03/20/07 11:41 PM ET
Notes: Gardenhire has All-Star plans
Skipper accepts offer from Tigers' Leyland to coach in ASG
By Justice B. Hill / MLB.com
And the question is ... Every Twins fan knows that Johan Santana was the franchise's last pitcher to win the Cy Young Award, but who was the first Twins pitcher to win the award? [See answer below]Did you know: What kind of hitter was Rod Carew? Check out what his bio says on the official Hall of Fame site: "Rod Carew lined, chopped and bunted his way to 3,053 career hits. His seven batting titles are surpassed only by Ty Cobb, Tony Gwynn and Honus Wagner, and equaled only by Rogers Hornsby and Stan Musial." As a side note, Carew was named to the All-Star team 18 times. Twins tidbits: Infielder Nick Punto tweaked a groin in Tuesday's game against the Red Sox, and he's listed as day-to-day. The Twins have 42 players in camp, a total that includes nine non-roster players. ... In their nine games at home, the Twins have drawn 74,597 fans. ... The Twins have six consecutive seasons in which they have finished the Grapefruit League season with a .500-or-better record. ... Santana, Ramon Ortiz and Boof Bonser rank third, fourth and fifth in ERA among pitchers in the Grapefruit League. Minor outing: Ortiz threw earlier Tuesday in a Minor League game, and Gardenhire said the outing went fine. "He got his work in," Gardenhire said of Ortiz. "He got all of his pitches in four innings, and I don't know how many pitches, probably close to 50 or 60." The answer is ... In 1970, right-hander Jim Perry, then 34, posted a 24-12 record en route to winning the Cy Young. His brother, Gaylord, won Cy Young awards in 1972 and 1978 during his Hall-of-Fame career. Quotable: "We've seen some great teams that are just totally offensive bombs, but for the most part, I think if you don't catch the ball, it eventually gets you in the end. I think that probably says the most: If you don't catch the ball, it'll eventually get you in the end. That's why we keep preaching that." -- Gardenhire, on the importance of defense Up next: Right-hander Sidney Ponson will start Wednesday for the Twins, who take on the visiting Reds at Hammond Stadium at 12:05 p.m. CT in Fort Myers, Fla. Ponson faces Reds left-hander Eric Milton, a former Twins pitcher.
Justice B. Hill is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.