• Twins general manager Terry Ryan, who made his first appearance at Hammond Stadium on Friday since being diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in his neck in early February, watched Saturday's game from his office there. Ryan spent the morning meeting with Twins players and coaches before taking in the game.
Ryan is scheduled to fly back to Minnesota on Saturday night, as he has radiation treatment again on Monday. Ryan, who underwent surgery to remove a cancerous lump from his neck on Feb. 11, still has five more weeks of radiation treatment remaining.
• The Twins released Minor League reliever Dakota Watts on Saturday, the club announced. Watts, 26, posted a combined 2.72 ERA in 46 1/3 innings between Class A Advanced Fort Myers and Double-A New Britain last season. But he's never advanced past Double-A, and has a career 5.04 ERA in 89 1/3 innings at Fort Myers and a 4.00 ERA in 108 innings at New Britain.
• Gardenhire said on Saturday that he plans on opening the season with 12 pitchers -- instead of the 13 used most of last season because of the struggles of the starting rotation. It gives the Twins more options off the bench, as they can now carry four backup position players.
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