Kevin Slowey and the Minnesota Twins may not have gotten their no-hitter Sunday. But a win against the A’s combined with Detroit’s victory against the White Sox, and the Twins find themselves with a three-game lead in the AL Central.
Slowey tossed seven no-hit innings, butÂ combine an escalating pitch count with the fact that he didn’t make his last start due to elbow soreness, and the Twins made the right call pulling him from the start.
Jon Rauch made things interesting before Jesse Crain and Matt Capps nailed down the victory.
Sore elbow aside, Slowey has pitched extremely well as of late. He’s allowed five runs in his last four starts, and four of those runs came when he unraveled in the eighth inning of his last start against Tampa Bay.
The Twins have a day off Monday, then open a big three-game series with second-place Chicago. The Twins have a chance to stomp on the throats of the White Sox, but at the same time, a ChiSox sweep would even up the division.
News doesn’t seem to get much better for injured first baseman Justin Morneau, who suffered a concussion about six weeks ago. He’s still yet to have a symptom-free day since the concussion. Morneau was a no-doubt MVP contender at the time of the injury.
Somehow, the Twins have gotten hot without him, just like they did in September last year when Morneau was sidelined for the season with a bad back. But Morneau makes Minnesota a better team, and his void is not easily filled.
I’ve said before that I was thinking Sept. 1 at the earliest was when Morneau would play again. Now, I’m starting to wonder if even that is optimistic. At this point, I think Twins fans should cross their fingers and hope he’s back in late September for a run in the postseason, assuming the Twins get there.
The upcoming series will play a big role in whether or not they do get there.