Gardenhire liked the team's young talent, and he also thought the return of right-hander Zack Greinke, who wrestled with personal issues, would be a plus for manager Buddy Bell, who's trying to build his ballclub around strong, young arms."They're gonna be better -- no doubt about it," Gardenhire said of the Royals. "Along with everybody else." And the question is: The Twins have had four different players end up with franchise-best four extra-base hits in one game. Who was the last player to do so? (See answer below) Did you know: The Twins have never had a player hit four homers in a game, but the club has had hitters hit three homers in a game. The first to do it was Bob Allison in 1963, and Harmon Killebrew duplicated Allison's feat the same season. It was 10 years before it was done again. Tony Oliva hit three homers against the Kansas City Athletics on July 3, 1973. Twins notes: The Twins added a Minor Leaguer to their roster for Wednesday's game against the Reds. Infielder Matt Moses, the team's No. 1 pick in the 2003 draft, wore No. 93. ... Casilla (22) is the youngest player still in Major League camp, and Cirillo (37) is the oldest. ... The Twins reassigned left-hander Randy Choate to Minor League camp. The move cut their Spring Training roster to 41, a total that includes eight non-roster players. Ouch: Hitting coach Joe Vavra left Wednesday's game in the bottom of the first inning when Luis Castillo sent a metal doughnut flying off his bat and into the Twins dugout. The doughnut clipped Vavra's ear. "That was a scary moment," Gardenhire said. Vavra left the team and went to a nearby hospital. He needed stitches to close a deep cut. He later returned with his head wrapped in bandages. "It's OK, boys," Vavra said as he stood in the doorway of Gardenhire's office. "Everything's all right. I'll be back at it tomorrow." The answer is: On July 12, 2001, Corey Koskie had four extra-base hits in a game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Quotable: "I feel my hamstring every day. Every day I get out of bed I feel my hamstring. ... I'm serious -- every day" -- Gardenhire, when asked if he felt hamstrung in his search for a viable backup for shortstop Bartlett Up next: The Twins travel to St. Petersburg on Thursday to play the Tampa Devil Rays in a 6:05 p.m. CT game. Right-hander Boof Bonser will start for the Twins, and Bonser will face left-hander Casey Fossum.
Justice B. Hill is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less