MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Twins are certainly off to a record-setting bad start this year, one that has even disappointed Manager Paul Molitor. But Molitor told WCCO’s Sid Hartman that he still has a lot of hope for the team.

“This is probably the toughest stretch I’ve been through as a player, coach or manager. But there’s a lot of hope. We’re basing it on a lot on young people that are developing,” Molitor said.

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To get the team back on track though, Molitor says the team will need to have veterans step up. The three veteran starting pitchers the Twins were counting on, Phil Hughes, Ervin Santana and Ricky Nolasco, all have struggled.

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“We have to look to those guys, and Kyle (Gibson) when he gets back. Those are the guys that can help us out,” Molitor said.

Molitor went on to tell Sid that he is not concerned at all about Miguel Sano’s struggles and that there are more young players at AAA that he thinks can still come up and help the club. He added that stepping down as manager after the season has not crossed his mind and he’s learned you have to endure when things don’t go your way.

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You can hear the entire interview with Moliter on WCCO Radio’s Sports Huddle with Sid and Dave, 9:30 a.m. Sunday morning.