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Twins offense improving over last month

The Minnesota Twins' Trevor Plouffe (right) is congratulated by Joe Mauer (left), Brian Dozier (second from left) and Robbie Grossman after hitting a three-run home run during the third inning against the Los Angeles Angels on Monday, June 13, 2016, in Anaheim, Calif.

The Minnesota Twins' Trevor Plouffe (right) is congratulated by Joe Mauer (left), Brian Dozier (second from left) and Robbie Grossman after hitting a three-run home run during the third inning against the Los Angeles Angels on Monday, June 13, 2016, in Anaheim, Calif.

Despite injuries and lineup shuffling, the Minnesota Twins have seen a surge in offense over the last month.

Up until May 22 -- which included 43 games -- the Twins were averaging just 3.5 runs per game. Since then, however, Minnesota is scoring an average of one run more per game.

Here's a breakdown of Minnesota's recent increase in offense:

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Through May 22 Since May 23
Games 43 26
Runs/g 3.5 4.5
Batting avg. .231 .265
On-base pct. .296 .331
Slugging pct. .369 .437
Home runs/g 0.93 1.35


Two of the biggest factors in this uprising have been Robbie Grossman and Brian Dozier.

Grossman has played in 29 games for the Twins and is batting .289 with a .425 on-base percentage and .536 slugging percentage.

Meanwhile, Dozier has rebounded from a rough start to the season. From April-May, Dozier had an OPS of .624. In June, his OPS is .977. That differential of .353 is the third-best increase in the American League in that timespan with only Toronto's Edwin Encarnacion (+.454) and Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria (+.421) doing better.

We should likely expect Joe Mauer to continue that offensive effort against the Philadelphia Phillies. Mauer owns the fourth-best batting average in interleague play (min. 300 plate appearances) among active players at .325.

Other notes:

-- In the something has to give department: The Twins have a -116 run differential while the Phillies are at -103.

-- The Phillies' Aaron Nola has thrown the fourth-most curveballs this season, 434 (33.4 percent of his pitches) while the Twins' Tyler Duffey has thrown the eighth-most (378, 38.7 percent).

-- Philadelphia was 24-17 in its first 41 games but are just 6-24 over its last 30 games, averaging just 2.8 runs per contest in that span.

Statistics courtesy STATS Inc.