I thought the Twins played well on Friday.

I thought they were pathetic on Saturday, when they lost, 8-2, to the Orioles at Camden Yards.

Danny Valencia took terrible at-bats and missed the key play of the game in the field. Josh Willingham made two errors in two innings on singles to left. Francisco Liriano lost his delivery and lasted just four innings. The Twins made Tommy Hunter look like Roy Halladay.

There are two bright spots this weekend: Justin Morneau is cutting loose his swing, and Jamey Carroll is a very good shortstop.

Other than that, the Twins, following a fairly promising spring, look horrible. And while the players are saying what ballplayers always say about it being a long season, don't think for a second the braintrust is happy with the quality of play on Saturday.

This was bad baseball from a team that was the second-worst team in baseball last year.

If the Twins can't handle the Orioles, what are they going to do against the Angels, Yankees, Red Sox, Tigers, Rangers and Rays? Or the Jays?

Just filed my column for the Sunday paper. I'll be in Baltimore on Sunday for the series finale, then heading to Minnesota for the home opener.

Please follow me on Twitter at @Souhanstrib.

I'll be co-hosting the Ron Gardenhire Show from 9:30-10 on Sunday morning on 1500espn, then co-hosting Sunday Sports Talk from 10-11:30 with Tom Pelissero.

Go, Lynx.


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