May (back) pitched a perfect ninth inning with three strikeouts in a non-save situation in Wednesday's 5-1 win over the White Sox. May exited Sunday's game versus Cleveland with mild cramps in his back, but he was fine in his return Wednesday. He threw 10 of his 17 pitches for strikes to finish off 5.1 perfect innings by Minnesota relievers in the contest. In 19 innings this season, May has a 4.74 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 31 strikeouts, and he's added two saves and six holds in 19 appearances.
May was removed from Sunday's win against Cleveland as a precautionary measure due to mild cramps in his back, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. May threw 17 pitches Sunday, but he was removed in the top of the sixth inning due to his injury. However, it's unlikely that he'll miss significant time as his removal was labeled as precautionary. The right-hander carries a 5.00 ERA and 28:4 K:BB over 18 innings this season.
May struck out the side to earn the save in the second game of Friday's doubleheader against the Tigers. Sergio Romo pitched a scoreless seventh inning to keep the game tied, and after the Twins grabbed the lead on a Marwin Gonzalez single in the eighth, May shut the door for his second save of the season. May is throwing harder this year and ranks among the top 15 qualified relievers in strikeout percentage, but he's still clearly behind Romo and lefty Taylor Rogers in the pecking order for saves.
May recorded the save Tuesday against the Pirates by retiring the only two batters he faced. He did not have a strikeout. The right-hander entered with one out, runners on first and second and the Twins winning 7-3, but he needed only five pitches to record the final two outs of the game. Closer Taylor Rogers has been lights out to begin the season, so May was likely called upon due to the unconventional save situation. The right-hander is off to a strong start in 2020 with one run given up through 4.2 innings and has a 8:2 K:BB, two holds and 1-0 record.
May threw a scoreless inning with a strikeout and a walk in Friday's season-opening win over the White Sox. May showed improved velocity in the spring -- he hit a personal-high 99.8 mph on his fastball -- and looked sharp in his regular-season debut four months later. He's set for a high-leverage role in the bullpen despite being used in the fifth inning in Friday's win. Jose Berrios left after the fourth inning after a high pitch count, which got key relievers involved earlier than usual.
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