La Velle E. Neal III has covered baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, he grew up following the White Sox and hating the Cubs. He attended both the University of Illinois and Illinois-Chicago and began his baseball writing career at the Kansas City Star. He can be heard occasionally on KFAN radio, lending his great baseball mind to Paul Allen and other hosts. Mark Rosen borrows him occasionally for WCCO-TV.

Twins-Blue Jays: Will the Twins ever win another home game?

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III under On the road Updated: September 7, 2013 - 4:02 PM


Will the Twins' puzzling run at home contune as they face the Blue Jays tonight at Target Field?

After not winning a road series before the break, they have won five and tied one on the road - including road series at Detroit and Texas, a pair of playoff teams. But the Twins have won two home series since the break, saving their worst baseball of the season for Twins Nation to view in person.

And, if they lost to J. A. Happ tonight, it will clinch another series lost in front of the home crowd.

Some odds and ends:

Josmil Pinto hit his first career major league home run Fridsay with a solo shot in the ninth inning off Janssen…he is the fifth Twins rookie to homer this
season…in four major league games he is hitting .643 (9‐for‐14) with a home run, two RBI and four runs scored.

Trevor Plouffe has at least one hit in 15 of his last 18 games, since August 18…over the 18 games he is hitting .319 (22‐for‐69) with eight
doubles, two home runs and five RBI. Twins manaer Ron Gardenhire thinks Plouffe looks more relaxeed at the plate right now.

Alex Presley has a hit in four of his five games since being acquired by the Twins on August 31…in those five games he is hitting .364 (8‐for‐22) with two doubles, a home run and five RBI.

Chris Colabello on Friday extended his current hit‐streak to five games, tying his career‐high he is hitting .400 (8‐for‐20) with a double, three home runs and eight RBI in those games. He has three home runs over his last five games, seven total for the season. He's been working with Tom Brunansky on understanding how he's being pitched at this level and making adjustments.

Oswaldo Arcia's single in the second inning on Friday snapped a 0‐for‐15 skid.

Joe Mauer did some early hitting again on Saturday but won't hit with team. Still going at his own pace until symptoms go away and stay away.

Class A Cedar Rapids coach Tommy Watkins has joined the club for the rest of the season. Class A Rochester Manager Gene Glynn will join the team once the Red Wings are done in the postseason. They need to avoid elimination today at Pawtucket. Scott Diamond is on the mound for the Red Wings. With a day game on Sunday, any callups probably wouldn't arrive here until Monday - if the Red Wing lose tonight.

Blue Jays (65-76)

1. Jose Reyes, SS
2. Munenori Kawasaki, 2B
3. Edwin Encarnacion, DH
4. Adam Lind, 1B
5. Brett Lawrie, 3B
6. Moises Sierra, RF
7. J.P. Arrencibia, C
8. Anthony Gose, CF
9. Kevin Pillar, LF

Pitching: J.A. Happ, LHP

Twins (61-78)

1. Alex Presley, CF
2. Darin Mastroianni, RF
3. Brian Dozier, 2B
4 Josh Willingham, DH
5. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
6. Oswaldo Arcia, LF
7. Chris Colabello, 1B
8. Josmil Pinto, C
9. Pedro Florimon, SS

Pitching: Kevin Correia, RHP

 

 

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