CLEVELAND -- The Twins can’t concern themselves with Cleveland’s misery.

Minnesota’s own hole was dug too deep back in April to think about an opponent suffering through the misery of an 11-game losing streak. The Twins have a chance to sweep this three-game series today and tie the Indians for third-place; and it’s an opportunity they must seize.

The Indians are 10-24 against lefthanded starters, and the Twins will have lefty Brian Duensing on the mound, coming off his best two starts of the season. Cleveland counters with Justin Masterson, who has a 7.71 ERA in his past six starts.

After a three hour, 40 minute game last night, the turnaround will be quick. First pitch today is at 11:05 a.m. (Central).

TWINS (49-61)

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Ben Revere, RF
3. Joe Mauer, 1B
4. Josh Willingham, LF
5. Justin Morneau, DH
6. Ryan Doumit, C
7. Tsuyoshi Nishioka, 2B
8. Brian Dozier, SS
9. Alexi Casilla, 3B

Starting pitcher: LH Brian Duensing (2-6, 4.39 ERA)

INDIANS (50-60)

1. Jason Kipnis, 2B
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
3. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
4. Carlos Santana, DH
5. Michael Brantley, CF
6. Shelley Duncan, LF
7. Lou Marson, C
8. Casey Kotchman, 1B
9. Brent Lillibridge, 3B

 

Starting pitcher: RH Justin Masterson (7-10, 4.78 ERA)

Progressive Field. First pitch: 11:05 a.m. (Central). TV: FSN. Twins Radio Network

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