MINNEAPOLIS -- When he wasn't doing his darndest to figure out the Chicago White Sox lineup, the Minnesota Twins' newest prized commodity sat near the middle of the first-base dugout, occasionally picking at his fingernails in agitated remorse.
It didn't at all resemble the guy who pitched a shutout his last time out here.
During his first two big-league starts, rookie southpaw Andrew Albers learned the meaning of fame and fan frenzy. He sniffed majors history, helped draw a crowd of 36,833 spectators to watch two sinking baseball teams, and had Minnesota's neighbor to the north fawning this past week over its latest top-of-the-line up-and-comer.
Saturday at Target Field, the mania subsided. Albers pitched fine, not fantastic. A near-historic beginning became a delayed welcome-to-the-big-time experience.
"You see today how quickly things can change," Albers said.
The final line on Albers' first average-looking outing with the Twins: seven innings, five earned runs on five hits,...