|CLEVELAND ( SALAZAR )|
MINNESOTA ( PINO )
|969||CLEVELAND||-130||Ov 8.5,-115||-140||Ov 8.5,-120|
|970||MINNESOTA||+120||Un 8.5,-105||+130||Un 8.5,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||37-31||+3.8||38-28||4.8||0.264||0.331||4.4||0.258||0.321|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.4||1-6||4.1||0.255||0.328||3.4||0.260||0.319|
|vs Right-handed Starters||29-38||-1.4||33-29||4.1||0.243||0.315||4.6||0.273||0.328|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.1||3-4||4.9||0.269||0.332||4.7||0.327||0.363|
|7/8/2014||BAUER(R)||NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)||5-3||W||+145||7.5 ov||O||10||6||3||4||4||0|
|7/9/2014||TOMLIN(R)||NY YANKEES||MCCARTHY(R)||4-5||L||-125||8 un||O||12||11||0||12||9||1|
|7/10/2014||HOUSE(L)||NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)||9-3||W||-145||8 un||O||15||9||1||11||11||0|
|7/11/2014||KLUBER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||NOESI(R)||7-4||W||-225||7.5 ov||O||10||7||0||8||6||2|
|7/12/2014||MCALLISTER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||CARROLL(R)||2-6||L||-185||9 ev||U||6||7||0||8||4||0|
|7/13/2014||BAUER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||3-2||W||-165||8.5 ev||U||9||10||0||11||12||1|
|7/18/2014||BAUER(R)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||9-3||W||155||8.5 ov||O||14||7||1||11||8||0|
|7/19/2014||KLUBER(R)||@ DETROIT||VERHAGEN(R)||6-2||W||-135||8.5 ov||U||12||6||0||7||5||1|
|7/19/2014||MCALLISTER(R)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)||5-2||W||175||8.5 un||U||8||9||0||5||7||0|
|7/20/2014||TOMLIN(R)||@ DETROIT||SMYLY(L)||1-5||L||110||9 ev||U||4||5||0||9||6||0|
|7/21/2014||HOUSE(L)||@ MINNESOTA||JOHNSON(L)||3-4||L||-110||9.5 un||U||8||8||0||9||6||2|
|7/22/2014||SALAZAR(R)||@ MINNESOTA||PINO(R)|| |
|7/23/2014||BAUER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||GIBSON(R)|| |
|7/24/2014||KLUBER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)|| |
|7/25/2014||MCALLISTER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)|| |
|7/26/2014||TOMLIN(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)|| |
|7/27/2014||MASTERSON(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||CHEN(L)|| |
|7/29/2014|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|7/8/2014||HUGHES(R)||@ SEATTLE||YOUNG(R)||2-0||W||100||7.5 un||U||8||6||0||8||6||0|
|7/9/2014||GIBSON(R)||@ SEATTLE||ELIAS(L)||8-1||W||135||7.5 un||O||9||7||0||12||12||1|
|7/10/2014||PINO(R)||@ SEATTLE||WILHELMSEN(R)||4-2||W||150||7.5 ev||U||9||8||0||12||10||1|
|7/11/2014||JOHNSON(L)||@ COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||2-6||L||175||10 un||U||10||8||0||11||3||0|
|7/12/2014||CORREIA(R)||@ COLORADO||MATZEK(L)||9-3||W||160||10.5 ev||O||12||9||0||13||10||2|
|7/13/2014||HUGHES(R)||@ COLORADO||ANDERSON(L)||13-5||W||125||9.5 un||O||18||8||0||13||8||1|
|7/18/2014||GIBSON(R)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||2-6||L||+110||7.5 ov||O||6||9||0||11||5||0|
|7/19/2014||HUGHES(R)||TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||1-5||L||+135||7 ev||U||5||6||1||13||4||1|
|7/20/2014||CORREIA(R)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||3-5||L||+120||8.5 ev||U||6||8||1||11||12||2|
|7/24/2014||HUGHES(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||NOESI(R)|| |
|7/25/2014||CORREIA(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)|| |
|7/26/2014||JOHNSON(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)|| |
|7/27/2014||PINO(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||CARROLL(R)|| |
|7/29/2014|| ||@ KANSAS CITY|| || |
|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.''
|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.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (CLEVELAND-MINNESOTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Indians-Twins Preview* =======================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Cleveland (50-48) at Minnesota (44-53), 8:10 p.m. EDT
The Cleveland Indians have dropped back-to-back games for the first time this month, but manager Terry Francona is banking on a solid start from Danny Salazar to help make his club's funk short-lived.
Salazar makes his first appearance in the majors in more than two months as he faces the Minnesota Twins on the road Tuesday night.
The Indians (50-49) returned from the All-Star break by taking the first three games of their series with AL Central-leading Detroit, but their offense struggled in the finale of that series and no player had multiple hits in Monday's 4-3 loss to the Twins.
Potentially making matters worse, Asdrubal Cabrera left after the second inning with lower back spasms, and his status moving forward is unclear.
Cleveland will look to bounce back behind Salazar (1-4, 5.53 ERA), who hasn't pitched in the majors since allowing two runs in four innings of a 4-2 loss to Toronto on May 15. He was sent to Triple-A Columbus the next day.
The right-hander, who had a 3.12 ERA in 10 starts in a late-season stint with Cleveland in 2013, went 3-4 with a 4.02 ERA in 10 starts in the minors. Francona is confident Salazar is ready to rejoin the Indians' rotation, though.
"I know everybody looks at numbers," Francona told MLB's official website. "From all the scouts that have seen him, he's a lot closer to the Danny that got called up last year than the one we saw earlier in the year."
Two of Salazar's better starts this season came against the Twins. He allowed two runs in 5 2-3 innings April 4 and three runs with seven strikeouts in 6 1-3 innings May 7, but didn't earn a decision in either Cleveland victory.
Last-place Minnesota (45-53) ended a six-game home losing streak to the Indians with Monday's victory, as Josh Willingham broke the tie with a solo homer in the eighth.
Kurt Suzuki had a two-run double and Trevor Plouffe drove in a run with a double of his own for the Twins, who bounced back after dropping all three games to Tampa Bay over the weekend.
"Coming off the All-Star break and losing three in a row, you obviously don't feel real good about yourself," said Willingham, who had one homer in his previous 18 games and has been the subject of trade rumors. "We needed a big win."
The Twins will send Yohan Pino (1-2, 4.39) to the mound for his sixth career start in this contest after he picked up his first major league victory by allowing one run in five innings of a 4-2 win over Seattle on July 10.
The right-hander was sent to the minors after his last start to stay fresh during the All-Star break. He was recalled despite allowing five runs and walking seven over five innings for Triple-A Rochester on Thursday.
"He told me he was just working on a few things, so we'll leave it at that," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He really competes hard and changes speeds. It's nice to have him back up here for another start. We'll throw that one out from the minor leagues."
|Last Updated: 10/2/2014 9:32:29 AM EST|