Before the MLB season started, ESPN.com's Buster Olney ranked the relative strengths of schedule for each AL team through the first 40 games and deemed the Twins to have the third-toughest out of 15.

Much of that was based on last year's standings, and every year is new. That said, it's interesting to remember now that the Twins are 18-14 through 32, albeit with some challenges upcoming at Detroit, home against Tampa Bay and at Pittsburgh before getting to that magic 40-game mark.

If the Twins can get through this stretch relatively unscathed, they could have even better times ahead.

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