7/12/2014 6:05 P.M. ET
Gardy balancing power with defense at Coors Field
By Jack Etkin / Special to MLB.com
DENVER -- With its vast outfield, Coors Field has influenced how manager Ron Gardenhire has filled out his lineup this series.
The skipper has tried to add punch to the lineup to take advantage of the hitters' park without doing so at the expense of defense.
"You would like to try to be able to try to get some different guys in to hit here at this ballpark, [Chris Colabello] or someone like that," Gardenhire said. "With this outfield as big as it is, you got to try to stay with some guys that have experience out there. We took a little bit of a chance with [Eduardo Nunez Friday in left field], and he fought one or two balls."
Hot-hitting Fuld on 'fantastic' run for Twins
DENVER -- With a double in the sixth inning of Saturday's 9-3 victory over the Rockies, center fielder Sam Fuld has recorded at least one hit in 11 of his last 12 games.
Manager Ron Gardenhire praised Fuld for his "upbeat attitude" and how much he enjoys playing in addition to his recent production.
"He's got that short swing, and playing center field for us, he's been fantastic," Gardenhire said. "He moves really well, [gets] great jumps in the outfield. We're still working on some of his relay throws. Sometimes he has a few grenades coming out of his hand that aren't near anybody, but we're working on that part of it."
• Catcher Kurt Suzuki was scheduled to get a day off Saturday, even before he fouled a ball off the back of his left heel on Friday night. Suzuki stayed in the game and said he was fine Saturday, adding that he feels no pain in the heel.
Jack Etkin is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.