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Souhan blog: Twins by the numbers

Running some numbers while waiting out the rain delay tonight...Twins are thinking they may be able to start by 8:30. The Royals are down 5-1 at New York so if the Twins win tonight they may move to within one game of first place in the American League Central.

Yes, this is the same Twins team that started the season 1-6.

And now they...

-Are 15-6 at Target Field, winning 10 of their last 12 at home. They have the best home record in the American League.

-Have won 17 of their last 23 overall.

-Are 16-6 in May, the most victories in the American League and third-most in baseball. They haven't won 17 in any Month since June of 2011.

-Are 15-4 when they receive a quality start (six innings or more and three earned runs or fewer.)

-Are 17-6 when their starting pitcher goes six innings or more.

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Souhan blog: The Saints built a beautiful ballpark

We have heard many lamentations from local sports fans about the quality of local professional teams.

I'm not sure many places have better arenas than we do.

The St. Paul Saints' new ballpark, CHS Field, belongs in the same sentence and area code as the Xcel Energy Center, Target Field, TCF Bank Stadium, the blooming Vikings stadium, Mariucci Arena and Williams Arena, In some ways, because it is so small and unique, it is as good as any of them.

My column for the Friday paper (and online at startribune.com, of course) will feature the thoughts of fans, owner Mike Veeck, manager George Tsamis, former Twin Al Newman (who threw batting practice) and a player or two.

For now, let me offer a first impression as the first pitch in the new ballpark approaches:

They got this right. Veeck pointed out the beautiful woodwork on upper deck. Most remarkable, that woodwork is on full display when you walk on the main concourse and look up at the upper deck. Veeck said the idea was to turn the nearby warehouse district ``inside out,''  and that is a perfect description.

I covered Tsamis when he pitched for the Twins in the mid-'90s, and we had a few beers on the road together. He kept turning the conversation toward winning. As much as Veeck talks about fun, Tsamis feels the pressure to win, and to draw fans with baseball as well as promotions and pranks.

Again, more to come in tomorrow's paper and online.

@Souhanstrib

12:10 PM
Boston 21-25
Minnesota 27-18

Today's Scoreboard

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  • Texas

    Cleveland

    11:10 AM

  • Colorado

    Cincinnati

    11:35 AM

  • Miami

    Pittsburgh

    11:35 AM

  • Chicago White Sox

    Toronto

    11:37 AM

  • Kansas City

    NY Yankees

    12:05 PM

  • Boston

    Minnesota

    12:10 PM

  • Philadelphia

    NY Mets

    12:10 PM

  • Seattle

    Tampa Bay

    12:10 PM

  • San Francisco

    Milwaukee

    12:40 PM

  • Detroit

    Oakland

    2:35 PM

  • Houston

    Baltimore

    3:35 PM

  • Washington

    Chicago Cubs

    7:05 PM

  • Arizona

    St. Louis

    7:15 PM

  • San Diego

    LA Angels

    9:05 PM

  • Atlanta

    LA Dodgers

    9:10 PM

  • Anaheim

    Chicago

    7:00 PM

    NBC Sports

  • Houston

    Golden State

    8:00 PM

    ESPN

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