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Game Thread: Twins @ Orioles, 8/30 @ 6:05pm CT

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:00 PM
Game-time forecast: Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Temperature near 80.   TWINS: SP, Gibson...
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Final Two Days of Waiver Trades (Deduno)

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:32 PM
It's August 30th today, and tomorrow, the 31st, is the final day for trades. Does anything think there's a possibility of anyone getting...
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Alex Meyer Pulled

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 06:54 PM
Meyer started the game and allowed a run in the first inning. He faced two batters in the second and was pulled (28 pitches). Does anyone...
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Final Bug Push - If You See One, Please Report It

Questions About MinnCentric Today, 05:29 PM
I'm trying to finish up the final wave of bugs over the weekend. If you see something that isn't working right, please report it here. I...
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Article: Twins Minor League Report (8/29): Rochester Rema...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 05:28 PM
Trevor May was cruising for the Twins early in Baltimore tonight, as he had struck outfive through the first three scoreless innings. But...
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Proving Grounds

Attached Image: lirianosmile.jpg This week's series against the first-place White Sox will serve as a tough test for this Twins team. They've rebounded after a lousy start to go 13-10 over their last 23 games, remaining on the periphery of an AL Central race that no club seems poised to run away with. In three days, the Twins could conceivably be within 5.5 games of first place. They could also find themselves out of it by double digits.

Perhaps no one will be under a bigger microscope in this crucial showdown than Francisco Liriano.[PRBREAK][/PRBREAK] He's been great since returning to the rotation at the end of May, posting a 2.67 ERA and 35-to-12 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 30 1/3 innings while allowing only one home run, but his opponents in those five starts have been the Athletics, Royals, Cubs, Brewers and Pirates. Those teams rank 28th, 19th, 25th, 10th and 29th in the majors in OPS, respectively.

Liriano has been feasting on weak competition, for the most part, and on Monday he'll be matching up against a first-place team with a starter in Jake Peavy who has been flat-out excellent all year.

It would be a stretch to say the Twins are even on the fringes of contention at this point, but they're not out of it. Climbing back into the mix would require a continued transformation from the rotation, and Liriano will need to be one of the guys leading that charge.

Both he and the team will have a chance to make a statement at Target Field on Monday night.


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