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Updated: April 29th, 2010 2:51pm
Twins drop consecutive games, series for first time this season

Twins drop consecutive games, series for first time this season

by Tom Pelissero
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How did the Minnesota Twins go about losing consecutive games and a series for the first time this season?

To put it simply, just about everything that could go wrong, did go wrong in Detroit.

The Twins won Tuesday's opener despite losing first baseman Justin Morneau to a stiff back and center fielder Denard Span to an ejection.

They squandered a 6-1 lead on Wednesday, thanks in part to a controversial call that went against Span in center field, and got a poor start from Scott Baker in an 11-6 loss.

By this afternoon, three starters -- Morneau, catcher Joe Mauer (toe) and shortstop J.J. Hardy (turf toe) -- were out of the lineup because of nagging injuries, and the "B" squad generated all of four hits in a 3-0 shutout loss.

Just like that, the Tigers (13-10) have clawed their way back within 1½ games of the Twins (14-8), who continue their stretch of 13 games in as many days on Friday night at Cleveland.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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