Minnesota Manager Ron Gardenhire and RHP Kyle Lohse settled their differences yesterday before the Twins opened an important three-game series against the Indians.

"We had a long talk for about 25 to 30 minutes like two adults and everything is straightened out," Gardenhire said.

Lohse said he agreed it was a productive meeting and that he expects to take his regular turn in the rotation Monday night in Detroit.

"I'm glad we sat down and talked, cleared the air, and we are all ready to just get back to playing baseball," he said. "Gardy and I are just fine."

On Tuesday night, Lohse damaged the door to Gardenhire's office with a baseball bat after being pulled from a game after only two innings. He reportedly injured a finger in the tirade, but threw a bullpen session yesterday and said he felt fine.

He wasn't as upbeat Tuesday, when he blasted Gardenhire to reporters after yielding five runs and four hits over two innings.

"I would have liked to have somebody stand behind me and say: 'We've got your back. Go out there and shut them down from here on,' " Lohse said then. "But that didn't happen today, so whatever."

* OAKLAND COACH RETURNS: Ron Washington's two homes in New Orleans are underwater, destroyed by flooding from Hurricane Katrina. But that's not enough to make Washington abandon his home town.

The Athletics' third base coach rejoined the team for a weekend series against the Rangers. He spent the three previous days in a shelter and in temporary housing in Alabama with his wife, Gerry, and 26 other family members who evacuated New Orleans a day before the hurricane struck the Gulf Coast.

"I'm glad to be back," Washington said. "Baseball's always been my life. But it was a humbling experience. I wouldn't wish staying in a shelter on anyone."

Washington vows that when the Athletics end their season, he will be involved in efforts to rebuild New Orleans, and he disagrees with those who say that parts of the city should be razed and relocated to higher ground.

"That's easy for politicians to say -- bulldoze it because it's not their home," Washington said. "If they decide to bring New Orleans back, I want to be a part of it."

-- From News Services