Here are three thoughts following the Twins' 6-2 win over Detroit.
DUFF-DADDY: Tyler Duffey went six innings, tossing a career-high 112 pitches, to help the Twins end their two-game losing streak. And two-game losing streaks with the postseason on the line are big. Duffey just faced Detroit on Sept. 14, so the interesting thing about Saturday was how Detroit was going to approach him now being familiar with his stuff. ``I could tell some times they were looking for the curveball,'' he said. ``Guys were taking fastballs down the middle. I was missing with my location early and a lot of them took fastballs down the middle. They were looking for that curveball.'' Duffey and catcher Kurt Suzuki tried to take advantage of that.
DUFF-DEFYING: How long can the Twins go with Duffey? Not only has he thrown 189.2 innings between the minors and majors, he also has set a career high in pitches thrown in a game in each of his last two outings. ``He keeps telling me don't worry,'' Twins manager Paul Molitor said. The only thing about this outing that was different from the rest was that Tigers hitters fouled off a lot of pitches. Quality of pitches not as sharp? Location off? Workload related? We'll see. ``We'll see how I feel tomorrow,'' Duffey said. I have felt good the next day.''
MAY-DAY: Trevor May is convinced that he will have to pitch with some back discomfort the rest of the season. But he was pleasantly surprised how his first outing since Sept. 19 went after getting out of a two-on, one out jam in the seventh. He gave up leadoff single to Ian Kinsler (first pitch fastball hunting). Then May lost control of a fastball and curveball to Miguel Cabrera, forcing him out of the batter's box both times. Just when May looked ripe for bad inning. He blew 95, 95 and 96 mile an hour heaters by Miggy. He got out of the inning by striking out J.D. Martinez and getting Nick Castellanos to line out to right. His back responded better than he thought. ``He said he felt better than the last two times he was out there,'' Molitor said.
BONUS THOUGHTS: Kurt Suzuki doesn't look like he's wearing down late in the season. He pounced on two bunts and threw to first for the out, and he came through with three hits. He's supposed to get Monday off, but he said he's feeling good and usually is ready to play once the adrenaline gets flowing.
And, is it me but should the Twins not have so much trouble scoring runs off of Alfredo Simon?