"We've thrown him out in the bullpen and touched him up here and there, so it's not necessary," Gardenhire said. "And I'm not going to force it."But considering the situation of the game, Gardenhire appeared fine to put Garza in to finish a 5-1 game. Back at third: Jeff Cirillo was slotted at third base on Monday night, in large part due to his previous success against Yankees starter Rogers Clemens. Coming into Monday night's game, the Twins roster was a combined 22-for-113 (.204) off Clemens. That includes Torii Hunter, who has never tallied a hit off the tough right-hander, going 0-for-22. Cirillo is one of the few hitters to have had success against Clemens, going 8-for-26.
Gardenhire said that while the club loses some range with Cirillo at third instead of Nick Punto, the presence he provides is just as good."He's a good fielder," Gardenhire said. "He's got great hands, obviously. And he's fine to catch the ball." Asked whether the game would stop if Hunter finally got his first hit off the veteran starter, Gardenhire just chuckled and shook his head. The skipper certainly knows it's frustrated Hunter not to have a hit off Clemens, as Hunter even joked he would lie to his grandkids and say that he did indeed have one. "If Torii gets a hit, he might just stop the game," Gardenhire laughed. Twins tidbits: Jesse Crain was in the visiting clubhouse on Monday, visiting with his teammates. The right-hander was in town for the day for a check-up appointment with Dr. David Altcheck, who performed the surgery on his right shoulder to repair a torn rotator cuff and torn labrum. ... The Twins' shutout on Sunday was the sixth time the team has been held scoreless this season. In '06, the Twins tied a club record by getting shut out 14 times. Down on the farm: Jason Miller gave up two runs over five innings, but it was Bobby Korecky who suffered his third blown save of the season and took the loss as Triple-A Rochester was defeated by Buffalo, 8-7, in 10 innings on Sunday. ... Brock Peterson tallied six RBIs as part of a 3-for-5 day at the plate in Double-A New Britain's 10-9 victory at Reading. Peterson hit two doubles on the day and belted his 11th home run of the season. ... Jay Rainville gave up three runs over six innings as Class A Fort Myers lost to Lakeland, 3-2. ... Wilson Ramos' solo home run in the first inning was all the scoring Class A Beloit needed, as the club captured a 1-0 victory over Clinton. Coming up: The Twins and Yankees will meet for Game 2 of the four-game set on Tuesday night in a 6:05 p.m. CT start. Twins right-hander Carlos Silva (6-8, 4.15) will go for his 10th quality start of the season as he faces off against Yankees right-hander Chien-Ming Wang (7-4, 3.86).
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.