Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Minnesota Twins drop New York Mets Series, Opener to Detroit Tigers

Jim Thome sliding into 3rd base
In a disappointing weekend, the Minnesota Twins lost 2 of 3 to the New York Mets at Citi Field. The Minnesota Twins dropped the opener 5-2 with Kevin Slowey responsible for the loss. They bounced back on Saturday defeating old Minnesota Twin ace Johan Santana 6-0. Carl Pavano pitched his 2nd consecutive complete game and has easily established himself as the Twins ace right now, allowing 3 hits over 9 innings. In an ironic fashion, the Twins were then beat 6-0 on Sunday by the New York Mets with starter Scott Baker getting roughed up. That left the Twins 1-5 in their last 6 games.

The brightside was that the 9 game road trip was over and the team would return to Target Field. However, the homestand did not start the way they hoped. The Minnesota Twins lost 7-5 to the Detroit Tigers in the first game of the three game series. Starting pitcher Francisco Liriano surrendered 4 runs in the 1st inning and Minnesota was never able to recover. The Minnesota Twins have the next 6 games at home and will need to fix their problems quickly, as the Tampa Bay Rays are up next after the Tigers. Nick Blackburn gets the nod tonight as starting pitcher. Blackburn is winless in his last 5 starts.

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