Samuel Deduno did himself, his team and his right bicep all kinds of favors Friday night in Cleveland.
Overcoming some tendonitis in the upper portion of his throwing arm, the Twins right-hander got back on track with an efficient one-run, three-hit, six-strikeout performance in a 5-1 victory over the Indians. Deduno threw 91 pitches during his six innings on the mound, mitigating the stress on his arm that had some concerned he'd miss this start.
Or worse, he'd pitch like he had the entire month of August.
Having gone 0-3 in his previous three starts, Deduno (8-7, 3.69 ERA) earned his first win since July and overcame a four-game winless streak. He appeared to be heading for more of the early-game slippage that's plagued him this month when Carlos Santana's first-inning single gave the Indians a 1-0 lead.
But that was all Deduno would yield as Minnesota (57-70) opened the three-game series with its third win in four days.
"He says he felt good," manager Ron Gardenhire said of ...