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Rays 3, Twins 1: Park looks good, but Twins fall in first spring training game

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Byungho Park had two hits against two fast pitches, which was the most encouraging part of the game for the Twins.

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We were deprived of a Park Bang by the stupid umpires, apparently.
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The first Twins baseball game of 2017 is in the books, and shocker, it was a loss for our boys. Before you freak out or something, though, keep in mind it’s a long season and it technically hasn’t even started yet.

The recently DFAed Byungho Park was probably the biggest bright spot for the Twins. Park went 2-for-2 with a single (a “Park Bing”) and a double (a “Park Bong”), although sources who were watching the game say the double was actually a miscalled home run (a “PARK BANG!”). Both hits came off fastballs, which made them even better.

Park and non-roster invitee Matt Hague were the only Twins with multiple hits in the game, both with two.

As for the Twins’ other three hits? They came on a double by Byron Buxton, a double by Twins 2016 minor league player of the year Zach Granite, and a single by non-roster invitee Benji Gonzalez. Gonzalez also drove in the only run for the Twins in the game with a groundout in the 9th inning.

As for low-lights? Jorge Polanco made a throwing error with a ball in the dirt to first base. That’s troubling.

No matter, however. It’s just spring training, and doggonit, baseball is back. Sort of.

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