As I write this, Glen Perkins has just found his way through the top of the ninth to lock up the his league-leading 19th save. The Minnesota Twins have come back to take game three of the set with the Blue Jays, meaning they've won five series in a row and eight of their last nine overall.
At 11 games over .500 (and yes, that's true, go ahead and check), right now the Twins have an opportunity to end the day with the best record in the American League. Go cheer for the Cubs in extra innings versus the Royals. Somebody you know has WGN or MLB.tv or something - go. GO NOW.
Our Twins had a few different stars tonight. Ricky Nolasco exited early with an ankle issue, but he's day-to-day and I'd be surprised if he's not available for his start on Friday. J.R. Graham pitched three innings and, at times, looked untouchable. Tim Stauffer gave up five hits and a homer in two and a third, but at this point I really question his place on the roster. We can talk more about that later.
Joe Mauer drove in a pair of runs today. Trevor Plouffe's two-run homer, his eighth bomb of 2015, tied the game at four. But even after Stauffer gave up that solo shot to Josh Donaldson to give Toronto another lead, the Twins are playing such good baseball right now that it's hard to feel like they're ever out of a game.
Minutes later, Torii Hunter's two-run double put Minnesota back in front. Blaine Boyer and the aforementioned Perkins locked it up. And Jose Bautista did not homer in this series. That may be the biggest achievement of all.
But right now, the Twins are breathing down Kansas City's neck. Minnesota could go into June with not just a lead in the American League Central Division, but with the best record in the American League.
The best. Record. In. The. American. League. LET'S SEE IF IT HAPPENS.
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COMMENT OF THE GAME THREAD
less cowbell, more 'neau: "Bert jinxed it with his stupid HR call."