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Twins aiming for .500 record by next week

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Ten days ago, the Minnesota Twins were 9 games under .500 and buried in last place in the American League Central, 8 1/2 games behind the first place Detroit Tigers.

That was the result of a nightmare 10-game losing streak.

On Monday, the Twins were only four games under .500 and in third place in the division, just 4 1/2 games behind the Tigers.

That's the result of seven wins in their last nine games -- a hot streak the Twins hope to continue on a six-game road trip against the Royals and Nationals starting Tuesday in Kansas City.

Starting pitcher Scott Diamond tells WCCO that it's "definitely a possibility" that the Twins will have a record at or above .500 following the road trip. To do so, the Twins would have to go 5-1 in the six games.

What's gotten into the Twins over the last nine games? KFAN's Paul Allen credits the bullpen, which has only allowed four runs during the stretch.

The Twins' bullpen has combined for a 2.87 ERA this season -- fourth best in Major League Baseball.

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