The Minnesota Twins got off to an 8-5 start this season but currently sit four games under .500 and are on a seven-game losing streak. Their current struggles aren't sitting well with the team. After Minnesota closer Fernando Rodney blew a two-run lead and allowed three runs in the ninth inning of Thursday's game against the New York Yankees, Twins general manager Thad Levine made it clear his players are fed up with losing, via MLB.com's Rhett Bolinger: "I think they're officially pissed off now. I'd expect they’re going to go home and be happy to play in front of the home crowd not wearing ski caps. I believe things are going to turn around in short order. I think it's going to add to the character of this team." It's not the start Minnesota expected to get off to. This was a team that won 85 games and earned a berth in the American League Wild Card game a season ago. Adding veterans Michael Pineda, Zach Duke, Logan Morrison and Jake Odorizzi during the offseason was only supposed to help the team take the next step. Instead, the Twins have struggled, both at the plate and on the mound. Minnesota's hitters rank 20th with a .231 average and 25th in runs scored. Meanwhile, its pitching ranks 24th in ERA (4.90), with the bullpen ranking second-to-last (5.76 ERA) in all of baseball.
Twins GM: Players 'officially pissed off' after 7th straight loss
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