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Game 120: Rangers at Twins

We’re here again: a weird must-win game

MLB: Kansas City Royals at Minnesota Twins
The Twins need to give Sonny Gray some run support early on Monday night.
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First Pitch: 6:10 PM
TV: Bally Sports North
Radio: TIBN,
Know Thine Enemy: Lone Star Ball

Following Monday night’s Twins-Rangers tilt from Target Field, there will still be 41 games left in the regular season. Coming into the season finale, the Twins remain only 1.5 games behind the AL Central-leading Cleveland Guardians.

Given that information, Monday’s game can’t be a “must win”, can it?

Well, technically, it isn’t. But it certainly feels like it, following a one-two punch of miserable losses over the weekend. The Twins have scored a grand total of four runs over three games in the series. Despite generally receiving strong starting pitching, the bullpen hasn’t been perfect enough and imploded in Sunday’s blowout loss.

The Twins need Sonny Gray to show up in a big way on Monday, and they need to jump all over Rangers starter Cole Ragans early.

Enjoy Monday night baseball, and here’s to a series split!

Today's Lineups

Marcus Semien - 2B Luis Arraez - 2B
Corey Seager - SS Carlos Correa - SS
Nathaniel Lowe - 1B Byron Buxton - CF
Adolis Garcia - RF Jose Miranda - 1B
Jonah Heim - C Max Kepler - RF
Leody Taveras - CF Gio Urshela - 3B
Kole Calhoun - LF Nick Gordon - LF
Brad Miller - DH Tim Beckham - DH
Ezequiel Duran - 3B Sandy Leon - C
Cole Ragans - LHP Sonny Gray - RHP