MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins offense has been among the best in baseball since mid-May, ranking second behind the White Sox in runs scored dating back to May 16.
Entering Sunday, the Twins had scored 123 runs in 22 games while the White Sox ranked first with 132 runs in 22 games.
It's been a marked turnaround, as the Twins had scored the second-fewest runs in baseball through May 15.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said a big reason for the improvement has been the production of players in the middle of the lineup, such as Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau and Josh Willingham, while others such as Jamey Carroll, Denard Span and Ben Revere have been getting on base at a good clip. Trevor Plouffe is tied for third in the Majors in homers with eight over that same span.
"They've got plenty of at-bats in the Major Leagues, so it's up to the table setters to get on for them," Gardenhire said. "And they've done a good job of that, rolling over from the bottom to the top with Jamey Carroll getting on like 33 or 34 percent of the time.
"And Plouffe is swinging good. It's good to see them roll over with Span and Revere getting on base an awful lot, too."
It's also helped that the Twins are hitting .302 with runners in scoring position since May 16, after hitting just .229 in those situations leading up to that date.
"We just didn't do that well with runners in scoring position, but now we're getting these guys in," Revere said. "We're having a lot better approaches with runners in scoring position. So if we keep that up, we can be a good team."