"He's fighting it right now," Gardenhire said. "I could see tonight he's a little flustered out there. He knows we're fixing to start this thing, and he wants to have a better feel. We'll see what we can do here in the next couple of days to get him some confidence. He's a veteran. He should be able to handle it, but right now I can see he's not handling it very well. But he ain't the only one."
• Left-hander Brian Duensing pitched a perfect inning on Thursday in relief of Correia. Duensing was followed by right-hander Jared Burton, who took the loss after giving up one run on two hits and a walk with two strikeouts. Left-hander Glen Perkins gave up two runs on three hits with three strikeouts in one inning.