Take a look at those standings, friends. That’s right, that’s the Royals sitting atop the American League Central Division.

And before anyone chirps that it’s just April — as if, with this rain, we don’t know what month it is — merely remember last April and that sour-time losing streak (12 games!) that effectively killed the season.

This is better.

The Royals rode a five-run first inning to a 7-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins at Kauffman Stadium on a Tuesday night that ended with the forecasted rain arriving as scheduled over the last few innings.

So, yes, it turned torrential by the end, which coincided with closer Greg Holland brewing up another tension-filled ninth inning. But it all worked out and ... first place. How about that?

“We’re not thinking about that,” third baseman Mike Moustakas insisted. “What’s awesome about this team is the new feeling we’ve got in this clubhouse.

“We know that every time one of these pitchers takes the bump, we’re going to have a chance to win. And when we put up five for (Jeremy) Guthrie…”

Even a less-than-sharp Guthrie, who served up three homers among six hits over his 62/3 innings. But all three came with the bases empty, and he handed a three-run lead to Tim Collins with a runner at first.

“I needed to get ahead in the count and make better pitches,” Guthrie said. “I wasn’t able to do that consistently tonight. So I gave them every opportunity to take good swings, and they did.

“They didn’t miss many pitches. Sometimes, you’ve got to battle through without your best stuff, and tonight was one of those cases.”