These Twins may not be great yet, they sure have some magic in them. Further evidence came Tuesday in an 8-6 victory over Cleveland that was very much a microcosm of everything good about the 2017 Twins. The two key themes to emerge from this Twins season are resilience and the dramatic evolution of several key players.
The Twins started the year with zero expectations after losing 103 games last season. They were written off countless times. That they clinched at least a tie for a playoff berth in a game in which they used 10 pitchers because their 44-year-old starter got sick is perfect.
And that they got four hits from Eddie Rosario … and that Brian Dozier's home run went to the opposite field … and that Dozier's homer was followed by another amazing Byron Buxton catch, which was followed by a clutch Buxton single to add a massive insurance run … it speaks to what 2017 has been all about.
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