MINNEAPOLIS .. — MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Twins manager Tom Kelly probably didn't mean anything by it, but he inadvertently insulted Atlanta Braves left-hander Steve Avery during yesterday's World Series news conference.
He insinuated that Avery is a thrower rather than a pitcher, which didn't go over very well with tonight's Game 6 starting pitcher.
"I really think he wings it," Kelly said. "When you throw 89-91, you can just let it go. I think [Greg] Olson just sits in the middle of the plate and reacts to where the ball goes. He throws his changeup toward the outside, but the fastball, I just don't think he knows what it's going to do."
Avery (18-8) said afterward that he was a little surprised at Kelly's comments. He feels he made the transition from thrower to pitcher after his 3-11 season in 1990.
Will Mack be back?
Kelly said he's still trying to decide whether to go with Shane Mack, who is 0-for-15 in the Series, or Randy Bush in right field tonight.
"I'm inclined to put Shane back out there because of all he's done for us this season," Kelly said.
Touching all bases
The Braves set a series record in Game 5 with 34 total bases, with nine singles, two doubles, three triples and three home runs.
The previous record was 32, held by the New York Yankees, who did it in 1928 and again in 1932.
CBS' telecast of Game 5 gave the network an overall prime-time win.
The game did a 22.9 rating and 37 share, best since a prime-time lineup led by "Magnum P.I." gave CBS a 23.7 and 35 on Jan. 3, 1985.