Tonight, the Minnesota Twins welcome the Cleveland Indians to town. With the Minnesota Twins having just been swept by the AL East Tampa Bay Rays, the Indians represent a vital matchup of AL Central division foes. Minnesota is reeling, while looking for offense, since the All Star Break, and will look to snap the three game skid tonight.
As we discussed in our series preview, the Twins are quite possibly facing the series that dictates how the rest of their season will go. Fresh off three loses, and now nine games below .500, the Twins need to find their groove and fast.
Cleveland will send T.J. House to the mound, and he will face off tonight against the Twins Kris Johnson. Johnson was roughed up in his last start against the Colorado Rockies, and will look to get back on track tonight.
Here is how both teams will line up:
Cleveland Indians (50-48)
Jason Kipnis 2B
Yan Gomes DH
Ryan Raburn LF
Nick Swisher RF
Mike Aviles CF
Minnesota Twins (44-53)
Brian Dozier 2B
- Danny Santana is back in the lineup tonight for the Twins, and he will once again man center field. Chris Parmelee also finds himself back in the Twins outfield tonight.
- Chris Colabello will get the nod at DH and take a spot away from Oswaldo Arcia tonight.
- Joe Mauer was seen on the field prior to today’s game taking grounders, however, it will be in swinging a bat that he finds out where his injury progress really is.
- The Indians will have three catchers in their lineup tonight with Yan Gomes, Carlos Santana, and Roberto Perez.
Tonight’s first pitch is schedule for 7:10 pm central time. With hot and humid temperatures all day throughout the Twin Cities, the Twins could be looking at some storms creeping in tonight. The game will be televised on Fox Sports North, and can be heard on the Twins Radio Network.