WHAT ABOUT THE DH: I threw out the idea on radio last week that the Twins should consider a Aaron Hicks-Byron Buxton-Eddie Rosario outfield with Torii Hunter as DH with spot outfield starts. That was before Hicks was injured. There's a chance that could happen when Hicks comes off the DL and Buxton hits enough to stick. That pushes Kennys Vargas out of the picture. Molitor said he's committed to giving Vargas at-bats, but the big man might be running out of time to prove he can be a factor on an everyday basis.  ``We got the big man here and he is going to get his at-bats,'' Molitor sad. ``Would like to find out where he's at. Not just a game here, a game there. He's going to need consistent at bats to see if he can make some adjustments.'' Vargas went 0-for-3 on Wednesday and is batting .227.

NUNEZ GETS TIME: Before the game, Molitor said Eduardo Nunez has been taking good at bats recently and deserves a chance to get some playing time. And Nunez came through with two hits, two RBI and a walk. He battled St. Louis righthander Carlos Martinez for nine pitches before hitting a double in his first at-bat of the night. For now, he's forced Eduardo Escobar to the bench. ``Nunez is going to get some time at shortstop,'' Molitor said. ``Just to try to keep his hot bat in the lineup.''

CLOSING TIME: The Twins' 5-11 month of June has cut down on Glen Perkins' appearances lately. Since he was fairly well-rested, Molitor called on Perkins to get the final out in the eighth and all three in the ninth. It was his third four-out save of the season. Perkins looked strong, hitting 96 miles-an-hour with his fastball and striking out Mark Reynolds and Randall Grichuk with nasty sliders.
``We talked about if we got in that situations it would be one of those nights,'' Molitor said, ``and it worked out that way.'' It wasn't easy, as Perkins gave up singles to Matt Carpenter and Jhonny Peralta - Eddie Rosario almost made the catch - to open the ninth. The Reynolds at bat lasted eight pitches. Grichuk fought through his. Perkins ended up throwing 30 pitches Wednesday. ``It was a long inning,'' Perkins said, ``but everything went fine.''


 

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