ST. PETERSBURG -- Once it was established that Twins right fielder Michael Cuddyer was OK following a baserunning spill in the sixth inning Tuesday night, the jokes rolled in.
"That was awesome," teammate Jason Tyner said. "He had a little double-axle in his."
Cuddyer left the game in the seventh inning with a bruised back. He suffered the injury while rolling onto his helmet, which had flown off as he tumbled. But Cuddyer is expected to be back in the starting lineup Wednesday.
Cuddyer's spike got caught as he rounded second base during the 9-1 win over Tampa Bay. After stumbling awkwardly for a few paces, he careened into a full-speed somersault. He quickly bounced back to his feet before third baseman Ty Wigginton applied the tag for the inning's final out.
Cuddyer's tumble could be headed to the blooper reel.
"That's going to be top-20 plays forever," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Boomp, badoomp, badoomp, badoomp ... and then did a flip at the end of it. That was beautiful."
Cuddyer just grinned, shook off the good-natured ribbing and added his own appraisal.
"Even the Russian judge has to give me a '10' on that one," Cuddyer said.
Dawn Klemish is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.