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Thursday Twins Talk: Winning & Being at the Top

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Well, well, well. Last week we talked about winning and climbing up the standings and this week we find our very own Minnesota Twins atop the AL Central standings (well, tied, but let's not nitpick). #ItsHappening, right? RIGHT!

-As has been noted, the Twins are standing kind of at the top of the AL Central right now, which seems incredible after the past few years and the start of this season. It's a great feeling, and since both the Twins and the Royals have an off day today, this feeling is guaranteed to last at least 24 hours (maybe see a doctor if it lasts even longer). Awesome!

-LENIII shares some good factoids about just how long it's been since the Twins have had a winning record and have held the first place position in the AL Central (694 games ago, in case you were wondering).

-Pulling something good from something awful - Mike Aviles' 4-year-old daughter was diagnosed with leukemia last month, and since then, a bunch of his Cleveland teammates and team staff have shaved their heads in support of little Adriana. Read more about her story here.

-Yes, the All Star Game is kind of ridiculous and meaningless, but there are some Twins that are legitimately playing at an All Star level and you should probably vote for them now.

-Per Rhett Bollinger, Casey Fien is set to return to the bullpen soon, coming back maybe as early as Friday. He threw a scoreless inning in Rochester Tuesday night, which was encouraging to see.

-Mike Berardino had a brief update about Oswaldo Arcia's rehab stint in Rochester -- he's struggling a bit at the plate, it seems, but we'll see how long before he's back up with the club.

What's Coming Up
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The Twins begin their series with the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday, 5/29. Friday's game at Target Field will start at 7:10 pm CST, with Minnesota's Trevor May facing off against Chicago's Mark Buerhle.