First, there were the return-to-play plans. Now there are dates associated with those plans.
MLB is coming back this month. In fact, the Minnesota Twins begin the 60-game sprint to the American League Central title in Chicago against the White Sox on July 24. The game begins at 7:10 CT.
The Twins begin with a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox, then come back to Target Field for a three-series homestand against the St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The middle part of the Twins schedule alternates series between the Kansas City Royals and Milwaukee Brewers. After the Royals alternating series, the Detroit Tigers take their place between some tougher opponents like the Indians, White Sox and Cardinals.
Minnesota closes out its season at home with a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds on September 25-27.
As of Monday night, the Twins have no scheduled doubleheaders. In addition to that, before the Twins head to the south side of Chicago, they have a single exhibition game against the Cubs on July 22 at Wrigley Field.
Overall, the Twins’ game-by-game opponent breakdown looks like this:
- 10 games each against AL Central foes in the White Sox, Indians, Royals and Tigers spread throughout campaign
- Four games against the Cardinals (two two-game series both at the beginning at end of the season)
- Six games against the Brewers (two three-game series in the heart of the season)
- Three games against the Cubs (one three-game series near the end of the season)
- Three games against the Reds (one three-game series at the end of the season)
- Four games against the Pirates (two two-game series near the beginning of the season)
Minnesota’s toughest opponents come in waves throughout the season, making it a relatively balanced schedule. St. Louis, Milwaukee, Cleveland and the Chicago White Sox should pose the toughest challenge against a Twins team that eclipsed each of the other nine teams’ regular season success last season.
Through the 60 games, the Twins have seven off days. In a 37-day span right in the middle of the season, Minnesota has one off day. Staying consistent will be key as the team has two three-city road trips with no off days between during that 37-day stretch.