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Nick Punto, left, and Justin Morneau of the Twins celebrate the team's 5-4 win and their three-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers Wednesday in Minneapolis. Associated Press

Twins gets first series sweep of season

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins are starting strong -- and not only in the standings.

Denard Span has kept up his patience at the top of the lineup, Orlando Hudson has been a tough out behind him and the Twins are often striking first. So far, it's been a winning formula.

Span was the catalyst with three singles and a walk, and the Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 5-4 on Wednesday for their first sweep in nine series this season.

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