Found July 21, 2013 on Fox Sports Ohio:
Though the Minnesota Twins have won four straight, they've dropped four starts in a row by Scott Diamond. Diamond, however, owns a lower career ERA against the Cleveland Indians than any opponent he has faced more than once as he heads into Sunday's home matchup. Minnesota (41-53) can match its longest win streak of the year after a pair of 3-2 victories to start this set. The Twins' Mike Pelfrey and Kevin Correia pitched into the sixth inning in those games before the bullpen finished up with scoreless relief. That formula would require Diamond (5-8, 5.32 ERA) to fare better than he has in going 0-2 with a 5.49 ERA over his last four outings. He has failed to record an out past the fifth inning three times in that stretch, although his last start, a 2-0 loss to the New York Yankees on July 12, was cut short after 3 1-3 scoreless innings due to rain. The left-hander will face Cleveland (51-46) for the first time in 2013. He won all three of his starts versus the Indians last year with a 0.78 ERA, lowering his career ERA against them to 2.54. Jason Kipnis went 1 for 11 against Diamond last season while Michael Brantley and Asdrubal Cabrera each had two hits in nine at-bats. Kipnis hit a two-run homer Saturday, and he and Michael Bourn are the only Indians with RBIs in this series. Cabrera and Nick Swisher are each 1 for 8 in the two games while Carlos Santana is 0 for 6 and 5 for 27 in the season series, which is tied at four wins apiece. Cleveland has dropped five straight at Minnesota and has missed a chance to gain ground this weekend on first-place Detroit, which has also lost twice since the All-Star break. "It's still late July, there's still time," Kipnis said. "We're not losing too much ground, thankfully. But if we want to get where we want to be, we're going to have to start winning games, and these are games that we need to be winning." Cleveland has blown two-run leads in the sixth inning in both contests this weekend. Minnesota tied Friday's game with two runs in the sixth and scored all of its runs Saturday in that inning. "Got the guys in that we needed to score that inning, put ourselves ahead and gave our bullpen a chance to win that game," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said about Saturday. The Indians will try to avoid the sweep behind Justin Masterson (10-7, 3.72), who is 2-7 with a 4.53 ERA in 18 appearances - 15 starts - against Minnesota. Masterson owns a 4.72 ERA on the road compared to 2.91 at home, although he has a 2.18 ERA in day games and a 4.50 at night. He is 1-4 with a 5.59 ERA in seven appearances - six starts - at Target Field. The right-hander will pitch on 10 days' rest. He's 8-1 with a 2.20 ERA in 16 outings in which he's had at least six days off between starts.

Jason Kipnis: ‘We need some guys to start stepping up right now’

“It’s getting into late July right now. We can make excuses for a while, but we need some guys to start stepping up right now. We’ve been shooting ourselves in the foot these last two games. You can’t blame the starting pitching. You can’t blame the bullpen. You can’t win many games if you don’t score runs.” – Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis, as reported...

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Twins look to match longest win streak of year

Though the Minnesota Twins have won four straight, they've dropped four starts in a row by Scott Diamond. Diamond, however, owns a lower career ERA against the Cleveland Indians than any opponent he has faced more than once as he heads into Sunday's home matchup. Minnesota (41-53) can match its longest win streak of the year after a pair of 3-2 victories to start this set...

Around the Farm: July 20, 2013

Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Indians prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game. Matt Packer: SP, Akron Aeros: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R/ER, 8 K, 1 HR: In 2010, Matt Packer was a breakout pitcher in the Indians organization when he went 9-7 with a 2.04 ERA combined between...

IBI Digest: 7/14/13 - 7/20/13

The big news of the week was the promotion of top prospect from far-away Carolina to Akron, where many Cleveland fans can make a quick drive to see him live and in person. IBI was all over the Lindor promotion, covering his transition and his first days in Double-A. As a side note, I would absolutely recommend making time to go see Lindor play. He really is that talented. Anyway...

Masterson, Brantley lead Indians past Twins 7-1

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Justin Masterson took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning, Michael Brantley hit a bases-loaded triple and the Cleveland Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 7-1 on Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep. Masterson (11-7) had faced the minimum through six, allowing only a hit batter, when Brian Dozier led off the seventh with a broken-bat blooper to center field that...

Twins Sunday: Brian Dozier saves Minnesota from shutout

MINNEAPOLIS -- When he stepped into the batter's box to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning Sunday, Brian Dozier's sole intention wasn't necessarily to spoil Justin Masterson's no-hit bid. Merely reaching base would've been a coup with the stuff the Indians' All-Star right-hander brought with him to Minneapolis to start the season's second half...

Twins' Glen Perkins proves his worth in win over Indians

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins closer Glen Perkins didn't get to pitch in his first All-Star Game. He got as close as warming up in the bullpen in the ninth inning Tuesday, but never saw the field. Friday's game against Cleveland might not have been of the same magnitude, but Perkins got his chance to pitch and was pivotal in Minnesota's 3-2 win over the Indians. The Twins'...

Indians Trade Talk

There has been some trade talk in recent days involving the Indians, especially considering extra starting pitching. There have been no articles predicting the many moves Cleveland will make before the deadline on Burning River Baseball to this point, however, for one simple reason: the Indians shouldn't trade anybody before the deadline. With the starting rotation finally healthy...

Should the Twins be… buyers?

Today, the Darren Wolfson of KSTP and ESPN1500 posted this little nugget: The Twins aren’t necessarily just sellers. They could trade for a player signed beyond this year. “It’s a possibility,” vice president of player personnel Mike Radcliff said. “Nothing is imminent.” Radcliff would neither confirm nor deny, but a league source said the Twins have some interest in...

Video: Twins bat boy is really good at spinning helmets

The bat boy for the Minnesota Twins may be in the wrong sport.Watch as the kid entertains himself during Sunday's game against Cleveland by spinning a helmet on his finger like its a basketball. Seriously, I believe the kid could keep spinning this thing for days.Perhaps the Timberwolves should give this kid a shot to be their next point guard?Via The Big Lead

Twins return to business with rally over Cleveland

Trade rumors. Job security questions. The Twins just wanted to return from the All-Star break and work on turning around their season. Yet those are the consequences when you spend half the season on pace to lose 90-plus games for the third consecutive year. “It’s not about a number. It’s about the fact that were not even at .500,” Twins owner Jim Pohlad said before Friday’s...

Tony Davis is having a standout season for the Dunedin Blue Jays

Florida Gators, 12th round pick of the Minnesota Twins, standout relief pitcher for the Quebec Capitales, and now an All-Star for the Dunedin Blue Jays. It's not your conventional route, but Tony Davis is one of literally hundreds of professional players that continue to work 365 days a year hoping to get that call saying they have been promoted to the Major Leagues. His...

Twins rally for 3-2 win over Indians, fourth straight win

A three-run sixth inning gave the Twins the lead for the first time and the bullpen pitched its second shutout in as many days, this one spanning the final three innings, as Minnesota won in front of 38,626, the fifth sellout at Target Field this season. Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau got the sixth inning started with a walk and a single, and Ryan Doumit, Chris Colabello and Clete...

Links of the Day 7/22/13

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