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Postgame: Thoughts on the Twins closer situation


Just one thought tonight, on the Glen Perkins situation:

You can read Thursday's notebook here, which details Perkins' back soreness

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In short: the Twins on Thursday night will leave on a three-city road trip that begins with stops at AL West-leading Houston and AL Central-leading Kansas City. It's quite possible Perkins won't join the team to start the trip.

We're hoping to chat with Perkins tomorrow. I'm guessing he's pretty frustrated right now because he hasn't been available for the most of the last two weeks. Kevin Jepsen has been a savior, but it's going to be a challenge for them to move forward without their closer. Can it be done? Certainly. The Twins have remodeled their bullpen on the fly during the second half of the season. They've added Jepsen and Neal Cotts and moved Trevor May into the bullpen. Throw in Casey Fien, who was on a roll until he gave up a home run on Tuesday, and the bullpen has the arms to protect late leads. The rotation comes into play here, because their starters can't run out of gas in the fifth inning down the stretch. They have to get deeper into games.

And Phil Hughes' recovery from his back problems is huge. A healthy and in-form Hughes is a significant development for the Twins as they chase after a wild card spot. Their chances hinge on their starter and closer getting over back problems. How did it come to this?

Sano says hamstring 'bad' but remains in lineup

Here are two things to watch out for as the Twins prepare to face White Sox lefthander Carlos Rondon , perhaps their top pitching prospect.

1. Miguel Sano's hamstring. Sano injured his hamstring during the last road trip, forcing him out of one of the games last weekend against Houston. The Twins told Sano to take it easy on the hammy, but then they grew concerned last night when they watched him run the bases rather gingerly. Is that his version of throttling back, of is it a sign of a bigger problem? Twins manager Paul Molitor planned to talk to Sano to make sure he can continue as the designated hitter.

UPDATE: When asked how his hamstring is, Sano replied, ``Bad.'' He actually had a MRI on it today as a precaution. But he's still in the lineup as of now, and said he's going to run the bases the same way he did last night - very carefully. Twins manager Paul Molitor adnmitted he's a little nervous sending the rookie out there. Don't blame him. But he can hit.

2. Glen Perkins' back. Perkins got the save last night but did give up a run. He seemed to move well, but could not get to first base in time to take a throw from Joe Mauer. Mauer tried to tag Adam Eaton but was late. We'll have to make sure Perkins is good to go as well.

UPDATE: Molitor said Perkins has not reported any problems with his back since returning to the bullpen. He did say a handful of his pitches last night weren't where they needed to be. Rust? We'll see.

The Twins media relations staff points out in today's notes that the Twins have batting .310 in their last five games against lefthanders. That's potentially a good sign for tonight. Eduardo Escobar is on a tear, batting .391 with eight doubles and four home runs over his last 12 games. That's potentially a good sign for Eddie the Stick.

Will post the lineups here after we meet with the manager.

Whoa, here come the lineups now. Sano, who has been named AL rookie of the month for August, is in there at the cleanup spot. So his hamstring is not an issue. Sano hit .278, blah, but hit seven doubles and nine home runs while driving in 26 runs over 27 games.

White Sox

White Sox

Tyler Saladina, SS
Melky Cabrera, LF
Jose Abreu, 1B
Avisail, Garcia, RF
Trayce Thompson, CF
Geovany Soto, DH
Carlos Sanchez, 2B
Tyler Flowers, C
Gordon Beckham, 3B

Carlos Rodnon, LHP

Twins

Brian Dozier, 2B
Joe Mauer,1B
Trevor Plouffe, 3B
Miguel Sano, DH
Torii Hunter, RF
Eddie Rosario, LF
Eduardo Escobar, SS
Kurt Suzuki, C
Byron Buxton, CF

Tommy Milone, LHP

Final, 9/2 R H E
Chicago White Sox 61-70 0 3 1
Minnesota 69-63 3 7 1

Today's Scoreboard

  • Miami

    Atlanta

     

    - F

    7

    3

  • Cincinnati

    Chicago Cubs

     

    - F

    7

    4

  • LA Angels

    Oakland

     

    - F

    9

    4

  • NY Yankees

    Boston

     

    - F

    13

    8

  • Tampa Bay

    Baltimore

     

    - F

    6

    7

  • Cleveland

    Toronto

     

    - F

    1

    5

  • Philadelphia

    NY Mets

     

    - F

    4

    9

  • Seattle

    Houston

     

    - F

    8

    3

  • Detroit

    Kansas City

     

    - F

    1

    12

  • Pittsburgh

    Milwaukee

     

    - F

    4

    9

  • Chicago White Sox

    Minnesota

     

    - F

    0

    3

  • Washington

    St. Louis

     

    - F

    4

    3

  • Arizona

    Colorado

     

    - F

    4

    9

  • San Francisco

    LA Dodgers

     

    - F

    1

    2

  • Texas

    San Diego

     

    - F

    4

    3

  • Washington

    Phoenix

     

    - F

    53

    73

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