06/28/08 7:52 PM ET
Buscher, Harris heating up for Twins
Infielders combine for 11 RBIs over the past six games
By Leslie Parker / Special to MLB.com
Over the last six games, third baseman Brian Buscher is batting .409 with seven RBIs, while shortstop Brendan Harris is hitting .350 with two home runs and four RBIs.
Manager Ron Gardenhire attributes both of their successes to adjustments on their swings.
"It's hard to predict what a guy's going to do. He was swinging good down in Triple-A and he had a good spring for us until he fell off at the end," Gardenhire said of Buscher. "He's more comfortable. He's comfortable with the surroundings and he knows us all a little better now. He's shortened his swing and he's putting more balls in play, like all of our hitters are right now."
Harris was slated to see more time on the bench with the return of Nick Punto from the disabled list, but Harris's play over the last couple weeks has forced the club to keep him in the lineup more consistently.
"He's playing his tail off and he's swinging good, and we don't like to mess with too many things when we're winning baseball games on a streak like this," Gardenhire said. "I think Harris has been doing great out there. We'll just let him keep running out there."
The pair combined to knock back-to-back home runs off of all-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman in the bottom of the ninth inning of Tuesday's game in San Diego, leading to the Twins' seventh win in a row.
Leslie Parker is a contributor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.