The Twins are coming back home from a 10 game road trip where they went 6-4, won their first two series of the year and gained ground on the division leading Indians. They now stand 11.5 games back of the Indians which is a little easier to swallow than when they were over 15 games back last week. Up until this point the Twins have spent much more time on the road than at home and the schedule is about to turn in their favor. Starting in their next game the Twins will play 31 of their next 41 games in front of their home crowd at Target Field. So far this year, however, the Twins have not played very well at home. They have a 6-15 record at home and a 17-23 record on the road. Last year they finished the season with a 53-28 record at home and a 41-40 record on the road. The Twins need to continue the solid play they have been getting in their last 7 games and turn their fortunes around on their home turf. Some prominent names should be returning from the Disabled list in the next couple weeks which should help bolster their lineup and the backend of the bullpen. Barring any setbacks, all the players on the disabled list are expected back in the next couple weeks and that includes Mauer and Nishioka who have both been out over two months.

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