Liam Hendriks will continue facing questions about his winless streak until he's finally able to break through, but Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire seems to believe he's on the cusp of doing so.
Hendriks again seeks his elusive first career victory when visiting Minnesota looks to beat the Cleveland Indians for the 12th time in 14 meetings Wednesday night.
The right-hander, who made four starts in 2011, became the fifth player since 1920 to go winless in his first 17 career starts after giving up three runs in five innings of Minnesota's 4-3, 10-inning victory over Kansas City on Thursday.
The record for winless starts to begin a career is 20, shared by Bill Caudill of the Chicago Cubs (1979-81) and Mike Mohler of Oakland (1993-97), though Gardenhire thinks Hendriks (0-7, 6.14 ERA) pitched well his last time out.
"I told him he got a half of a win," Gardenhire said. "I'm just giving him one. I was a little disappointed in the first inning (because) he wasn't attacking."