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Published July 21, 2011, 02:36 PM

Goethe: Another “biggest series of the year” ahead for Twins

Say what you want about the Minnesota Twins, losing record or not. But they are just five games out of the AL Central lead, and that’s really the only number that matters.

By: Hayden Goethe, INFORUM

Say what you want about the Minnesota Twins, losing record or not. But they are just five games out of the AL Central lead, and that’s really the only number that matters.

But here are a few more:

* Minnesota has won 29 of its last 43.

* Joe Mauer – despite the lack of power – is hitting nearly .500 over the last couple of weeks.

With first-place Detroit in town for a four-game series starting Thursday, the Twins find themselves in the middle of a key stretch of games against division foes.

I counted the Twins out back in May, and that might have been a mistake. The old cliche that baseball is a marathon certainly has come into play, as has a pretty weak division.

To me, the Twins feel more like a bad habit: It’s hard to turn your back on them, no matter how much you think you should. They are flawed, but very much alive.

A couple links of interest:

* This from a comment on my blog by “swschrad”: Ramsey County commissioner says his gut instict is that Vikings will move away.

* For those out there looking for some more quality Minnesota sports blogging, check out TC Huddle.

* According to this column, the Twins are looking for relief help, just not a big-name type of guy.

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