Twins-Cleveland series preview

  • Updated: June 5, 2011 - 11:44 PM

THREE-GAME SERIES AT PROGRESSIVE FIELD

Monday, 6:05 p.m. • FSN, 1500ESPN

RHP Scott Baker (2-4, 3.86 ERA) vs. RHP Josh Tomlin (7-2, 3.27)

Tuesday, 6:05 p.m. • FSN, 1500ESPN

LHP Francisco Liriano (3-5, 5.73 ERA) vs. RHP Carlos Carrasco (4-3, 5.18)

Wednesday, 12:05 p.m. • FSN, 1500ESPN

RHP Carl Pavano (3-5, 4.83) vs. RHP Justin Masterson (5-4, 3.28)

TWINS UPDATE

The Twins are 9-9 against the AL Central and 11-28 outside their division. They swept Cleveland in a rain-shortened, two-game series at Target Field on April 23-24. ... The Twins are 2-9 in Baker's starts, but he has pitched at least six innings eight times. ... Liriano, who has been on the disabled list with left shoulder inflammation, went 3-0 with a 2.36 ERA against the Indians last season. ... Pavano notched his 100th career victory Friday after going winless in his previous six starts. Before that stretch, he pitched seven innings in a 4-3 victory over Cleveland on April 24.

INDIANS UPDATE

Cleveland has lost nine of 12 and got swept at home by Texas over the weekend but has been in first place for 60 days. A big key this year has been the bullpen, which has posted a 3.31 ERA. Closer Chris Perez has converted 14 of 15 save opportunities. ... Travis Hafner, who was batting .345 with a .892 OPS when he strained an oblique muscle, will be on the DL for at least another month. Grady Sizemore has started only 19 games in center field and was not in the lineup Sunday. Shin-Soo Choo is struggling and admits the guilt from last month's drunken driving arrest is wearing on him, but shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera looks like an All-Star, batting .301 with 10 home runs and 39 RBI.

JOE CHRISTENSEN

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