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The Minnesota Twins couldn't solve Cleveland Indians starter Corey Kluber. They had no trouble knocking around All-Star closer Chris Perez.
Tsuyoshi Nishioka's go-ahead sacrifice fly was part of a three-run ninth inning against Perez, lifting the Twins to a 7-5 victory over Cleveland on Tuesday night. It was the Indians' 11th straight loss, one shy of their franchise record set from May 7-21, 1931.
Minnesota, which trailed 5-1 heading into the seventh against Kluber, scored six runs over the final three innings to give rookie reliever Tyler Robertson (1-0) his first major league win. Glen Perkins worked a perfect ninth for his seventh save.
Cleveland aided the rally by committing three infield errors, which accounted for five of the Twins' final six runs being unearned.
''We got some breaks tonight and had a couple of things go our way, but we kept battling,'' Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''To put together a ninth inning like that ag...
BEST OF MAXIM
There was plenty for the Minnesota Twins to enjoy about Monday's one-sided win over the Cleveland Indians, but Justin Morneau's night has to be pretty high on the list of positives.
Morneau hit a pair of home runs and drove in a team-high four runs to help the Twins rout the Indians by a 14-3 final. It was Morneau's fourth multi-hit game in the past five days as he raised...
Second baseman Tsuyoshi Nishioka's re-entry into the major leagues has been rocky. In three games since being recalled from Class AAA Rochester, he has been charged with three errors and generally has looked overmatched. At the plate, he's 0 for 12 with a sacrifice fly, a walk and a strikeout. By season's end, the Minnesota Twins will have paid Nishioka $6 million and...
Bot 1st: Cleveland
- C. Santana grounded into double play third to first, J. Kipnis scored, A. Cabrera out at third, S. Choo to second
Top 2nd: Minnesota
- J. Willingham homered to deep left
- J. Morneau homered to deep right
- D. Span safe at first on second baseman J. Kipnis’ throwing error, R. Doumit scored, J. Carroll to second...
General manager Chris Antonetti expressed support for Indians manager Manny Acta and his coaching staff following the least successful trip in the franchise's 112-year history.
Cleveland went 0-9 at Minnesota, Kansas City and Detroit, ending the trip with a 10-8 loss to the Tigers on Sunday when All-Star closer Chris Perez gave up five runs with two outs in the 10th inning....
Infielder Jose Lopez was designated for assignment by the Indians after batting .249 with four home runs and 29 RBI in 66 games this season. Right-handed pitcher Frank Herrmann was recalled from Class AAA Columbus, where he had a 2-2 record with seven saves in nine chances and a 4.28 ERA in 39 appearances. Herrmann had allowed 23 earned runs in 48 1/3 innings pitched.
The Minnesota Twins scored 10 runs in the second inning of Monday night's game against the Cleveland Indians.
The Indians led 1-0 when the Twins sent 13 men to the plate. Solo homers by Josh Willingham and Justin Morneau off starter Zach McAllister started the rally.
A throwing error by second baseman Jason Kipnis on Denard Span's two-out grounder gave the Twins a 3-1 lead...
Cleveland Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner was scheduled to have an MRI on his back Wednesday after missing his third straight game, MLB.com reported. Hafner also missed more than a month of this season after having knee surgery. He is batting .239 with 11 home runs and 32 RBI in 60 games. He will be a free agent at the end of the year.
The Monday Takeaway
The Indians must have been relieved when they sent the Twins down in order, then loaded the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the first inning, after returning home from a brutal, 0-9 road trip. Cleveland had fallen to 50-58 on the season, a likely insurmountable 9 ½ games behind the first-place White Sox, but at least the pain of Sunday afternoon’s...
When the Red Sox acquired Minnesota Twins third baseman Danny Valencia on Sunday afternoon via a wavier wire deal, they made the move mainly to add depth in the minor leagues for the remainder of the season and next season. The Red Sox hardly gave up anything of value back to the Twins by only [...]
If you recall I spent last weekend in Minneapolis watching the Indians get smoked by the Twins. We then all watched together this week as the last place Kansas City Royals swept our Indians with relative ease. Taking a six-game losing streak into Detroit for a three-game set with the Tigers, you had to think things couldn’t possibly have gotten worse, right?
With my brother living...