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MLB Standings Update: Twins Remain Five Back In AL Central

The Minnesota Twins had an opportunity to make some serious progress in their four-game series against the Cleveland Indians at Target Field this week. However, when all of the dust had settled and the series was over, the Twins found themselves no closer than they were before the series got underway.

Of course, they were also no further away, which was nice to see after they dropped both halves of a doubleheader to the Indians on Monday.

Here, now, are your current American League Central Standings:

AL Central Standings

Detroit 51 46 .525 0 Lost 1
Cleveland 51 46 .525 0 Lost 2
Chicago 47 51 .479 4.5 Lost 2
Minnesota 46 51 .474 5 Won 2
Kansas City 40 58 .408 11.5 Won 2

(updated 7.21.2011 at 8:50 AM PDT)

As you can see, things are almost exactly the way they were the last time we gave you a standings update. Detroit and Cleveland are still tied for the top spot, and Minnesota is five games out. The only slight difference is that the White Sox are now 4.5 games back rather than four.

The Twins have another opportunity to improve their lot over the course of the next few days, as they'll open up a four-game set with the Tigers at Target Field on Thursday night. The other two teams currently locked into the American League Central race, the White Sox and Indians, will begin a three-game set in Cleveland starting on Friday, so Twins fans will need to keep an eye on that as well.

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