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Minnesota used six pitchers to again subdue the Texas Rangers' offense for nine innings Saturday night.
Unfortunately for the Twins, they couldn't do it in extra innings.
Nelson Cruz hit an RBI double off reliever Kyle Waldrop (0-1) in the 10th inning that scored Adrian Beltre to lead the Rangers to a 4-3 victory that snapped their five-game losing streak.
''Cruz swung the bat well,'' manager Ron Washington said. ''We were due to finally put together something offensively.
Texas' Josh Hamilton had a home run, walk and a run scored as the designated hitter one night after leaving in the fifth inning with back spasms.
Samuel Deduno, the 11th pitcher to start a game for Minnesota this season, gave up three runs including two home runs, on six hits in his big league starting debut. He had three strikeouts and walked three.
His biggest mistake was a slider up in the zone that Beltre smacked into the left-field seats that tied the game at 3-3 in t...
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It's been a slow climb back from an injury-filled 2011 season for Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau, but he heads into this week's All-Star break on a bit of a high note.
After going 1-for-5 in Sunday's extra-innings loss to Texas, Morneau is now riding a 10-game hitting streak into the break. During that stretch, he has 14 hits, four RBI and a home run. The...
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau drove in two runs each, Francisco Liriano pitched around six walks and the Minnesota Twins handed the Texas Rangers their season-high fifth straight loss with a 5-1 win Friday night.
Liriano (3-7) allowed five hits and one run with six strikeouts in 6 23 innings, and the Rangers scored two runs or fewer for the fourth time in...
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Talk about an electrifying performance.
Texas Rangers catcher Mike Napoli and Minnesota batter Ryan Doumit quickly scrambled to their respective dugouts and base runner Josh Willingham dropped to his knees when a bolt of lightning struck near Rangers Ballpark during Sunday night's game.
The bright flash was immediately followed by a loud clap of thunder...
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- All-Star outfielder Josh Hamilton is in the Texas Rangers' lineup after leaving Friday's game in the fifth inning with lower back spasms.
Hamilton is the designated hitter for Saturday night's matchup with the Minnesota Twins. Manager Ron Washington says he initially had Hamilton on the bench, but put him in the lineup after the slugger said...
By JEFF MEZYDLO,
STATS Senior WriterA season-high five-game losing streak might not be the only major concern facing the Texas Rangers.Back spasms could keep slugger Josh Hamilton out of the lineup Saturday night when the AL West-leading Rangers look to get back on track against the visiting Minnesota Twins.The leading vote-getter for next week's All-Star game, Hamilton is considered...
The Minnesota Twins pull into the All-Star break playing reasonably good baseball and within spitting distance of first-place Chicago in the AL Central, 11 games out with roughly half a season left. The fact that they have rallied from such a deficit in recent memory bolsters confidence of a team digging itself out of a 6-16 April. "We dug ourselves a pretty deep hole,...
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton has left a game against the Minnesota Twins with lower back spasms.
The leading vote-getter for the All-Star game was seen on television replays reaching for his back after making a long throw from the warning track when he dropped a fly ball for a three-base error Friday night.
Hamilton finished the fifth inning after the...
When Francisco Liriano shut down the Athletics in his return to the starting rotation, many dismissed it as just one start, and one against the Athletics at that. Instead, Liriano has taken that start and ran with it, and six starts later he looks reborn. There could hardly be a bigger difference between Liriano’s first five starts and his last seven:
First five starts:
After a forgettable 99-loss season in 2011, the Minnesota Twins have again stumbled in the first half of the 2012 season. After Sunday's 13-inning loss to the Texas Rangers, the Twins are now 36-49 and 11 games out of first place heading into next week's All-Star break. Through 85 games last year, Minnesota was 38-47 and eight games out of first place.
If the Twins are to...
So a massive thunder strike in Texas caused a delay in the Rangers/Twins game today, but the star of the show was the reactions of the players. Roy Oswalt was remarkably composed, but Mike Napoli wasn’t having ANY of that **** and Josh Willingham thought he was in a war zone. The Rangers infield joking
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Trevor Plouffe as a Poor-Man's Jose Bautista
Plouffe was hitting .138 on May 15, and since then has hit 18 home runs, giving him 19 on the year. He qualifies at shortstop, among other places and has an .873 OPS despite the slow start. In 192 Triple-A at-bats in 2010, Plouffe had a 1.019 OPS with 15 HR, so the power surge wasn't entirely out of nowhere. Even last year...