By Joe Christensen
First off, what a game. What a series. Two edge-of-your seat thrillers. Some things that might get lost in the shuffle:
(*) The Twins won’t know Torii Hunter’s hamstring status until Thursday morning. And the Tigers will be scrambling for a left fielder, too. Marcus Thames strained his left hamstring on that spectacular catch of Joe Mauer’s potential blooper in the eighth. Craig Monroe had left the game because of back spasms.
“The catch might be a little expensive because he [Thames] is not good,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.
(*) Still, that catch saved one run, maybe two. Leyland said it could have been an inside-the-park home run. Leyland said he has nightmares about that play in the Metrodome, adding that he saw a ball like that fall for a big hit for the Twins, when he was coaching the White Sox under then-manager Tony La Russa.
(*) Jason Bartlett stole his 18th and 19th bases of the season. He is 19-for-20 in stolen base attempts this year.
(*) Pat Neshek now has 58 strikeouts in 47 1/3 innings after striking out three of the four batters he faced in the ninth inning.
(*) The Twins had a 25-inning scoreless streak against the Tigers before Justin Morneau got hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the fifth.
(*) Santana threw a season-high 118 pitches. In his last eight starts, Johan Santana is 5-2 with a 1.74 ERA.
“I was feeling pretty good from the first pitch I threw through the last one,” Santana said. “… In my mind, I feel pretty good. My body feels pretty good. The last inning, I think everyone saw how good I felt. Those kind of games, you don’t want to come out.”
(*) Michael Cuddyer went 4-for-4 for the second time in six games.
(*) The Twins have hit one home run since the All-Star break, Justin Morneau’s game-tying blast on Sunday.
(*) For his career Magglio Ordonez is batting .419 (18-for-43) with five homers and 17 RBI against Johan Santana.
“That’s the reason he’s one of the best hitters in the game right now,” Santana said.
(*) We’ll have Hunter updates as they come throughout the morning, so stay tuned…