Minnesota Twins

Stadium: Target Field | Manager: Ron Gardenhire
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AL Central Division3rd2nd3rd5th
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Notes, Quotes

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--LHP Brian Duensing gave the Twins his first quality start of the season Tuesday, allowing three runs on eight hits and two walks in six-plus innings. He missed the chance for his first win when his throwing error on Chris Getz's sacrifice bunt set the Royals up for the tying run in the seventh.

Jose Mijares and Matt Capps cleaned up the mess, and Duensing responded with a fist pump in the dugout.

"For Mijares and Capps to come in and shut the door like they did, it gets you fired up," he said. "They came in and covered me a little bit, and guess that's what they're supposed to do, but they did a really good job."

--2B Tsuyoshi Nishioka, on the disabled list with a broken left leg, played some light catch Tuesday without his crutches, but manager Ron Gardenhire told reporters not to read anything into it.

"It's not a weight-bearing bone that he broke, so he's able to do those things," Gardenhire said. "He's still a little sore, but we expect that. The best thing he can do is some movement, some light movement -- no jumping up and down -- but light movement like that."

Nishioka and RHP Kevin Slowey (shoulder) will stay in Minnesota while the team travels to Tampa Bay on Thursday to start a six-game road trip.

--RHP Alex Wimmers, 22, the Twins' first-round pick in the 2010 draft, was placed on the seven-day disabled list with "flu-like symptoms" after he walked all six batters he faced Monday for Class A Fort Myers. He walked in three runs and was charged with four runs in his first start of the season.

"He's got some things to work through, and I think it's a little bit mental for him right now," Twins senior director of minor league operations Jim Rantz said.

Rantz said the organization just wants Wimmers to work out his control issues before putting him back in a game, and that there's a good chance he'll move across to the Lee County Sports Complex for extended spring training.

--RF Michael Cuddyer was 4-for-4 with a walk Tuesday, his first four-hit game since Aug. 9, 2009, in Detroit. Even with the big day, he's batting just .219 on the season.

--DH Jim Thome's ninth-inning single was his 26th career pinch hit, raising his career average to .239 (26-for-109) as a pinch hitter. Minnesota's pinch hitters are 2-for-6 this season.

--The Twins' Target Field sellout streak ended at 80. Tuesday's announced crowd of 38,154 was approximately 1,000 shy of a sellout.

BY THE NUMBERS
0 -- Hits and walks allowed in four innings by the Minnesota bullpen in Tuesday's 4-3, 10-inning victory over Kansas City.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"Billy Butler's probably one of my best friends in that organization. We joke all the time about facing each other. There won't be any trash-talking. I was able to get him out, but I got away with a pitch. He hit the ball good." -- LHP Dusty Hughes, after getting his former teammate to fly out to center in the 10th inning of Minnesota's 4-3 victory Tuesday.

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