CLEVELAND – Ron Gardenhire looked at the script sent to him by the Wild, and knew he could do better. The Twin Cities’ playoff team had invited him and his players to make a video exhorting the team and its fans, a vignette they could show on the Xcel Energy Center’s video boards before the game.
“They had an idea and he didn’t like it,” pitcher Glen Perkins said. “So he said, ‘Let’s do this instead.’ ”
Gardenhire showed Perkins, Joe Mauer and Brian Duensing a clip from the 1977 movie “Slap Shot,” and suggested they dress up as the Hanson brothers from the movie and sort of re-enact it, with the message: Go Wild.
“Gardy said, ‘This is what I’ll say, then you say this.’ It was funny,” Perkins said of the clip. “Gardy nailed it.”
The video was shot in the manager’s office at Progressive Field on Friday. “It only took us a minute,” Perkins said. “It took longer for me to put foil on my knuckles and tape them up than it did for us to film.”
Another hot streak?
Trevor Plouffe wishes he could tell when a hot streak is coming on, but he can’t. He just hopes this series is the start of one.
Plouffe deposited a 2-2 curveball from Indians starter Corey Kluber high up in the left-field bleachers during Sunday’s 4-2 Twins victory, the third baseman’s second home run in three days and fourth on the year.
“I feel a little better at the plate. I’ve been seeing the ball,” said Plouffe, who now trails Josh Willingham by one for the Twins’ home run lead. “I was happy to use the whole field this series, because that’s where I’ve been getting pitched. It’s a game of adjustments, and that’s what I’m trying to do.”
Plouffe’s swing looked almost effortless, which is the secret, he said. “That’s what you have to do, just let the ball travel and get the good part of the bat on it,” he said. “It’s easier said than done, because a lot of times if you’re struggling, you want to go out there and try to hit the ball as hard as you can.”
• Jamey Carroll was in the lineup for Brian Dozier, and had two hits and a walk in the leadoff spot. Carroll got angry, Gardenhire said, when he noticed the color-coded stat sheets the coaches use, with red numbers for matchups to be avoided. There was red by his name. “He yelled at us about our chart,” Gardenhire said. “He told us to make him green now, because he had some hits off this guy.”
• Cole De Vries gave up two runs, one of them unearned, and six hits over four innings on Sunday, his first rehab start for Class A Fort Myers. The righthander, returning from a strained forearm, struck out two and didn’t walk a batter in the Miracle’s 8-2 loss to Tampa.
• Righthander Samuel Deduno made his 2013 season debut Sunday, giving up no earned runs over five innings for Class AAA Rochester. To make room for Deduno on the Red Wings roster, the Twins released outfielder Brandon Boggs.