The One Where They Start to Push Runners Across

Game 49: Twins 8 (29-20), Rangers 3 (26-23)

The Twins saved one of their best offensive performances for their first appearance on Fox Saturday baseball.

It looked at the start as though this would be another pitcher’s duel. C.J. Wilson seemed to have the Twins’ numbers early, and just slightly less dominant was Carl Pavano, who looked on his way to losing another 2-0 game.

Enter the bats. It started innocently enough with a two-out single by Denard Span in the sixth inning. That set the stage for Orlando Hudson’s game-tying home run, a luxury the 2010 Twins had largely been living without prior to this series – the long ball. Then, in the seventh, the flood gates opened.

Perhaps this will be the game that gets the bases-loaded monkey of the collective backs of the Twins’ lineup. It seems that it has been this team’s luck to waste a bases-loaded with no out situation, but that did not happen Saturday afternoon. Six runs, two doubles, and two singles later and the Twins had a six-run inning. Further, with Detroit’s in a slump, there is some breathing room in the AL Central.

WPA Stars of the Game
1. Orlando Hudson
2. Julio Borbon
3. Carl Pavano

AL Central Standings (through Saturday)
1. Min 29-20, 240-188, –
2. Det 25-23, 210-214, 3.5
3. Chi 21-28, 202-233, 8.0
4. KC 21-29, 223-248, 8.5
5. Cle 18-29, 188-240, 10.0

Scott Baker will try and pitch the Twins to a rare three-game sweep on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball. I expect to hear just as much hype about errorless baseball and how the Twins do the little things right as I heard Saturday on the network.

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