The Twins can't hit on the road, and in particular the run-producing middle of the order really can't hit on the road.
The struggles on the opening road trip were blamed on everything from cool weather in Cleveland to a slow start that lots of teams go through. The three-game series last weekend in Chicago -- well, that's White Sox pitching, right?
But not even the Twins can come up with a reasonable excuse for why a lineup at full strength for the first time has just 10 hits in 65 at-bats (.154) through two games at Kansas City against the worst pitching staff in the majors. The heart of the order? Heck, start with No. 2 and go through No. 7 -- those six hitters have gone just 2-for-21 on back-to-back nights.
Meanwhile, the team has just three runs to show for the two games, including one in a 3-1 loss to right-hander Runelvys Hernandez on Wednesday.
The Twins are hitting just .243 (89-for-367) in 11 road games, averaging just 3.3 runs per game.
"It's got to turn around," designated hitter Rondell White said. "I mean, it has to."
REPLAY: Ruynelvys Hernandez, in his return from a minor league exile forced because he showed up to spring training overweight, shut down the Twins on two hits over seven innings, leading Kansas City to a 3-1 win. The Royals evened the three-game series at one game apiece.
Justin Morneau homered off Hernandez for the Twins' only run, as Minnesota dropped to 2-9 on the road, 1-4 on the current nine-game road trip.