Getting back into the swing of things here, to use a cliche that sounds like it should be a baseball cliche but isn’t, so let’s round up the Minnesota sports scene for today.

The Twins have lost four consecutive series, and the way things looked on Tuesday night in Houston, they’re headed for five. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but they didn’t hit much, they didn’t hit at all with runners in scoring position (1-for-8), and Carlos Correa and Byron Buxton both hit into double plays.

They managed all this off of Brandon Bielak (you know, “Who?”), one of the many pitchers with no real track record of success that the Twins have made into potential All-Stars this season.

Correa, of course, is the one that’s still driving me crazy - not even because of the contract, because it’s not my money, but because he’s genuinely been a disaster in big spots this year. He’s hit into nine double plays, which is difficult for a guy who can run at least a little, and his WPA at the plate (coming into last night) was a negative 1.0, which is among the worst 20 players in the game.

We’re beyond the “well it’s early in the season” excuses for Correa. For the rest of the Twins, too, but they either have an OPS north of .700, or weren’t the type of guy who was expected to carry the team (Michael Taylor, Max Kepler, etc.)

But hey, Christian Vázquez got two hits in a single game, and even drove in a run. So if nothing else, this one was a collector’s item.

The Lynx are 0-5 now, after a 94-89 loss in Dallas last night, and it’s looking like it’s going to be a long 40 games this year for Minnesota. They’ve got that affliction - familiar to fans who watched either Gopher basketball team last winter - where it’s always just something that goes wrong, not even the same thing every time, just something. Either they can’t shoot one night, or they can’t play defense, or - as in this one - they turn the ball over a hundred times.

They actually out-shot Dallas in this one, including hitting nine of 18 threes (a number that also counts a desperation heave at the buzzer by Rachel Banham), but they gave up 46 points in the paint and turned the ball over 15 times.

The biggest news might be that first-round draftee and presumed franchise cornerstone Diamond Miller was injured in the second quarter, spraining her ankle in ugly fashion. She didn’t return to the game, after ending up in tears on the floor, so you may go ahead and (potentially) mark off one of the reasons to watch Minnesota.

Frankly, keep your eyes on June 27, June 29, August 18, and August 20. Those are the dates that Minnesota plays fellow stragglers the Seattle Storm, and by the time those games roll around - especially in August - the #CollapseForCaitlin effort could be reaching fever pitch.

The big MNUFC news of the day, beyond the fact that Emanuel Reynoso and Bakaye Dibassy were with the team and training, was a rumor linking the Loons to Finnish striker Teemu Pukki.

Pukki, familiar to most as the dude with the funny name who was the only bright spot for Norwich City for two Premier League relegations in a row, is apparently a free agent. He’d have a friend in Minnesota, fellow Finland international Robin Lod, and he plays striker, the position that has bedeviled Minnesota since time immemorial.

That said, he’s also 33 years old, and his numbers in the Championship this year were way down from his previous two stints in the English second division. I’d like to convince myself that this is simply because the Canaries were much worse (13th, instead of winning the league like they did the last two times they were at that level), but the numbers do concern me.

But hey, what do European stats mean? Adrien Hunou’s were fine for three years in Ligue 1 before he got to Minnesota, and he mostly flopped, so maybe they really mean nothing and Pukki is the answer. Here’s hoping, because the Loons need somebody to work out.

Down at Triple-A, the Saints beat Buffalo 9-1, led by occasional Twin Matt Wallner, who was a single short of the cycle and drove in four runs. Jose Miranda also got two hits and drove in three, and given that he’s batting .177 since his demotion, the Twins (and Saints) will take all the hits they can get out of him.

On the mound, Kenta Maeda and Caleb Thielbar both pitched, somewhat oddly as openers, making the Twins’ pitching line look a bit spring training-ish. Maeda walked one and struck out four in two scoreless innings, Thielbar gave up one hit and struck out one in a scoreless inning, and then they turned it over to Brent Headrick, who went five innings and got the win.

Headrick’s one of those semi-anonymous depth guys - he’s a starter, but the Twins called him up and used him as a reliever earlier this year - so it’s nice to see him having some success.

The Twins are again in Houston tonight, finishing off that series, but otherwise it’s a soccer-focused night. MNUFC is in Austin, taking on fellow Western Conference middlers Austin FC.

On the local side, Minnesota Aurora is playing at home, against RKC Third Coast, a team so well-established that they don’t have a Wikipedia page. (Maybe they don’t have the internet yet in Racine, Wisconsin?) Anyway, RKC Third Coast is 0-3 this year, losing their games by a combined score of 13-1, while the Aurora are 2-0 and have yet to give up a goal, so it should be a real… barn-burner in Eagan.