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MLB Standings: Twins Find Themselves Eight Games Out

It doesn't seem like it was all that long ago that the Minnesota Twins were within five games of the top spot in the American League Central. However, the team has stumbled as of late, and now finds themselves farther back. . .maybe too far back to realistically make a run at this point.

This is what the American League Central race looks like today:

AL Central Standings

Detroit 59 52 .531 0 Lost 1
Cleveland 55 54 .504 3 Won 1
Chicago 52 58 .472 6.5 Lost 6
Minnesota 51 60 .459 8 Lost 1
Kansas City 48 63 .432 11 Won 2

(updated 8.5.2011 at 3:43 PM PDT)

With just 51 games remaining in their 2011 season, the Twins are now closer to last place than they are to second, and can't afford to fall any farther behind. They can attempt to make up some ground this weekend as they play a three-game set against the Chicago White Sox. The division-leading Detroit Tigers will be taking on the last-place Kansas City Royals, while the Cleveland Indians will be traveling outside the division with a three-game series in Arlington against the Texas Rangers.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.