It's the time of year when baseball has become stratified. Players have been traded from losers to winners. Teams have gone into sell mode and rent mode, dumping contracts and bringing in late-season help as they see fit.
Outcomes seem to be falling into place, and on a larger scale, maybe they are. But in Boston this weekend, the Twins made a point. They may have a losing record. They may have an insurmountable climb to the impossible playoffs. But don't expect them to accept a loss -- at least not at Fenway.
In their three final games in Boston this weekend, the Twins mounted large-scale comebacks, but on Sunday, their three ninth-inning runs weren't enough. A 6-1 deficit proved too large to make up, and Minnesota failed to complete its second weekend-series sweep in a row.
In the 14 games before Sunday's 6-4 loss to the Red Sox, Minnesota averaged 5.5 runs per game -- 3.0 per game in wins and 7.1 in losses. Despite solid pitching from their young starters, the Twins have often...