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Brian Dozier got his first big-league hit, and received congratulations from Albert Pujols. So, the Twins have that going for them.
Otherwise, it was another brutal night at the ballpark. Francisco Liriano fell to 0-5. The Twins lost for the 12th time in 14 games and fell to 1-8 in their last nine games at Target Field.
Chris Parmalee got fooled by a Glen Perkins' pickoff and was looking home when the ball flew by him. Trevor Plouffe got doubled off second on a line drive. Erik Komatsu, who had his first multi-hit game as a big-leaguer, also dropped a long flyball to left.
Remember the good old days, when Twins fans worried about beating the Yankees in the playoffs and Joe Mauer staying healthy? Neither rank among the team's top 20 concerns right now.
In fact, the Twins are 2-2 in Yankee Stadium this season and 5-16 everywhere else.
As I write about in my column for Tuesday's paper, the Twins' biggest concern is pitching; their current concern is hitting; and their biggest problem moving forward is a lack of good, young players.
Plouffe and Valencia don't look like winning big-leaguers. Parmalee still has much to prove. Dozier is promising but is not the kind of player who's going to lead a franchise from the wilderness. He's going to need a lot of help, and I don't know where the Twins are going to find it.
Go Lynx. Go Swarm.
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