Twins-Cleveland series preview

  • Article by: PHIL MILLER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 12, 2013 - 3:20 PM

Andrew Albers pitched 8 ⅓ shutout innings in his major league debut.

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Twins vs. Cleveland: Series preview

Three-game series at Target Field

Monday, 7:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM

RHP Danny Salazar (1-0, 3.29) vs. LHP Andrew Albers (1-0, 0.00)

Tuesday, 7:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM

RHP Zach McAllister (4-7, 3.90) vs. RHP Samuel Deduno (7-5, 3.38)

Wednesday, 12:10 p.m. • No TV, 96.3-FM

RHP Carlos Carrasco (0-4, 7.75) vs. RHP Kyle Gibson (2-3, 6.43)

Indians update

They are 25-30 on the road but have won three of their past four road games. … After an eight-game winning streak to end July, they have lost six consecutive and are seven games behind Detroit in the AL Central and only a half-game ahead of the Royals for second place. … They have been outscored 37-15 during the skid, and have batted only .200. … 3B/1B Mark Reynolds, tied for the team lead in home runs with 15, was designated for assignment last week after batting .133 since July 1. He had not homered since June 28. … They are without RHP Corey Kluber (finger). … They added LHP Mark Rzepczynski to their bullpen at the trade deadline. ... Their bullpen leads the American League in blown saves with 20.

Twins update

They are 26-27 at home and have won three consecutive at Target Field. … They are 4-5 against the Indians this year, 2-1 at home. They have won the season series against Cleveland in four of the past five seasons, going 55-44 since 2008. … They are without C/OF Ryan Doumit (concussion). … 2B Brian Dozier leads the majors with 21 doubles since June 16. … LHP Andrew Albers will make his second career start Monday, after becoming the first pitcher in Minnesota history to pitch more than seven shutout innings in his major league debut. He’ll face Danny Salazar, making his third career start. … The Twins have grounded into only 64 double plays, entering Sunday, fewest in the major leagues. And they have turned 133 double plays in the field, most in the AL and behind only St. Louis for the major league lead.

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