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Thursday morning breakfast & baseball: Joe Mauer, Glen Perkins, Eddie Rosario, Wild Card

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Happy Thursday, Twins fans. Let's get you started off on the right foot.

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Losing two of three to the Tigers isn't how we wanted the early-week series to go. Let's talk about a couple of other things not explicitly about the Twins losing.

  • Joe Mauer's on-base streak has reached 36 games, having gone 4-for-12 versus Detroit with three walks. He's hitting .285/.380/.394 during that streak, which is still pretty far off of what Mauer was at his best - but it's still better than we've seen for most of 2015. He's also walked and struck out 12 times in September, which is much more Mauer-esque.
  • Glen Perkins threw a bullpen session yesterday, and all signs indicate he should be ready to go by Friday. That's great news for a bullpen that could have used his stuff and tenacity last night. Patching together a string of Neal Cotts, Kevin Jepsen, and Perkins at the end of the game looks better than what Minnesota has had most of the season.
  • Eddie Rosario has double-digit totals in home runs, doubles, triples, stolen bases, and outfield assists. It's been an impressive season for Rosario, who has shown a penchant for the big hit and the ability to make the big play. In 107 games, Rosario has 17 doubles, a league-leading 12 triples, ten home runs, ten stolen bases, and 15 outfield assists (second in baseball, behind only Avisail Garcia).
  • The Astros also lost on Wednesday, meaning the Twins stay 1.5 games back of the second Wild Card spot. Houston now trails Texas by 1.5 games for the AL West lead. The Angels remain two games behind the Twins.
That's all for now. We'll see you back here a bit later for more baseball stuff.