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Updated: April 24th, 2010 7:22pm
The Twins are good at defense, so far

The Twins are good at defense, so far

by Phil Mackey
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The Twins are in Kansas City this weekend, attempting to stay dry and continue torturing Royals starting pitching.

Unfortunately, Twins starter Nick Blackburn, who had his start pushed back one day because of soreness behind his pitching elbow, is the one getting tortured.

Lost in the shuffle of a new stadium, various injuries to pitchers, and an early-season offensive barrage, is the fact that the Twins have played fantastic defense through the first three weeks.

When second baseman Orlando Hudson bobbled a soft line drive off the bat of Royals third baseman Alex Gordon in the third inning tonight, it marked just the second error of the season for the Twins.

That's two errors. All month. For the entire team.

The Yankees came into Saturday's games ranked second with six errors.

For those of you, like me, who don't regard errors as a valuable fielding measurement, the Twins also rank fifth in Ultimate Zone Rating, behind the Rays, Padres, Diamondbacks, and Red Sox.

(And for those of you scoffing at the Red Sox, who looked like a mess defensively at Target Field, calm down. They've made 12 errors, but cover a ton of ground at almost every position.)

Of course, with Nick Punto on the disabled list with a strained groin, the Twins' defense isn't even reaching its full potential.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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