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By KATE HEDLIN,
STATS WriterBefore their current series is over, the Cleveland Indians could find themselves tied for last place in the AL Central.On Sunday, the Indians play the third of four games against the current last-place club, the Minnesota Twins.Cleveland's miserable turn in the second half has been compounded by its struggles against Minnesota, which is only two games behind the Indians. The Twins (57-82) are 8-5 in the season series, winning eight of the last 10 including a 3-0 victory Saturday. Cole De Vries gave up three hits in six innings while Joe Mauer had an RBI single and Josh Willingham added a sacrifice fly in a two-run third inning.The Indians (59-80) finished with four hits as they lost for the 18th time in 23 games. They've been shut out five times during that span."We hit a lot of fly balls on the wrong day with the wind blowing in," Cleveland manager Manny Acta said. "We couldn't string any offense together. I think our best chance was in the very first inning when we had first and second, no outs and we didn't do anything."Mauer continues to be a source of frustration for the Indians. He's hitting .333 (13 for 39) with 11 RBIs and 10 runs scored over the last 10 meetings between these teams. He's also batting .400 with eight RBIs in his last nine games overall.Despite Mauer's production, Minnesota (57-82) had lost four of five - including the opener of this series - before Saturday's win.While both teams play out the string looking toward next year, two pitchers will get another chance to make an impression on their respective clubs.Corey Kluber (1-3, 4.79 ERA) will take the ball for Cleveland, coming off his first career win in his seventh start of the season and 10th career appearance.Kluber gave up two runs in six innings of a 3-2 victory over Detroit on Monday."He's got good stuff - big, strong kid, throws hard, has a lot of movement," Tigers catcher Alex Avila said.Kluber was similarly effective against the Twins on Aug. 7, allowing three runs - one earned - over six innings of a 7-5 loss. He didn't factor in the decision after a blown save by Chris Perez.Esmerling Vasquez (0-1, 7.94) will make his second career start Sunday for Minnesota.Acquired off waivers last September, Vasquez made his debut with the Twins on Sept. 1 and allowed five runs in 5 2-3 innings of a 6-4 loss to Kansas City."He pitched pretty good for his first start in the big leagues," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "I thought he handled himself well. He got us into the sixth, I think with a chance to win and that's what you're hoping for."The right-hander been used entirely as a reliever with Arizona between 2009-11, but the Twins believe he can be a part of their rotation in the future. Vasquez has never faced the Indians.
BEST OF MAXIM
Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer reported Friday night that third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall could rejoin the big league Indians when the Aeros wrap up their postseason in the next week (possibly as soon as tonight). Manager Manny Acta said he wouldn’t play every day if brought up:
“We have to make a decision if we’re going to bring him here or continue to play him at Lake County...
MINNEAPOLIS Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau hit two homers in Sunday's win over the Cleveland Indians, including the walk-off game winner in the bottom of the ninth inning.
In the grand scheme of things, the home runs weren't the important part.
What mattered most, at least in a big-picture sense, was that Morneau was on the field and producing in September...
In the Indians' 7-6 win at Minnesota Friday night, Roberto Hernandez missed his second consecutive start
due to a sprained right ankle. Indians officials are being very vague about any timetable for the return of
Hernandez, who is wearing a walking boot on his foot. Hernandez has already missed most of the 2012 season, following his arrest for identity theft in his
MINNEAPOLIS The list of names kept rolling. Former players. Former teammates. Retired numbers. Every one of them holds a place in the hearts of Twins fans, but for one evening, it wasn't about them. It could have been monotonous, this name after name after name, long walk after long walk across the same stretch of outfield that current players cover so quickly. But it wasn&...
The Indians dropped the second game of their weekend series in Minnesota on Saturday night, falling 3-0 at Target Field. The Tribe lineup managed just four measly hits off a combination of Cole De Vries and three Twins relievers.
S. Choo rf
J. Kipnis dh
A. Cabrera ss...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Russ Canzler hit his first major league homer and reliever David Huff won his first game this season and the Cleveland Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 7-6 on Friday night.
Minnesota built an early 4-0 lead on Indians starter Jeanmar Gomez before Canzler and Huff (1-0) -- who both spent most of the year in Triple-A Columbus before being called up this month ...
Russ Canzler hit his first major league homer and reliever David Huff won his first game this season and the Cleveland Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 7-6 on Friday night.
Minnesota built an early 4-0 lead on Indians starter Jeanmar Gomez before Canzler and Huff (1-0) - who both spent most of the year in Triple-A Columbus before being called up this month - lifted Cleveland to...
By JEFF BARTL,
STATS WriterIn a span of five days, the Cleveland Indians have matched their victory total from the previous three-plus weeks combined.Cleveland seeks its fourth victory in five tries as its series continues with the host Minnesota Twins on Saturday night.The Indians went 3-17 from Aug. 12-Sept. 2, but they've won three of the first four on their 11-day, 10-game...
Justin Morneau hit his second homer of the game in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Minnesota Twins to an 8-7 win over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.
With one out in the ninth, Morneau hit the first pitch from Indians reliever Vinnie Pestano (3-2) just inside the right field foul pole for his 19th homer of the season. Morneau, who has four two-homer games this season...
Player of the Game
Frank Herrmann and Tony Sipp tied for Player of the Game for the first tie in Player of the Game history. Each pitcher threw a perfect inning with a strike out. The top scoring offensive player was Shin-Soo Choo with two singles for a score of 0.43.
The Indians season is one game closer to being over.
The Twins had what ended up...
Player of the Game
It was the Carlos Santana show today as he was a huge contribution to the offense. Santana hit a home run in his first at bat, singled in his second, and doubled in his third. Santana ended the day with a score of 6.31, going 3-5 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI.
The Indians offense took a great approach in the first 3 innings facing Minnesota starter...
What happened to the Twins?
Saint Paul, MN
Ah, yes, the Minnesota Twins. What did happen to those paragons of fundamentally sound baseball? An analysis of such depth requires patience, dedication and an insatiable hunger for the truth, so I put the RSBS interns to the task and they have provided the following slide show:
New ballpark! Yay...
Happy afternoon. Nothing better than college football. Well, I guess wat until tomorrow.
A very scary incident from from the Tulane-Tulsa game, where safety Devon Walker had to be resuscitated and given a tracheotomy on the field.
Hey good news! The Twins aren’t raising ticket prices!\
Who will have the first pick in 2013?
Kansas City 7, Chicago 5 – If they...