The Twins have rediscovered the grit they generally lacked while losing a combined 195 games in 2011 and 2012.
Scott Diamond pitched six shutout innings and Josh Willingham hit one of Minnesota's four home runs as the Twins beat the Seattle Mariners 10-0 Sunday, their seventh victory in nine games since dropping 10 straight in mid-May. In the last of those losses, the Twins were one-hit by Anibal Sanchez in a 6-0 loss at Detroit.
Only Joe Mauer's one-out single in the ninth saved the Twins from being no-hit in that May 24 loss, the kind that could have crushed a rebuilding team's spirit.
''Everybody was like, `We've got to do something, something to stop the bleeding,''' said infielder Brian Dozier, who went 3 for 4 with a homer and two RBIs Sunday as the Twins won a three-game series.
Though still four games under .500 and fourth in the American League Central, the Twins at least have shown some resilience and given fans a reason to keep paying attention. And now they head into...