Manship returns with confidence in changeup

Manship returns with confidence in changeup

MINNEAPOLIS -- Right-hander Jeff Manship joined the Twins on Monday after being recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Sunday to take Francisco Liriano's roster spot.

Manship had been pitching well for the Red Wings, posting a 1.45 ERA over his last six starts since being optioned on June 27 after struggling with the Twins. He had a 10.97 ERA in 10 2/3 innings in Minnesota but said his impressive stretch with Rochester helped him figure out what he was doing wrong.

"It helped a lot knowing that I have confidence in all four pitches now," Manship said. "I kind of got away from that when I was here. I threw a lot of changeups down there and got real comfortable with that pitch. It's kind of a difference-maker for me when I establish that and throw strikes with it."

Manship is expected to pitch in a long-relief role with left-hander Brian Duensing set to stick in the rotation after an impressive outing against the Indians on Sunday. He said he's been working on keeping the ball down in the zone after serving up four homers in eight apeparances with the Twins.

"I think attacking the zone and getting ahead, I kind of got away from that a little bit," Manship said. "I think I was trying too hard when I was here. That's what they told me. I was pressing too hard to make that perfect pitch. I think when I went down there it was more about keeping it low."