MINNEAPOLIS -- In the third inning of a game Tuesday, Cleveland Indians first baseman Carlos Santana bunted against the shift. Because the third baseman Trevor Plouffe was essentially playing short and shortstop Eduardo Escobar was on the other side of second base, Santana easily reached with an infield single.
Immediately on the internet, many fans and baseball hardcores began debating: Did Santana break one of baseball's sacred "unwritten rules" by bunting to an open part of the field?
Many on social media felt he did, as did Twins television color analyst and Hall of Fame pitcher Bert Blyleven, who said he thought Santana bunting with two outs was a selfish move meant to pad his stats.
On the other hand, radio announcer Dan Gladden, a former outfielder for the Twins, felt the move was well within Santana's rights.
"I could see in a no-hitter, or if a team is blowing them out," Gladden said. "But right there, what is it, a (three) run lead? I have no problem with it."
Asked about the move Wednesday, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he had no issue with the move either, saying he preferred that to what happened in Santana's next at-bat -- a mammoth home run over the right field fence, conservatively estimated at 410 feet.
"We play shifts for one reason; he's a big home run guy and he pulls the heck out of it," Gardenhire said. "Whatever. It doesn't affect me one way or another. With two outs, I think his process is 'I'm going to try and hit a home run or a double.' When they do that, you have to think about it later in the game."
"If you shift like that, you're going to be susceptible to the bunt," Suzuki said. "It's one of those things where you have to deal with it."
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--1B Joe Mauer swung in the cage before the game, another positive step in his return from a strained oblique that has had him on the 15-day disabled list since July 2.
--RHP Ricky Nolasco had the day off on Wednesday as he looks recover from an ailing right elbow that has had him on the DL since July 8. He is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Sunday, and if all goes well, he could return to the Twins rotation as soon as next week.
--RHP Anthony Swarzak pitched five innings of two-hit, one-run ball in a spot start in place of Kyle Gibson on Wednesday, improving to 2-0. Gibson, a late scratch because of lower-back stiffness, is scheduled to start Saturday. For Swarzak, who has appeared in 30 games this season, Wednesday's start was his first of the year and first since Oct. 2, 2012, a span of 78 relief appearance.
--RHP Matt Guerrier was designated for release or assignment by the Twins following the game Wednesday. Guerrier was 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA for the Twins this season, but allowed four earned runs in one inning Tuesday in his toughest outing of the season. Guerrier, playing in his second stint with the team in his 11-year big-league career, is third on the Twins all-time list in relief innings with 488. The move also frees up a spot on Minnesota's 40-man roster.
--RHP Ryan Pressly was recalled from Triple-A Rochester to take Guerrier's place on the 25-man roster. Pressly was 1-4 with a 2.98 ERA in Rochester over 60 1/3 innings pitched. He made his Major League debut last season with the Twins, going 3-3 with a 3.87 ERA.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "That was the play of the game, hands down. That was why we won. Great diving play." -- Twins RHP Anthony Swarzak on the diving catch by shortstop Eduardo Nunez that robbed Indians CF Michael Brantley of a two-run single in the third inning of Minnesota's 3-1 win Wednesday.
--RHP Kyle Gibson (lower back stiffness) missed his start July 23.
--RHP Ricky Nolasco (strained right elbow) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 7. He might throw a bullpen session by the end of the week of July 21-27.
--1B Joe Mauer (right oblique strain) went on the 15-day disabled list July 2. He took dry swings in the cage before the July 20 game, then fielded grounders and threw the ball July 21. He hit off a tee July 22.
--RHP Mike Pelfrey (strained left groin, right elbow surgery in June 2014) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 2, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 19. He began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester on May 16. He returned from Rochester on May 28 after experiencing elbow soreness. He underwent surgery June 10 to clean up scar tissue in his right elbow that was causing pressure on his ulnar nerve. He is expected to be out until at least mid-August.
RHP Kevin Correia
RHP Phil Hughes
RHP Kyle Gibson
RHP Yohan Pino
LHP Glen Perkins (closer)
LHP Caleb Thielbar
RHP Anthony Swarzak
LHP Brian Duensing
RHP Casey Fien
RHP Jared Burton
RHP Ryan Pressly
RHP Sam Deduno
1B Chris Parmelee
2B Brian Dozier
SS Eduardo Nunez
3B Trevor Plouffe
DH Kendrys Morales
INF Eduardo Escobar
LF Josh Willingham
CF Danny Santana
RF Oswaldo Arcia
OF Sam Fuld
OF/INF Chris Colabello
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