LETTING THEM GO: I get asked about differences between Molitor and the previous administration. One thing that is becoming apparent is that Molitor and pitching coach Neil Allen want their starters to get used to pitching deeper into games. Trevor May had thrown 89 pitches through six innings on Saturday. Since May was coming off of a 1-2-3 sixth, Molitor sent May out for the seventh. May ended up pitching as deep into a game as he has in the majors - and his 104 pitches were a career high. He also gave up the lead but, hey, who's nitpicking? The point is that Molitor is going to let his starters stay in games. ``If you look at trends here in the early stages, I'm trying to extend guys,'' Molitor said. ``We're trying to build these young pitchers into guys who believe they can go deeper in a game, even if it is close. Sometimes you're going to have to suffer through some learning experiences. I think Trevor realized that today but he had a good attitude about it and hopefully it will make him better in the long run.''
KURT CLUTCH: Kurt Suzuki's sacrifice fly in the seventh inning off Kevin Jepsen gave the Twins a 4-3 lead. Suzuki batted fifth on Saturday, and while he's not the prototypical RBI guy he can have a professional at-bat, and that's what he did in that situation. ``Suzuki is talking to (Hitting coach Tom) Brunansky if we are seeing any trends from this guy here in the first few batters. He started Brian Dozer off with a couple screwballs, but when he threw fastball they were away.'' Suzuki looked for a fastball and got one early in the count and hit a deep fly ball to the opposite field. ``He's just looking out there somewhere to get some elevation. That's just an experienced hitter realizing the situation and executing his plan.''
WHAT'S WITH THE RAYS?: There's a belief that the Rays are sound defensively but that hasn't been the case in this series. Kevin Kiermaier has made poor throws in both games, And Steven Souza is not a good rightfielder, as evidenced when Eduardo Escobar got a hustle double in the fourth when Souza was slow to pick up a bloop single. The Rays starting pitching isn't shabby, especially considering that Alex Cobb, Matt Moore and Drew Smyly are on the DL. But they are not the defensive team they have been in the past. And Evan Longoria is a shell of his former All-Star self.