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  • 16 Aug
    导出博客文章MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota is now the worst Twins team since 2011. With more than
    a week left to season, more marks are likely to fall.Justin Upton and Victor
    Martinez homered as the Detroit Tigers picked up another win in the AL wild-card
    chase, beating Minnesota 9-2 Thursday in the opener of a day-night
    doubleheader.Upton hit a tiebreaking homer off Alex Wimmers (1-3) in the seventh
    for a 2-1 lead. Jose Iglesias had a sacrifice fly in the eighth and Martinez hit
    a three-run homer against Pat Light in a six-run ninth.Weve seen a lot of those
    games that seem to deteriorate late, Minnesota manager Paul Molitor said. Youre
    hoping your guys can keep it close and give your offense a chance to somehow get
    even or take the lead late. But weve had a tendency to put some crooked numbers
    up late on the wrong side of the board.Brian Dozier led off the bottom of the
    first with his 42nd homer, one behind major league leader Mark Trumbo of
    Baltimore.Minnesota has lost five straight and dropped to a big league-worst
    55-97, its most losses since they went 63-99 in 2011.The offense is having a
    tough time, Molitor said. Were not putting much together. Some guys are
    scuffling. Were trying to find a way to create some offense. It just isnt
    happening right now.The makeup of Wednesday nights rainout drew an announced
    paid crowd of 18,374, but there were a lot fewer spectators to actually show up.
    Fans in the small crowd could be heard calling out to the players on several
    occasions.The one thing is you can hear every single thing said in the stands,
    Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said. When you have a big crowd, everything is kind
    of just a buzz. But you could hear every single thing said; they had some fairly
    good barbs thrown out.Pat Dean made his first start since Aug. 31, when he gave
    up six runs in 4 1/3 innings in a loss to Cleveland. The only run he allowed
    Thursday was when Cameron Maybin scored in the first on a double-play grounder
    by Miguel Cabrera.I was trying to stay locked in and focused on getting the
    hitters, Dean said. It was definitely a little weird being able to hear
    everybody have their conversations off on the side.Anibal Sanchez allowed one
    run and two hits in five innings in a spot start for Detroit, and Alex Wilson
    (4-0), Shane Green and Mark Lowe finished the five-hitter.Ervin Santana (7-10)
    was to start for Minnesota against Justin Verlander (14-8) in the night
    game.AMONG SECONDSDozier has an AL record 40 homers as a second baseman, one
    more than Alfonso Sorianos total in 2002. Only Rogers Hornsby (42 in 1922),
    Davey Johnson (42 in 1973) and Ryne Sandberg (40 in 1990) have hit more.Dozier
    extended his hitting streak to 24 games, tied for the third-longest in Twins
    history.Its unfortunate for him that he hasnt been able to celebrate a lot of
    those home runs with the losses, Molitor said. Impressive run continues, hitting
    streaks alive.TRAINERS ROOMTwins: DH/3B Miguel Sano (lower back tightness) was
    back in the lineup for the first time since Sept. 12. Manager Paul Molitor said
    Sano was still sore but was anxious to return. ... Molitor confirmed RHP Trevor
    May has a stress fracture in his back. May was 2-2 with a 5.27 ERA in 44 relief
    appearances. He made three trips to the DL with the injury, which hadnt been
    detected in previous exams.UP NEXTTwins: RHP Kyle Gibson (6-10) is slated to
    make his final home start of the season on Friday against Seattle, which will
    start LHP James Paxton (4-7).
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    long-range blast that went in off the goal frame in the 18th, and converted a
    penalty in the 72nd after Diego Mainz was sent off for fouling Aduriz with only
    the goalkeeper to beat. October 28 Welcome to the world of modern travel, where
    everything goes via the Middle East. Even the route from Cape Town to Perth. On
    a map, it seems the best way to get from one to the other is along a straight
    line through the southern hemisphere. On an airline schedule, thats not
    possible. Instead, I will spend nine and a half hours going up to Dubai and then
    ten and a half hours going down. Add the changeover in Dubai and it means a full
    24 hours of travel, and with the time differences, I will arrive two days after
    I left. Say what?October 29 I think today is Saturday but Im not really sure. I
    feel trapped in a time warp I dont understand.October 30 Touch down in Perth
    around 2am. Decide to normalise by sleeping and then force myself to get to the
    series launch around midday. Its a public event, at Elizabeth Quay, which is
    also set-up for Diwali festivities. A decent-sized group of people has come to
    see the Australian and South African teams, and the players are introduced
    individually. Most get a cheer - David Warner and Dale Steyn louder than the
    others - but when Dane Vilas walks out, there is complete silence. Poor
    guy.October 31 Welcome to the world of modern sports media, where the press
    conference is the most common method of communication. We have no fewer than
    nine interviews here. Australia put up six players in an open media session,
    South Africa three. Our heads are swimming with quotes. The most interesting
    things to come out of the day are Usman Khawajas views on diversity and the
    Australian fascination with Temba Bavuma. At 1.61 metres, Bavuma is among the
    shorter sportsmen around and has to field several questions about how he has
    adapted his technique to his height. Bavuma seems a bit bewildered by the
    attention but answers the questions as carefully as he can.November 1 The race
    that stops Australia will be run today, and though Im not in Melbourne, its
    still a big deal. Im familiar with showstoppers like this - we in South Africa
    have the Met in January and the Durban July (you know when) - but the Melbourne
    Cup is a little different. Across Australia, people dress up as though they are
    at the venue itself, and at 3pm Australian Eastern Standard Time, time stands
    still. I havent quite got used to the time zone yet, and around noon Im heading
    to the WACA, wondering why the streets are deserted. When I realise the gun is
    about to go, I get a move on and get there just in time to pop my head into the
    guards hut and see the end of the race.November 2 The day before a big Test
    series is a usually a frenzy of last-minute previews. We wind down with a
    traditional barbeque at a local journalists home. Our hosts daughter is doing a
    project on the Democratic Republic of Congo and I offer to help. How often do
    you go back to Africa? she asks me. I live there, I tell her, as her eyes widen
    in disbelief.November 3 South Africa stumble through the first day on a pitch
    with better bounce and carry than I have seen in months. Later we all stumble
    around on a walking tour, organised by Tourism Western Australia. The idea is to
    roam the laneways to discover how Perth is Melbournising, and stop at bars along
    the way. Our guide has the remarkable ability to talk to us while walking
    backwards. She doesnt lose her step once, not even on St Georges Terrace, said
    to be the windiest street in the southern hemisphere. At our second and last
    stop, our holiday-making UK colleague Andrew McGlashan joins us.November 4
    Theres an awful feeling when Steyn goes down, clutching his shoulder, with a
    look on his face worse than when he left the field against India and England
    last summer. I suspect its serious but first need to turn attention to the
    remarkable comeback the rest of South Africas attack are staging. At the end of
    the day we discover Steyn will be out of action for at least six months.November
    5 It is due to be 37 degrees today, so I choose a simple T-shirt-style dress to
    wear. When I arrive at the WACA, at the gate the media use (which is also the
    members gate), security staff stop me. My dress is too short. The members dress
    code dictates that dresses must sit no more than 5cm above the knee. Im quite
    sure mine is not shorter than that, but they disagree. After a protracted
    discussion - during which one woman is told shee isnt allowed in because the
    straps on her top are too thin - I am admitted but told not to leave the press
    box through the day.dddddddddddd Inevitably I have to and am warned a second
    time. Another journalist tweets about it and a social-media storm erupts.That
    evening I see Steyn waiting for an Uber in the city centre. He has just got off
    a train from visiting his uncle in a suburb about 40 minutes away. He admits his
    shoulder is very sore and says he is resigned to a lengthy period on the
    sidelines and that he is not going to try and rush back. He will leave Perth
    tomorrow night, so wont see the result, which looks headed South Africas
    way.November 6 I pick a dress that extends to my ankles today, but my colleague
    Melinda Farrell doesnt. She also bares her shoulders. She is reprimanded at the
    gate, and now that the rest of the press pack know about the issue, another
    social-media storm erupts. To the WACAs credit, their stadium manager visits us
    and apologises profusely. He assures us we both look fine.November 7 I wear
    pants today but am stopped at the gate yet again. No thongs allowed, says the
    staff member. I present the media argument again. I am let in. This time, both
    Melinda and I receive an email apology from the WACA CEO. She says the members
    code will be reviewed and the ground wants to bring about change. We didnt enjoy
    the attention over our choice of clothing but were pleased weve achieved
    something. South Africa have too - the series lead. Given how far they had
    fallen last summer, their dominance is unexpected.November 8 Hobart is the only
    destination on this tour that Ive not been to before, so I am particularly
    looking forward to being there. Its Australias second oldest city and one with
    an extensive convict history. Ive just finished reading Alex Haleys Roots, and I
    want to find something similar but Australian. Ive been recommended For the Term
    of his Natural Life by Marcus Clarke and I make it my mission to track it down -
    if I can ever feel my fingers again; its cold in Hobart. November 9 I was warned
    to expect less than summery conditions in Hobart but I didnt anticipate a wind
    so icy it threatens to freeze the blood in my veins. Not to make this all about
    my wardrobe but I need more clothes. Cricket Tasmanias digital-media manager,
    Michelle Cooling, offers to lend me some. Among them is a Hobart Hurricanes
    hoodie. Shes got a fan for life.November 10 Still havent managed to get to a
    bookshop but I am enjoying learning about the local food. Melinda takes me to
    Mures, a seafood establishment on the harbour, where we splash out on all the
    regions delicacies. Oysters done four ways, scallops, white fish, even a dessert
    of chocolate tarts. Its definitely among the best meals Ive ever eaten.November
    11 A cannon being towed by a Ute rolls past on my morning run, headed to the
    Anzac Parade. Its Remembrance Day. The colonial history is more marked here than
    anywhere else in Australia Ive seen, especially in the architecture. The Queen
    Victoria Clock Tower, now home to the General Post Office, was built by public
    subscription and has become one of my favourite landmarks.November 12 Theres no
    rain yet but Australia are drowned anyway. Vernon Philander rolls back the years
    and takes 5 for 21. Its an even better performance than on his debut. After
    suffering torn ankle ligaments last season, he seems to have regained confidence
    and become even better than what we thought was his best. As I leave the ground,
    I see the Australian team bus, driven by Nathan Lyon, pull up next to Philander,
    who is walking to the South African bus. Lyon rolls down the window and
    congratulates Philander. Sportsmanship is still alive.November 13 The expected
    rain is finally here, and as the day progresses, it only gets heavier. When we
    arrive at the ground, the teams have not even turned up. We know its only a
    matter of time before play is called off. It happens at 2pm. I squeeze in a trip
    to the Hobart Book Shop and pick up a copy of Clarkes book. Im reminded that
    this time last year I was in Bangalore, covering the washout that was AB de
    Villiers 100th Test. Nothing lasts forever, even cold November rain. ' ' '