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-- The Minnesota Twins have won nine of their past 12 games and have taken their season record to a much more respectable 24-35 with four consecutive series wins.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins have won nine of their past 12 games and have taken their season record to a much more respectable 24-35 with four consecutive series wins.
The Twins record had dipped to 17-games under .500 at 15-32 after getting swept by Detroit over Memorial Day weekend. Since then, Minnesota has won all four series its played, including two road sets. The Twins were off yesterday and open a three-game interleague series against the Phillies tonight at Target Field. Philadelphia has lost eight of its last nine games. Tonight's game starts at 7:10 p.m.
Phillies second baseman will begin a rehab assignment this evening with the team's Class A squad. Utley has yet to play this season with a knee injury, but has been seeing action recently at extended spring training. He hit .259 with 11 homers and 44 RBI in 103 games last season.
Fans of the late Twins superstar Harmon Killebrew might want to take a look at this. Today through Thursday at Target Field by the Grandstand stairs, Hunt Auctions is displaying over 30 items from Killebrew's personal collection before they're auctioned off July 10th, the morning of the All-Star game in Kansas City Among the items: trophies from Killebrew's career including MVP, Homerun and RBI Champion -- a President Dwight D. Eisenhower single signed baseball -- Killebrew's retired number presentational jersey from 1975 -- and a vintage baseball signed by Ted Williams to Killebrew. Nita Killebrew says her husband's legacy belongs to the entire baseball community and "that obligates us to share his memory."
Former Twin and current Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Torii Hunter has been named last week's top player in the American League. He and teammate Mike Trout share the weekly A-L award. Hunter hit .500 with four homers, 10 RBI and 10 runs scored to pick up his third career weekly honor. The 36-year-old led the Junior Circuit in total bases with 23 and was tied for the best on-base percentage at .560. Meanwhile, Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Jason Kubel, a former Twins player, was named co-winner of the National League Player of the Week. Kubel hit .409 in six games and was tied for the major league lead with 12 RBI. The 30-year-old hit a pair of homers, had five runs scored and 18 total bases to pick up his second career weekly award.
New stadiums continue to be the headline in Minnesota sports. On Monday, the University of Minnesota broke ground on a new seven-million-dollar on-campus baseball stadium. Construction starts on the 1,400-seat facility June 18th and should be ready for its first pitch next spring. Meanwhile, top executives from the Minnesota Twins are in Fort Myers, Florida this week, talking about potential upgrades to Hammond Stadium. A thousand new seats, along with new practice fields and a dormitory for players appear to top the wish list for the team.