Francisco Rodriguez (baseball, born 1982)

Three up, three down: Twins and Verlander complete turnarounds

Three up, three down: Twins and Verlander complete turnarounds

A look at what’s trending this week in Major League Baseball:

THREE UP

Anti-tank weapons: The Minnesota Twins had the worst record in the major leagues last year. Now they’re the first team in MLB history to lose 100 games one season and advance to the playoffs the next. The Arizona Diamondbacks lost 93 games last year, then hired a general manager who reportedly considered a tank job that could have included the trade of MVP candidate Paul Goldschmidt. They let the team play first, and Arizona is in the playoffs for the first time in six years. There are no guarantees in tanking — the Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies and...

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