Hunter broke out of a slump almost as soon as the team got home, hitting .440 with three doubles, two homers and seven RBIs during the seven games, all since moving to the cleanup spot Monday.
"It's not the four hole," he repeated Sunday after the Twins' 4-2 victory over Detroit. "It's me. They pitch me the same whether I'm cleanup or batting fifth. I'm just feeling better up there."
Cuddyer, back in right field in place of Lew Ford because he's been hot, hit .421 during the homestand, including a 2-for-3 Sunday.
And White, who spent the first month of the season mired in the deepest slump on the team, has a five-game hitting streak and was actually -- believe it or not -- walked intentionally by the Tigers to load the bases for Tony Batista in the fifth inning Sunday.
"I told the catcher, 'I'm hitting .159. Come on,'" White said. "He said, '(Detroit manager Jim) Leyland figured you're due, so we're putting you on.' They know I'm looking more like myself instead of swinging at a lot of bad pitches. They know I'm feeling good."
The lack of production in the middle of the order has been a constant theme of the early going for the Twins, making the new life shown by Hunter, Cuddyer and White a boost for team confidence if not a difference-maker in the win-loss column.
"We've got some guys starting to swing better," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "That's good to see."
REPLAY: Johan Santana (3-3) took a no-hitter into the seventh inning of a 4-2 victory Sunday before Detroit's Pudge Rodriguez fouled off three 0-2 pitches and drove a ball through the left side of the infield for the Tigers' first hit. Magglio Ordonez followed with a home run for the only damage off Twins pitching Sunday, as Minnesota won two of three from Detroit -- just one week after the Tigers completed a 33-1, three-game sweep of the Twins in Detroit.
Santana, the AL Cy Young Award winner in 2004, struck out 11 and walked only one, cruising to his third straight victory. After going 0-2 with a 5.71 ERA in his first three starts, he's 3-1, 2.48 in his past four.
BY THE NUMBERS: 4 -- Shutout losses for the Twins in their first 28 games this season. They didn't get shut out for the first time in 2005 until their 31st game.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "It can't get any worse." -- DH Rondell White after the Twins finished off a 9-15 April with their worst three-game series (33-1 deficit in sweep at Detroit) in 25 years.