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Twins back home for rematch of 1991 World Series

    The Twins are back at Target Field tonight, and while they will spend a couple of days reliving the past — with the Braves in town, it’s a natural opportunity to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their 1991 World Series championship over Atlanta — a lot of fans, executives, and players are looking ahead, too.

    Specifically, they’re anticipating the trade deadline, which is now less than six days away. Next Monday at 3 p.m. Central time, the Twins’ roster could look quite different, and that’s a reality that Paul Molitor no longer tries to obscure.

    “I’ve learned that, depending on the individual, most of your messages regarding that are somewhat hollow,” Molitor said. ”When you’re in our position, that kind of permeates our whole clubhouse, because we really don’t know how things might unfold. It might be minimal, or there might be multiple moves.”

    The notion of having to uproot your family and your life in midseason isn’t one that many players relish, but it’s unavoidable in this business. So rather than ask players to ignore rumors, which is nearly impossible in today’s social-media world, he tries to tell his players, “make it positive. … You’re putting on the Twins uniform every day — you’ve got to go out there an perform,” he said. “But I’m sure for some of the guys, the guys who are mentioned a little more frequently, it’s got to be on their mind to some degree.”

    The Braves are on Molitor’s mind, because this is the first time all season that the Twins have played a team with a worse record than their own. Atlanta is 33-66 and has lost five straight games; this two-game series, and two more in Turner Field in August, might play a role in determining which team picks first in the MLB draft next June.

    It’s also a chance to look back at that glorious 1991 postseason, when the Twins won Games 6 and 7 in the Metrodome to capture their second world championship. The Braves went on to win a championship in 1995, but neither team has had much luck in the 21st century. The Twins haven’t won a playoff series since 2002, while Atlanta’s last series win came in 2001, despite qualifying for the postseason seven times since.

    Here are the lineups for tonight’s game, the first of a six-game homestand:

BRAVES

 

Peterson LF

Beckham 2B

Freeman 1B

Markakis DH

Garcia 3B

Inciarte CF

Francoeur RF

Pierzynski C

Aybar SS

 

Harrell RHP

 

TWINS

 

Nunez SS

Mauer 1B

Sano 3B

Dozier 2B

Kepler RF

Vargas DH

Rosario LF

Suzuki C

Buxton CF

 

Santana RHP

Postgame: Twins lose to Red Sox but finish with a winning road trip

Just a few quick notes at the end of a road trip:

The Twins regret handing the Red Sox extra outs in the fifth inning, when they scored five runs and held on to win. But they still finished the road trip with a 4-3 record. ``You'd like to get greedy when you have a chance,'' Twins manager Paul Molitor said. ``We weren't able to do it.''

Max Kepler and Eddie Rosario had their moments in the series. Kepler tripled in back-to-back games here and hit .357 against Boston in the season series. Rosario was 4-for-4 on Saturday and reached base a fifth time when he was hit by a pitch.

With Trevor Plouffe not expect anytime soon because of a broken rib, Miguel Sano will continue to play at third. He spent the weekend talking about how bad he feels about making errors, but his actions need to back that up.

Rob Antony was on a plane to Detroit right after learning that Terry Ryan was fired and he was the interim GM. The official announcement was made to employees on Monday while he was out of town. So, on Monday, Antony is going to speak to the baseball department for the first time since stepping in for Ryan.

Since starting the season 11-34, the Twins have gone 26-27.