Walters giving boost to Twins' rotation

Walters giving boost to Twins' rotation

Walters giving boost to Twins' rotation
MINNEAPOLIS -- A day after P.J. Walters turned in his fourth straight quality start, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire continued to praise the right-hander on Monday.

Walters has been nothing but consistent since having his contract purchased from Triple-A Rochester on May 9. He has four of the club's 15 quality starts and has been the only Twins starter to go past seven innings in a game.

"It's what we were looking for," Gardenhire said. "When you call a guy up, you're hoping for a boost. And he's done that."

Walters labored a bit against the Tigers on Sunday, as he gave up seven hits and walked five over six innings but only allowed two runs because he pitched out of several jams. He was in line for the win before closer Matt Capps blew his first save of the season on a two-run homer by Miguel Cabrera in the ninth.

"We saw him battle through a lot of stuff and that was the greatest part about it," Gardenhire said. "He got through it all and never cracked. So it's good."

The tough part for Walters will be continuing to make adjustments now that more advance scouts have seen him pitch and there's more video available to opposing teams. But Gardenhire said Walters has the stuff to remain effective.

"They start knowing a little more about you when the reports start coming in," Gardenhire said. "But advance scouts have a lot to write about when you're pounding the zone with four pitches you can throw at any time. So even with reports, you know you're going to be in a battle with this guy."