Minnesota Twins defeat Tampa Bay Rays, 4-3

On Tuesday night at the Metrodome, he turned to lefthander Jose Mijares to protect a one-run lead -- and watched him walk the leadoff batter -- before striking out the next three batters.

The bridge to closer Joe Nathan was in place.

"Joe Nathan on the mound," Twins designated hitter Justin Morneau said. "Game's over 99 percent of the time."

It was a bridge to nowhere, as Nathan's first pitch of the ninth was cranked over the baggie in right field by Tampa Bay pinch ...

Frankie Franchise became Frankie Finesse on Tuesday night.

That's encouraging for anyone looking for immediate indications that Francisco Liriano will break out of his month-long slump.

That's discouraging for anyone harboring hopes that Liriano will someday return to his dominant form of 2006.

Before the 2009 season, at least one ESPN analyst predicted Liriano would contend for a Cy Young Award in 2009. This is the latest reason not to pay attention to national a...

That guy at shortstop for the Rays sure looks familiar. It's Jason Bartlett, who manned the same position for the Twins from 2004 to '07 and now holds the spot for Tampa Bay.

Last season, Bartlett was named Tampa Bay's Most Valuable Player by the local chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America. He batted .286, stole 20 bases and was a big difference in the field, where he was strong with the glove and helped settle down an infield that was shaky the year be...