The Cleveland Indians recently stood atop the AL Central as one the season's pleasant surprises.
Poor performances from the starting rotation have quickly changed that, and Joe Mauer and the AL-worst Minnesota Twins would like to continue capitalizing.
Justin Masterson will try to rebound from his worst outing of the year and help the Indians re-establish their dominance of the Twins in Sunday's series finale at Progressive Field.
Cleveland (28-24) led the Central by 3 1-2 games as recently as May 24, when Masterson (2-4, 5.14 ERA) outpitched reigning AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander in a 2-1 win over Detroit.
The Indians have dropped six of eight since, due in large part to a rotation that has compiled a 9.52 ERA and a .343 opponent batting average in that stretch, which has dropped Cleveland 1 1-2 games behind the Chicago White Sox.
Derek Lowe gave the Indians a strong outing in Friday's series opener, throwing 6 2-3 innings of a 7-1 victory over Minnesota (19-33), but ...