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The Fierce Urgency of Now

Posted at 6:06 AM on May 2, 2008 by David Zingler

The Twins enter this weekend at 13-14, while the visiting Tigers stand at 14-15 following a 0-7 start. After the nightmarish two-game set the Twins endured in MoTown two weeks ago, I think this is about as big as an early season series can get.

The Twins need to prove to themselves that they can beat Detroit. They need to win at least 2 of out 3 in this series and get back to .500 before heading to Chicago next week.

What's up with Delmon Young?
Young was supposed to be the team's key off-season addition, but so far that title probably goes to Brendan Harris. The former #1 overall pick says "it's early", but he's hitting .265/.306/.314 with 0 homers and just 8 RBI after one month of play. I've been as high on Young as anyone, but he needs to get going ASAP.

He's No Lion
After watching Nick Punto put up utility-type numbers at third base last year, Mike Lamb was brought in to be a real third baseman. But so far, he's hitting a Punto-like .203/.224/.278 with 0 homers (see a theme here). Nobody expects the 32-year-old to be an All Star, but if he doesn't get it going soon, the Twins should start exploring other options.

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