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MLB Standings: Twins WAY...WAY On The Outside Looking In

As we move past the halfway point of August, one thing is becoming perfectly clear--I mean, if it already wasn't obvious: The Minnesota Twins have about as much chance of winning the Central division in the American League as I do of hitting 600 career home runs.

Okay, the Twins have a batter chance than that, but with the way they have been playing...for most of the season...barring something close to miraculous, they've got issues. They find themselves in 5th place, 12 games behind Detroit, closer to last place than first. Yes, that's right: perennial doormat Kansas City is only four games behind the Twins for the coveted 'we're not last' position.

There are 28 games left to play, and although it's not impossible, the Twins would have to pick up two games a week from Detroit while leaping the Indians and the White Sox, teams the Twins got swept by as July turned to August.

Your up to the minute standings:

AL Central Standings

Detroit 66 58 .532 0 Won 1
Cleveland 62 59 .512 2.5 Lost 1
Chicago 61 63 .491 5 Lost 3
Minnesota 54 70 .435 12 Lost 2
Kansas City 51 75 .404 16 Lost 2

(updated 8.20.2011 at 1:21 PM CDT)

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