TWIB profiles Twins' scorching run
Climb to Wild Card contention measured up Saturday on FOX
The Twins have been the hottest team in baseball since early June, and now the nation will get a chance to see inside the winning formula.Minnesota's boys of summer will be the featured club on Saturday's "This Week in Baseball," which will air at 11:30 a.m. CT/12:30 p.m. ET on FOX. TWIB, one of the longest-running sports shows on television, features top plays, bloopers and an inside look at the Major Leagues. The focus of this week's episode will be the Twins' turnaround, which started with the last game of a 10-game road trip to the West Coast on June 8. After struggling to produce in the first two months of the season, the Twins started to roll in a way that has left even the team a little speechless. "We've won as many games as this organization ever has in two months," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "It's been a pretty unbelievable stretch." In the 60 games following their win at Seattle on June 8, the Twins went a remarkable 44-16 while hitting a Major League-best .303 and posting a staff ERA of 3.46, also tops in the Majors. Spotlights during the show will focus on some of the factors that have helped that run, such as the emergence of rookie All-Star Francisco Liriano as well as Joe Mauer's chase to become the first American League catcher to win a batting title. Five-time Gold Glove Award winner Torii Hunter will also demonstrate his ability to rob home runs alongside a few other big-name outfielders in the Pepsi Pitch, Hit and Run segment. "Defense has always been No. 1 to me," Hunter said. "It's definitely more fun to rob a guy of [a home run] than even to hit one yourself." Also featured in this week's episode will be a few glimpses inside the action on the field, as the crew mic'd up the player the club likes to call "Sparky," third baseman Nick Punto. Mike Redmond and Michael Cuddyer will also provide some fun pregame chatter. Twins fans will also see their time in the spotlight in the Front Row segment, paying tribute to former Twins great Kirby Puckett, who died in March.
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.