DETROIT -- Matt Garza was called up from Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday, significantly before he will make his first appearance for the Twins. The move was made in advance of his start on Friday against the Blue Jays due to his impending start for Rochester on Wednesday.
The Twins also knew the 22-year-old right-hander was going to have to throw a bullpen session on Tuesday to ready himself for the start, and the club wanted that to occur in Detroit with Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson.
With Garza not hearing the news of his promotion from general manager Terry Ryan until after 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning, and then having to go through the process of packing, making his flight and doing some work at the park, it made for quite a long day for a visibly exhausted Garza.
Still, even Twins manager Ron Gardenhire couldn't get over the excitement on the pitcher's face despite the tiredness.
"He's very, very excited to be here," Gardenhire said with a smile. "He's pretty pumped up, so we'll have to calm him down a little bit before we hand him a baseball. Then we'll see what he can do."
Justin Morneau has heard about the 30-homer mark since he joined the Twins organization.
For a club that hasn't had a player hit 30 home runs since 1987, it's not a surprise it's a significant number. So to say Morneau hasn't thought about it as he sits at 29 long balls would be a bit of a lie.
"Yeah, I've paid attention to it," Morneau said with a smile on his face. "It's a number that is significant to this franchise because it hasn't been done in so long. But my goal now is to get it out of the way so I don't have to talk about it anymore."
The number is something that has been mentioned plenty of times over the near two decades it has taken for a player to achieve the mark. That's why it's not a surprise that many of the Twins are aware of what Morneau will accomplish with his next dinger.
But does Morneau think that his 30th home run of the season will generate any different reaction from his teammates?
"If it's an important one in the game, then maybe," Morneau said. "To be honest, I didn't know anyone was paying attention until I hit one to the wall in my last at-bat on Monday night and some of the guys said something to me. It's pretty cool that they noticed."
Down on the farm:
Terry Tiffee went 2-for-5 with two home runs and five RBIs for Rochester in the club's 9-8 win in 10 innings over Pawtucket on Monday night. Beau Kemp, who did not allow a run in two-thirds of an inning, earned his seventh win of the season. ... Brandon Roberts went 3-for-5 with a double in Fort Myers' 5-2 loss to Vero Beach. Joshua Hill allowed four earned runs on nine hits with four walks in 5 2/3 innings for the loss. ... Eduardo Morland allowed just two runs on three hits over seven innings in Class A Beloit's 3-2 win at Wisconsin.
The Twins will close out their three-game series with the Tigers on Wednesday night in a 6:05 p.m. CT start. Left-hander Johan Santana (12-5, 3.22 ERA) will get the start for Minnesota against Detroit righty Jeremy Bonderman (11-5, 3.81).
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.