Twins offense comes alive; Mauer likely to catch

  • Article by: LA VELLE E. NEAL III , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 8, 2011 - 6:42 AM

The Twins' dead-bat era ended in the third inning as they erupted for four runs and avoided being swept in the four-game series.

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gominnySep. 7, 1110:01 PM

The stars must have been aligned tonight! Unbelievable! Now let's put a run together, sweep the Tigers next, and get enough victories to gain confidence for next year! Go Twins!!!

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jobjobjobSep. 7, 1110:11 PM

calm down everyone - this is a winning streak!

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kirby96Sep. 7, 1110:23 PM

"Twins Offense Finally Comes Alive". FIVE RUNS is 'coming alive'? BWAA-HA-HA! Good one Strib! HAR, HAR, HAR...

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danbann5Sep. 7, 1110:47 PM

Twinkies are 3-7 in the last ten. They win one of of four with th White Sox nd a couple, maybe three of their September call-ups have good nights. The way he broadcasters and print media are around here tonight, you'd think the team had just clinched the pennant. I'm not from here, just living here out of necessity for a short time (I hope). But honestly, you locals gt treated like you're five years old by the media who cover your teams. There's some kind of silver lining in almost every situation. So, your media find and focus exclusively on whatever sliver that isn't negative and completely leave out any discussion of team weaknesses, the fact that they're in last place, etc. Our rookies play well for a couple games. Ben Revere makes a really good catch (last week), so let's focus on those events exclusively. Then you've got some real local treasures, such as the first poster here tonight, one "gominny"...Sure, let's sweep the Tigers as he says....How foolish. Too many of you drink the kool aid here and that's why your teams are perpetually middle of the pack at best. Really locals, it's OK to be a little critical, it really is.

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das14Sep. 7, 1111:01 PM

@danbann5 do you know when the next bobble night is?

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siafoiSep. 7, 1111:11 PM

danbann5 is exactly right. The media--particularly FSN--constantly focus on the "silver linings", no matter how small they are. It's actually quite hilarious and really ridiculous when you think about it.

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lh_3310Sep. 7, 1111:11 PM

danbann5 is right sadly. Fans and media alike on the East Coast wouldn't stand for the garbage we are being subjected to. Yet the local media plays nice and is never too overly critical and fans don't really ever boo the home team despite them roundly deserving it. Minnesota nice is never, NEVER going to win us a World Series people. And before you reference '87 and '91 let me remind you that baseball is drastically different today than it was then. Monster payroll teams laden with perennial all-stars have forced you to either adapt or be left in the dust. Seems the Twins, the local media and many fans are content being left in the dust.

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vikes0115Sep. 7, 1111:55 PM

"Infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka missed a fourth consecutive game because of a sore oblique but should play in Detroit." - No he shouldn't. We've seen what Nishioka can do for many months now. Not only has he not done anything to win the job, he hasn't really shown an sign that he has the tools to even have a chance to be a starting shortstop. Look up Larry Bowa's impression of him that was on this site last week. The season is lost, so at least do something to help the team in the future. Play the young kids at short and see who might have a chance to make a positive contribution next year.

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hugelatsSep. 7, 1111:58 PM

5 runs and no dongs is "the offense coming alive?" As Coach Grob used to say "JESUS CHRISTMAS!!!"

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vikes0115Sep. 8, 1112:00 AM

Its a shame the offense couldn't have scored these runs last night. Hendriks wasn't lights out, but he pitched better in his major league debut than the veteran Pavano did tonight. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad for the win, but it would have been nice for Hendriks to have gotten the win last night. He still has a lot to learn and should get better, but it was great to finally see a Twins starter go long enough and pitch well enough to qualify for a quality start.

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