Unheralded players help Twins cap sweep of Padres

  • Article by: LA VELLE E. NEAL III , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 20, 2011 - 12:08 AM

Backups, along with prospects who began the season in the minors, are enjoying time in the spotlight for heroics that have altered the Twins' fortunes.

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chucktellJun. 19, 11 3:56 PM

thanks for bunting gardy!

JIMGAVIGSJun. 19, 11 4:00 PM

Nice little comeback win for the Twins, but this guy they brought up to give Butera and Rivera an occasional day off doesn't look like he's very good. Is there anybody else available?

roverjjjJun. 19, 11 4:00 PM

Nice! Since this team came away from AZ after getting swept, they have really plugged in and found some pitching, better fielding and timely hitting. Still would like to see more out of Mauer but with everyone contributing as they are this team is getting deep. .500 by the break??? Let's go!

einkleinJun. 19, 11 4:10 PM

Something tells me that San Francisco will put up a little more of a challenge than the Padres did..

radarskiJun. 19, 11 4:12 PM

Joe Mauer's 9 for 45 in 2011. The 23 million dollar man is hitting a crisp .200 with one double, three runs scored and zero home runs. Way to go Joe! That DH'ing must be exhausting.

AllenJL84Jun. 19, 11 4:17 PM

Anyone complaining about Mauer after only 45 at bats this season should be banned from ever having their opinion posted on the internet, in a newspaper editorial, or expressed verbally to other human beings.

jbiowaJun. 19, 11 4:17 PM

This has been fun. Now we'll see what they can do against the WS champs. At least it feels like the Twins are taking in a starting pitching staff that is on the right track. Will be interesting to see how they match up against SF.

ryantonJun. 19, 11 4:17 PM

Good win. The Twins are getting the timely hits that were missing before June. Only 7.5 games back this point in time. Too bad Liriano didn't get a win because Perkins failed to cover 1st base on time...this time, the Twins were able to overcome it. Butera came through for them. It's a team sport so everyone needs to do their parts!

unicorn4711Jun. 19, 11 4:20 PM

They needed the home sweep of a not-so-great team. Check. Now win the series against SF. I'd love to see them at .500 by the Forth. If that happens, it's a whole new season with the Twins being mostly fresh and rested and ready to role.

djbod2Jun. 19, 11 4:20 PM

Great job! One thing I am concerned about--the regulars still suck! Mauer isn't doing anything so far and neither is Nishi. These guys HAVE to come around if we want to have a chance. There's only so many times Butera and Tolbert can bail you out.


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