|CLEVELAND ( BAUER )|
MINNESOTA ( GIBSON )
|967||CLEVELAND||-120||Ov 8,-115||-110||Ov 8.5,-115|
|968||MINNESOTA||+110||Un 8,-105||+100||Un 8.5,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||46-41||+1.7||47-37||4.6||0.260||0.326||4.3||0.256||0.314|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.3||0-7||2.7||0.210||0.278||1.3||0.184||0.223|
|vs Right-handed Starters||37-45||+0.7||40-37||4.1||0.243||0.315||4.6||0.272||0.326|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1||4-3||4.3||0.246||0.290||5.4||0.291||0.333|
|8/6/2014||SALAZAR(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)||3-8||L||-110||7 ov||O||7||5||0||10||2||0|
|8/7/2014||HOUSE(L)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)||0-4||L||105||7.5 un||U||5||6||3||8||5||1|
|8/8/2014||BAUER(R)||@ NY YANKEES||ROGERS(R)||6-10||L||125||8.5 ov||O||12||9||2||10||9||0|
|8/9/2014||KLUBER(R)||@ NY YANKEES||MCCARTHY(R)||3-0||W||-115||7.5 un||U||9||6||0||5||8||0|
|8/10/2014||CARRASCO(R)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||4-1||W||130||8.5 un||U||7||9||0||5||3||0|
|8/19/2014||BAUER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||GIBSON(R)|| |
|8/20/2014||HOUSE(L)||@ MINNESOTA||NOLASCO(R)|| |
|8/21/2014||KLUBER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||HUGHES(R)|| |
|8/26/2014|| ||@ CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|8/5/2014||HUGHES(R)||SAN DIEGO||HAHN(R)||3-1||W||-115||7.5 un||U||5||5||0||12||11||0|
|8/6/2014||CORREIA(R)||SAN DIEGO||DESPAIGNE(R)||4-5||L||-105||8.5 un||O||10||14||0||9||7||1|
|8/7/2014||PINO(R)||@ OAKLAND||LESTER(L)||0-3||L||240||7 ov||U||3||4||1||7||9||0|
|8/8/2014||GIBSON(R)||@ OAKLAND||KAZMIR(L)||5-6||L||195||7 un||O||7||2||1||6||6||1|
|8/9/2014||MAY(R)||@ OAKLAND||SAMARDZIJA(R)||4-9||L||220||7.5 un||O||12||11||1||10||12||1|
|8/10/2014||HUGHES(R)||@ OAKLAND||HAMMEL(R)||6-1||W||165||7.5 un||U||10||8||0||6||7||1|
|8/11/2014||MILONE(L)||@ HOUSTON||PEACOCK(R)||4-2||W||-110||8.5 un||U||11||9||1||9||8||2|
|8/12/2014||PINO(R)||@ HOUSTON||MCHUGH(R)||4-10||L||130||7.5 ev||O||8||4||1||12||4||0|
|8/13/2014||GIBSON(R)||@ HOUSTON||OBERHOLTZER(L)||3-1||W||-110||8 un||U||11||9||1||6||6||0|
|8/15/2014||NOLASCO(R)||KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)||5-6||L||+130||8 ev||O||9||5||0||12||7||2|
|8/16/2014||HUGHES(R)||KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)||4-1||W||+105||7.5 un||U||6||9||1||8||7||1|
|8/17/2014||MILONE(L)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||6-12||L||+105||8 ev||O||7||4||1||13||5||0|
|8/18/2014||MAY(R)||KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)||4-6||L||+145||8 ev||O||7||4||0||13||10||0|
|8/23/2014|| ||DETROIT|| || |
|8/23/2014|| ||DETROIT|| || |
|8/26/2014|| ||@ 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* =======================
Cleveland (62-61) at Minnesota (55-67), 8:10 p.m. EDT
The Minnesota Twins' Kyle Gibson will finally get to start at home again for the first time in a month after winning three of four outings on the road.
He usually saves his best efforts for division rivals - something the Cleveland Indians have experienced first-hand.
The Twins have won both starts by Gibson against the Indians this year heading into Tuesday night's opener of a three-game series at Target Field.
Gibson (11-9, 3.96 ERA) has been a major bright spot for last-place Minnesota, going 3-1 with a 3.04 ERA in four outings since his last home start July 18. He would be tied with the Angels' Matt Shoemaker for the second-most victories among rookie pitchers if not for the fact that he went just above the rookie limit of 50 innings last year with 51.
The Twins (55-68) have won eight of 10 career starts by the right-hander against AL Central teams, including six of seven this year. Gibson is 5-1 with a 2.40 ERA against division foes in 2014, going 1-0 with a 0.75 ERA in two versus Cleveland.
The Indians' top RBI leaders - Michael Brantley and Carlos Santana - are a combined 2 for 13 against him.
Gibson, who has surrendered 12 runs over 8 1-3 innings in his most recent two home starts, continued his recent surge by allowing one run over 7 2-3 innings in Wednesday's 3-1 win at Houston.
"He was in command," manager Ron Gardenhire told MLB's official website. "He had a good moving fastball. His slider was good. His changeup was decent."
Gardenhire could use that kind of effort since his starting rotation has posted a 6.98 ERA since in losing three of four to first-place Kansas City to open this 11-game homestand. The manager was ejected from a 6-4 loss Monday.
The Indians (62-61) will see several new faces from when they last faced the Twins from July 21-23. Rookie Kennys Vargas is hitting .313 while starting all 16 games since Aug. 1 while Jordan Schafer is batting .281 in 11 contests since being picked up off waivers two days later from Atlanta.
Cleveland is searching for offense, averaging a major league-low 2.7 runs since Aug. 5 in 11 games. The Indians have totaled 19 runs in a 5-2 stretch capped by Sunday's 4-1 loss to Baltimore.
"We've played a lot of low-scoring games," manager Terry Francona said.
Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer (4-7, 4.35) is 0-3 with a 5.59 ERA in his last five outings although he was effective Wednesday in yielding two runs over a career-high eight innings in a 3-2 win over Arizona in the first game of a doubleheader.
The right-hander's winless stretch began in his lone career start against the Twins when he gave up three runs over six innings in a 3-1 road loss July 23.
These teams have split 10 meetings.
|Last Updated: 10/1/2014 3:16:36 PM EST|