• The Twins have invested $15 million since 2013 in righthander Mike Pelfrey, who after two poor seasons is healthy and 5-3 with an impressive 2.97 ERA this year. But the 31-year-old will be a free agent after the season and figures to draw a lot of interest if he continues pitching the way he has.
• It was amazing to see the number of fans in red shirts rooting for their St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday and Thursday at Target Field. There were sections where the Cardinals fans outnumbered the Twins fans.
• Glen Perkins began Saturday with a 1.53 ERA, 26 strikeouts and only four walks in 29⅓ innings this season and had an MLB-leading 23 saves, without blowing one. Through those same 29⅓ innings last season, the All-Star closer had a 2.76 ERA with 39 strikeouts and five walks, but he had just 17 saves to show for it as the Twins were 32-39.
• The 2014 Twins enjoyed a surprising April performance from Chris Colabello, when he hit .295 with three homers and a team-record 27 RBI. But the journeyman eventually went back to Class AAA Rochester and was selected off waivers by the Blue Jays last December. Now the 31-year-old is doing it again, hitting .344 with five home runs, 24 RBI and 28 runs scored in 42 games, including a tiebreaking two-run homer off Perkins to hand the Twins a 6-4 loss May 29.
• In preparing for Thursday’s NBA draft, Wolves coach Flip Saunders said: “We’ve had about 12 players in for the draft. We’ll probably have about another 19 guys coming in this week prior to the draft. We’re going through the process of evaluating players. We’ve gone out on the road and I’ve seen players in their arenas and talked to them, had meetings and watched them work out. So we’re going through the process.”