With the Rockies coming to Minneapolis tonight to continue Interleague Play, it is time for the Twins to make a run and break away from the rest of the American League Central. The Twins have been battling injuries to most of the infield and that has caused a lot of the line-up to shuffle from game to game. Orlando Hudson should be back for the Rockies series (Twins' Hudson hopes to return Tuesday) and that will make the top of the line-up look better than the Nick Punto- Trevor Plouffe one-two punch from Sunday.
Detroit has been slowly creeping their way back towards the top of the division. Coming off a sweep of the AAA Pirates the Tigers have a three game set with the Nationals. After that they host the AAA Diamondbacks. Detroit sure got the luck of the draw with their National League schedule. This is one of the main reasons the Twins need to make a run. The Tigers are going to be winning games in the next week, so the Twins need to keep pace.
With the Tigers closing in on the division lead it is time for the Twins to step up and take control of the division. The Twins usually feast on National League pitching. Mauer and Morneau are both making a push to start the All-Star Game (Morneau increases lead in All-Star Voting) so this should drive each of them.
It's time to get healthy. It's time to score. It's time to make a run to close out the first half of the season.