Twins' Willingham wins one duel, but falls short in late rally

  • Article by: PHIL MILLER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 26, 2013 - 12:26 PM

His seventh-inning homer cut Texas’ lead in half, but a bases-loaded, double-play smash one inning later was costly.

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biscuitApr. 25, 1310:35 PM

Poor at bats, defensive swings, & no clutch hitting: once again. There is a pattern here folks. That rookie pitcher ain't that good. There are some guys on this team who should be doing more at the plate than they are; I'm talking veterans with a history of good hitting who are looking pathetic right now.

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fdrebinApr. 25, 1311:00 PM

Shoulda moved Morneau last year when he was worth something. he just doesn't have it anymore.

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BallFourApr. 25, 1311:21 PM

If Vavra were still hitting coach, we know what we'd be seeing here.

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BCanniffApr. 25, 1311:39 PM

Watching former Twins Nathan and Perzinski celebrate sums up the Twins problem of not keeping their veteran players.

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kgk2Apr. 26, 1312:35 AM

This team is just so unlucky, always run into the hot pitcher and if not that they are the only team that hits balls right at the defense. Hopefully soon the breaks will start going their way.

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lostinmplsApr. 26, 13 1:15 AM

Gardy said it best for him and his ball club..we had our chance..Gardy has had 10 plus years of chances...like a relative who we love but comes and visits...and stays too long...they wear out their welcome...Gardy its time to load up that RV of yours and hit the road....

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dankind61Apr. 26, 13 5:07 AM

We came up short. Yes,there pitcher was that good. There staff from top to bottom is very solid. I took away a few positives. We were in this one to the end again. Twins defense looked solid. Dozier looks great! I believe we will see Escobar at short very soon. The Twins could have been totally blown out. The Twins pitched out of it a few times. This game could have gone either way. So to the negativity i say? Go Twins!

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comment229Apr. 26, 13 5:52 AM

There is nothing unlucky about this team. Simply, I am going to refuse to watch again, until I see the box score, and Hicks is not in it. You need runs? but still play this guy? Hey, how's Tori Hunter doing? How's Span doing? How's Revere doing? Get the message? It's a terrible shame that the starting pitching, alleged to the be our biggest problem, has been more than acceptable and the rest of the team has disappeared and/or disappointed.

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sportcity444Apr. 26, 13 6:48 AM

Leadership. Character. This team doesn't have either one of them. Guys like Kirby are one of a kind obviously, but remember guys like Torii, Cuddy, even Mike Redmond? When players step up, it gives the rest of the team a sense of accountability. There is nobody in this locker room willing to step up and "speak" for this team and wear his heart on his sleeve. Mauer's a naturally shy guy, Morneau's turned into your grumpy Canadian uncle, and nobody else has been around long enough to speak up. This team needs some 'goofballs'. Until someone fills that role we'll see a lot more games like this.

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wndwmkrApr. 26, 13 7:11 AM

When you field a team with only one person hitting .300 or better and everyone else in the lineup hitting way below .250 for the year to date do you really expect a team to play better than .500 ball?

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