May (3-1) allowed one run on a solo home run over one inning but earned the win Wednesday against the Rays. May was actually responsible for blowing the lead in the seventh inning after giving up a solo homer to Willy Adames. He also managed to hit back-to-back batters before escaping further damage. Luckily, Nelson Cruz smacked a two-run double to deep center field in the bottom of the frame to reclaim Minnesota's lead for good. Through 33 appearances, the 29-year-old owns a 3.62 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 26:16 K:BB.
May gave up two hits and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday to record his first save of the season in a 6-5 win over the Mariners. Considered the favorite for Minnesota's closing role at times during draft season, it took the 29-year-old over two months to finally nab his first save. Given Blake Parker's recent struggles, it's possible May could bump him aside as the primary right-hander in manager Rocco Baldelli's committee, but don't overreact to one ninth-inning assignment.
May entered Friday's win over Baltimore in the eighth inning with the bases loaded and retired the only batter he faced to lower his ERA to 3.72. He's stranded all five runners he has inherited this year. May entered spring training as the apparent favorite to close games for the Twins, but he's been utilized in a high-leverage fireman-type role. Blake Parker has the most saves, but May could still figure into the mix at some point this season.
May (1-0) recorded the win in Wednesday's 7-6 victory over the Royals, allowing one hit in 1.2 innings of relief. Entering the game to begin the eighth inning and the score tied 6-6, the right-hander pitched effectively but gave way to Blake Parker for a one-out save after the Twins took the lead in the top of the ninth. May seems to be manager Rocco Baldelli's top choice for a multi-inning high-leverage role, which could limit his save chances while getting him a few more wins over the course of the season.
May threw a scoreless third of an inning while giving up one hit in the seventh inning of Saturday's loss to Cleveland. Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli hasn't committed to any plan at closer. Taylor Rogers got a four-out save in the first game and is likely the leading candidate to close games, but save opportunities may be based on matchups. May's usage in the seventh inning shows he'll be used everywhere in the late innings, which could still include a significant number of save chances.