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By ASSOCIATED PRESS  |  Last updated 8/13/13
Home runs have powered the Minnesota Twins' recent surge. Superb pitching, however, is the main reason they're on the verge of their longest home winning streak in 14 months. That successful combination may be on display again Tuesday night as the Twins go for another victory over the struggling Cleveland Indians. Minnesota (53-63) has won four of five games thanks to the long ball, as all 22 of their runs have scored via 13 homers. That trend continued Monday, when Brian Dozier and Trevor Plouffe connected to power a 3-0 win in the opener of this three-game series with Cleveland (63-56). Dozier is hitting .327 with a 1.101 OPS in August after entering the month with a .231 average and .685 OPS. The Twins have had to rely on the long ball, as they're 3 for 43 (.070) with runners in scoring position over their last five contests. They're hitting .215 overall in the last four home games, but the pitching staff has picked up the slack to win each of those behind a 2.03 ERA. Andrew Albe...
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