The Cleveland Indians have gotten back on track largely due to their rotation, though Scott Kazmir hasn't provided much help lately.
That doesn't bode well for the left-hander against a Minnesota Twins team that has been hot offensively.
The Indians look to continue their turnaround with a seventh win in nine games as they open a three-game home series Friday night versus the Twins, winners of three in a row.
Following a season-worst eight-game losing streak, Cleveland (36-35) has won three straight series. The Indians' rotation, which had a 7.59 ERA during the skid, has keyed the resurgence with a 2.34 ERA over the last eight games.
Nine-game winner Justin Masterson provided the latest quality start, giving up two runs over 6 1-3 innings in a 6-3 home victory over Kansas City on Wednesday.
"Masterson is our ace, no question about it," said outfielder Michael Brantley, who hit a pair of solo homers. "When our ace throws, we've got to win those games."
The Indians, though, have...