Few things in a baseball game are more disheartening than giving back a lead right after getting one. Twins pitcher Ricky Nolasco has been on the wrong end of those innings a lot, it feels like — so much so, I decided to go back, start-by-start, to see if it really is the case or if it just feels that way because of a few poorly timed meltdowns. As it turns out, it’s happened quite often: nine times, to be exact, including one in Sunday’s 4-3 loss to Detroit.

Sometimes it’s circumstance; runs are going to happen. But the Twins simply need their highest-paid pitcher to perform better, particularly in those situations.

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