Minnesota still holds a four-game lead over surging Cleveland in the AL Central, but the Twins have struggled lately, dropping five of their last six games. After finishing their three-game set in Seattle on Thursday, the Twins will head to Cleveland for a key series with the Indians.
Minnesota lost Tuesday’s series opener with Seattle 4-3 as Edgar Martinez homered a day after announcing his retirement at the end of the season. Martinez, 41, received a stirring standing ovation from the Safeco Field crowd of 36,290 before the game. His ninth homer of the year came after a single by Ichiro Suzuki.
“I was hoping to hit the ball hard somewhere,” Martinez said. “It just went out. It was a thrill for me.”
Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire was hoping Martinez’s retirement was immediate—not at the end of the season.
“When they announced he was retiring, I personally hoped that he retired,” Gardenhire said. “That way we wouldn’t have had to face him any more because he has done that to us many, many times.”
The Mariners, already suffering through a miserable season, received some more bad news on Tuesday as closer Eddie Guardado will be sidelined for eight to 12 months with a torn rotator cuff. The diagnosis was made by Dr. Larry Pedegana, the team’s medical director. Guardado, 33, will seek a second medical opinion before he has surgery, the team said.