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The Minnesota Twins desperately needed a win on Monday night. They accomplished that with a little flare that might also help what the Twins more than likely want to do in the trade market.
Let’s skip ahead to the bottom of the eighth inning, the Twins had at one time a 3-1 lead, but let that slip away thanks to single runs in the fifth and eighth innings for the Indians to tie it at threes. Josh Willingham stepped up to the plate and put a ball in the stands to give the Twins a 4-3 lead, Glen Perkins came into the game for his first save since his All-Star Game appearance nearly a week ago.
Not a lot to write home about for either starting pitcher on Monday night. Kris Johnson only went five innings for the Twins and T.J. House did the same for Cleveland, the only major difference being that Johnson only allowed two runs. Casey Fien would give up the tying run in the eighth, but was ‘awarded’ with the win after the Hammer’s homer.
On the injury front, Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera left the game in the third with lower back spasms.
The Twins and Indians battle again on Tuesday night. Yohan Pino will toe the rubber for the Twinkies.
Here’s the boxscore for Monday’s Twin victory.