|MINNESOTA ( GIBSON )|
CLEVELAND ( CARRASCO )
|965||MINNESOTA||+145||Ov 9,-105||+150||Ov 8,-115|
|966||CLEVELAND||-155||Un 9,-115||-160||Un 8,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||0-2||-2||2-0||4.0||0.266||0.348||7.0||0.280||0.357|
|Past 7 Games||1-3||-1.8||4-0||5.2||0.250||0.327||7.0||0.308||0.369|
|vs Right-handed Starters||3-0||+3.4||2-1||5.0||0.267||0.362||2.0||0.216||0.309|
|Past 7 Games||3-1||+2.4||2-2||4.0||0.241||0.318||3.0||0.250||0.340|
|3/31/2014||NOLASCO(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||3-5||L||165||7 ov||O||7||4||0||11||5||0|
|4/2/2014||CORREIA(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||PAULINO(R)||6-7||L||120||8 un||O||12||14||1||11||10||2|
|4/3/2014||HUGHES(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||10-9||W||125||7.5 ev||O||9||6||1||13||8||1|
|4/4/2014||PELFREY(R)||@ CLEVELAND||SALAZAR(R)||2-7||L||165||7.5 un||O||9||8||0||10||7||0|
|4/5/2014||GIBSON(R)||@ CLEVELAND||CARRASCO(R)|| |
|4/6/2014||NOLASCO(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)|| |
|4/11/2014||GIBSON(R)||KANSAS CITY||CHEN(L)|| |
|4/12/2014|| ||KANSAS CITY|| || |
|3/31/2014||MASTERSON(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRAY(R)||2-0||W||130||7 ev||U||8||11||0||5||9||0|
|4/2/2014||KLUBER(R)||@ OAKLAND||KAZMIR(L)||1-6||L||130||7.5 un||U||5||4||1||12||12||1|
|4/2/2014||MCALLISTER(R)||@ OAKLAND||LINDBLOM(R)||6-4||W||115||8 un||O||9||11||1||7||8||1|
|4/7/2014||KLUBER(R)||SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)|| |
|4/8/2014||MCALLISTER(R)||SAN DIEGO||ERLIN(L)|| |
|4/9/2014||SALAZAR(R)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)|| |
|4/10/2014||CARRASCO(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)|| |
|4/11/2014||MASTERSON(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)|| |
|4/12/2014|| ||@ CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|MINNESOTA: MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The number is staggering. In the past three years, the Minnesota Twins have lost 291 games. Ninety-nine in 2011. Ninety-six each of the last two seasons.|
A team that was once viewed as a model for succeeding and competing with modest financial resources has been an afterthought for too long now. They have finished last in the AL Central twice and were fourth last season.
So the Twins shed their frugal ways in the offseason, shelling out $73 million to bring in Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes to bolster a lagging rotation. They also brought back manager Ron Gardenhire on a two-year deal and moved Joe Mauer from catcher to first base in an effort to protect their franchise player from injury.
''They made a statement: `We don't want to see this again. We don't want to go through this again this summer,''' Gardenhire said.
The Twins said goodbye to longtime first baseman Justin Morneau late last season when general manager Terry Ryan traded him to the Pirates in a stretch-run deal. There weren't many other changes to an offense that has struggled to score runs, but the upgrades to the rotation have given the holdovers some peace of mind that they won't have to score seven runs a game to have a chance to win.
''It's night and day to be honest with you. Terry went out and spent some money on some good arms in Nolasco and Hughes,'' second baseman Brian Dozier said. ''Hughes had a bad year last year but is an All-Star pitcher and I think moving to this park will help him a lot. I think just getting out of New York to be honest with you. ... So we needed to address our pitching staff and Terry did that, and I'm happy about it.''
|CLEVELAND: CLEVELAND (AP) - Jason Kipnis didn't want it to end. He had plenty of company.|
After the final out ended the club's magical, turnaround season so jarringly last October, Kipnis, who made his first All-Star team in 2013 and a few of his teammates lingered in the dugout and watched as Tampa Bay's players celebrated their 4-0 win in the AL wild-card playoff game.
One and done. Hardly the finish Cleveland wanted.
And once again, the city would remain without a major sports championship, a drought approaching its 50-year anniversary.
But despite their brief postseason appearance in manager Terry Francona's first year, the Indians intend to play in October again - and again.
''We don't want it to be a fluke,'' Kipnis said. ''We don't want to be a one-trick pony. We want to be at the top and we want to stay there.''
Hoping to build off their unexpected 92-win campaign, the Indians enter 2014 confident they can not only contend this season, but go even further.
During spring training in Arizona, first baseman Nick Swisher, who also serves as the club's high-energy hype man, handed out ''Unfinished Business'' T-shirts to his teammates.
The Indians aren't satisfied.
''Last season, hopefully, was a steppingstone that we needed to get us going in the right direction,'' Swisher said. ''Last year was that amazing year to get us in the right mind frame to say, `Hey, we can do this. We are a team. And people need to start recognizing it.'''
Cleveland had to win its final 10 games just to make the playoffs. The late-season kick wouldn't have been necessary if the Indians had played more consistently, and more evenness has been a focus for Francona, who feels his club has the makings to do something special again.
''I love our team,'' said the AL's manager of the year. ''I love coming to the ballpark and watching them play. They are easy to like because they try hard. When you can show up with a group of guys and you respect the way they go about things it makes the challenging times more fulfilling. We know we can do it now. We've got to try and go do it better.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (MINNESOTA-CLEVELAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Twins-Indians Preview* =======================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Minnesota (1-2) at Cleveland (2-1), 1:05 p.m. EDT
A long rain delay pushed back the start of the Cleveland Indians' home opener, but it didn't disrupt their recent mastery of the Minnesota Twins.
They'll look for their eighth straight victory against the Twins on Saturday.
After scoring three in the ninth to rally for a 6-4 win in Wednesday's finale of a doubleheader in Oakland, Cleveland came alive again late in Friday's 7-2 victory over Minnesota. The Indians (3-1) trailed 2-0 entering the bottom of the sixth, which Yan Gomes opened with a solo home run. Nick Swisher followed three batters later with a two-run homer, then delivered an RBI double during Cleveland's four-run seventh.
"I was just so proud of the way the guys fought, man," Swisher said. "Maybe that will be the identity of this team - the fact that we're gonna fight. And regardless of the situation or the obstacle in front of us, we're always gonna take that head-on."
The Indians managed the late rally with little help from Jason Kipnis, who was 0 for 3 with a walk after agreeing to a six-year deal worth $52.5 million earlier in the day. Kipnis had hit safely in 19 of his previous 22 contests against Minnesota.
Cleveland's bullpen also continued its dominant start with 3 1-3 scoreless innings. Indians relievers have allowed just one earned run while striking out 18 in 15 innings thus far.
Manager Ron Gardenhire will have to wait at least until Saturday to record his 1,000th career victory after the Twins (1-3) yielded 10-plus hits for the fourth straight game. Minnesota has received one quality start thus far with Mike Pelfrey failing to make it through Friday's sixth inning.
The Twins might not fare much better if Kyle Gibson (2-4, 6.53 ERA) can't improve from his rookie season. He failed to throw six innings in any of his final five starts, surrendering five homers in 22 2-3 innings.
The right-hander gave up three runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings of a 9-8 loss to Cleveland on Aug. 14.
Minnesota was 1 for 6 with runners in scoring position after going 11 for 34 through the first three contests, but Chris Colabello continues to impress. The 30-year-old outfielder, who hit .194 in 55 games last season, hit his first homer Friday after driving in six runs Thursday. He's 6 for 14 with three doubles.
Colabello will hope to continue that success against Carlos Carrasco (1-4, 6.75), who is back in the rotation after spending the final six weeks of 2013 in the bullpen.
Carrasco had a 9.00 ERA in seven starts last season but a 1.32 ERA in eight relief appearances.
"He was definitely more aggressive when he came out of the bullpen," manager Terry Francona told the team's website regarding Carrasco, who is 1-2 with a 3.21 ERA in six career starts against the Twins. "If he takes that to the starting mentality - not taking pitches off, or relaxing - yeah, definitely it could help."
Carlos Santana was 1 for 2 with two walks Friday and owns a .463 on-base percentage with nine RBIs during a nine-game hitting streak versus Minnesota.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 11:02:18 PM EST|