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Twins’ Trevor May relishes trip home to Seattle

Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Trevor May (65) pitches against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on April 3. Jay Biggerstaff / USA TODAY Sports

SEATTLE -- It was a brief interaction, and probably one of many just like it that Ken Griffey Jr. had on Friday night. But for Trevor May, it was a meeting he won’t soon forget as he met the hall of famer he grew up watching.

“I don’t think he realizes how crazy that is for me, but it was cool,” May said.

May, who was raised in Kelso, Wash., a couple of hours south of Seattle, grew up a Mariners fan. So even though the interaction was brief, it packed plenty of meaning to him.

“He was on his way out (but) I would be kicking myself if I didn’t just try to shake his hand,” May said.

The trip to Seattle is one that May looks forward to every year. He moved to the city when he was 20, and it’s been a busy weekend for him. He estimated about 40-50 friends and family members were attendance for games this weekend.

Between trying to get to his barber, keeping up maintenance on his home, catching up with people he knows and celebrating his sister’s 40th birthday on Saturday, May has had plenty of things to do besides just play baseball while at home.

“Now that I have a home here, too, it’s nice to be able to come. I can tie up some loose ends and take care of some stuff,” May said. “(There’s) some stuff I look forward to as well. Sleep in my own bed, which is nice. Go to our favorite restaurants and things. Basic stuff but, yeah, it’s a good time to come.”

Tony Oliva joins road trip

Tony Oliva was a constant presence around Twins camp this spring in Fort Myers, Fla. But during the season, the Twins’ legend hasn’t been hitting the road.

This weekend, Oliva has tagged along on the Twins’ road trip, and they’ve been happy to have him around. Manager Rocco Baldelli said it’s something they’ve been thinking about for a while now, and this trip was the perfect time to do so.

“Once we brought it up to him, we learned quickly that he’d love to. I couldn’t be happier, the staff couldn’t be happier, I can definitely say the players couldn’t be happier to have him around,” Baldelli said. “He’s having a great time, and we’re really enjoying it, too. And getting down to Anaheim and getting a chance to spend some time with Rod (Carew) is also very important to Tony, and also us. So we wanted to make sure that if we could make that happen, that we did. And hopefully we can do it again, too.”

Briefly

The Twins’ No. 6 prospect (per MLBPipeline), Brent Rooker, hit the Rochester Red Wings’ injured list on Saturday with a left wrist strain. He joins No. 10 prospect Nick Gordon and No. 11 prospect Stephen Gonsalves on the Triple-A IL.

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