Twins' Gardenhire, Lohse settle differences

CLEVELAND -- Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire and
right-hander Kyle Lohse settled their differences Friday before the
Twins opened an important three-game series against the Indians.

"We had a long talk for about 25-30 minutes like two adults and
everything is straightened out," Gardenhire said.

Lohse said he agreed it was a productive meeting and that he
expects to take his regular turn in the rotation Monday night in

"I'm glad we sat down and talked, cleared the air, and we are
all ready to just get back to playing baseball," he said. "Gardy
and I are just fine."

On Tuesday night, Lohse damaged the door to Gardenhire's office
with a baseball bat after being pulled from a game after only two
innings. He reportedly injured a finger in the tirade, but threw a
bullpen session on Friday and said he felt fine.

He wasn't as upbeat Tuesday, when he blasted Gardenhire to
reporters after yielding five runs and four hits over two innings.

"I would have liked to have somebody stand behind me and say:
'We've got your back. Go out there and shut them down from here
on,'" Lohse said then. "But that didn't happen today, so

That upset Gardenhire, who fired back Wednesday: "Right now,
pride can go out the window. It's about winning. I've had his back
for three years."

On Friday, Gardenhire attributed Lohse's outburst to a
competitive player becoming frustrated while trying his best to
help the Twins stay in the hunt for a wild-card playoff berth.

"Kyle was apologetic and that's all I cared about," Gardenhire
said. "Things were not handled very good in this situation by all
parties involved, but there's been a lot of stress trying to stay
in the race.

"We could all do a better job of handling composure."

Lohse is 8-12 with a 4.36 ERA this season for the three-time
defending AL Central champion Twins, who began play Friday 5½ games
behind AL wild-card leader Cleveland.