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Sunday Insider: Short hops

  • June 22, 2013 - 11:08 PM

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The Twins and Indians entered this weekend’s series in Cleveland with virtually identical results over the past 30 seasons, to an amazing degree. According to STATS Inc., the cumulative stats for each team since 1983, through Thursday:

Twins Clev.

Head-to-head wins 222 222

Overall wins 2,392 2,393

Overall losses 2,469 2,469

Batting average .269 .269

ERA 4.45 4.44

Postseason appearances 8 7

AL pennants 2 2

World Series titles 2 0

Five toughest relievers vs. Twins

The Twins didn’t mind seeing Jose Valverde designated for assignment by Detroit. Of the 38 pitchers who have recorded 10 or more saves against the Twins, Valverde was one of the five most dominant, as gauged by ERA. The all-time leader in saves vs. the Twins, by the way, is Mariano Rivera, whose 33 regular-season saves (four blown) combined with a 1.30 ERA would rank sixth on this list.

ERA Saves Blown

Troy Percival 0.38 23 4

Bryan Harvey 0.40 12 0

Jose Valverde 0.54 16 1

Francisco Rodriguez 1.10 14 2

Dan Quisenberry 1.17 19 4

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