Though the Twins were trounced by at least 10 runs for the third time this season in the 15-3 loss to Tampa Bay in Thursday's early game, even more troubling is the number of times they are falling behind. In 12 of 24 games this season, they have trailed by four or more runs. Why is a four-run deficit significant? The Twins are averaging only 3.2 runs per game. A look at the times they have trailed by at least four runs this season:

Date, opponent Starting pitcher Largest deficit Result

April 1 at Toronto Pavano 10 (twice) L, 13-3

April 2 at Toronto Liriano 5 L, 6-1

April 4 at New York Baker 4 L, 4-3

April 5 at New York Duensing 4 W, 5-4 (10 inn.)

April 10 vs. Oakland Baker 5 L, 5-3

April 13 vs. Kansas City Liriano 5 (twice) L, 10-5

April 15 at Tampa Bay Blackburn 4 L, 5-2

April 19 at Baltimore Pavano 11 L, 11-0

April 20 at Baltimore Blackburn 4 L, 5-4

April 27 vs. Tampa Bay Liriano 7 L, 8-2

April 28 vs. Tampa Bay Blackburn 12 (twice) L, 15-3

April 28 vs. Tampa Bay Swarzak 5 (twice) L, 6-1