MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins closer Glen Perkins didn't get to pitch in his first All-Star Game. He got as close as warming up in the bullpen in the ninth inning Tuesday, but never saw the field.
Friday's game against Cleveland might not have been of the same magnitude, but Perkins got his chance to pitch and was pivotal in Minnesota's 3-2 win over the Indians. The Twins' victory was also thanks in part to their other All-Star: catcher Joe Mauer, who drove in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth to set up Perkins' 22nd save of the year.
"It's how we wanted to start the first game and start the second half," Perkins said Friday. "It was good that they pitched to Joe, gave him a chance. Thank you for that. That was good to see."
Indeed, the Indians opted to pitch to Mauer in the eighth with a runner on third and two outs. Cleveland also had left-hander Rich Hill warming in the bullpen, but Indians manager Terry Francona left right-hander Joe Smith in to face Mauer. The Twins catche...