"There are still plenty of question marks with Jesse, Dennys and if Juanny can bounce back," Anderson said. "He's the one lock that you know of right now for us in that spot."Power outage: One of the positions that the Twins will seek to fill this offseason is the designated hitter spot. The DH position has been a bit of a merry-go-round for the Twins over the past few seasons. And Minnesota has used more than a few everyday players in the slot for a "day off" here and there. But despite the fact Gardenhire has reiterated Joe Mauer will need days off to remain healthy as a catcher, the skipper said he's not looking to fill the DH spot as a rotational role next season. "If we go out and find a run-producing DH, that's fine," Gardenhire said. "What Mauer needs on days he's not catching is to sit on the bench and relax. Everybody thinks he's hurting his legs squatting, but he's hurting his legs on the basepaths because no catcher hits .340 every year, or whatever he does." The reason that Gardenhire has used Mauer as the DH over the past few seasons is to keep another strong bat in the lineup. If the club can fill the position with a steady bat, then Mauer's services might not be needed as much. "All the fans are saying you have to keep his bat in the lineup," Gardenhire said of Mauer. "But if you get a really good DH, it would take away from some of that, I promise you."
Goodbye crown: Johan Santana's quest for a fourth consecutive strikeout crown came to an end Thursday night.Scott Kazmir's 10 strikeouts in his six-inning start against the Yankees brought his season total to 237, bypassing Santana's 235. It's the first time since 2003 that Santana hasn't led the Majors in strikeouts. The Twins ace recorded just four strikeouts in his final start of the season Wednesday night, which was shortened to just three innings due to a one-hour, 18-minute rain delay in Detroit. Twins tidbits: Gardenhire reiterated Thursday that Mauer likely has seen his last game behind the plate this season. The catcher was sore after just three innings in Wednesday's rain-delayed game at Detroit, and the club doesn't want to push the issue. He might pinch-hit, but it's not expected that he will run the bases once he gets on. ... Scott Baker will not make another start, but he would like to pitch an inning in relief if possible. Gardenhire did not rule out the possibility, but said Baker might get his work in via a side session. Coming up: The Twins and Red Sox will meet up for the second of four contest on Friday night in a 6:05 p.m. CT start. It will be a duel of two rookies as Twins right-hander Kevin Slowey (4-0, 4.57) and Red Sox right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka (14-12, 4.48) each make their final regular-season start.
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.