1. Trevor May's debut was rough, but he'll bounce back
He obviously had a tough time settling in. At times, he looked very composed, and at times his mechanics got away from him. Not throwing the ball over the plate is certainly a sign of nerves. He showed a couple of really nice curveballs, but he couldn't throw that for a strike. But now he's got one under his belt. The deal is that he's not the first guy to have a debut like this. Learn from it, figure out a way to get a good side session in a couple of days and get ready for your next start. I think he's going to get an opportunity to go back out there. Obviously we didn't see the best of Trevor May on Saturday.
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2. Eric Fryer has been a solid option as a backup catcher, especially defensively
Everything that I've been told, the guys like throwing to him. They like the way he sets up. They like the way he calls the game. He's done a good job of working hard, being ready for his one or two days a week that he's going to get an opportunity to play, whether it's a day game after a night game or a night game before a day game. He caught Trevor May eight times in Triple A, so they thought it would be best to pair those two guys up Saturday. He does what he's supposed to do, and he prepares himself. He's been doing a little bit better with the bat. He's been working with hitting coach Tom Brunansky and changed a few things so he's going to have the ability to mix in a few hits as well, but primarily he's the guy that's going to go back there and spell Kurt Suzuki a few days a week.
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3. Jordan Schafer has had a nice start since the Twins claimed him from Atlanta
He can run. Danny Santana can run. When you have those two guys back-to-back in the order, you can put a little bit of pressure on the defense. Derek Norris didn't even attempt to throw Schafer out when he took off. His whole deal is that he's got to find a way to get on base and settle in offensively a little bit. It's been a tough year for him offensively, but maybe he'll find a little bit of a home here for a while and see what he can do. I'd like to see him a little bit more in center field. Hopefully manager Ron Gardenhire can give him an opportunity to do that the next few days and see what he can do in center field.
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4. Danny Santana should be spending more time at shortstop
I think it's vital that if Danny Santana is the shortstop of the future for the Twins, he needs to be there every day from here on out. I understand that Gardy is trying to do his best to put the best nine guys on the field that gives them the best opportunity to win a ball game. By the same token, if Danny Santana's the guy, I'd sure like to see him over there at shortstop. We saw him there a little bit earlier in the year. We saw him have some trouble at shortstop with the timing and getting into the rhythm and catching up to the speed of the game. He's had plenty of reps at the plate and plenty of reps at center field. We know he can do that, but I'd like to see this kid a little bit more at shortstop.
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5. The Twins are getting a good look at the A's rotation, which rivals the Tigers for the best in the American League
They're both pretty good. David Price is one of the premier pitchers in the league, and Jon Lester (pictured) is one of the premier pitchers in the league. I'm getting my first opportunity to see Jeff Samardzija. I had not seen him much in the past. I haven't seen Jason Hammel much. Both of those two guys are former Cubs pitchers. If you'd ask me to pick between the Tigers rotation and Oakland's rotation, I'd call it a tossup right now. It remains to be seen. If these guys hook up in the playoffs, it might be kind of fun to watch these two pitching staffs go against one another.