Minnesota Twins vs Cleveland Indians Series Preview

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Apr 27, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins center fielder Danny Santana (39) steals second base before Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis (22) can make a tag in the ninth inning at Target Field. The Indians won 6-5.Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 27, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins center fielder Danny Santana (39) steals second base before Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis (22) can make a tag in the ninth inning at Target Field. The Indians won 6-5.Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports /
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Minnesota Twins Look to Circle Wagons Instead of the Drain

One bit of good news came out of this week’s two game series loss to the Baltimore Orioles. Monday’s rainout prevented the Orioles from officially sweeping the 3 game series until at least July 28th, when the two clubs will attempt to make up the postponed game.

Thus, the Twins series sweep counter stays stuck on six.

After staying close and losing the lead in the 9th inning Tuesday, the Orioles slugged homers early, middle, and late to crush the Twins 9-2 on Wednesday in front of hundreds of school children on field trips. Oh, the horror!

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Both the Twins and the Indians are coming off an off-day, and for Cleveland, it couldn’t have come at a more opportune time. They threw everything (and everyone) at the Houston Astros in Wednesday’s 5-3 loss in 15 innings.

For the Twins, after an off-day on Monday as well, it gives them time to rest their own bullpen after all the call-ups and short starts by their starting staff.

These two team met near the end of April in a 3 game series, in much happier times for the Twins. The first two games provided back-to-back walk-off wins, first a walk-off home run by Oswaldo Arcia, and then a game-winning single by Miguel Sano. That second win put Minnesota at 7-14, and 7-5 in their last dozen games after opening the season 0-9.

Since game two of that series, Minnesota has only won the Jose Berrios gem over Houston’s Dallas Keuchel at Minute Maid Park, falling to a season’s-worst 17 games below .500 at 8-25, losers of seven straight. The Indians have played .500 ball since then, staying a game over break even at 16-15.

Friday Night Game

Ricky Nolasco (1-1, 4.70 ERA) vs Josh Tomlin (5-0, 3.72 ERA)

6:10 Progressive Field

TV: Fox Sports North

Saturday Day Game

Ervin Santana (0-2, .386 ERA) vs Corey Kluber (2-4, 4.14 ERA)

3:10 Progressive Field

TV: Fox Sports 1 & Fox Sports North

Sunday Day Game

Tyler Duffey (0-2, 2.60 ERA) vs Trevor Bauer (3-0, 3.86 ERA)

12:10 Progressive Field

TV: Fox Sports North

Next: Cleveland Analysis

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