Revere hitting well, but bunting needs work

Revere hitting well, but bunting needs work

Revere hitting well, but bunting needs work
MINNEAPOLIS -- Ben Revere still needs to improve his bunting, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said, but he continues to give opposing defenses headaches.

Revere failed to get down a sacrifice bunt in the ninth inning of Tuesday's game against Oakland. Revere popped out to A's pitcher Brian Fuentes with runners on first and second and no outs. He also popped up on a bunt attempt in the seventh, though he was able to drop it between the pitcher and middle infielders for a base hit.

"On the sacrifice ... what you want to do is make the third baseman field the ball," Gardenhire said. "If you make him field the ball, then they have nobody at third. It looked to me like he tried to go to first base again, plus, the ball was out of the strike zone."

But Revere has been swinging well since being recalled from Triple-A Rochester on May 16. The 23-year-old is hitting .310 with four doubles in the 10 games since returning.

Additionally, Revere entered Wednesday's game with a four-game hitting streak and is hitting .421 over that span.

With defenses respecting his speed, Revere is finding himself with more empty places to put the ball, Gardenhire said.

"He brings a lot to the table," Gardenhire said. "That speed -- you can't find it. He's exciting. You see defenses against big guys do power shifts. Well, they have to set a defense up for him because he can do so many things at the plate. He's a fun player to watch."