“Our pitchers know they don’t have to be perfect”

-Justin Morneau, quoted by Dave Campbell.

Game 28: Twins 5 (19-9), Tigers 4 (16-13)

An incredible thing happened at Target Field on Wednesday: the Twins swept a series. It wasn’t just any series – it was three games against the team that figures to be the closest competition for the AL Central crown. It was also a series against the only team that can claim to have won a series against the Twins.

It wasn’t the best looking game – the swirling winds made sure of that. Twins pitchers allowed four solo home runs in the game. The Twins, on the other hand, were fairly efficient with their runs, scoring five on just seven hits.

Denard Span carried the offensive load for the Twins, accounting for three of the team’s seven hits. Jason Kubel had one, an RBI double hit to the gap in left-center field. It was a small step for Kubel who is officially in a slump, but a step nonetheless. Perhaps even more encouraging was Jesse Crain’s perfect inning-and-a-third. The rest of the bullpen – Duensing, Guerrier, and Rauch on this day – combined to allow just a single run.

WPA Stars of the Game
1. Miguel Cabrera
2. Alex Avila
3. Denard Span

AL Central Standings (through Wednesday)
1. Min 19-9, 149-106, –
2. Det 16-13, 139-135, 3.5
3. Chi 12-16, 118-139, 7.0
4. KC 11-17, 113-148, 8.0
5. Cle 10-17, 95-134, 8.5

The weekend brings a four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles, a team that is struggling. Carl Pavano and Brad Bergeson are the probables for game one.

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