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Twins reportedly scouted Bumgarner-Syndergaard showdown

The Minnesota Twins’ apparent interest in landing a top-tier starting pitcher ahead of the trade deadline was further legitimized by the team reportedly sending a “top talent evaluator” to scout Thursday’s marquee matchup between Madison Bumgarner and Noah Syndergaard.

MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports a Twins staffer was in attendance at Oracle Park to monitor the pitching performances of the two aces.

The Giants are expected to be sellers at the deadline despite leaping into the chase for a Wild Card spot after rattling off nine wins in 10 games. Entering Friday’s action, the Giants (48-49) sit 2.5 games back in the hunt.

The Mets, on the other hand, reportedly are not inclined to deal Syndergaard, though other players on the roster are believed to be available. That said, the Mets (44-52) appear destined to a disappointing season, so the right offer could entice the team into dealing their ace.

Whatever the outcome of the respective pitchers’ futures, the Twins talent evaluator was treated to two nifty performances. Syndergaard went seven innings, gave up one earned run on six hits while striking out eight and walking only one batter. Bumgarner, who doesn’t seem too keen on getting traded, one-upped his fellow ace, however, giving up one earned run while scattering five hits along with six strikeouts and a walk over nine innings of work in the Giants’ 3-2 win in 16 innings.

As Morosi notes, the Twins have a well-stocked farm system featuring prospects that would be of interest to both the Giants and Mets. The Twins (59-36, the third-best record in the AL) have boasted a solid starting staff all season, though adding a pitcher with pedigree boasted by the likes of Bumgarner or Syndergaard would only further solidify the team as a legitimate World Series contender.