Garfien: A couple weeks ago against the Twins, you struck out Joe Mauer on three straight sliders. What was your mind-set there? Take me back to that moment. What was going on in your head, facing Mauer, one of the best hitters in the game, and you’re saying, “I’m going to get him out with three straight sliders.”
Sale: A.J. Pierzynski was the one calling the pitches. Obviously I had never faced [Mauer]. I just didn’t want him to get a chance to open up the game, so we were just being careful with him. It ended up being a good situation for us. After I threw the first one, I just wanted to get it in there for a strike. The second one, I wanted to make him chase it a little bit. And the third one, A.J. called for a third slider in a row, and I was like, “Alright, whatever. Here it goes.” And I just wanted to throw it towards the strike zone and let it break down, and it ended up working out well.
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