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Minnesota Twins Lock up Last in American League with Loss

October 3rd, 2012 at 7:13 AM
By Michael Rath

With last nights 4-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, the Minnesota Twins solidified, for the second straight year, the bottom spot in the American League.

'Denard Span' photo (c) 2009, Keith Allison - license:

Starter Anthony Swarzak (3-6) did well to start, pitching two straight 1,2,3 innings, but it was the middle innings that got to him as he allowed four runs combined in the third, fourth and the fifth.  This included a two run homer in the fourth inning by Kelly Johnson (16) with two outs.

The Twins made their best effort at comeback in the later innings as Denard Span hit out his fourth home run with Eduardo Escobar on and none out in the top of the sixth to cut the lead in half.  Then, in the top of the seventh, Alexi Casilla doubled in Trevor Plouffe to bring the game to within one.

The Twins couldn't manufacture anything in the eighth or the ninth and were thus handed their 95th loss of the year.  Both lead off hitters for the Twins, (yes, both) Span and Ben Revere played well as they combined 5-8 with two RBI and one run.  The Twins are going to have to do a lot of thinking in the off season as to whether or not they keep both of them around, or if they let go of one of them.

Tonight, the Twins will wrap up their season at 6:07 CT as they throw Scott Diamond to go against Brandon Morrow.  Diamond has the chance to give the Twins one last win to end this attrocious season.  Like aforementioned, no matter what happens, the Twins will still be at the bottom of the AL.  The last time the Twins finished their season with the Jays was 2010, when they last won the division, and they lost 2-1.  Much different teams between 2010 and 2012.

Tags: Alexi Casilla, American League, anthony swarzak, Baseball, ben revere, denard span, Minnesota, Minnesota Twins, MLB, Scott Diamond, Trevor Plouffe

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