The NFL Looms

Rubbing.jpgFor any sports fan that has lived in Minnesota for any extended period of time, you know that this is very much a football state.  Typically, unless the Twins are in the midst of a pennant race, the Vikings completely take over the town.  With that being said, the Twins better start winning pretty soon or that Dome will seem pretty empty for the few remaining home series.

Another game was lost today when the starting pitcher began to struggle and the bullpen could not hold a lead:

Despite falling behind early in this contest, the Twins rallied back (thanks to big hits from Buscher and Morneau) to take a 4-2 lead heading into the sixth inning.  That inning began with four straight hits (including a home run from Miguel Cabrera) and ended with Perkins being pulled in favor of Craig Breslow, who also allowed a single to score a run and give the Tigers a 5-4 lead.

The next inning, Magglio Ordonez homered off Boof Bonser to extend the lead and Detroit pushed another run across the plate later in the inning for the 7-4 final.

Notes:

-I’ll be honest…I was so excited about the football opener today that I didn’t follow the Twins as closely as I should have.  I watched most of the early portion of the game, but once the Tigers took their sixth inning lead I fell away, instead following my fantasy football team.  After the big Vikings-Packers game tomorrow night, though, I will still be in the Twins’ corner!

Preview (78-65, 2nd, 2.5 GB CWS): Nick Blackburn (9-8, 3.71) vs. Brian Bannister (7-14, 5.56).  After an off day, the Twins begin a series that they need to win in order to stay in the race, plain and simple.

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