Matt Capps has been playing baseball too long to get cocky. When told Tuesday how good the Twins bullpen has been this season, he knocked on his wooden locker stall. He did the same when reminded how good he's been.
Capps, moved to setup man after being the closer last season, has been a large part of the bullpen's success this season. He pitched 1 2/3 innings in the Twins' 4-3, 10-inning victory over Kansas City on Tuesday, a game the 'pen finished with four perfect innings.
Not bad for the biggest rebuilding job of the offseason.
"I hope we're better than what you see," he said, "but we're talking about a 10-, 11-game window."
Jose Mijares and Capps got the team out of a two-on, none-out jam in the seventh, and Capps, Joe Nathan and Dusty Hughes finished the Twins' second extra-inning victory of the season. Hughes pitched a 1-2-3 10th for his second career victory, his first against the team that waived him in January.
"What are the chances I go from being waived by a last-place team to making a first-place team?" he said before the game.
Mijares struck out Alex Gordon, and Capps followed with 1 2/3 scoreless innings to help keep the Twins alive for Danny Valencia's bases-loaded single in the 10th, which scored pinch runner Jason Repko with the winning run.
Mijares hasn't given up a run in six appearances, and Capps is 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA. The bullpen as a whole lowered its ERA to 2.61 in 31 innings.
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