08/08/12 12:20 PM ET
Twins get good news after Pavano's first rehab start
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
Pavano, who has been on the disabled list since June 4 with right rotator cuff weakness, tossed two innings against Jupiter. He gave up one run on two hits while striking out one.
"Everything went fine," Gardenhire said. "He felt good and his arm felt great. His velocity was about 85-87 mph, somewhere in there. I'm sure the big thing for him was getting on the mound and throwing the ball, and he did that."
Pavano, who threw about 20 pitches according to Gardenhire, will continue to build up his pitch count with a few more rehab starts with Fort Myers.
Doumit swinging heavy lumber since All-Star break
CLEVELAND -- Ryan Doumit has been one of the Twins' hottest hitters since the All-Star break, batting at a .322 clip over his past 23 games.
Doumit has also been supplying plenty of power over that stretch, with five homers and eight doubles.
"He's made some adjustments in his stance more than anything," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He's a little more straight up, and [he's] seeing the ball a little bit better. He's been using the whole field. I think he feels like he has better balance driving the ball and using his legs better."
Doumit has quietly put together a solid year, as he entered Wednesday's series final vs. Cleveland hitting .295 with a .344 on-base percentage and .488 slugging percentage in 91 games.
Doumit also has 12 homers -- three off his career high set in 2008 with the Pirates -- and is tied for third on the Twins with 55 RBIs.
Twins' comeback nabs rookie Robertson first win
CLEVELAND -- Lost in the excitement of the Twins' 7-5 comeback win in the ninth inning over the Indians on Tuesday night was the fact that reliever Tyler Robertson picked up his first career win.
Robertson tossed two scoreless innings to keep Minnesota in the game and was rewarded for his effort when the Twins scored three in the ninth to give him the victory.
"It was good," Robertson said. "They gave me the ball and made me authenticate my hat and all that. So it was neat. It's something I'll always remember. ... I'm pretty happy about it."
The left-hander has been racking up strikeouts since being called up in late June, as he's struck out 16 in 12 2/3 innings. He's been working on his command, as he has a 6.39 ERA in 18 appearances.
"Everything is feeling better," said Robertson. "There were about three outings in a row where my command was a little off, but I worked with [pitching coach Rick] Anderson on a few things and I think I got it squared away right now. So hopefully I'll keep throwing it well and give the team a chance to win."