Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Minnesota Twins Drop 3 of 4 to Tampa Bay Rays
The 4th of July provides for a great mid-summer retreat with family and friends in the summer. It did not provide for a good weekend for the Minnesota Twins. The Minnesota Twins lost 3 of 4 to the Tampa Bay Rays at Target Field. The Twins are in desperate need of getting hot and going on a streak. After starting hot in April and May, the Twins have struggled in June and early July. In a pivotal game on Saturday, the bullpen blew a 4-1 lead in the 8th and lost the game 8-6. On Thursday, Minnesota Twins closer Jon Rauch blew a 4-3 lead with 2 outs in the 9th inning and lost 5-4 in 10 innings. The Minnesota Twins will now be on the road in Toronto and Detroit for 6 games from July 6th to July 11th. The starting pitching and bullpen must improve if the Minnesota Twins want to win the AL Central Division and go deep in the playoffs. On Sunday, catcher Joe Mauer and 1st baseman Justin Morneau were named starters for the American League All-Star team to be played on July 13th in Anaheim, California. Outfielder Delmon Young has a chance to become the final player on the American League team, part of the "Final Vote" option for fans to vote in. Young will compete with Nick Swisher (Yankees), Kevin Youkilis (Red Sox), Michael Young (Rangers), and Paul Konerko (White Sox). Go to MLB.com to vote for Young!