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Playoff Roster Loophole

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:36 PM
I'm seeing some misinformation in some of the forums, especially as it relates to Berrios and having him eligible for a possible playoff...
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25 man roster with ESantana

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:33 PM
I know playoffs are limited to 25 players on a roster for a series and with injuries and such you can have someone brought up after Septe...
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Toronto vs New York

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:33 PM
It's really starting to shape up like both the Blue Jays and the Yankees are going to end up in the post season, the question is which wi...
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Seattle fires Jack Zduriencik

Other Baseball Today, 12:24 PM
Another GM bites the dust. Quite the fall from the heady "#6 org" days. The asst GM he brought with him didnt even last this long...Blen...
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Article: Potential September Call Ups: Non-Roster Players

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:20 PM
Here we are, the final day of August, and the Minnesota Twins are still in contention for a playoff spot. They will enter September four...
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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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