At least the shellackings are over well before the ninth inning.
A night after handing the Twins their second double-digit losing margin in the span of a week, the American League Central Division's worst team gave Minnesota an unneeded reminder that the close ones hurt, too.
Three well-hit balls in the ninth inning of a 4-3 defeat -- the Twins' 10th in their last 13 outings -- could've sparked a late rally Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Field. All three led to outs. Minnesota put runners at the corners with no outs in the seventh. One run came home to score. In the sixth, Pedro Florimon flew out the center field with the bases loaded.
"A tough one for us," manager Ron Gardenhire called it, "because the guys were into it pretty good."
As into it as a team that's now 64-86 and in danger of letting the White Sox (60-91) pass it for the awkward achievement of fourth place in the division can be, that is. Chicago had demoralized the Twins the night be...