Here are three thoughts following the Twins win over Oakland

NOLASCO SCUFFLING: Ricky Nolasco said he's fighting through some mechanical issues, and the only way to fix them is on the mound in games. He feels the adjustments will come, he just needs to pitch his way through it. At times his stuff was snappy on Thursday. Other times, flat and over the middle of the plate. He threw two nice pitches for strikes to Billy Butler in the second before laying an 0-2 pitch over the middle of the plate and watching it get crushed by Butler to left-center for a double. Fans on twitter were asking how long Nolasco's leash is, and I think it's rather long at this point. The Twins seem willing to let him work through his problems. ``I think he got set back with the inflammation in the elbow,'' Twins manager Paul Molitor said. ``He had a really good spring, and I think he's motivated to do well. He's still trying to find that groove since he's come back. But he's in the rotation. He will continue to be.''

ROSARIO HELPS AGAIN:: In his second game as a pro, Eddie Rosario was 1 for 3 with RBI, hitting a sacrifice fly in the second inning and adding a RBI single in the fourth. That's three RBI in two games for Rosario, who doesn't look afraid at the plate. ``It's a good first couple of games for him,'' Molitor said. ``He's feeling his way but he looks very confident.''

PERKINS OVER DUENSING: That's what it looked like in the eighth inning with two out and Max Muncy at the plate. Both Brian Duensing and Glen Perkins were warming in the bullpen. But Molitor had it covered. If he needed two outs in the inning, he would have brought Duensing in. If one out, then Perkins. Blaine Boyer gave up a two-out single to Brett Lawrie, so he went with Perkins, who got four outs for the save. It was just Perkins' fourth save of four of more outs in 98 career saves.

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