MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have returned right-hander Casey Fien from his rehab assignment for a strained right shoulder and removed him from the disabled list.

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One week into the season, things looked bleak for the Minnesota Twins. Aaron Hicks homered for the first time in more than a year and the Twins extended their winning streak to five games with a 6-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday. Eddie Rosario also homered for Minnesota, which has won nine of 11.

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Minnesota is moving on up and taking the AL by surprise.

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Minnesota is moving on up and taking the AL by surprise.

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You could make a pretty good case that the AL Central is toughest division in baseball right now. You’ve got the Tigers, a perennial powerhouse who have won the division four years in a row. You’ve got the Royals, the defending American League champions. The Indians were a trendy preseason World Series pick by some, and the White Sox retooled in the offseason by picking up Jeff Samardzija and Melky Cabrera. Yet despite those star-studded teams at the top, as June approaches it is the Minnesota Twins who have been the surprise of the division, racing out to a 28-18 record and a share of first place. The Twins didn’t make any sexy offseason moves unless you count signing 39-year-old outfielder Torii Hunter, or pitcher Ervin Santana who was suspended for 80 games before the season even began. For a team that has averaged just 66 wins over the last four seasons, the Twins biggest offseason move was hiring Paul Molitor as their new manager. Molitor, a Hall of Famer and Minnesota native, had no previous managing experience but took the task of rebuilding a team that regularly won the division in the early part of this century under Ron Gardenhire. After completing a sweep of the Red Sox on Wednesday night and extending their win streak to five, it seems the rest of the league is starting to take notice of the Twins. The #twins are tied for 1st. They’ve won 5 in a row, allowing only 11 runs in those 5 games. HOF’er Paul Molitor has ‘em believing. — Dan Shulman (@DShulman_ESPN) May 27, 2015 Pretty incredible job by Paul Molitor to lift the #Twins to first place in AL Central. Since April 22, averaging 5.3 runs/game (#1 MLB). — Kevin Burkhardt (@kevinburkhardt) May 27, 2015 You won’t find many Twins players on major-league leaderboards. Third baseman Trevor Plouffe is their early WAR leader, Joe Mauer – a career .317 hitter – is batting just .276, but as a team they’ve scored the eighth most runs in the majors. Pitchers Kyle Gibson and Mike Pelfrey are off to fine starts sporting ERAs of 2.72 and 2.77, respectively. But the Twins’ team ERA of 3.94 is only 16 th best in the majors. It’s hard to say whether the Twins are for real or if this is early-season, small sample size luck. They seem to be a team that is a jack of many trades, but master of none. Sometimes being just pretty good at everything can go a long way, just ask the Royals. Last season they were 14 th in runs scored, dead last in home runs, 12th in team ERA, and 26 th in fielding percentage. Doesn’t sound like a team worth watching, but they rode that all the way to within a game of the World Series. Maybe Molitor’s miracle Twins can do the same in 2015. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports : Ian Denomme is an editor and writer for Yahoo Sports. Email him at denomme@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter.

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Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. In the end, something went right for the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday. On a day they lost their first baseman Matt Adams for at least for three months (maybe even longer)  because of a quad tear , the Cards left Busch Stadium with an unlikely walk-off win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.  St. Louis’ 4-3 win wasn’t without controversy, though. Let’s rewind to the first batter of the bottom of the ninth. Jason Heyward hit a solo homer to erase a 3-2 Arizona lead. The Cards then loaded the bases for Jhonny Peralta, who hit a one-out grounder to third. The D-backs tried for the 5-2-3 double play to end the inning. They forced out the speedy Peter Bourjos at the plate, but as he slid in, Bourjos clipped the leg of D-backs catcher Jordan Pacheco. That caused Pacheco’s throw to first base to sail into the outfield. Matt Carpenter came around to score the winning run. It wasn’t your average walk-off win, but it counts just the same. D-backs manager Chip Hale argued that Bourjos’ slide was out of line, but after the game Hale admitted it was a “legal slide.” That didn’t stop D-backs fans and Cardinals haters from accusing Bourjos of a dirty slide. This photo probably doesn’t help:

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Highlights of Wednesday’s early Major League baseball games: – - – Yankees 4, Royals 2 Alex Rodriguez moved past Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig into third place on the all-time RBI list with a three-run homer in the bottom of the third inning and the New York Yankees completed a three-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals. Rodriguez drove a 0-1 slider from Chris Young (4-1) over the left field wall that moved him past Gehrig and gave him 1,995 RBIs. It also was Rodriguez’s 665th home run and 2,880th hit, putting Rodriguez 20 shy of joining Derek Jeter as the only Yankees to reach 3,000 hits.

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When Mike Pelfrey saw activity in the Minnesota Twins’ bullpen during the fifth inning, he knew it was time to bear down. Pelfrey was sharp for seven innings, Trevor Plouffe and Kurt Suzuki hit back-to-back RBI doubles in the first, and the Twins held on to beat the Boston Red Sox 2-1 on Tuesday night. After rain delayed the game’s first pitch for 1 hour, 21 minutes, Minnesota jumped on Clay Buchholz (2-6) for three doubles and two runs in the first.

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Justin Verlander hasn’t appeared in a single game. Victor Martinez has hit only one home run, and Anibal Sanchez has allowed 11. All things considered, the Detroit Tigers are off to a solid start – but they’re still waiting for significant contributions from some of their biggest stars.

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Highlights of Monday’s early Major League baseball games: – - – Yankees 14, Royals 1 Chase Headley hit a two-run homer while Brian McCann and Brett Gardner hit three-run homers during an eight-run first inning and the New York Yankees snapped a season-high six-game losing streak with a rout of the Kansas City Royals. New York saw 47 pitches in the first inning from Kansas City right-hander Jeremy Guthrie (4-3) and sent 13 men to the plate, falling a triple shy of getting a cycle in the opening inning. The Yankees extended it to 11-0 as McCann and Garrett Jones reached to start the second before Stephen Drew hit a towering drive into the right-field seats for his fifth home run.

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