Posted at 3:45 PM on September 17, 2006
by Josh Lee
The Twins lost on Friday night in a game that Johan Santana started, and stranded approximately 400 baserunners during their series in Cleveland. Somehow, though, they managed to win three out of four behind Boof Bonser, Carlos Silva, and Scott Baker. Those names don't exactly strike fear in the hearts of opposing batters, but they've all shown marked improvement lately, which gives fans a lot of much-needed hope after saying goodbye to Liriano for the season.
You know who else has improved lately? Torii Hunter, who has led Minnesota in home runs and total bases so far in September, at a time when the team's overall power has dipped a bit while everyone fights their late-season fatigue. Torii may not be the face of the Twins anymore (the torch was passed as soon as Joe Mauer slapped those fake sideburns on that kid), but his bat is still pretty important, and it's getting hot just when the team needs it the most.