Twins eye second-place in Indians series


The second-place Minnesota Twins?

In late June?

Wasn't this team supposed to be eliminated from playoff contention by Mother's Day?

After two 90-plus loss seasons, a lot of people figured that's how the script would play out. But the Twins are stubbornly hanging around .500 (33-36), good for fourth place right now in the American League Central Division.

Tonight through Sunday, they face second-place Cleveland at Progressive Field. If they sweep the Indians as they did the Chicago White Sox at Target Field this week, Minnesota could improbably settle into second-place.

First things first, though -- and that's winning tonight's contest. Samuel Deduno (3-1, 3.26 ERA) starts for Minnesota against Cleveland left-hander Scott Kazmir (3.4, 5.89).

After Cleveland, the Twins head to Miami for a two-game set against the Marlins. After that, things get a bit tougher with an eight-game homestand against Kansas City and New York, with four game sets against both the Royals and Yankees.

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