I went to the source re. those Twins moves, i.e., the eminent Twins Geek. Here's what he had to say:
Sears for Ortiz has to be a mistake. I've heard nothing about that, and I'm sure I would have.
As I wrote today, the Wells/Fiore thing is a mystery. Did Firoe do something wrong? Did Gardy no like how he was throwing the ball in
Game 2? Was this always his play (to reward both guys for their seasons)? I don't know. One thing which isn't apparent from their stats is that Wells was pretty good after the all-star break, when he came back from his bone chips operation (3.96 ERA), so the move is defensible. And Wells has long been a coaching favorite. Wells is also a better bet to strike poeple out in a pressure situation, and probably more dependable for a one-inning starte than Fiore is. With how the Angels hit lefties, the Twins are probably paying pretty close attention to the lack of quality right-handers in their pen. Of course, part of the reason for that is they insist on carrying Mike Jackson, who should be the one who is left off. But the Twins coaching staff gives him all kinds of credit for his influence on the other relievers, so they keep him on the roster.
Go check out the Geek's playoff coverage. The man knows Scott Leius' shoe size by heart. Let's support the Twins while we thumb our collective nose at the Bud Selig and the powers that be in baseball.