The bad news is that the Twins just got swept in a 3 game home series with the Rays. The good news is that they get to start a series against a Central Division team. On top of that, they won’t even face Justin Verlander in this series.
also – Trevor Plouffe is back and the Twins optioned Nishi back down to Rochester. No, he has not been DFA’d.. yet… one wonders how long they have him taking a bench spot either there or here. – CB
|Jackson, A, CF||Revere, CF|
|Dirks, LF||Mastroianni, RF|
|Cabrera, Mi, 3B||Mauer, 1B|
|Fielder, 1B||Willingham, LF|
|Avila, C||Morneau, DH|
|Young, D, DH||Doumit, C|
|Boesch, RF||Plouffe, 3B|
|Peralta, Jh, SS||Carroll, SS|
|Infante, 2B||Casilla, A, 2B|
|_Sanchez, An, P||_Deduno, P|
What’d I say? It only takes getting back to the Central Division in order to turn the Twins’ fortunes around.
It’s been a rare occasion when the hitting, defense, starting pitching and bullpen all come together, but this was one of those nights.
Four different hitters had three hits a piece and a couple more added a pair of hits, contributing to the Twins’ 18 hit attack. Jeff Gray finished the game off with 1 1/3 perfect innings, including a game-finishing strikeout.
But the consensus co-BODs of the night were starting pitcher Sam Deduno, who upped his record to 4-0, and outfielder Darin Mastroiani, who had a home run among his three hits and added 3 RBI. That’s a combination of pitching and hitting we’d like to see a bit more of!