Rookie Joe Mays lives his life on the run and he wasted no time in dispatching Toronto on Thursday.
Mays, who sprints between the dugout and the mound, scattered four singles in seven-plus innings and worked his way out of a bases-loaded, no-outs jam in the seventh to lift the Twins over Pat Hentgen and the Blue Jays 3-0.
"I run out there to get my blood flowing, my heart pumping," said Mays, who improved to 5-2 since his promotion to the rotation.
Mays' propensity to speed things along hurt him in the seventh, however, when he loaded the bases with nobody out before escaping damage after a visit to the mound from pitching coach Dick Such.
"I don't know what (Such) told him," manager Tom Kelly said, "but he turned it around and got three wonderful outs."
Mays induced Darrin Fletcher to foul out on a 3-and-1 splitter, then struck out Tony Batista on a fastball in and Willie Greene on a backdoor curve.