Some quick notes from the Twins 8-3 win over Pittsburgh
Lester Oliveros, slowed by shoulder soreness, pitched the ninth inning for the Twins in his first action of spring training. There is no radar gun at McKechnie Field but, judging from the reactions of a couple hitters, his velocity seemed to be pretty good. Twins manager Paul Molitor agreed.
``I was nervous,'' Twins manager Paul Molitor said. ``I extended him a few more pitches than I wanted to.''
Jose Berrios has thrown six scoreless innings in camp and has impressed the coaching staff with approach and fearlessness. He might be headed to the minor league camp next week to be stretched out for the minor league season, but there are a lot of positive thoughts about the kid.
``A confident man with lofty goals,'' Molitor said of Berrios. ``It's good to have vision about yourself and having an imagination and where you think you can go with your abilities and your desire to get there. The way you do it is day to day. He's got that little moxie, no doubt about it.''
Not sure where Berrios will start the minor league season, but Class AA Chattanooga could be an excellent. Indications are - barring injury or someone being to convince Terry Ryan otherwise - that Miguel Sano, Byron Buxton, Jorge Polanco, Adam Brett Walker and perhaps Berrios could start the season at Chattanooga, What a way to announce your arrival to the Southern League with authority.
Kennys Vargas hit an impressive opposite field homer in the first inning on Friday. But the real entertainment came in the fifth when Vargas, listed at 289 pounds, scored from first on Oswaldo Arcia's double. The big man picked them up and put them and finished with a sideways slide.
``I don't care who you are, you have to take pride in your baserunning,'' Molitor said. ``There are different speed levels....He ran hard to third and he gave (third base coach Gene Glynn). The middle infielder dropped his arm, not sure if he was surprised or what, but it was good.
``We revived him a little bit and got him back on the field.''
Finally, Eddie Rosario, on making it hard for the Twins to cut him from camp: ``It's my goal,'' he said. ``I'm working hard every day. The final choice is the manager and GM, not my job.''