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Postgame: Rallying from defeat, Miguel Sano on the bases, Terry Ryan at the deadline

Here are three quick thoughts following the Twins loss to Pittsburgh:
 

NO SIGNS OF PANIC: These Twins have been good about shaking off losses. Now they have lost four straight - at home. They are 3-8 since the All-Star break. Their pitchers are struggling to put hitters away when ahead in the count. Eddie Rosario was awful in the field today, and Miguel Sano was awful on the bases. They have a lot to bounce back from. "I'm not seeing a lot of pressing,'' Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "Each day we have been able to come out. The games have gotten off to a decent start for the most part and have been deteriorating late. So we're going to talk about that individually or maybe as a group about how we're handling the situations we're in.''

SANO ON THE BASEPATHS: The Twins' slugger had two RBI hits on Wednesday - and was thrown out each time trying to be greedy. Those were outs the Twins could have used. I found one other time he was thrown out in a similar situation earlier this month. Molitor admitted it is time for a talk. "When the run is insignificant you have to downshift your game and understand that you're not that significant to the outcome unless we put something else together,'' Molitor said.

RYAN WATCH: Twins General Manager Terry Ryan has his top scouts in town so they can discuss trade proposals prior to Friday's non-waiver trade deadline. The Twins definitely are looking for bullpen help and could also look for help at other positions. While he talked about the depth he has on the major league roster - compared to recent seasons - he also expressed how he would like to provide Molitor with more talent. "As you go through it. Are you going to be able to get there with what you got?'' Ryan said. "I could say we could, but I also would say that it would be nice if we could supplement this thing.'' I know the Twins have showed interest in Braves reliever Jim Johnson, and I'm pretty sure they have asked about the Padres relievers, starting with Joaquin Benoit. If they really want a reliever, they should be able to make a deal. But I'm not expecting any blockbusters. 

Plouffe on paternity leave as Twins take on Pirates

Players can be away on paternity leave for up to three days, but it's not clear how long Trevor Plouffe will be away as he joins his wife, Olivia, for the birth of their first child.

Labor was supposed to be induced this morning, that's all we know.

Until Plouffe returns, Twins manager Paul Molitor will mix and match at third base. Miguel Sano could get some time there, as he's recovered from his ankle injury enough to play there. But Eduardo Nunez gets first crack at the hot corner today..

Jorge Polanco is here and available. Molitor said Polanco still struggles in the field at times. Polanco can hit a little bit, which the Twins will welcome with open arms right now. Polanco doesn't have to be the one to return to the minors once Plouffe returns. Anyone can go, so if the Twins want to keep Polanco around they can send Danny Santana to Rochester to play every day and see if he can get on a roll.

Ervin Santana has dazzled at times since joining the Twins, but his one start at Target Field was a clunker, as he gave up six runs over four innings on July 10 against the Tigers. The Twins could use another dazzling outing from Santana.

Pirates

Gregory Polanco, RF
Starling Marte, LF
Andrew McCutchen, CF
Aramis Ramirez, 3B
Jung Ho Kang, SS
Neil Walker, 2B
Pedro Alvarez, DH
Francisco Cervelli, C
Travis Ishikawa, 1B

Francisco Liriano, LHP

Twins

Brian Dozier,  2B
Aaron Hicks, CF
Joe Mauer, 1B
Miguel Sano, DH
Eddie Rosario, RF
Eduardo Nunez, 3B
Eduardo Escobar, SS
Kurt Suzuki, C
Shane Robinson, LF

Ervin Santana, RHP

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