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What the past few days have reinforced is that no Twins reliever is immune from grooving a fat pitch. Or blowing a save. Or being walked off against.
Returning to action for the first time since having surgery to treat thoracic outlet syndrome, Hughes lasted only 3 ⅓ innings Sunday in his first start in 11 months.
The Rays broke open the game with five runs in the seventh inning.
Denard Span, drafted 20th overall in 2002 by the Twins, was expected to be one of the veteran influences on the Rays, and leads the club with 17 RBI from the leadoff spot.
Jose Berrios, who grew up near San Juan's Hiram Bithorn Stadium, pitched seven dominant innings and led the celebration as Ryan LaMarre's bases-loaded single gave the Twins a 2-1 victory.
Francisco Lindor crushed a hanging 3-and-2 curveball from Jake Odorizzi over the right field wall, the first of four Cleveland homers on an emotional night in San Juan.
Puerto Rico is full of passionate baseball fans. As the island gets back on its feet following the devastation of Hurricane Maria, the game has been its crutch.
These will be the Twins' first games since Thursday when they defeated the White Sox; three weekend games were snowed out.
Joe Mauer collected his 2,000th career hit Thursday in a 4-0 win over the White Sox, a game Jose Berrios took over with 11 strikeouts.
Winter continues to ignore the calendar, and that will be quite evident at Target Field this weekend when the Twins are to finish a series with the White Sox but might be forced to scramble the schedule.