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Nathan struggles, but earns save

Posted on: April 3, 2011 8:02 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Joe NathanIt wasn't pretty, but it was good enough, as Twins closer Joe Nathan struggled, but still picked up his first save since Oct. 3, 2009 in the Twins' 4-3 victory at Toronto.

Nathan gave up a run on two hits and walked a pair in his inning, but got Adam Lind to ground out to first with bases loaded to end the game, earning his 248th career save.

"But it still feels like the first time when you get out there, for sure," Nathan told the Minneapolis Star-Tribine

When Nathan walked Jose Bautista, he had reached 30 pitches, more than manager Ron Gardenhire wanted him to throw.

"We're going to protect [Nathan]," Gardenhire said. "He was close to coming out of that game."

Nathan underwent Tommy John surgery last March, so the team is watching his workload. The team hopes to limit days Nathan pitches back-to-back, so he probably won't pitch on Monday in New York, with Matt Capps getting the call in a save situation.

"We've got two closers out there," Gardenhire said. "We trust both of them."

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Since: Jan 5, 2011
Posted on: April 3, 2011 8:48 pm

Nathan struggles, but earns save

I agree that you have to watch Nathan's pitch count but I think you need to use him and have one closer. But then again I am not the best Manager in baseball so I am glad we have Gardy to make those decisions. Come on Twins let's get it going.

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