The Twins on Tuesday maintained their game and a half lead over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for the second wild card spot in the American League, but it wasn’t because of anything they did. Instead, the Angels lost to the Cleveland Indians, while the Twins lost their second game to the New York Yankees, 5-2.
And the way things are going against the Bronx Bombers, Twins fans might as well prepare for the trip to Detroit to play the Tigers.
Jose Berrios was not sharp, throwing 90 pitches in three-plus innings, and he was followed by seven relievers, who gave up two runs the rest of the way. The Yankees also scored an unearned run after Joe Mauer booted a ball for only his second error of the season.
Bartolo Colon gets the ball Wednesday.
-Max Kepler hit his 18th home run on Tuesday.
-In 19 career starts against the Yankees, Colon is 6-8 with a 5.81 ERA.
-More bad news: MLB.com reports that slugger Miguel Sano’s return to the Twins is becoming less likely after he fouled a ball off his shin on Aug. 18.
The Twins have essentially ruled out any chance of Sano returning to third base this season, as he’d be limited to designated hitter duty if he returns. But the slugger has yet to run the bases as part of his rehab, and he admitted last week that running causes him soreness, and even taking batting practice causes him to be sore the next day.
-The Twins are 8-9 in September, while the Angels are 7-8. The way things are going among American League wild card contenders, the Twins just might back into the playoffs.