Morrison home run in the ninth, and the Rays won. ``Sometimes it works out,'' Molitor said, ``and sometimes it doesn't.'' I don't mind a manager sticking with his starter there, but the Twins have won just 16 games all season. Any win is precious at this point.
THE DECISION II: Twitter-ers were wound up in the ninth inning when Kurt Suzuki led off instead of a pinch hitter like Oswaldo Arcia. I wasn't wound up about it. The Twins were down two runs. If they were down one run, maybe. But...Arcia is batting .217. He's gotten chances and has failed to come through. Not that big of an issue to me.
THE HAMMY: Miguel Sano has a moderate strain of his left hamstring, and General Manager Terry Ryan said on Friday that the outfielder will need longer than the minimum 15 days on the disabled list. ``As big a guy as he is, you gotta be careful and make sure he's 100 percent when he comes back,'' Ryan said. ``It's not going to be a 15-day ordeal.'' Readers immediately went nuts over the fact that Sano shouldn't be in right field because of injuries like this. Sano hurt his hamstring while hauling you-know-what down the line to try to beat out a hit. It had nothing to do with playing right field. Does anyone remember last season when he nursed a sore hamstring during the second half of the season? He was a designated hitter then. Complain about trying him in right all you want, but you are reaching if you want to point to injuries suffered on the basepaths as a reason not to play him in the outfield.
THE GREATEST: Just found out that Muhammad Ali has left us at age 74. Words can't describe the things he made me feel as I watched him box, and the things he made me think about as I learned more about his days as Cassius Clay and his willingness to stand for what he believed in. He is one of the most impactful sports figures ever, and the world will mourn his passing for days.