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Game Thread: Tigers vs Twins 7:10

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:12 PM
Tonight's game features a matchup between 25 year old LHP Matt Boyd and 25 year old RHP Tyler Duffey. Here are lineups: Tigers Matt Boyd...
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Article: Twins Minor League Report (8/23): Wheeler Domina...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 07:07 PM
It was a low-scoring night throughout the system Tuesday, but that means there were several good pitching performances for the Twins affi...
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Article: For The Love Of Joe

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:57 PM
There is no doubt in any Twins fan’s mind that Rod Carew is one of, if not the greatest players in team history. He is beloved by Twins f...
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Article: Dozier's Not Jerking Around

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:27 PM
Baseball has a long season. Players show up in early spring and play well into the fall with few days off in-between. How many players ca...
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Article: Byungho Park To Have Season-Ending Wrist Surgery

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 06:16 PM
Paul Molitor told assembled reporters at Target Field before Wednesday night's game that 1B/DH Byungho Park will have season-ending wrist...
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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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