After committing the third-most errors in the Major Leagues last season, the Twins entered Wednesday with the fifth-fewest. They also had committed only one miscue in their last eight games.
"I think we have some athletic people out there that are catching the ball a lot better, and getting to the ones we're supposed to," Gardenhire said. "The pitcher walks a guy or the first guy gets a hit, you get a ground ball, we catch it and we turn two, and get the boys back in the dugout. That's what he game's all about, pitching and defense."
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, P.J. Walters' complete-game victory after allowing a first-inning home run Tuesday night was only the second time in the last two years a Major League pitcher went the distance after allowing a first-inning home run. Felix Hernandez was the other, doing it on Opening Day 2011. The last Twins pitcher to do so was Brad Radke in 2003.
The Twins entered Wednesday 23-14 against the White Sox since 2010, including 14-5 at U.S. Cellular Field.