The Twins would like to add a pitcher with shut-down stuff who's not afraid of late-game situations. And as the trade deadline approaches, that could hardly be illustrated better than at last week's All-Star Game.
The Twins threatened to run away with the AL Central before hitting a 9-10 stretch right before the All-Star break that allowed Cleveland to chop Minnesota's lead to 5 1/2 games. Tonight is the first of 13 remaining games between the teams.
Four teams are currently tracking toward exceeding baseball's single-season record of 267, set only last year by the Yankees, and the Twins, incredibly still on a 300-homer pace at midseason, lead the pack.