Here are some of the key headlines for the Twins from last night:
|Duensing settles in|
Efficient Capps: In a post I wrote at the beginning of the season, I picked Capps to be the Twins' Relief Pitcher of the Year. Performances like last night show why he can be such a valuable piece of the bullpen for the Twins. Capps had 1-2-3 innings in both the eight and ninth to set the stage for Nathan later in the tenth. The nicest part of the outing might have been how quickly he was able to get outs. It would have been interesting to see if Capps returned to game if the Twins hadn't taken the lead in the tenth.
|Nishioka's big hit|
Nishioka's Big Hit: As the tenth inning began to unfold it was frustrating to see Nishioka not being able to get the bunt down to advance the runner. But behind in the count, he was able to come up with a clutch hit down the line to keep the inning moving. Let's hope this hit will snowball and Nishioka can continue to have productive at-bats as the season progresses.
|Mauer's safe at the plate|
|Mauer and Nathan celebrate the win|
Nathan 1-2-3 Tenth: Nathan struggled in his first save situation against Toronto by allowing a run and having to get out of a bases loaded jam to preserve the win. It is interesting to see how Nathan has changed himself since his Tommy John surgery. The velocity on his fastball isn't what it use to be so he is using his off-speed pitches more frequently. He was locating his fastball very well last night so hopefully that continues to improve.