Twins lacking familiarity with Central rivals

Twins lacking familiarity with Central rivals

MINNEAPOLIS -- With a strange schedule to open the season, the Twins entered Monday's game against the Indians having played just two of their first 34 games against American League Central opponents.

Those two games came against the Royals on April 27 and 29, as they split the two games after a rainout on April 28 at Target Field.

The Twins finish the season with 70 of their final 128 games (55 percent) against division opponents. They've fared well historically against the AL Central, as they have a .572 winning percentage (166-124) against division foes over the last four years.

"It's a little different," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We've played the Angels nine times already. It's a little bit strange. But what can you do? We don't make the schedules. We only play them."