Showalter certainly opened up himself for questioning last night when he didn't send Jim Johnson back out for the eighth inning despite the fact that he was dominant in the seventh, needing only eight pitches (six strikes) to dispose of three Twins batters. Showalter explained the decision after the game, pointing out Johnson had warmed up – or "gotten hot" in baseball parlance – two of the last three days. He also wanted to make sure Johnson is available if the Orioles need him to hold down a lead in tonight's series finale. Also, by using Johnson, Koji Uehara and Kevin Gregg each for one inning last night, the Orioles have their full bullpen available tonight. I'll be honest, I was a little surprised that Showalter didn't stick with Johnson for another inning just because how difficult wins have been to come by lately for this club, and when you get a chance for one, you have to make sure you nail it down. I'm sure nobody wants me to bring up last Thursday's disaster in the Bronx. However, I have a sneaking suspicion if the Orioles' opponent was the Yankees last night, you probably would have seen Johnson back out there.