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Highly patient Twins not changing approach

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Highly patient Twins not changing approach

CLEVELAND -- The Twins left 10 runners stranded on Monday night, often because they were watching third strikes from Zach McAllister and the Indians' bullpen.

Indians pitchers caught Twins hitters looking six times on Monday. With the Twins second in the Majors with 143 walks heading into Tuesday, Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire expressed concern that some guys might be looking to take more pitches.

But he said Monday's strikeouts were more about McAllister and the bullpen.

"We've struck out some, and we've taken some pitches, but I thought [McAllister] was locating the ball pretty doggone good," Gardenhire said. "His fastball was really moving coming back over the plate. I thought he did a real nice job making pitches with those two-strike counts."

Left fielder Jason Kubel watched strike three on both of his strikeouts Monday. For his part, Kubel said he doesn't feel the team's approach is too passive.

"I'm never looking to walk or not be aggressive," Kubel said. "There might be times. I had an at-bat yesterday where I let two fastballs go down the middle for strikes. I was just trying to see it, trying to get my timing down.

"It hurts me some ways, but some ways it doesn't. Overall, it works out."

Stephen Ellsesser is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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