Minnesota Twins Josh Willingham Finds Redemption in Win over Chicago White Sox

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Left fielder Josh Willingham came up big, in both a positive and negative way, in the Minnesota Twins‘ 5-3 win over the slumping Chicago White Sox.

Willingham misplayed a fly ball in the fourth inning which resulted in a double by Alejandro De Aza, who later scored. But, Willingham’s double to deep center in the seventh inning scored three runs and clinched the victory for Minnesota.

Gavin Floyd‘s stellar performance for the White Sox was overlooked, though, his one run and three hits allowed in six innings served as the proverbial example of a “quality start.” He lost his first three starts with unmentionable results, and fell under unfortunate luck in a great start Sunday.

With the Detroit Tigers standing as the symbol of success in the American League Central Division for the foreseeable future, where do the Twins fit in? Currently, the Twins sit in second place in the division behind the Kansas City Royals, while the Tigers remain .5 game behind Minnesota.

If the Twins want to challenge Detroit for the division title, beating rival Chicago will have to be the first step. There two-game sweep over the weekend is certainly a step in the right direction. Chicago stomped the deflated Twins last season, winning 14 0f 20 games over the year.

To completely brush aside Minnesota’s brief series sweep would be foolish, as the Twins haven’t swept a season series at U.S. Cellular Field since July 7-10, 2011, according to MLB.com’s Joey Nowak. Detroit’s early inconsistency and Kansas City’s unusual success could lead to a very interesting race in the AL Central, even if it is only April.

John Engel is a Pac-12 college basketball writer for Rant Sports and also works for ESPNLA 710 AM radio in Los Angeles. Follow John on Twitter: @engelsportsguy.

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