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Twins 2, Rays 0: A real team effort on the mound (simulated)

A bummer for Big Mike though

Cleveland Indians v Minnesota Twins Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

Today’s lineups:

MIN: Ehire Adrianza 3B, Jorge Polanco SS, Mitch Garver C, Miguel Sano 1B, Eddie Rosario LF, Nelson Cruz DH, Max Kepler CF, Marwin Gonzalez RF, Luis Arraez 2B, Michael Pineda P

TBR: Kevin Kiermaier CF, Manual Margot DH, Austin Meadows LF, Yoshitomo Tsutsugo RF, Brandon Lows 2B, Yandy Diaz 3B, Ji-man Choi 1B, Willy Adames SS, Mike Zunino C, Anthony Banda P


In his first MLB outing of the season, Michael Pineda didn’t pitch long—but he set an effective tone for the team. Unfortunately, he was injured in the second inning. Seven Twins pitchers combined for the shutout, with Matt Wisler getting a decent chunk of the work (3.1 IP) while Zack Littell gets the pitcher win.

All of the scoring in the game can be summed up in two words: Miguel Sano. After a couple cold games, the Twins big first baseman had a good one. His two hits for the game game in the seventh and eighth innings. He led off the seventh, and captured the lead for his squad, with a bomba. In the eighth, he came up to bat with Ehire Adrianza on third. Sano’s single brought in the second run of the game.

Notes

  • Heavy bullpen use the last couple days mean we need some fresh arms. Zack Littell is the guy with options, so down he goes. Devin Smeltzer gets his roster spot.
  • Michael Pineda was injured while pitching, and suffered forearm inflammation that will keep him our for 3-4 months. He’s headed right back to the IL. Sean Poppen comes back to Minnesota.
  • Smeltzer will get the first crack at the now-open rotation spot. Poppen goes to the bullpen.
  • The Twins put an end to a 22-game hitting streak from Tampa’s Austin Meadows.

STUDS:

Miguel Sano: 2-4, 2 RBI, HR
Mitch Garver: 3-4
Max Kepler: 2-3, double

DUDS:

No Duds, Twins (finally) win!

Tomorrow: The Angels come to town. First pitch 7:10 pm (look for a recap around 11 pm)

Standings:
MIN 35-27 —
CHW 34-28 1
CLE 34-29 1 1/2
DET 30-31 4 1/2
KCR 21-41 14