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MLB Standings Update: Twins Try To Stay Out Of AL Central Basement

The Minnesota Twins' 2011 season has been, to put it mildly, a terrible disappointment. Not only have they not even come close to meeting the expectations they had for the season, but they have all but assured themselves of having just the second losing season in Ron Gardenhire's tenure as the manager in Minnesota.

Here are your up-to-the-minute American League Central standings:

AL Central Standings

Detroit 78 62 .557 0 Won 3
Cleveland 70 67 .510 6.5 Won 1
Chicago 68 69 .496 8.5 Lost 4
Minnesota 58 81 .417 19.5 Lost 2
Kansas City 58 83 .411 20.5 Lost 1

(updated 9.5.2011 at 9:33 AM PDT)

As you can see, the Twins are just one game out of last place in the division. . .an amazing feat when one considers that, just after the All-Star break, the Twins managed to pull themselves to within five of the top spot in the American League Central.

In order to finish .500, the Twins would have to win their last 23 games. That. . .that's not happening. There are 23 games left in the season for Minnesota, so it's just a matter of time before they are mathematically eliminated from the race. Now, the hope is simply that they can avoid the cellar in the division, a place they have not finished since the 2000 Major League Baseball season.

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