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Vargas, Royals Blank Twins, 5-0

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The Twins bats cooled down and Ricky Nolasco struggled again.

Ed Zurga

Just prior to game time, news leaked that Jason Bartlett had informed the Twins he was retiring.  It's doubtful that his alleged "clubhouse chemistry" skills would have made much of a difference on Friday night, though, as Jason Vargas handcuffed the Twins for seven scoreless innings in a 5-0 shutout.

The only real threat the Twins offense was able to mount was back-to-back 2-out singles by Twins legends Joe Mauer and Chris Colabello in the first.  Trevor Plouffe flied out to end the inning, and the Twins bats were subsequently as silent as the preseason previews said they would be.

Ricky Nolasco was unable to build on the positivity of his last start, getting knocked around for 5 earned and 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings.  But he didn't walk anyone, so yay?  He's now 1-2 with a 6.08 ERA on the season.

And that was really about it.  The Twins are still .500, and the weather's gonna be nice this weekend.  I'm not gonna let this bring me down, and I'm not gonna let it bring you down either.

ROBOT ROLLCALL

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