Twins with chance for series victory in Seattle

Twins with chance for series victory in Seattle

Twins with chance for series victory in Seattle
SEATTLE -- If winning games has been difficult for Minnesota this season, taking a series has been that much harder.

The Twins have won just one series this season, and it came all the way back on April 9-12 against the Angels. Sunday against the Mariners, Minnesota has its first opportunity to win a series since it fell short in a 7-6 decision to the Yankees on April 19.

"It would be a shot in the arm, really," acting manager Scott Ullger said. "We haven't had a chance to do that since probably New York came out, split the series. That's what your goal is throughout the course of the season: to win series. We have a chance we haven't had in a long time, and it really would give you a shot in the arm."

A bit of offense would help the Twins take the series, although they've been lacking just that for quite awhile. Heading into Sunday's tilt with the Mariners, the Twins were hitting just .113 on their road trip, which covers a span of five games. Unfortunately for Minnesota, the answer to the woes isn't so obvious.

"It's just a matter of consistently having good at-bats and hopefully get a couple guys hot and so they can be contagious," infielder Jamey Carroll said. "I think it's just as contagious the other way around. When you're not hitting well as a team, you're trying to be the guy to get things started. So it's kind of a cycle both ways. But if there were a definite answer, I'm sure it would be out there and everybody would know."

The Twins will recall infielder Brian Dozier from Triple-A Rochester on Monday to take the place of Justin Morneau when the first baseman officially heads to the disabled list, and assistant general manager Rob Antony hopes he can provide some sort of spark to the offense.

"Everybody out there is struggling, not swinging the bats well," he said. "So you're just looking for a situation hopefully Brian can come up -- we're not looking for him to come in and be a savior -- but hopefully he can come up and do what he did in Spring Training and do what he's done the first month of the season at Rochester."