6/12 Post-game notes
Randy Wells had his shortest outing of the year, but Lou Piniella was still pleased with the rookie right-hander. “This was not a good start for him but he’s entitled,” Piniella said of Wells, who gave up four runs on seven hits over 3 2/3 innings against the Twins. “He’s done a heck of a job for us. Next time out, he should be a lot better.”
Wells didn’t make any excuses.
“I just didn’t have my best stuff today,” he said. “They hurt me today.”
* Alfonso Soriano was moved from left to second base in a defensive switch in the ninth. That’s because Piniella wanted to keep Micah Hoffpauir in the lineup (he pinch-hit in the eighth) in case he had a chance to hit in the ninth.
“That batter looked like he was right there,” Soriano said, pointing to a table just a few feet away. “I said, ‘Please, no ground balls.'”
* Kosuke Fukudome is getting into some bad habits. He struck out three times on Friday, all swinging. “He’s starting the spin that he had last year,” Piniella said. “He’s not staying on the ball. His swing has gotten a little longer, and he needs to shorten it up and get it more compact and make some contact.”
* Minnesota’s Joe Mauer is batting .413 overall, and hit his 13th home run Friday.
“I was looking at Mauer,” Piniella said. “He was hitting .476 against right-handed pitching. Those are numbers you see at Williamsport in Little League. Then you say you’re going to bring a left-hander in against him, and he’s hitting .404 off lefties.”
— Carrie Muskat