Duensing's brief start turns into a long day for Twins

  • Article by: LA VELLE E. NEAL III , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 25, 2012 - 9:59 PM

Brian Duensing was the latest starter to get shelled as the Twins fell to 1-8 on their 10-game road trip.

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Douglind33Aug. 25, 12 9:10 PM

Assuming the Twins will lose 100 games, other recent 100-loss teams: 2001 Tampa and PITT lost 100; 2002 TB, MILW and DET lost 106, KC lost 100; 2003 DET lost a spectacular 119; 2004 ARI lost 111, KC lost 104; 2005 KC lost 106; 2006 TB lost 101, KC 100; 2008 WAS lost 102, SEAL 101; 2009 WAS lost 103; 2010 PITT lost 105, SEA 101; 2011 HOU lost 106. Looks like MIN will join this elite group in 2012.

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razzlerAug. 25, 12 9:28 PM

this team, this manager and his staff, and this organization are an embarrassment to major league baseball....

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mav132Aug. 25, 1210:22 PM

Twins performance is so discouraging, with no answers in sight. They seem to have lost their way and lost hope. So many things need to change.

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gunflint55Aug. 25, 1210:24 PM

Duensing battled, what the hey, guys?

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mickeymentalAug. 25, 1210:38 PM

maybe nick punto is available.

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bluemaxAug. 25, 1210:58 PM

Hey Jim Polad - I hope you read this. The philosophy of pitching to contact implies that the pitcher let the hitter hit the ball. That is what batting practice pitchers do. It would sure be nice if we had starting pitching that could throw harder than 90 MPH. I'll take a strikeout over a "ball in play" any day of the week. lets get some guys who throw hard and throw strikes. Perhaps you need to follow the Nolan Ryan game plan in Texas. Plain and simple - you win with pitching!

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frb1963Aug. 25, 1211:06 PM

I am lost for words, literally freaking lost.....

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cfgfsmAug. 25, 1211:28 PM

Gardy said Duensing was better as a starter than out of the bullpen. Very astute judgement of talent.

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time2haikuAug. 26, 1212:57 AM

As a Twins fan who finally voted with my feet and walked over to the Rangers side of MLB at the beginning of this season, I have new insight on the Twins mess. The Twins have a very low set of standards -- their Kool Aid about "quality starts" is laughable. Nolan Ryan expects his starters to win, to pitch to win, to pitch as long as it takes to win. He would not be impressed with 6 innings and giving up 2 runs. The Twins have no leadership among the players. I've ranted as much as anybody in the past about Gardy and his staff but a team also needs a clubhouse leader(s). It can be a quiet leader like Michael Young. It can be an obnoxious leader like AJ. It can be a sweathog hustling leader like Youk. It can be a chip on the shoulder leader like Inge or Reddick of the A's. The two Twins who are the most logical ones to be leaders would make a librarian seem like a rabble rouser. And deserved or not deserved, their poor record at going our and playing every day despite injuries doesn't help either. And of course there's the manager, coaches, scouts etc. etc. Well, the Pohlads could do worse than hire all the MLB jetsom and flotsom of these past two seasons: Francona, Hatcher, McClure.... Better yet, rather than spend money on big name or even middling name free agents, how about dangling megabucks in front of most of Billy Beane's scouts and minor league coaches???

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filidogAug. 26, 12 3:59 AM

Yea, there is no glimpse of hope. This team has laid down and died. Cuddyer and Kubel and Nathan moved on for a reason, they all saw this coming. This is going to be a lousey team for many years to come. It kind of started when the Twins let Crain, Guereer and Hudson go. I'm done taking shots at Gardy too. Looks like he will keep his job no matter how bad his team does. He has lost his players, and the Twins management are not smart enough to see it. Its become laughable to watch, from the manager, to the coaches, to the players.

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