MINNEAPOLIS -- After struggling offensively at Target Field last season, the Twins have been one of the better teams offensively at home this year.
Entering Saturday, the Twins have the highest batting average in the Majors at home, as they're hitting .290 as a team in 56 games at Target Field after batting just .252 there last year.
The Twins also rank 10th in the Majors in runs scored at home with 273, which isn't too far off their total of 290 runs scored at Target Field in all of 2011.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire credited the addition of Josh Willingham and the emergence of Trevor Plouffe for the improved offense at home, along with Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer returning to form after battling through injuries last season.
But he also quick to point out that the Twins have been far from perfect at home, as they have a 23-33 record at Target Field, compared to a 26-30 record on the road this year.
"We have speed and we've got some right-handed pop," Gardenhire said. "When Plouffe was in there, we had a couple guys bombing it that way. Mauer shoots the ball around the field. Morneau, this is probably not a prototype place for Morneau to hit, but he's been doing pretty good. He's been getting his swings in lately, so I don't know if we're built for it. I know it is what it is. It's our ballpark, and our job is to win more games at home than we lose, and we haven't done that yet."