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Twins Lose to Orioles 3-2; Currently 2.5 Games Back

Brian Duensing performed well in his first start of the year, but the bullpen let him down as the Twins fell to the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 on Friday night.

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Duensing gave up one run on four hits in five innings of work, and the Twins took a 2-1 lead in the top of the sixth on Joe Mauer’s two-run homer to center. However, Anthony Slama gave the lead back in the bottom half of the inning on a two-run homer by Baltimore’s Luke Scott.

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The loss puts the Twins 2.5 games behind the Chicago White Sox and back into sole possession of third place in the AL Central, half a game behind Detroit. The Tigers had their game rained out today.

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Tomorrow’s pitching match-up will see Scott Baker (7-9, 5.15) take the hill for the Twins, while the Orioles will counter with Brian Matusz (3-10, 5.21).

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We apologize for not having tonight’s game up due to a miscommunication on our part. Tomorrow coverage will resume as normal.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.