It was underscored in combined 33-to-1 run fashion that the rest of the American League Central Division has not only caught up to the Twins, but also stormed past them.
The three-game sweep at Detroit over the weekend -- in which the Twins scored only one run in a three-gamer for the first time since 1981 in Detroit -- sent the Twins to a 2-10 record against AL Central opponents.
They've played all four opponents in one series each, and been swept by Cleveland (outscored 17-8), Chicago (23-6) and Detroit (33-1), being outscored 73-15 in those three series combined.
Their only wins against Central opponents were 2-1 and 7-3 victories at Kansas City -- their only wins on their just-concluded nine-game road trip.
"This is only the first month of the year here and we have a long ways to go, but we definitely have a lot of work to do," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We have to pitch better; we have to hit better, and catch the ball better -- the whole package. That's why there can't be anybody pointing fingers in here, because it's a total package. We need an effort by the whole team to get better."
REPLAY: The Twins managed only two hits against former Twins starter Kenny Rogers and former Twins reliever Todd Jones in a 6-0 loss at Detroit Sunday that sent them home with a 2-7 road trip that included getting swept at Chicago and Detroit.
The Twins were outscored 33-1 by the Tigers in the most lopsided three-game series for the team in at least 25 years as they fell to 3-12 on the road this season.
BY THE NUMBERS: 3 -- Teams in American League history that have opened the season by trailing in their first 20 games after the Twins did it this year (also the 1910 St. Louis Browns and 1988 Baltimore Orioles). The Twins snapped the string April 27.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's not like we're swinging the bats bad. We're hitting the ball hard. It's just we're not lucky right now. It's got to turn around. I mean, it has to." -- DH Rondell White (.143), on the struggles of the Twins' woefully unproductive lineup.