People have to be surprised that going into Saturday, the Twins had the fourth-best record in baseball since April 14, at 22-12. Houston was 24-11, Washington was 23-11 and St. Louis was 24-12.


Lou Nanne has done so many great things for this community, including his current role leading the fundraising for the University of Minnesota facilities campaign. The hockey great got a big honor Thursday night at the fourth annual Visionary Awards Dinner “Dining in the Dark” to benefit people dealing with blindness. Nanne and his wife, Francine, received the prestigious award at a dinner in downtown Minneapolis where the attendees ate while wearing blindfolds. Incidentally, the presentation was made by former North Stars owner Gordon Gund, who is blind, and who raised $200,000 for the event when he agreed to match every donation of $25,000 or more.


The rumor is that Twins closer Glen Perkins, a former Gophers pitcher, has made a considerable contribution to make Siebert Field an even better facility for the baseball program than it is now.


• Here is a prediction I’m going to make: The Saints, with their new ballpark CHS Field, will be a Class AA or AAA affiliate of the Twins within a five-year period. A handful of major league teams have a farm club near their major league club, but the nearest Twins farm club is in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.


• Even though this is a family honor I think it is worth printing: My step-granddaughter Kally Reinke was honored on Saturday night to throw out the first pitch for the Saints at CHS Field. Her father, one John Valek, was killed in a September 2013 accident during the construction of the new ballpark. The team also dedicated a plaque in Valek’s honor. You have to praise the Saints for this kind gesture.