Postgame Twins: Duensing resilient amid rough sixth

By Anthony Maggio

It was hardly a matchup against Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano with Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson already on base, but it was a valuable dress rehearsal in case Brian Duensing finds himself in a tough spot come postseason.

The lefthander, pitching with a 4-1 lead in the sixth inning against the 25-games-below-.500 Cleveland Indians, was left on the mound to face all eight hitters who strolled into the batters box in the frame as manager Ron Gardenhire let Duensing sort out the mess he made on the bases.

Duensing did allow a pair of runs, but stranded three baserunners before the Twins rewarded him with four more runs of support in the bottom of the frame en route to a 9-3 victory that chopped Minnesota