|MINNESOTA ( GIBSON )|
CLEVELAND ( MCALLISTER )
|961||MINNESOTA||+155||Ov 8.5,-110||+135||Ov 8,-110|
|962||CLEVELAND||-165||Un 8.5,-110||-145||Un 8,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||9-10||+2.2||13-5||5.1||0.248||0.344||5.1||0.272||0.346|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.8||2-4||3.9||0.230||0.311||4.0||0.270||0.335|
|vs Right-handed Starters||9-10||-2.7||11-8||4.3||0.248||0.333||4.5||0.254||0.328|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.7||3-4||3.7||0.215||0.286||4.6||0.243||0.320|
|4/22/2014||GIBSON(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||3-7||L||205||7.5 un||O||6||3||0||13||8||0|
|4/23/2014||PELFREY(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)||6-4||W||170||8.5 un||O||12||10||1||9||11||0|
|4/24/2014||NOLASCO(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||BEDARD(L)||9-7||W||155||7.5 un||O||12||13||1||13||7||0|
|4/30/2014||GIBSON(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||4-6||L||+145||7.5 un||O||12||9||1||12||11||0|
|5/1/2014||PELFREY(R)||LA DODGERS||HAREN(R)||4-9||L||+135||8.5 ev||O||7||6||0||15||9||3|
|5/1/2014||JOHNSON(L)||LA DODGERS||PATTERSON(R)||3-4||L||-110||9 un||U||6||10||1||11||16||2|
|5/5/2014||GIBSON(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MCALLISTER(R)|| |
|5/6/2014||DEDUNO(R)||@ CLEVELAND||TOMLIN(R)|| |
|5/7/2014||NOLASCO(R)||@ CLEVELAND||SALAZAR(R)|| |
|5/8/2014||CORREIA(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)|| |
|5/9/2014||HUGHES(R)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)|| |
|5/10/2014||GIBSON(R)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)|| |
|5/11/2014||DEDUNO(R)||@ DETROIT||RAY(L)|| |
|4/21/2014||MCALLISTER(R)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||4-3||W||-140||8.5 un||U||11||6||3||6||4||0|
|4/22/2014||SALAZAR(R)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||2-8||L||-105||7 un||O||9||10||1||13||9||1|
|4/23/2014||MASTERSON(R)||KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)||5-3||W||-125||7 un||O||11||9||1||10||9||2|
|4/24/2014||KLUBER(R)||KANSAS CITY||CHEN(L)||5-1||W||-125||7.5 un||U||7||2||1||4||3||1|
|4/25/2014||CARRASCO(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||HUDSON(R)||1-5||L||140||7.5 un||U||5||9||0||7||2||1|
|4/26/2014||MCALLISTER(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||3-5||L||105||7.5 un||O||9||9||1||6||3||0|
|4/27/2014||SALAZAR(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)||1-4||L||-120||8 un||U||3||3||0||8||5||0|
|4/28/2014||MASTERSON(R)||@ LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)||3-6||L||115||8 ov||O||5||4||1||7||4||1|
|4/29/2014||KLUBER(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||4-6||L||120||8.5 ev||O||10||9||1||12||14||0|
|4/30/2014||MCALLISTER(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||1-7||L||145||8.5 ov||U||3||2||1||8||5||0|
|5/2/2014||SALAZAR(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||12-5||W||-145||8.5 un||O||13||7||2||10||8||2|
|5/3/2014||MASTERSON(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||CARROLL(R)||2-0||W||-165||8.5 ev||U||5||5||2||5||6||2|
|5/4/2014||KLUBER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||RIENZO(R)||3-4||L||-150||8.5 un||U||9||12||0||4||3||0|
|5/9/2014||KLUBER(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)|| |
|5/10/2014||MCALLISTER(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||BEDARD(L)|| |
|5/11/2014||TOMLIN(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|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* =======================
Minnesota (13-15) at Cleveland (13-17), 7:05 p.m. EDT
Cleveland Indians starter Zach McAllister was able to turn things around last year against the Minnesota Twins.
The Indians won all three of his 2013 starts against the Twins, and he will get the ball on regular rest this time in Monday night's opener of a four-game home series.
McAllister (3-2, 3.82 ERA) went 2-0 with a 1.53 ERA last year against Minnesota (14-15) after going 0-3 with a 8.00 ERA in three 2012 starts.
The right-hander pitched on three days' rest for the first time Wednesday since manager Terry Francona moved struggling Carlos Carrasco to the bullpen. McAllister lost his second straight start, yielding five runs over 4 1-3 innings with four walks in a 7-1 defeat to the Los Angeles Angels.
"I made a lot of pitches early and walked some guys," he said. "But as far as the way my body felt and my arm felt, I felt extremely good out there."
The Twins are hopeful Joe Mauer will be available after he left Sunday's 5-2 win over Baltimore with lower back spasms. Manager Ron Gardenhire said Mauer underwent treatment throughout the game and said he thinks he could play Monday. Mauer is 4 for 9 off McAllister.
The Indians (13-18) would like to see the return of Michael Bourn, who began the season on the disabled list after left hamstring surgery. He wasn't available when Cleveland lost two of three to Minnesota from April 4-6 in the first series between these AL Central rivals.
Bourn left Saturday's 2-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox when the hamstring tightened up again and sat out Sunday's 4-3 defeat.
Francona said the team's training staff told him there's a chance Bourn will be able to play Monday.
"That might be a little ambitious, but if they're saying that, it's a very good sign," Francona said.
Bourn sounded anxious to return and may have good reason since he batted .315 with eight RBIs in 2013 against the Twins.
"I'm just going to take it one day at a time, see how it feels (Monday), and go from there," Bourn told the Indians' official website.
Designated hitter Jason Giambi also left Saturday's game with a cramp in his right calf and did not play Sunday.
Minnesota will start a seven-game trip after capping a 3-5 homestand with its second straight win. Trevor Plouffe and Kurt Suzuki had two-run doubles and Phil Hughes won his third straight start.
Cleveland will have to regroup after being two outs away from its first series sweep Sunday before closer John Axford surrendered a three-run homer to Dayan Viciedo for his second blown save.
"I fell behind in the count to too many guys, and it didn't work out," said Axford, who walked two.
The Twins will start right-hander Kyle Gibson (3-2, 4.34), who has allowed 12 runs over 9 2-3 innings in consecutive defeats after opening 3-0. Gibson won his season debut April 5 in Cleveland, allowing one run in five innings in a 7-3 victory.
Cleveland's Nick Swisher is 0 for 6 against Gibson and hitting .203 this year.
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 8:44:17 AM EST|