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  1. Nothing Will Keep Us Together - Twins versus Royals (Games 102-104)

    The Way the Ball Bounces (Twins 2 Royals 7 Game 102)

    With the trade talk making the Minnesota Twins look like the garage sale everybody drives past, baseball kept being baseball. The game sounded great in my car, with the window down, and a few hints of fall in the breeze.

    Provus described a routine foul ball and it reminded me how elegant but complicated the game is. The ball goes in the air, affected by the way it was thrown, the way it was hit, and the atmospheric ...
  2. Loss Leaders (Twins at Rays - Games 85-88)

    Lots of Hits, No Crossovers (Twins 4 Rays 7 - Game 85)

    Crossed through the radio broadcast of the game like going over the same creek, again and again, driving down a country highway. Things were peaceful enough until I crossed paths with the game one more time to find the Twins down three runs. As I listened, a fourth Rays run crossed the plate.

    There was still hope when I got home. Aaron Hicks got his fourth hit of the game and then scored a run. I got home and hurried ...
  3. Game 3 - Spoon-Dug Tunnels.

    As Twins broadcast signs off and repeats the 8-2 score, my thoughts turn to a Minnesota Twins playoff run.

    Don't blame me. I tried to smother them in cynicism and reality.

    The Twins just have to win games ugly and scrappy for this first third of the season. It's going to take cold weather, weird heroes, and relentless scrappiness.

    In that time, they sort out their pitching staff. If they can come up with 3 above-average pitchers and then they can grind out ...
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