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Updated: April 5th, 2014 3:23pm
Wetmore: 5 thoughts from Ron Gardenhire's 1,000th win as Twins manager

Wetmore: 5 thoughts from Ron Gardenhire's 1,000th win as Twins manager

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by Derek Wetmore
1500ESPN.com

The Twins improved to 2-3 on the season and boosted their manager's win total to a round number. Here are five thoughts from Saturday's win, in no particular order.

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1. Congratulations are in order for Ron Gardenhire, who collected career win No. 1,000 on Saturday. He's the 60th manager in Major League history to reach that plateau. He's the fifth active manager to reach the round number, joining Terry Francona, Buck Showalter, Mike Scioscia and Bruce Bochy.


2. Joe Mauer made his Major League debut 10 years ago Saturday. The 20-year-old catcher went 2-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored on April 5, 2004. It seems the majority of vocal Twins fans don't appreciate it, but he's currently on a career arc that could make him the greatest-ever Twins player.

3. Cleveland had a lineup stacked with lefties Saturday. It will be interesting to see if other teams employ that strategy against the 26-year-old righthander.

4. You probably would like to see Gibson finish the sixth inning if you're a Twins fan, especially after he cruised through the fourth and fifth. Finishing the sixth would have been an added achievement to his first start in 2014, considering he would have had to go through the heart of the Indians order once more.

Instead, Gibson walked Jason Kipnis to open the bottom of the sixth and was hooked. Lefty Brian Duensing came on to move switch-hitting Carlos Santana to the right side of the plate. Duensing got a double play ball and a ground out to end the inning. Duensing also had a clean seventh.

5. I wonder how many starts per week Josmil Pinto will make at catcher. I also wonder how many he'll make at DH. Kurt Suzuki, on the other hand, likely won't draw many or any starts and DH this season and rightfully so.

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
Email Derek | @DerekWetmore
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