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What’s on Tap: Previewing Wednesday’s action

Paul Molitor

Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor watches from the dugout during an opening day baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore, Monday, April 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)


At 0-7, the Twins have already established the worst start in franchise history. With the Braves also starting 0-7, it seems safe to say that we won’t be privy to a reenactment of the 1991 World Series. Last year, the Twins finished four games above .500, the first time they had a record above .500 since 2010. With Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano getting their feet wet last year and some additional youth on the way, like Max Kepler, it seemed reasonable to expect another finish above .500 and maybe even an appearance in the playoffs. Jay Jaffe of Sports Illustrated looked at teams that started 0-7 and found that none of the 25 previous teams made the playoffs. In fact, 13 of those 25 teams finished in last place and had an aggregate winning percentage of .384. If you’re in Minnesota, it’s quickly becoming time to pay attention to the Vikings.

The rest of Wednesday’s action:

Atlanta Braves (Matt Wisler) @ Washington Nationals (Tanner Roark), 7:05 PM EST

Detroit Tigers (Shane Greene) @ Pittsburgh Pirates (Ryan Vogelsong), 7:05 PM EST

San Diego Padres (Colin Rea) @ Philadelphia Phillies (Jerad Eickhoff), 7:05 PM EST

New York Yankees (Michael Pineda) @ Toronto Blue Jays (J.A. Happ), 7:07 PM EST

Baltimore Orioles (Ubaldo Jimenez) @ Boston Red Sox (Joe Kelly), 7:10 PM EST

Cleveland Indians (Carlos Carrasco) @ Tampa Bay Rays (Drew Smyly), 7:10 PM EST

Cincinnati Reds (Alfredo Simon) @ Chicago Cubs (John Lackey), 8:05 PM EST

Chicago White Sox (Carlos Rodon) @ Minnesota Twins (Phil Hughes), 8:10 PM EST

Kansas City Royals (Yordano Ventura) @ Houston Astros (Scott Feldman), 8:10 PM EST

Milwaukee Brewers (Chase Anderson) @ St. Louis Cardinals (Mike Leake), 8:15 PM EST

San Francisco Giants (Jake Peavy) @ Colorado Rockies (Jordan Lyles), 8:40 PM EST

Arizona Diamondbacks (Rubby De La Rosa) @ Los Angeles Dodgers (Alex Wood), 10:10 PM EST

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