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Wednesday 7/23/2014Line$ LineOU LineScore
-1.5  +110

+1.5  -130



CLEVELAND (51 - 49) at MINNESOTA (45 - 54)
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Wednesday, 7/23/2014 1:10 PM
Board OpeningLatest
913CLEVELAND-125Ov 9,+100-125Ov 8.5,+100
914MINNESOTA+115Un 9,-120+115Un 8.5,-120
CLEVELAND - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games51-49-0.451-464.50.2560.3224.40.2580.321
Road Games22-30-5.824-264.50.2480.3164.40.2670.334
vs Right-handed Starters38-31+4.839-284.90.2640.3314.40.2580.321
Past 7 Games5-2+4.22-55.00.2720.3422.90.2610.322
Grass Games48-46-0.648-454.40.2540.3194.40.2570.321
Day Games20-19-0.917-224.20.2470.3264.50.2450.313
CLEVELAND - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games4.50.2560.3221003450884286970.034313337305871690789360
Road Games4.50.2480.316521817451149480.032251794073037445374335
Righty Starters4.90.2640.331692397633216770.033242385144750558566940
CLEVELAND - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games3.031.2483271291102793012932523-12261268.4%
Road Games2.981.347166.36555152167215710-610471.4%

MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games45-54+2.749-454.20.2460.3174.50.2750.324
Home Games22-26-2.925-204.30.2540.3294.80.2670.319
vs Right-handed Starters29-39-2.434-294.10.2430.3154.60.2730.328
Past 7 Games3-4-0.14-34.90.2650.3335.00.3200.361
Grass Games41-52-1.746-434.10.2430.3144.50.2740.322
Day Games22-25+2.227-174.80.2550.3315.00.2870.336
MINNESOTA - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games4.20.2460.317993391834273730.023863528235174171509361
Home Games4.30.2540.329481628413136370.021911823672737533304632
Righty Starters4.10.2430.315682347570183490.022592485783352448336443
MINNESOTA - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games3.221.201319127114287209624514-1025973.5%
Home Games3.371.249165.7726215213551289-410566.7%
CLEVELAND - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
7/9/2014TOMLIN(R)NY YANKEESMCCARTHY(R)4-5L-1258 unO121101291
7/10/2014HOUSE(L)NY YANKEESPHELPS(R)9-3W-1458 unO159111110
7/11/2014KLUBER(R)CHI WHITE SOXNOESI(R)7-4W-2257.5 ovO1070862
7/12/2014MCALLISTER(R)CHI WHITE SOXCARROLL(R)2-6L-1859 evU670840
7/13/2014BAUER(R)CHI WHITE SOXDANKS(L)3-2W-1658.5 evU910011121
7/18/2014BAUER(R)@ DETROITSANCHEZ(R)9-3W1558.5 ovO14711180
7/19/2014KLUBER(R)@ DETROITVERHAGEN(R)6-2W-1358.5 ovU1260751
7/19/2014MCALLISTER(R)@ DETROITSCHERZER(R)5-2W1758.5 unU890570
7/20/2014TOMLIN(R)@ DETROITSMYLY(L)1-5L1109 evU450960
7/21/2014HOUSE(L)@ MINNESOTAJOHNSON(L)3-4L-1109.5 unU880962
7/22/2014SALAZAR(R)@ MINNESOTAPINO(R)8-2W-1359 unO11609100
7/30/2014 SEATTLE  

MINNESOTA - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
7/9/2014GIBSON(R)@ SEATTLEELIAS(L)8-1W1357.5 unO97012121
7/10/2014PINO(R)@ SEATTLEWILHELMSEN(R)4-2W1507.5 evU98012101
7/11/2014JOHNSON(L)@ COLORADODE LA ROSA(L)2-6L17510 unU10801130
7/12/2014CORREIA(R)@ COLORADOMATZEK(L)9-3W16010.5 evO129013102
7/13/2014HUGHES(R)@ COLORADOANDERSON(L)13-5W1259.5 unO18801381
7/18/2014GIBSON(R)TAMPA BAYCOBB(R)2-6L+1107.5 ovO6901150
7/19/2014HUGHES(R)TAMPA BAYPRICE(L)1-5L+1357 evU5611341
7/20/2014CORREIA(R)TAMPA BAYARCHER(R)3-5L+1208.5 evU68111122
7/21/2014JOHNSON(L)CLEVELANDHOUSE(L)4-3W+1009.5 unU962880
7/22/2014PINO(R)CLEVELANDSALAZAR(R)2-8L+1259 unO91001160
7/30/2014 @ 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.''
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*Indians-Twins Preview* =======================


Cleveland (50-49) at Minnesota (45-53), 1:10 p.m. EDT

Carlos Santana has gone through his share of peaks and valleys in an overall disappointing season, but the Cleveland Indians are hoping his latest effort leads to a positive stretch.

The inconsistent first baseman looks to help the visiting Indians avoid their first series loss of the month Wednesday against the Minnesota Twins.

Although Cleveland (51-49) was expecting big things after Santana hit a career-high .268 with 20 home runs and 74 RBIs last season, the former catcher hit rock-bottom with a .136 average on May 10.

Santana appeared to turn things around by hitting .301 with eight homers over his next 31 games. Instead, he was batting .177 with two homers over a 22-game stretch heading into Tuesday's matchup at Target Field.

After the Indians had totaled four runs while dropping their last two games, Santana showed signs of life by matching a season high with four hits - including a home run and two doubles - in an 8-2 victory.

"When he's going good, it makes us a whole different lineup," said manager Terry Francona, whose club is 12-6 in July and 4-0-1 in five series since dropping two of three at Seattle from June 27-29.

Santana is batting .355 with three homers, six doubles and eight RBIs over a seven-game hitting streak in Minnesota. He's 5 for 12 with a home run all-time versus Anthony Swarzak (1-0, 4.34 ERA).

The right-hander will make his first start since October 2012 after scheduled starter Kyle Gibson was scratched. Manager Ron Gardenhire says team doctors told him Gibson's back felt tight after throwing in the bullpen.

Swarzak hasn't been sharp of late with a 7.71 ERA over seven innings in his last four appearances. He's 1-5 with a 7.34 ERA in 16 career games - including four starts - versus Cleveland.

The Indians have tagged him for five runs and nine hits over 1 1-3 innings in 2014. Asdrubal Cabrera (5 for 15), Michael Brantley (5 for 15), Lonnie Chisenhall (4 for 11) and Jason Kipnis (6 for 11) have hit well against Gibson, though Cabrera could miss a second straight game due to back spasms.

Nick Swisher, hitless in 13 career at-bats versus Swarzak, also broke out Tuesday with his first three-hit effort of the season. Yan Gomes contributed two hits, leaving him 11 for 21 with six RBIs over his last seven games.

Trevor Bauer (4-4, 3.89) is set to make his first career start against the last-place Twins (45-54) after going 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA in his last four overall - all Cleveland victories.

The right-hander, however, has gone 1-3 with a 5.29 ERA in six road starts. He didn't have his best stuff at Detroit on Friday, but earned the win after allowing three runs over six innings in a 9-3 victory.

Bauer faces a Minnesota team that has been without Joe Mauer since early July due to a strained right oblique. The Twins have totaled 12 runs while going 4 for 41 with runners in scoring position during a 1-4 stretch.

"I don't think you can point to anything," said second baseman Brian Dozier, who went 3 for 5 with his team-leading 19th home run Tuesday. "It's just basically not hitting."

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