Sunday Insider: Short hops

  • Updated: April 26, 2014 - 6:56 PM

The Wrigley-Twins connection

Wrigley Field turned 100 last week, a centennial celebration that had little to do with the Twins. The Cubs have played the Twins only 12 times in their ivy-vined ballpark, all since interleague play began in 1997. But amid the meager statistics those games generated — Torii Hunter and Jason Kubel’s two homers apiece are the Twins’ best, while Cristian Guzman leads them with 10 hits — is this especially appropriate one: No Twins player ever drove in more runs in Wrigley than the six belonging to Ron Coomer, now in his first year as the Cubs’ radio analyst on WGN.

Nolasco’s alarming April

Ricky Nolasco earned his second victory Thursday, but his first month with his new team hasn’t been what the Twins had hoped. Nolasco gave up six runs in six-plus innings at Tampa Bay, while striking out only one batter. Nolasco has given up five or more runs in four starts already. No Twins starter gave up five runs more than seven times last year. Meanwhile, San Francisco lefthander Madison Bumgarner hasn’t given up five runs since June 1, 2013 — 24 starts ago.

Always a first time?

The Twins have drawn 121 walks, most in the major leagues. History says they won’t stay there, though — in the American League’s 113-year history, the Twins (and the Washington Senators before them) never have led the AL in walks.

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