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MLB Standings Update: Minnesota Twins Firmly In AL Central Basement

The Minnesota Twins haven't won a series all year, and as of today have scored fewer runs than any team in baseball with 45 through their first 15 games of the season. Therefore, it isn't too much of a surprise to look at the standings in the American League Central and see that the Twins have the basement all to themselves.

AL Central Standings

Cleveland 11 4 .733 0 Won 3
Kansas City 10 5 .666 1 Lost 1
Chicago 7 8 .466 4 Lost 4
Detroit 7 9 .437 4.5 Lost 2
Minnesota 5 10 .333 6 Won 1

(updated 4.17.2011 at 8:31 PM PDT)

This division is going to be far more interesting than anyone thought going into the year, it would appear. The two teams that really weren't expected to compete, the Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals, are off to great starts, while the three "best" teams in the division are all currently under .500.

The Twins will hope to get healthy this week when they take on a Baltimore Oriole team that has lost seven consecutive games, and follow that up with three games at home against Cleveland. Prior to that series, the Indians and Royals will get together for four games, and when Cleveland heads to Minnesota, the Royals will take on the reigning American League champions, the Texas Rangers. The White Sox will travel to Tampa Bay for a four game set starting on Monday, and the Tigers will head out to the west coast to take on the Seattle Mariners for three games. The White Sox and Tigers will then get together for a three-game set at Comerica Park over the weekend.

There are going to be some chances this week for the Twins to make up some ground on the other teams in the division, but they certainly have to play better baseball than they've shown for the first 10% of the season to date.

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