A couple of notes from today's win over the White Sox
BUXTON'S KNEE: Byron Buxton is scheduled to have an Magnetic Resonance Imaging exam on his right knee on Monday after leaving Sunday's game in the second inning because of soreness.
Buxton stole second base in the second inning on Sunday without a slide, which seemed odd at the time.
But Buxton was having problems with his knee. He was almost tagged out on the play.
``Something prevented him from sliding,'' Twins manager Paul Molitor said. ``I don't think it was because he didn't slide as much as he felt something that made him pull up.''
But something was wrong. Buxton then ran to third on a ground ball and pulled up again. Molitor and trainer Tony Leo rushed out to talk to Buxton. After a brief conversation, Buxton was removed from the game.
The Twins announced that Buxton has a sore right knee and is day to day. It's the same knee Buxton injured while chasing a fly ball in Texas right before the All-Star break. He was carted off the field at the time, but tests didn't reveal any major damage.
``Structurally it seems fine,'' Molitor said. ``There is some fluid in there.''
Buxton will remain in the Twin Cites for his MRI exam and could join the team in Cleveland if given the go-ahead.
PRESSLY'S FIRST SAVE: Former Twin Justin Morneau made the final out of the game, striking out against Ryan Pressly, who notched his first major league save.
``He's throwing harder,'' Morneau said.
Pressly hit 97 miles an hour on the radar gun as he worked the ninth. He gave up a two-out double to Melky Cabrera then wild pitched him to third before getting Morneau out.
``Just tried to make a quality pitch (after the wild pitch),'' Pressly said. ``My nerves were kinda shaky a little bit. But it's all about making an adjustment and that's what I tried to do.''
The Twins needed a replacement closer because Brandon Kintzler and Fernando Abad had appeared in three straight games (Abad actually was throwing in the bullpen late in the game, which startled Molitor.but Abad was just playing catch). So the assignment went to Pressly, who tried not to get too pumped up.
Setup men often have to put out fires in the seventh and eighth innings while the closer starts the ninth with no one on base. But being the last man standing isn't that simple, especially for someone who has never done it in the majors before.
Bullpen coach Eddie Guardado helped him prepare.
``Eddie told me to just stay within yourself and not try to do too much,'' Pressly said. ``I kinda did a little bit too much. I'm still learning. Especially in that role. It was the first time I did that. It was fun.''