5/9/2013 10:02 P.M. ET
Mauer's bat continues to heat up in May
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
BOSTON -- It's been a streaky year at the plate for Joe Mauer so far this season.
Mauer started off on fire, but then fell into a career-worst 0-for-20 slump before snapping it with a single against the Tigers on April 30. Mauer also went 64 plate appearances without an extra-base hit starting on April 15 until he finally doubled against the Indians on Sunday.
But Mauer is locked in yet again, as he doubled in four straight games -- with six doubles over that span -- before seeing that streak come to an end in Thursday's 5-3 win over the Red Sox. He still went 1-for-4 with a run scored to extend his hit streak to eight games and is hitting .364 over that span.
"I feel good," Mauer said. "In the three games here, I've seen some good pitches and I'm just tracking the ball better. I like hitting here."
Hot-hitting Arcia gets start over Parmelee
BOSTON -- With rookie Oswaldo Arcia swinging a hot bat, right fielder Chris Parmelee was on the bench for a second straight game against the Red Sox on Thursday.
Arcia, who turned 22 on Thursday, went 2-for-4 with a triple and a two-run homer in the Twins' 5-3 win to extend his career-best hit streak to seven games and improve his batting average to .313. It came on the heels of setting a career high with four hits in Wednesday's 15-8 win over the Red Sox. And more important, he drove the ball the other way, which impressed Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.
"It was kind of growing up in front of our eyes," Gardenhire said. "He was chasing a couple wild pitches and changeups and then, all of a sudden, he no-strides it and shoots it [to left field]. So he made a little bit of an adjustment, which for us is fun to watch."
Gardenhire added that Parmelee spent Wednesday and Thursday working with hitting coach Tom Brunansky to make a few adjustments. Parmelee is in the midst of an 0-for-15 slump that has dropped his batting average to .200.
"I don't whether it's a late setup or what, but he's not catching the ball at the front of the plate right now," Gardenhire said. "He's letting the ball get really deep and there's no extension. So we're talking about how he's not extending to the ball right now. So this is good. Gives him a couple days to do his work and everything."
Florimon day to day after exiting with tight right hamstring
BOSTON -- Shortstop Pedro Florimon left Thursday's game against the Red Sox in the top of the seventh inning with a tight right hamstring and is listed as day to day.
Florimon sustained the injury while trying to beat out a bunt attempt; he was thrown out at first by right-hander John Lackey.
"He tweaked his hammy," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We'll know more tomorrow or the next day. They said he stepped on the bag and it tightened up pretty good. He was going to try to go out there, but he couldn't get loose. So I'll know more tomorrow about where we're at."
Florimon, who went 1-for-3 with a single, was replaced at shortstop by Eduardo Escobar in the bottom of the seventh inning. Escobar made an error in the eighth, booting a potential inning-ending double play on a grounder hit by Will Middlebrooks. The miscue broke a string of 11 straight games without an error from the Twins.
But the error didn't come back to haunt the Twins, as reliever Jared Burton was able to strike out Stephen Drew and pinch-hitter Mike Carp to end the inning.
Twins to stick with Hernandez over Gibson for now
BOSTON -- After Triple-A Rochester played in a 16-inning game on Tuesday, Twins general manager Terry Ryan said he wanted to see right-hander Kyle Gibson take it upon himself to turn in a strong outing for the Red Wings.
And Gibson, ranked as the Twins' No. 4 prospect, did just that, as he threw a four-hit shutout against Toledo with eight strikeouts to improve his ERA to 3.22 in seven starts.
"How about that? Isn't that ironic?" Ryan said. "That's a good thing to hear or see. His line was impressive. That's kind of what everyone was waiting for. He finally pieced one together."
But Ryan added that he would like to see Gibson keep improving, as he's not ready for his big league debut just yet.
"As soon as those guys tell me he's ready then I'll give it some consideration," Ryan said. "But one outing does make a promotion."
Gibson's strong outing comes on the heels of left-hander Pedro Hernandez struggling in his last two starts. Hernandez lasted just two innings against the Red Sox on Wednesday, giving up six runs on seven hits to see his ERA balloon from 3.92 to 5.96.
But Ryan and Twins manager Ron Gardenhire both said Hernandez will remain in the rotation and start on Monday against the White Sox.
"Absolutely, I do," Gardenhire said when asked if Hernandez will make his next start. "Until somebody tells me differently."
• Right-handed reliever Tim Wood, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a right rotator cuff strain, saw his rehab assignment at Triple-A Rochester rescinded after feeling discomfort in his right shoulder. The discomfort is in Wood's right biceps area and will be checked out by team doctors in Rochester, N.Y. on Friday.
Wood, who is out of Minor League options, had a 6.75 ERA in seven appearances for the Red Wings and the 30-day window on his original rehab assignment was scheduled to end on Wednesday.
• A scoring change was made to the Twins' 15-8 win over the Red Sox on Wednesday, as Ryan Doumit's seventh-inning single was changed to a fielder's choice. The strange play, which saw Doumit hit a line drive off Jacoby Ellsbury's glove and then off the wall in left-center, was originally ruled a fielder's choice by the official scorekeeper before being changed to a single after the game.
But after the Elias Sports Bureau reviewed the play and gave more information to the official scorer, the call was again changed to a fielder's choice. Doumit was out for passing Trevor Plouffe on the basepaths while Plouffe was tagged out on the play. Josh Willingham, who was on second base, never advanced to third. The play, however, still could be sent to the Commissioner's Office for further review.
• Third baseman Trevor Plouffe donated four tickets to police officers from nearby Watertown, Mass. Plouffe reached out and offered the tickets after visiting the Boston Strong website.