Minnesota Twins defeat Texas Rangers, 3-2

The way Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has been talking lately, he sounds as if he'd rather trust Bernie Madoff with his next check than trust one of his young starters to eat up innings when the team is trying to remain in the playoff race.

Brian Duensing, however, pitched as if he belonged, as the rookie lefthander shut down a dangerous Texas team while leading the Twins to a 3-2 victory Friday night at the Metrodome.

The Twins scored three runs in the first inning a...

Former Twins manager Tom Kelly used to refer to Texas as the "Airborne Rangers,'' which seemed appropriate because of the baseballs that were regularly launched by their hitters.

That tradition continues this season, as Texas boasts seven players with at least 15 homers and four with at least 22, including team leader Ian Kinsler with 28.

There's been little else to admire about Rangers' baseball in recent years. That airborne term, for example, could have been appli...

The overhaul of the Twins pitching staff continued on Friday as the Twins dealt for righthander Jon Rauch and reached agreement with lefthander Ron Mahay.

Rauch, 31, joins the Twins from Arizona, where he was 2-2 with a 4.14 ERA in 58 games. He's appeared in 339 games in his career (11 starts), going 26-25 with a 3.87 ERA and 26 saves.

He shook off a terrible start this season to post a 1.82 ERA in 35 appearances before giving up three runs Tuesday. Rauch likely will...