Here are three thoughts following the Twins' 3-2 win over Baltimore
GIBSON NOT SHARP BUT GOOD ENOUGH: Kyle Gibson threw 101 pitches on Saturday, 55 for strikes. Yup, he labored at times as he tried to keep the game close. And he did, as he gave up just two runs over 5.2 innings. He had a run when he threw first-pitch strikes to seven straight batters but he also only had one 1-2-3 inning. The one thing he noticed was that the Orioles changed their approach to him each time through the order, so he was on his toes. But the Twins got the win, and Gibson did not give up a home run for the first time in six starts.
COOL MOMENT: Byron Buxton has five hits in this series, and one of the two he had on Saturday will be a memorable one. His single to left in the seventh drove in Torii Hunter with what turned out to be the winning run. And Buxton went up to Hunter after the game with the ball he got the RBI with and asked his mentor to autograph it for him. Hunter had a big smile as he did it. Buxton doubled in his final at-bat, the ball popping out of Gerardo Parra's glove as he dived for it. Buxton looked like he was thinking of going for a triple on the play, ``but Adam Jones got on it pretty quick,'' Buxton said. He's getting on base more in his second stint, and we're seeing the talent in action more often.
WHAT'S UP WITH THE O'S? Guess the Orioles have issues with the Twins like the Twins have issues with the Yankees. Really, I've seen bad decision-making from them the past two games. On Saturday, Matt Wieters is on second when J.J. Hardy hit a sacrifice fly to right. A run scored, but Wieters started going halfway between second and third while the ball was in the air. Yes, Hunter had to run the ball down and there was a chance it could fall in so he could score. But he's got to be closer to second base so he can tag up if the ball is caught. He remained on second and, sure enough Henry Urrutia followed with a single. If Wieters had tagged up on the previous play he would have scored on the single and maybe we're still at the game. Just not a winning play.
BONUS THOUGHT: I'm curious to see what happens Sunday if the Twins need to protect a lead. Casey Fien, Kevin Jepsen and Trevor May all have pitched the last two games. Will Paul Molitor, knowing there's an off-day on Monday, use them three straight games? Will Glen Perkins, who is supposed to be available on Tuesday after recovering from a sore neck, clamor to close on Sunday. He played catch on Saturday and said he felt great. We should see the Twins debut of Neal Cotts on Sunday, I imagine.