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Twins headed on the right path

The Star Tribune reported Thursday the Minnesota Twins ended the first month of the season on the right path.

Even though things have not gone according to plans, the Twins (13-14) sit 1.5 games behind the leaders, the Chicago White Sox.

Francesco Liriano was expected to be the ace of the Twins since Santana left, but was sent to the minors after posting a record of 0-3 with an 11.32 ERA. Furthermore, young slugger Delmon Young has yet to hit a homerun and Mike Lamb is batting .203.

However, expected AL Central front-runners Detroit and Cleveland struggled in April, giving the Twins an early advantage in the standings.

“Everybody said Detroit and Cleveland have slumped, but I think it’s just a credit to how good this division is and how good this league is,? Twins closer Joe Nathan said. “Teams are going to beat each other up. If you can keep your head above water, stay in the race, who knows what can happen if it comes down to the last couple of months?? (Star Tribune)

The Pioneer Press reported the Twins young players have progressed through the first month of play.

It helps that Coach Gardenhire has kept an identical lineup card from spots 2-8 for five consecutive games.

One reason is Carlos Gomez and Young are batting .265, both of whom are 22-years-old.

“We expect very good things out of him,? Gardenhire said of Young. “We’re just not trying to put too much pressure on him that he has to hit 40 homeruns. Just play the game the right way, and he’s done that.? (Star Tribune)

Yet, there is one problem the Twins are facing. Currently, they lack a fifth started, but Kevin Slowey is working to fulfill that spot.