|MINNESOTA ( DEDUNO )|
CLEVELAND ( TOMLIN )
|913||MINNESOTA||+130||Ov 8.5,-110||+120||Ov 7.5,-110|
|914||CLEVELAND||-140||Un 8.5,-110||-130||Un 7.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||10-10||+3.6||13-6||4.9||0.246||0.340||4.8||0.265||0.339|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.6||2-5||3.3||0.235||0.297||3.6||0.253||0.324|
|vs Right-handed Starters||9-11||-4.3||11-9||4.0||0.241||0.326||4.3||0.251||0.323|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4.1||3-4||3.6||0.213||0.286||4.1||0.237||0.312|
|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)||1-0||W||150||8 un||U||8||10||0||3||4||1|
|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)|| |
|5/13/2014|| ||BOSTON|| || |
|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)|| |
|5/13/2014|| ||@ TORONTO|| || |
|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 TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Minnesota (14-15) at Cleveland (13-18), 7:05 p.m. EDT
With the Minnesota Twins on the verge of their longest winning streak in almost 10 months, Samuel Deduno hopes to add to an outstanding stretch by their rotation in his first start since August.
Deduno will try to make the most of his opportunity by leading the visiting Twins to a fourth straight win Tuesday night while dealing the light-hitting Cleveland Indians their ninth loss in 11 games.
Minnesota starters have posted a 1.84 ERA with one complete game over their last four outings after Kyle Gibson allowed two hits over seven innings in a 1-0, 10-inning victory Monday.
Eduardo Escobar hit a go-ahead home run off Cleveland closer John Axford in the 10th as the Twins (15-15) took the opener of this four-game set at Progressive Field.
"He can swing it, we've all seen that," Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. "You watch him in batting practice, he hits them as far as anybody. It's a big moment."
Now the Twins will turn to Deduno (0-1, 2.89 ERA) as they try to win four in a row for the first time since July 13-20. The right-hander replaces Mike Pelfrey, who was ineffective in five starts before going on the disabled list with a groin injury.
Deduno was 7-4 with a 3.17 ERA in his first 13 starts in 2013, but went 1-4 with a 5.96 ERA over his last five before undergoing shoulder surgery in September. After giving up three runs over 14 2-3 innings in his first six relief appearances this season, he allowed the Los Angeles Dodgers to score that many over four innings in Thursday's 9-4 home loss.
The right-hander has gone 3-2 with a 3.89 ERA in seven career games - six starts - against the Indians (13-19). In his most recent start in Cleveland, he held them to one run and three hits over six innings in a 5-1 victory Aug. 13.
Nick Swisher is 0 for 5 with three strikeouts and Carlos Santana has gone 2 for 13 lifetime against Deduno. Swisher has been mired in a 2-for-25 slump overall, while Santana is hitting just .150 on the season.
The AL Central-worst Indians have a .202 average while losing eight of their last 10. Aside from a 12-run outburst to beat the Chicago White Sox on Friday, they've also totaled just 18 runs over that same span.
"We're fairly inconsistent right now," manager Terry Francona said. "Even in hitters' counts, we're not getting real good swings."
Cleveland could be without Michael Bourn again after he missed the past two games with a tight hamstring - the same one he had surgically repaired in October. The speedy leadoff man batted .315 with eight RBIs in 2013 against the Twins.
With Carlos Carrasco moving to the bullpen, the Indians are expected to call on Josh Tomlin to make his first start since July 27, 2012 - three weeks before undergoing Tommy John surgery.
The right-hander has gone 2-1 with a 2.06 ERA at Triple-A Columbus in 2014 after throwing two scoreless innings in one relief appearance in the majors last season. But he's 1-3 with a 7.67 ERA in six games - including five starts - against the Twins.
Joe Mauer has hit Tomlin well with six hits in 13 lifetime at-bats, though he could be held out again after missing the opener with back spasms. Mauer is hitting .394 over his last nine games overall and is 11 for 20 in his last four versus Cleveland.
|Last Updated: 9/21/2014 3:11:28 PM EST|