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Twins, Slowey Lose Yet Again; Mauer, Nishioka Likely Done for Season, Kubel Re-Injured

"My sadness keeps me company.  My sadness and my books."
"My sadness keeps me company. My sadness and my books."

Another game, another short start, another couple of hurt dudes for the Minnesota Twins. Kevin Slowey lasted just four innings, giving up five runs thanks to a cocktail of pitches out over the plate and shaky fielding; meanwhile, Joe Mauer is probably done for the year with a case of pneumonia, Tsuyoshi Nishioka is done with an oblique strain, and Jason Kubel left the game with a sore foot. (Danny Valencia was also a late scratch with the flu, but hey, Francisco Liriano was activated!)

Thanks to a couple Cleveland errors, the Twins offense wasn't quite as futile as it's been. A drop by Grady Sizemore on a Rene Tosoni liner allowed the first two Twins runs to score, and a throwing error by Tony Sipp on a throw to first led to Minnesota's fourth run of the game. They even made it interesting in the ninth; trailing 7-4, they stung a few balls off Cleveland closer Chris Perez and narrowed the gap to 7-6 before Perez struck Tosoni out to end it. That's a 6-game losing streak for Minnesota, and 11 of 12 overall.

Studs: Joe Benson (a single, two doubles, a triple and a mullet; I believe this is the Kelly Gruber Cycle); Jim Thome with his 603rd home run, this one off of Joe Nathan; and what the hell, Kyle Waldrop (should've had two solid innings of relief, but another wild Plouffe throw on a routine double play extended the inning and led to Phil Dumatrait and Cleveland's sixth run).

Duds: Slowey, Plouffe, Ben Revere doing god knows what in the outfield besides letting Thome score on him, whoever cleans and disinfects the Twins clubhouse.