Here they were going again.
Like so many Twins defeats this season, a rocky first inning appeared to be putting them away before two-thirds of their lineup had even picked up a bat. Three straight walks from starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey in the opening inning, and Toronto was already on the way to extending a painful Minnesota losing skid, not to mention the Twin Cities franchise's dreadful fortunes north of the border.
But Saturday's 6-0 Twins win at the Rogers Centre wasn't like their usual early-innings snafus. Nor did it resemble most of their outings on the Blue Jays' famed, carpet-style turf.
Pelfrey zeroed in and coaxed a two-out ground-out to second base off Rajai Davis' bat, and the Twins' second-longest futility streak of 2013 began to meet its demise.
The difference, in manager Ron Gardenhire's eyes, was simple.
His team smiled more.
He implored them to Friday night during a much-discussed team meeting in the visitors' clubhouse following a 4-0 loss, Minnesota's six...