After the Twins' 5-2 loss at Seattle on Monday, Minnesota veterans gave some of the team's eight rookies a piece of their minds. On Tuesday, manager Ron Gardenhire made no secret of his approbation.
"I don't go around asking the players how they responded to somebody screaming at them in the clubhouse," he said. "I know how myself and my coaching staff felt last night: We were pretty happy; we were pretty excited, to tell you the truth.
"I don't go around the clubhouse asking whose feelings are hurt too awful much, but I hope they got a message, some of them. And I think they did."
The Twins ended a nine-game losing skid with a 2-1 victory over the Mariners on Tuesday night, but that was thanks mostly to the pitching. Francisco Liriano gave up one run on three hits and struck out nine in seven innings, outdueling 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner Felix Hernandez.
Veteran Michael Cuddyer's two-out, two-run single in the first inning was the difference.
"I don't mind when players call each other out; I have no problem with that," Gardenhire said. "And we have some veterans who can do those things, and need to do those things."
Because of injuries, the Twins have eight players on the 25-man roster who have yet to play a full major league season, five of them position players. When pitcher Phil Dumatrait was called up Monday, he became the 11th player to move from Class AAA Rochester to the big leagues this season.
"We haven't had this many (rookies) at one time in a while," Gardenhire said. "It happens. You lose sight of the team concept, and it becomes an individual, 'I got my hit' kind of thing."
That, Gardenhire said, is "what you're really fighting against more than anything else: A team concept rather than an 'I got mine today.' We can't have that, and that's kind of some of the stuff we've been fighting a little bit. It's natural for young players, but it's not acceptable."
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