MINNEAPOLIS -- Chris Herrmann, Doug Bernier and Chris Colabello had played in a combined 78 major league games before Thursday's series opener against the White Sox. Sure enough, the Twins players with the least big league experience all contributed to the winning run in the 4-3 victory over Chicago.
Colabello drew a one-out walk and Bernier came into the game to pinch run for him when he advanced to second on a bunt by Clete Thomas. With one out and runners on first and second, Herrmann delivered the winning hit when his single to right field off reliever Ramon Troncoso scored Bernier from second.
Just how the Twins drew things up at the beginning of the year.
"You've got to be ready off the bench," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Just because you're not starting a game, there's a possibility of being used. We have to pick and choose. We only have three guys (on the bench) and one of them's our backup catcher right now. But they kind of have to watch the game and pay attention...