Twins General Manager Terry Ryan told Star Tribune columnist Jim Souhan, "There's no reason for us not to be in that mix," referring to battling for a spot in the playoffs this season.

This is the time of year for rampant optimism, and no team should set its sights too low. That said, the gap between what the Twins think of themselves and what the outside world thinks of them is enormous.

There are numerous examples, but another reminder arrived via e-mail Thursday from an online gambling site. The Twins are 150-to-1 long shots to win the World Series. No other team has longer odds.

no more captains Yankees GM Brian Cashman told he doesn't think there should be another team captain with Derek Jeter retired.

playing, at a cost Most analyses of the new Major League Soccer labor agreement conclude that the players accepted a pretty bad deal.