After spending 12 days watching the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers, I can tell you this: This team will not lose 99 games again this season.
That may not exactly be going out on a limb, since the only other time the Twins lost that many games was in 1982 when they finished 60-102. But after an injury-plagued season a year ago, Minnesota will certainly be improved from last year's forgettable season.
Staying healthy will be key. Nearly every player I talked to during spring training reiterated that point when I asked them what has to happen for them to turn the page on 2011. Last year, 16 different Twins players went on the disabled list a combined 27 times. As a result of their decimated lineup, they had to call up players seemingly every day from Triple-A Rochester.
The injuries happened to some of the team's best players, too. Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau, two former MVPs, combined to play less than a full season -- just 151 total games. Mauer missed two months early on with bil...