Minnesota Twins: What to watch for against the Royals

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ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - MAY 20: Jorge Polanco #11 of the Minnesota Twins reacts to flying out during the fifth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheimat Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 20, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - MAY 20: Jorge Polanco #11 of the Minnesota Twins reacts to flying out during the fifth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheimat Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 20, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /
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ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – MAY 20: Jorge Polanco #11 of the Minnesota Twins reacts to flying out during the fifth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheimat Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 20, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – MAY 20: Jorge Polanco #11 of the Minnesota Twins reacts to flying out during the fifth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheimat Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 20, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

The Minnesota Twins will continue their home stand this weekend, as they pay tribute to a franchise great and host the reeling Kansas City Royals.

Things haven’t been as steady for the MInnesota Twins recently, but they keep finding ways to win ballgames. In their last series against the Seattle Mariners, it took a come from behind victory, a late rally and a blowout that got a little too close at the end to take two of three games from one of the worst teams in baseball. Even though things got hairy, the Twins are still continuing to play well and own a 45-22 record along with an 11-game lead in the American League Central.

While the Twins remain in the AL Central penthouse, the Kansas City Royals are stuck in the outhouse. Continuing a rebuild from their 2015 World Series championship squad, the Royals enter this weekend’s three-game series with a 21-46 record that is tied with the Baltimore Orioles for the worst in baseball.

With the Twins hosting many players from the past as part of Joe Mauer‘s retirement ceremony on Saturday night, the Royals seem like the perfect opponent to keep the party going all weekend long. Kansas City will also provide a good opportunity to have some of the struggling parts on the Twins get their footing back underneath them and make a strong push before a key series against the Boston Red Sox early next week.

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