2017 Minnesota Twins
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2017 Minnesota Twins / Franchise: Minnesota Twins / BR Team Page
Managed by Paul Molitor
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After an awful season in 2016, the 2017 Minnesota Twins found themselves in the unlikely position of being on top of the AL Central standings at the end of May, with a record of 26-23, percentage points ahead of the Cleveland Indians. However, that position was shaky as they ended the month by being swept in a three-game series at home by the Houston Astros. In those three games, they had given up a whopping 40 runs.
On June 13th, the Twins set a franchise record with 28 hits in a 20 - 7 drubbing of the Seattle Mariners at Target Field. Eddie Rosario belted three homers - the last offback-up catcher Carlos Ruiz - and drove in 5 runs to lead the onslaught; Eduardo Escobar had five hits and Jason Castro and Kennys Vargas four each, while Max Kepler and Brian Dozier also went deep. The 28 hits were the most by any major league team since the Rangers had 29 when they scored 30 runs in a game against the Orioles on August 22, 2007. The franchise record dated back to 1933, when the Washington Senators had collected 27 hits in a game; the Twins also set a franchise record with 21 singles. They set another team record on June 22nd, albeit a more obscure one, as they endure a rain delay of 4 hours and 50 minutes before the first pitch of a scheduled afternoon game against the Chicago White Sox at Target Field. It was the longest rain delay since the team had moved to Minnesota in 1961, although for a span of 28 years during that time, they played indoors at the Metrodome where weather was not an issue. The two teams were determined to get the game in the books, as the alternative was to lose a rare scheduled off-day on August 28th. However, the insistence on waiting out the rain proved to be ill-advised for the Twins, as they were thoroughly trounced, 9-0, when the game was finally played; it was the 10th time in their last 12 games that they had given up 5 or more runs, the main reason they were now losing ground quickly, having fallen to two and half games back of the Indians after having led the division by the same marin less than two weeks earlier.
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