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Other Baseball Today, 10:45 AM
The Twins played their first spring training game Friday, but baseball-starved Minnesotans didn't have to make the 1,700-mile trek to For...
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The OTHER Twins milb prospects you are watching

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 10:31 AM
The earth always seems to spin a little more true, wobble just a bit less, when baseball is being played. (*I have no actual proof of thi...
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Berardino: Cuddyer making impact in first camp

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:25 AM
http://www.twincitie...ins-instructor/   In this Mike Berardino article, he writes that Michael Cuddyer is already making an impact...
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Bollinger: Chargois working with Perkins on slider

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:25 AM
http://m.twins.mlb.c...grip-of-slider/   Rhett Bollinger wrote that JT Chargois is working on his slider grip with Glen Perkins and...
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Reusse makes case for Danny Santana at shortstop

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:23 AM
http://www.startribu...stop/414561533/   Patrick Reusse wrote an article making a case for Danny Santana to compete for the shortsto...
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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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