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2004 standings

Minnesota;92-70;.568;--

Chicago;83-79;.513;9

Cleveland;80-82;.494;12

Detroit;72-90;.444;20

Kansas City;58-104;.358;34

1. MINNESOTA TWINS

Lineup:

LF Shannon Stewart

C Joe Mauer

CF Torii Hunter

1B Justin Morneau

DH Lew Ford

LF Jacque Jones

3B Michael Cuddyer

SS Jason Bartlett

2B Luis Rivas

Rotation:

LHP Johan Santana

RHP Brad Radke

RHP Carlos Silva

RHP Kyle Lohse

RHP Joe Mays

Closer:

RHP Joe Nathan

Best move: Keeping their excellent 2004 rotation intact by re-signing RHP Brad Radke.

Biggest loss: Allowing 3B Corey Koskie to sign with Toronto.

Top rival: Chicago White Sox.

Ever since Bud Selig and his cohorts tried and failed to contract the Minnesota Twins in that memorable winter of 2001-02, the Twins have done nothing but win division titles and operate as a model small-market franchise.

Take this offseason. After leading the AL with a 4.03 team ERA last season, the Twins had a chance to bring back their entire 2004 pitching staff -- as long as they could get Brad Radke to re-sign. Which they did, at a reduced rate of $18 million over two years.


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