ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 26: Adrian Beltre #29 of the Texas Rangers is charged with an error as he drops the ball on a tag against Ben Revere #11 of the Minnesota Twins on August 26, 2012 at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/Getty Images)

Twins Vs. Rangers: Minnesota Pulls Out Narrow Win To Avoid Sweep

The Twins avoided an embarrassing four-game sweep to the Rangers on Sunday with a 6-5 win, but have now only won two games dating back to Aug. 14.

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Twins Vs. Rangers Final Score: Minnesota Avoids 4-Game Sweep In Texas With 6-5 Win

On a wet and wild day at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, the Minnesota Twins outlasted a dangerous Texas squad to take the fourth and final game of the series, 6-5.

The Twins opened the afternoon with a Josh Willingham RBI single in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead, but were then forced to sit for exactly one hour and 25 minutes while intermittent rain splattered the playing surface and forced the two squads into their respective dressing rooms.

Despite having his usual routine altered significantly by the weather, Minnesota starter Cole De Vries returned to the mound to post five innings of three-hit ball with five strikeouts to earn his third career victory. De Vries was originally forced to throw exactly five pitches in the rainy conditions in the bottom of the first inning before umpires delayed the game, but did not appear bothered whatsoever by the break in his workload.

All six Minnesota runs were knocked home by separate players in Sunday's game, as Ben Revere, Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Trevor Plouffe and Pedro Florimon each added an RBI in addition to Willingham. More importantly than erasing a possible four-game sweep, however, was the fact that Ron Gardenhire's team won for just the second time since Aug. 14.

Next up for the Twins is another four-game set against a playoff-caliber opponent, as the Seattle Mariners will travel to Target Field for game one on Monday evening. The upstart Mariners recently capped off a three-game sweep of Minnesota back on Aug. 19, but starter Liam Hendriks (0-6) will take the mound hoping to return the favor, as he aims for his first win of 2012.

Check out Twinkie Town for more Twins coverage, and be sure to visit Lone Star Ball for more on the Rangers. Also head over to Baseball Nation for even more news and analysis from around the league.

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Twins Vs. Rangers Lineups: Multiple Changes For Minnesota Saturday

After losing their last four games overall and the first two games of their series against the Texas Rangers, the Minnesota Twins have shaken up their lineup in preparation for Saturday's game.

In the outfield, Denard Span will leadoff in center this afternoon, letting Ben Revere move over to right field to replace Darin Mastroianni. Josh Willingham is back in the lineup in left field after missing Friday's game with a stiff neck.

The infield looks almost completely different today with Jamey Carroll moving from third base to second, replacing Alexi Casilla. Trevor Plouffe replaces Carroll at third after being the DH yesterday, and Joe Mauer will have DH duties for today. To finish with the changes, Ryan Doumit moves from left field to replace Mauer behind the plate today.

Full lineups are below

Minnesota Twins Lineup:

1. Denard Span CF
2. Ben Revere RF
3. Joe Mauer DH
4 Josh Willingham LF.
5. Justin Mourneau 1B
6. Ryan Doumit C
7. Trevour Plouffe 3B
8. Jamey Carroll 2B
9. Pedro Florimon SS

P Brian Duensig

Texas Rangers Lineup:

2. Elvis Andrus SS
3. Josh Hamilton LF
5. Nelson Cruz DH
6. David Murphy RF
8. Craig Gentry CF

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Minnesota. For more comprehensive coverage of this series, visit Twins blog Twinkie Town and Rangers blog Lone Star Ball. And for more news, notes and analysis from around baseball, be sure to check out Baseball Nation.

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