Twins searching for way to jump-start offense

Twins searching for way to jump-start offense

MINNEAPOLIS -- After finishing April fifth in the Majors in runs scored, the Twins find themselves on the opposite end of the spectrum in May, as they entered Tuesday's game against the Rangers having scored the third-fewest runs this month.

Manager Ron Gardenhire said he might try mixing in more hit-and-runs to try to get the offense going again. The Twins scored just four combined runs in their sweep at the hands of the Giants over the weekend, and they were held in check offensively again on Monday by the Rangers.

"We're not a big hit-and-run team," Gardenhire said. "We have some guys who can do those types of things, but we're not a team that relies on the hit-and-run. But I've definitely talked to a couple of the coaches about looking from some opportunities at the top and bottom of the lineup to put some guys in motion. You don't want to panic or force things. But it's fun to play baseball like that and get moving and try some things like that."

Catcher Kurt Suzuki said the key for the Twins will be to not press, despite their recent offensive struggles.

"We just have to start hitting the ball," Suzuki said. "I don't think there's a real secret. I think the less you think, the better. So you can't go up there thinking to recreate something or figure it out. You just have to keep grinding away."

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. Alex M. Smith is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.