So...how much offense will the Twins generate today?
Can Eddie Rosario and Eduardo Escobar continue to carry the offense?
Will the Twins continue to help the skeletal remains of Ian Kinsler come back to life?
These questions, and others, will be answered this afternoon at Target Field, where the Twins will try to avoid being swept at home by the Angels. The Twins have been swept three times this season, but not at home yet. That could change as the sputtering Twins offense tries to figure out Angels righthander Nick Tropeano.
"We’ll have a winning homestand if we win today, I think," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "We want to finish it on a good note heading into the off day with a little better feeling. I think you go out there, guys know we can’t seem to get a consistent run going. We play well at times, we compete. Sometimes, it’s offensive. Sometimes it’s how we perform late in games. There’s a lot of factors."
Brian Dozier is getting the day off. Robbie Grossman is batting leadoff. Jake Cave is in center field. The struggling Logan Morrison and Miguel Sano from the heart of a punchless offense that is one of the least effective in baseball.
But Fernando Romero is on the mound for the Twins. If he can be the stopper today, the Twins will head into the offday in a better frame of mind.
Both Joe Mauer and Byron Buxton were on the field before the game as they work their way back from ailments. Both ran the bases, which is a good sign. Mauer took grounders at first and took early batting practice.
"(Buxton) did some tee and some flip drills yesterday," Molitor said. "I think he was excited to do that. I think he was pleased with how it went. Not a great gauge for us as far as where we are at. We will probably do a little bit more of the same. Obviously, we have got Joe out there today doing a little more work. We will probably have another discussion with him today on what the next step should be."
Mauer has had a few good days without concussion symptoms. Stay tuned.
Ian Kinsler, 2B
Mike Trout, CF
Justin Upton, LF
Luis Valbuena, 3B
Zack Cozart, SS
Jose Fernandez, 1B
Martin Maldonado, C
Chris Young, RF
Nick Tropeano, RHP
Robbie Grossman, DH
Eddie Rosario, LF
Eduardo Escobar, 2B
Migue Sano, 3B
Max Kepler, RF
Mitch Garver, C
Jake Cave, CF
Ehire Adrianza, SS
Fernando Romero, RHP