Get away day looked a little different than it has for the Twins in most cases this season. Perhaps due to two scheduled off days this week, there was no “B” lineup – the only uninjured regular on the bench was Nick Punto. The Twins fielded their best against John Danks, and came out with a series split.
The White Sox jumped on the Twins in the first inning, mostly on the basepaths, stealing three bases in the inning and scoring on a throwing error caused by them. This is the new White Sox, I suppose – no longer a team that will beat you with the long ball. It’s Ozzieball, modeled in large part after his own admiration of the piranhas, and it looked like it might work on Wednesday afternoon.
Instead, the Twins, specifically Carl Pavano, shut down the running game the rest of the afternoon and made clear the fatal flaw of a team built on speed – it does nothing for you offensively if you don’t get on base. The Sox had four of their six hits in the first two innings. After that, it was all Pavano, with a little help from Span, Young, and Morneau.
WPA Stars of the Game
1. Carl Pavano
2. Denard Span
3. Jon Rauch
AL Central Standings (through Wednesday)
1. Min 22-12, 169-123, –
2. Det 19-15, 156-158, 3.0
3. Cle 13-18, 118-146, 7.5
4. Chi 14-20, 143-165, 8.0
5. KC 11-23, 134-186, 11.0
Bring on the Yankees.
Friday: Francisco Liriano vs. A.J. Burnett