Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 7/20/13
Kevin Correia likely needs to cut down on walks to end his recent struggles. It's an issue the Minnesota Twins hope Correia resolves as they look for a fourth straight victory when they face the visiting Cleveland Indians on Saturday night. Correia (6-6, 4.23 ERA) has been Minnesota's most reliable starter this season, posting a team-leading nine quality starts. He's been plagued by control problems lately, however, issuing 13 walks over 22 13 innings of his last four starts, in which he's gone 0-2 with a 5.64 ERA. The right-hander walked the same number of batters in 88 13 innings over his first 14 starts, during which he went 6-4 with a 3.87 ERA. The Indians (51-45) might not be the ideal opponent against which to find his control, as they average a walk every 10.8 plate appearances, among the best rates in the major leagues. Cleveland drew four walks but lost 3-2 on Friday after Joe Mauer's go-ahead single in the eighth. The All-Star catcher is 12-for-26 during a seven-game hitting streak. "It was good that they pitched to Joe and gave him a chance," said Glen Perkins, who converted his 22nd save in 24 chances this season. "So thanks for that." Correia allowed three runs over 5 13 innings of a 4-3 road loss to Tampa Bay on July 10, walking five for the first time since April 29, 2012. He also surrendered a two-run homer. The Indians have gone 1-6 in their last seven games in Minnesota, but may have a good chance for a victory Saturday with Corey Kluber (7-5, 3.88) on the mound. Cleveland has won six of his last seven starts with the right-hander going 4-1 with a 3.15 ERA in that span. Kluber has struck out 18 in 14 innings over his last two starts. He threw 7 23 innings in a 3-0 victory over Kansas City on July 12. "He certainly stays composed," manager Terry Francona said. "For a young pitcher, that's a big compliment." Correia gave up four runs and walked two in five innings of a 7-3 loss at Cleveland on May 4. Kluber has gone 1-1 with a 4.67 ERA in five career starts against Minnesota, both decisions coming this season as he allowed three runs in 5 23 innings in both outings. Michael Bourn continued to hit Minnesota hard Friday, going 2-for-4 and driving in both of Cleveland's runs to make him 10-for-17 in four games against the Twins this year. Jason Kipnis had been 12-of-24 with 12 RBI in six games versus Minnesota this season before going 0-for-3 on Friday.
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