-Larry Lage, Associated Press with the sentence that just jumped off the page at me.
Lots of firsts in this game for the Twins, and none of them good. They were shut out for the first time in 2010 and lost their first series of year.
The lackluster play may have been a function of the “B” lineup that was on the field, or it may have been carry over from last night’s meltdown. With the team still griping about the umpiring the night before, I wouldn’t be shocked if the latter was the case (not that the umpires didn’t deserve a gripe or two).
Whatever the reason, the Twins have looked pretty lackluster for the last game and a half. It was inevitable that the Twins would lose a series, but I might have chosen any other time for the first loss than the first series against what will probably be the only other legitimate contender for the AL Central.
What can ya do? (Answer: sweep the tribe over the weekend, then return the favor to the Tigers at Target Field next week).
WPA Stars of the Game
1. Dontrelle Willis
2. Joel Zumaya
3. Austin Jackson
Standings (through Thursday afternoon games)
1. Min 14-8, 109-84, –
2. Det 13-10, 110-107, 1.5
3. Cle 9-12, 74-95, 4.5
4. Chi 9-13, 88-105, 5.0
5. KC 8-13, 95-116, 5.5
Friday night @ Progressive Field: Kevin Slowey vs. Fausto Carmona