Apr 132011

The Kansas City Royals came to Target Field and played the Twins well. The first game was a thriller with a solid outing by Brian Duensing but the bullpen really shined. Jose Mijares, Matt Capps, Joe Nathan and Dusty Hughes put the clamps on the Royals with the score tied at 3 for 3 innings until Danny Valencia could provide another game winning RBI in the bottom of the tenth. Valencia coming up again and again in the clutch with pitchers worried enough about known threats such as Mauer and Morneau, not to mention Jim Thome, is invaluable.

Francisco Liriano

The Twins celebrated the win but they were right back in the field at noon the next day. There would be no celebration at the end of this game. The Minnesota Twins are not going to win shootouts, whether at high noon or not. Francisco Liriano drops to 0 – 3 after another shellacking. Final score Royals 10, Twins 5. Generosity by the Twins starting pitching in regards to giving up runs early needs to be addressed soon. As previously mentioned the Twins cannot rely on outscoring the other team, they need to out-pitch them. The Twins are now in last place in the American League Central, but we must look at the bright side and say at least it is not the other side of the All-Star break. There is still plenty of time to make improvements and take the division.

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