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

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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