Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 10/29/14
A week and a half ago, the Minnesota Twins were winners of four straight series, seemingly gaining some traction after being stuck in reverse for most of the season. During their brief run of success, the Twins climbed back to within 10 games of .500 by improving to 24-34. Everything was working starting pitching, hitting and defense if only for a short time.Now, after Thursday's 9-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, Minnesota has lost three series in a row and has fallen to an American League-worst 27-41 on the season. Prior to losing the series in Pittsburgh, the Twins lost two of three at home to both the Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers.The Twins won Wednesday's game at PNC Park on a Josh Willingham homer to tie the series at 1-1. But Minnesota fell behind early in Thursday's finale and never recovered as it lost yet another series.In the last nine games, the Twins have averaged 3.89 runs per game, inflated by an 11-run outburst in the series opener against Philadelp...
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