MINNEAPOLIS Sunday's 8-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs was one of just a few speed bumps on what had otherwise been a pretty impressive ride for the Minnesota Twins.
After taking the first two games this weekend from the visiting Cubs, Minnesota pulled to within 10 games under .500, a mark it hadn't been at since April 30 when the Twins were 6-16. It's been a slow, steady climb from the American League Central cellar since then, and that climb is still far from over.
But including this weekend's series against Chicago, Minnesota has done what it's needed to do in order to inch toward the .500 mark, and that's take advantage of struggling opponents. Prior to Sunday, the Twins had won nine of their last 11 games, dating back to a three-game sweep against Oakland at the end of May. Their only two hiccups during that stretch were a 7-1 loss to Derek Lowe and the Indians and a 1-0 loss to Bruce Chen and the Royals.
After sweeping the Athletics, the Twins took two of three on the road from...