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Tuesday (Actual reasons to watch the Twins again) edition: Wha' Happened?

Posted by: Michael Rand under Professional baseball, Target Field, Twins fans Updated: August 13, 2013 - 9:19 AM

The unwritten rule of our own specific sports viewing is that as soon as we start to pay closer attention, everything goes downhill. It stands to reason, since a team that is exceeding expectations catches our eye right around its peak and inevitably flattens and then falters because their pace is not sustainable.

We imagine this is true of the Twins, who escaped our consciousness as they fell further and further in the AL Central standings after a respectable 18-17 start, bottoming out (at least for now) at 37-53, 16 games under .500. They couldn't hit. They couldn't pitch. And there just wasn't much interesting about them.

And now, of course, we're being pulled back in, maybe not with the whole body but at least an arm and a leg. At 53-63, this season is still going nowhere as an entity unto itself (even though nine other teams in MLB, including some presumed contenders, have worse records now than the Twins), but there are enough subplots that intrigue us.

We will pause now to watch every Brian Dozier at bat because the way he has turned his season around is downright impressive. He has the second-highest slugging percentage on the team behind Joe Mauer, and he has been their best overall hitter over the past two-plus months.

We will watch to see how Justin Morneau's season finishes up. If he keeps launching the ball, he will at least give himself and the Twins some interesting decisions to make.

We will watch any game started by Sam Deduno (still out of sheer curiosity), Kyle Gibson (charting progress) and now Andrew Albers (trying to figure out exactly how he is getting batters out, which seems like a fluke with each awkward swing and weak grounder).

We will try to keep an eye on Ron Gardenhire's demeanor. The Twins are now on pace for 74 victories, about 10 more than they averaged the past two seasons. If they can reach or exceed that mark, will they have turned a corner and will Gardy have the privilege of trying to climb the AL Central ladder again?

We will watch Oswaldo Arcia swing hard to all fields. We will continue to be intrigued by the raw power of Chris Colabello.

And we will wait with anticipation to see who the September call-ups are, knowing that a Miguel Sano sighting would do wonders in helping to fill Target Field during a final month that includes 17 home games.

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Pittsburgh - WP: T. Watson 2
Minnesota - LP: T. May 1 FINAL
Baltimore - WP: M. Gonzalez 9
NY Yankees 6 Top 9th Inning
Toronto 3
Philadelphia - LP: J. Diekman 1 FINAL
NY Mets - WP: J. deGrom 4
Boston 8 Bottom 8th Inning
Tampa Bay 3
Miami 2 Top 8th Inning
Atlanta 5
Cleveland 4 Delayed
Kansas City 0
Detroit 7 Top 6th Inning
Chicago WSox 1
Texas 8 Top 7th Inning
Houston 1
Chicago Cubs 2 Bottom 7th Inning
St. Louis 2
Colorado 0 Top 3rd Inning
Arizona 0
Oakland 0 Bottom 1st Inning
LA Angels 0
Los Angeles 0 Top 1st Inning
San Diego 0
Washington 1 Bottom 1st Inning
Seattle 0
Milwaukee - W. Peralta 9:15 PM
San Francisco - R. Vogelsong
Green Bay 9/4/14 7:30 PM
Seattle
(21) Texas A&M 52 FINAL
(9) So Carolina 28
Wake Forest 10 FINAL
ULM 17
Boise State 13 FINAL
(18) Ole Miss 35
Tulane 31 FINAL
Tulsa 38
Rutgers 41 FINAL
Washington St 38
Weber State 14 FINAL
(19) Arizona State 45
Temple 37 FINAL
Vanderbilt 7
BYU 28 4th Qtr 5:46
Connecticut 10
(6) Jacksonville St 7 4th Qtr 12:30
(8) Michigan State 45
Bowling Green 24 3rd Qtr 7:16
Western Ky 38
TX-San Antonio 7 2nd Qtr 8:25
Houston 0
Colorado State 0 2nd Qtr 4:57
Colorado 10
UNLV 9:30 PM
Arizona
Penn State 8/30/14 7:30 AM
UCF
Troy 8/30/14 11:00 AM
UAB
(7) UCLA 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Virginia
Western Mich 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Purdue
(5) Ohio State 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Navy
Appalachian St 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Michigan
Ga Southern 8/30/14 11:30 AM
NC State
Boston College 8/30/14 2:00 PM
Massachusetts
West Virginia 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(2) Alabama
Rice 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(17) Notre Dame
(10) South Dakota St 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(24) Missouri
Fla Atlantic 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(22) Nebraska
California 8/30/14 2:30 PM
Northwestern
Marshall 8/30/14 2:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
UC Davis 8/30/14 3:00 PM
(11) Stanford
Arkansas 8/30/14 3:00 PM
(6) Auburn
(16) Clemson 8/30/14 4:30 PM
(12) Georgia
Liberty 8/30/14 5:00 PM
(23) North Carolina
Ohio U 8/30/14 5:00 PM
Kent State
Louisiana Tech 8/30/14 6:00 PM
(4) Oklahoma
Idaho 8/30/14 6:00 PM
Florida
Stephen F Austin 8/30/14 6:10 PM
(20) Kansas State
Fresno State 8/30/14 6:30 PM
(15) USC
Southern Miss 8/30/14 6:30 PM
Miss State
Texas-El Paso 8/30/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico
North Texas 8/30/14 7:00 PM
Texas
(1) Florida State 8/30/14 7:00 PM
Oklahoma State
(14) Wisconsin 8/30/14 8:00 PM
(13) LSU
South Dakota 8/30/14 9:30 PM
(3) Oregon
(25) Washington 8/30/14 9:30 PM
Hawaii
Utah State 8/31/14 6:00 PM
Tennessee
SMU 8/31/14 6:30 PM
(10) Baylor
Miami-Florida 9/1/14 7:00 PM
Louisville
Arizona 9/4/14 7:00 PM
TX-San Antonio
Pittsburgh 9/5/14 6:00 PM
Boston College
Washington St 9/5/14 9:30 PM
Nevada
Houston 0 1st Half 14:00
Sporting Kansas City 0
Ottawa 10 2:43
Montreal 20
Winnipeg 8/31/14 3:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Toronto 9/1/14 12:00 PM
Hamilton
Edmonton 9/1/14 3:30 PM
Calgary
Brt Columbia 9/5/14 6:30 PM
Ottawa
Calgary 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Edmonton
Hamilton 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Montreal
Saskatchewan 9/7/14 3:00 PM
Winnipeg
Minnesota 2 1st Qtr 7:52
Phoenix 9

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