Here are three thoughts following the Twins' win over Pittsburgh


ABOUT RICKY: Here's your team leader in wins with four. He also has a 6.00 ERA. Nolasco struck out eight batters but also gave up 10 hits, including a 461-foot homer to Pedro Alvarez. Nolasco felt he pitched pretty good. But he didn't have good control of his fastball and that will cause problems. ``I think he is doing what he needs to do,'' Twins manager Paul Molitor said. ``As good as his breaking stuff is if you're not commanding your fastball it is going to get you in trouble over time.''

LONG HOMER: Pedro Alvarez hit a Nolasco pitch 461 feet and into the Allegheny River in the fourth inning. Alvarez joined Daryle Ward and Garrett Jones as the only players to homer directly into the water. Ward is the son of former Twin Gary Ward and Jones once played for the Twins. It took the Pirates an hour to confirm that it was in the river because someone claimed it was short. Nope the ball landed in a boat on the river, so it is a river ball.

WRONG CALL: Molitor was absolutely right to complain to second base umpire Brian O'Nora when Pittsburgh's Jung Ho Kang went out of his way to try to disrupt Danny Santana as he tried to finish off a double play. Kang changed directions and veered right into Santana and should have been called out. O'Nora wouldn't change his mind. ``I don't want to get into it too much,'' Molitor said. ``I expressed my displeasure with what I thought was a somewhat flagrant violation of what basrunners need to do on that play. Brian's opinion was that he didn't really interfere with the play and that he could reach the base. Nope, O'Nora is wrong, the replays showed.


 

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