Here are three thoughts following the Twins' win over Texas
DUFF-DADDY DOES IT AGAIN: Tyler Duffey's one mistake was a fastball in the seventh inning that backed up over the outer half of the plate. Roberto Perez was able to extend his arms and drive it out to center for a two-run home run. Other than that, it was another solid Duffey outing. What else can you say about his curveball. He changed speeds with it again on Thursday, and there were at least two times Duffey threw the curve on a 3-2 count and got a swinging strikeout. Duffey has now thrown 196 innings, nearly 50 more than his previous career high, and he's going to keep pitching. If the Twins make the playoffs, he's going to start. ``He was fantastic,'' Twins manager Paul Molitor said. ``I know we are pushing the limits every time he's gone out there as of late, but he keeps responding.''
THE PLAYOFF PICTURE: Not trying to get you too excited, but Lorenzo Cain has a bruised right knee. Alex Rios was a late scratch on Thursday because of a stiff back. Kendrys Morales was pulled from Thursday's game with tightness in his left quad. Kansas City manager Ned Yost has to juggle health while trying to win home field advantage through the ALCS. His lineup tomorrow should be interesting. Houston is in Arizona. The Diamondbacks are bad, but the Astros have the fewest road wins in the American League. And Texas needs to keep beating the Angels. There could be game 163 magic come Monday.
BASEBALL GODS COME DOWN HARD ON RAMIREZ: Jose Ramirez, who was ripped by the Twins for pimping his home run on Wednesday, committed the error on Thursday that allowed the winning run to score for the Twins. And everyone wanted to know if Ramirez got what was coming to him. Molitor didn't want to touch it. ``We talked about keeping our focus and not being distracted. We came out and we played a good ballgame tonight'' Tyler Duffey said everyone was hot about in on Wednesday but it was time to move on. ``He does that, and it's one of those things you just don't do,'' Duffey said. ``It didn't really matter. We had to put that behind us. He kind of bit himself in the end there. It's baseball. That's how it works.'' Torii Hunter, however, had the quote of the night. ``He committed an error, went 0-4,'' Hunter said. ``He might have suffered enough. He's young and has to know the game. What he did was wrong. I' m pretty sure he understands that. Terry Francona is good at showing those guys and giving them lessons and talking to him. I'm pretty sure the whole team talked to him. It's 7-1, can't pimp a home run if you only got six home runs in your career.''