Kansas City Royals defeat Minnesota Twins, 10-7

One month into the season, the Twins' outfield experiment is remindful of an old line from the medical profession: The operation was a success, but the patient died.

In the world of theory and mathematics, splitting playing time at three outfield positions among four players over a 162-game schedule seems reasonable. With pitching matchups, slumps and injuries dictating occasional days off for most players, anyway, what's wrong with entering a season with an extra start...

Walkoff victories can cover up problems for a baseball team.

The game ends suddenly, the players jump around, the fans roar and everyone celebrates that last triumph instead of sweating the details.

The Twins have three of those already this season, and they seemed poised for another Saturday on a mistake-filled night at the Metrodome.

This time, they couldn't even get the ending right.

After stranding the potential winning run at third base in the 10th inning,...

Joe Mauer is back from the disabled list, and the Twins have shown they can keep afloat without him. Imagine what they could do if their top two starting pitchers began denting the win column.

Scott Baker and Francisco Liriano are a combined 0-7, with Baker set to face the Royals today and Liriano preparing for Monday's start in Detroit.

"They've given us good opportunities, and we haven't scored many runs," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Numbers don't always tell the...