Minnesota Twins defeat Cleveland Indians, 4-3

Anthony Swarzak figured out when he was young that he could throw a baseball harder than other kids.

"I liked the attention," he said. "I liked people knowing, 'Hey, that kid's pretty good at something.' "

Swarzak figured out after failing a drug test in the minors that one more mistake could ruin his life. "You need to realize that you're different from most 21-year-olds, in a good way," he said. "You realize you're on top of the world, if you want it."

Swarzak figu...

Twins right fielder Michael Cuddyer joked Tuesday that he wishes he could trade in his fingers for a new set.

Cuddyer, who battled a sprained right thumb in 2007 and injuries to both of his index fingers last season, underwent a magnetic-resonance imaging exam on Tuesday.

This time, it's his right index finger again, and doctors are calling it a strain. Cuddyer mentioned his flexor tendon again but was hopeful he'd be ready to return in a few days, once the swelling ...

Joe Mauer had three hits, three RBI and another home run. What else is new?

Kevin Slowey became the third American League pitcher to notch his eighth victory -- no big surprise, either.

But the Twins aren't used to seeing manager Ron Gardenhire turn to closer Joe Nathan for a four-out save, as he did in Tuesday night's 4-3 victory over Cleveland at the Metrodome.

Gardenhire hadn't summoned Nathan to protect an eighth-inning lead since Aug. 17, 2008, but he turned ...