2010 .285 Delmon Young .355
2009 .278 Joe Mauer .367
2008 .305 Joe Mauer .362
2007 .275 Torii Hunter .341
2006 .296 Joe Mauer .360
2005 .271 Joe Mauer .331
2004 .277 Shannon Stewart .359
2003 .268 A.J. Pierzynski .324
2002 .269 Jacque Jones .352
The problem is exacerbated with two outs; the Twins are hitting just .215 with runners in scoring position and two outs, after batting .216 last year.
As August turns to September, the pressure on AL Central teams grows. Here’s how each team dealt with the atmosphere last week:
Indians: As they try to catch the front-runners, Cleveland third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall has challenged each of his teammates to grow a “Rally Mustache” during September.
“If somebody wears one that probably shouldn’t have a mustache, it really helps,” Chisenhall said. Jason Kipnis, for instance, “has the whole, like, ‘I drive a Harley’ look going on.”
Royals: Manager Ned Yost didn’t mean to pick a fight. He just wanted more fans to enjoy a rare winner in Kansas City.
But his comments after only 13,847 attended KC’s walk-off win over the Twins on Tuesday, that “I was kind of hoping we’d have another great crowd tonight, and we really didn’t,” whipped up a controversy. “I wasn’t criticizing the fans,” Yost said the next day. “I want them to enjoy this as much as we’re enjoying it.”
|Atlanta - LP: J. Teheran||2||FINAL|
|Philadelphia - WP: C. Hamels||9|
|Toronto - WP: C. Hynes||9||FINAL|
|Boston - LP: D. Hinojosa||7|
|Tampa Bay - WP: J. Norberto||3||FINAL|
|NY Yankees - LP: C. Whitley||0|