The Cleveland Indians had their progress slowed by one of their worst pitching performances of the season. Judging by his recent starts in Minnesota, Justin Masterson could provide a better effort Saturday night.
While seeking a season-high third straight win, the right-hander will try to help the Indians recover from their lopsided series-opening defeat to the Twins.
Before heading to Minnesota, Cleveland had won three of four and moved within 3-12 games of AL Central-leading Chicago, but didn't help itself Friday with an 11-0 drubbing at Target Field. The Indians (50-50) produced only three singles as their five-game winning streak at Minnesota ended.
"One more example that every day is a new day in baseball. There's no such thing as momentum," manager Manny Acta said.
Minnesota's Josh Willingham homered and drove in four runs for the second time in three games. Justin Morneau also added a three-run shot during only the sixth win in 19 contests for the Twins (41-58).