Minnesota Twins defeat Boston Red Sox, 7-3

Doug Mirabelli defended himself yesterday from what he termed an ``assassination directly at my character for unprovoked reasons" by Padres general manager Kevin Towers, who was quoted in Monday's San Diego Union-Tribune about Mirabelli's brief and apparently forgettable month with the Padres.

Towers, who did not speak any more on the topic last night, told the paper, ``He called [Dave ] Roberts [after getting traded back to Boston] and said, `I guess I'm getting called...

Twins general manager Terry Ryan was chewing on a cheeseburger in the press dining lounge before last night's 7-3 win over the Red Sox when a scribe asked about a subject that probably ruined his meal.

``Plain and simple, it was a bad decision," Ryan said when asked about releasing David Ortiz Dec. 16, 2002. ``I just made a bad decision. It was me. Nobody else is to blame. If I knew he was going to be first, second, or third in the MVP voting the last three years, I cer...