MINNEAPOLIS -- Shortstop Elvis Andrus wasn't happy with two plays he didn't make in the seventh inning of Sunday's 6-1 loss to the Twins at Target Field. Manager Ron Washington didn't have a problem with that. What Washington did have a problem with was a poor throw Andrus made in the eighth inning. That's why Washington pinch-hit for Andrus in the top of the ninth inning. "I didn't like his attitude," Washington said. "That's all I've got to say about that."
Actually, he had more to say. "Elvis is better than that," he said. "Elvis is an excellent player, but every once in a while, I have to send a message. He's a great player, and he's going to be a great player. I'm just trying to make him understand. I'm never going to beat him down, I'm just trying to make him understand about effort." Andrus, fielding a routine grounder hit by Twins catcher Rene Rivera, said that he just let an easy throw get away. The throw pulled first baseman Michael Young off the bag, and Andrus was charged with his second error of the game. "I was trying to make an easy throw," Andrus said. "I don't throw it hard all the time. I had plenty of time. If I had thrown it hard and it got away from him, nobody would have said anything. But if you throw it like that and it gets away, they say you gave up or you're not trying. That wasn't it." The Rangers trailed, 6-1, at the time, and Andrus didn't like what had happened in the seventh inning, when the Twins scored five runs to take a six-run lead. The big blow was a three-run homer by Michael Cuddyer, but all of the runs in the inning were unearned because of an error by Andrus. With a runner on second, Andrus couldn't come up with Rivera's one-out grounder up the middle. The ball went under his glove and into center field, allowing the run to score. Rivera later scored on a two-out single by Alexi Casilla, a grounder through the left-side hole. Andrus had a chance at making that play as well and couldn't come up with it. "I was upset with that inning," he said. "I should have got those balls. I got upset with myself. It's not about me, it's about helping my pitcher stay in the game. It was a one-run game. I was upset. There's not much more I can say." But it wasn't those plays that bothered Washington. "As long as you give effort, I don't care what happened," he said. "There was effort on those plays. But there wasn't effort on the one he let get away."
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