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Split Squads Split Games: Twins beat Rays 5-3, lose to Red Sox 8-3

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I don't know about you, but I spent most of my time watching the Red Sox game on NESN (because my family spends the big bucks for TV, I guess). It turned out being the worse game that the Twins played, but who cares? It's still baseball.

Starting with the Rays game, the Twins took the lead early on a Trevor Plouffe RBI single in the top of the 3rd, only to see the Rays tie the score with an RBI single of their own from Matt Joyce off of Scott Diamond. The Rays then took the lead in the bottom of the fourth when Jeff Salazar hit a solo home run off the Twins' Luis Perdomo.

The Twins would respond with a home run of their own, but of the two-run variety from September hero Chris Parmelee to take another one-run lead. The Rays would tie the game again in the bottom of the seventh, but Team J.R. Towles in The Battle for Squatter's Rights hit a two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning to put the Twins ahead for good.

In the Red Sox game, the score remained close until the seventh inning. Knotted at 2-2, the Red Sox drew four consecutive walks off of Twins reliever Jason Bulger before 1B Lars Anderson drove a curveball over the right field fence for a grand slam.

Tomorrow night at 6:05 pm CT, the Twins play the Red Sox again on FSN +. If you're feeling adventurous, come to the Wild Boar in Hopkins.

The Battle For Squatter's Rights, a.k.a. The Third Catcher's Race (Players are in order of winning, in my opinion)

J.R. Towles - Game-winning 2-run homer in the top of the 9th inning in relief of Drew Butera

Drew Butera - Went 0-3, started the game against the Rays

Today's Dark Horse, Rene Rivera - Went 1-2, started the game against the Red Sox

Studs

Chris Parmelee & J.R. Towles (2-run HR each), Alexi Casilla (3 for 5), Trevor Plouffe (2 for 3), Ben Revere (2 for 4, 2 RBI)

Duds

Jason Bulger (1/3 IP, 5 ER, 4 BB)