Here are three thoughts following the bashing in Beantown:
ORTIZ ON RYAN MOVE: It was because of Terry Ryan that David Ortiz became a Twin. And it was because of Ryan that Ortiz ended up with the Red Sox. But Ortiz expressed great surprise when asked for his thoughts about Ryan being relieved of his duties as the Twins GM over the weekend. ``I was talking to Molitor about that. Terry is a good man, you know. It's kind of seem weird when you look at the Twins and you don't see Terry around.'' Ryan traded Dave Hollins to the Mariners for Ortiz in 1996. Then Ortiz was released after 2002 and, you know the rest.
DUFFEY HAD NO CHANCE: Tyler Duffey threw strike one to five of the six batters he faced in the first inning. He was 0-2 to three of them. But Boston hitters fought back, collected four hits and scored three runs. Duffey did a lot of things pitchers should do, but he couldn't finish off hitters. He might have caught the wrong team at the wrong time, as Boston is in first place, are swinging well and are riding the wave. ``They put together some good at bats,'' Twins manager Paul Molitor said. ``Talked about their lineup balance and it didn't seem to matter. If he got ahead, they fought their way back in the count. They were just jumping on fastballs, breaking balls, it didn't matter. They had a lot of good at bats. Got through the second (inning), then the third started back up. So we had to go to the pen early and do the best we can.'' And now that the concern for the rest of the series. Michael Tonkin (42 pitches) and Trevor May (38) can't possibly pitch tomorrow. Boshers (20) might. The worst thing that can happen to a bullpen has happened. It was routed in the first game of a series in Boston. There's blood in the water.
ORTIZ'S POWER DISPLAY: David Ortiz's day began with a first - which is hard to do when you play 20 years. Ortiz lined a batting practice pitch down the right field line and it stuck in the mesh part of the Pesky Pole, the foul pole in right. A stadium worker had to go up on a ladder to dislodge the ball. So which was hit harder, the home run or the batting practice ball? ``The one in the foul pole,'' Ortiz said. ``I wasn't expecting that to happen.'' As soon as the ball fell, a young fan grabbed it and scampered off with it.