Here are three thoughts following the Twins' loss at Detroit.
BAD WAY TO START A ROAD TRIP: ``We've gotta go,'' Twins righthander Mike Pelfrey said. ``It's not a good way to start a road trip,'' reliever Casey Fien said. ``But we have to come back tomorrow.'' Paul Molitor likes to take a big picture view of things. But there's not enough room in the schedule to fit a big picture into. The managed just two hits in a game started by young lefty Matt Boyd. The Tigers tried to give them some runs, committing three errors. And the bullpen has been functional in the late innings - just not on Friday. Fien had two outs in the seventh but tried to nibble at the corner with a cutter instead of throwing a strike to Anthony Gose and lost him. Fien had just went through a 14-pitch battle with Rajai Davis that ended in a pop-up, but Fien said he wasn't affected by the long battle. Anyway, that led to Ian Kinsler's RBI ground rule double that knocked Fien from the game. And Glen Perkins is a mess right now. He left a ball up to Victor Martinez that turned into a two-run single in the seventh. In the eighth, his encounter with Rajai Davis ended when his hanging slider was belted for a two-run homer that won the game for Detroit. The strikeout-prone Rajai Davis has 43 home runs in his career. Only two have been to right field.
MAY UPDATE: If you were wondering where was Trevor May to face all these dangerous hitters late in the game, he's appeared in one game since Sept. 19 because of a sore back that has really been nagging him. ``It's just end-of-season stuff that's a little worse than it has in the past,'' he said. May threw a 10-pitch bullpen session on Friday and said he plan to be available on Saturday. He knows he's gong to have to pitch with some discomfort the rest of the season, but it's go time.
ROSARIO'S MAD DASH: Eddie Rosario tagged up and scored on a Eduardo Escobar's pop up to second base in the fifth. I kid you not. Kinsler caught the ball, Rosario feinted toward home and then decided to go for it. ``He decided to keep on going once he saw the hesitation,'' Molitor said. Kinsler threw home in time to get Rosario, but the ball skipped by catcher James McCann, and Rosario was safe. Molitor admitted he was surprised to see Rosario take off, and Rosario got lucky. ``It was my decision,'' Rosario said. That was the first time that's happened in a Twins game since Aug. 20, 2003, when Cristian Guzman scored on a fly to second hit by Torii Hunter.