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Postgame: Call them the Road Twins


Here are some quick notes following the Twins' victory over Cleveland:

ROAD TWINS: They can't explain why they are 22-9 on the road but 16-25 at home. But they have talked about it. "We have been joking around about it. We call ourselves the Road Twins now. I don't know if there are less things to worry about on the road, guys having a lot of kids, I know I try to get as much sleep as I can on the road. That helps, I guess. You just don't have as many things tugging on you in different directions."

HOLD THE BALL: Twins manager Paul Molitor said they covered the situation in spring training. With a runner on third, they have to assess the risk and reward of attempting audacious plays with runners on third base. Jorge Polanco tried it in the seventh inning when he threw to first wildly while trying to turn an inning-ending double play. Reliever Matt Belisle was covering first at the time and had little chance to catch the ball unless he came off the bag quicker. "We don't really have much of a chance there," Molitor said. "It's a tough play for the pitcher to make that catch and we kind of gave them that run. I'd rather take a shot at the next guy with first (base) and third with two outs than take the chance of making a difficult play."

GIBSON UNEVEN: Kyle Gibson said he did have his curveball on Saturday, and it affected him against the Indians. But,with a good defensive behind him, he should throw more strikes and let the Indians put the ball in play. He tied a season low by striking out one. Of the 93 pitches he threw on Saturday, 48 we strikes. It's hard to believe that the Twins are 2-0 in this series without a starter pitching into the sixth.

Not one, but two Twins scratched before game with Cleveland


You arrive at the ballpark, check with your players, check matchups and write out a lineup card.

And then you have to improvise.

That's what Twins manager Paul Molitor is dealing with right now as he had to remove outfielder Max Kepler from the starting lineup because of right foot contusion. Kepler fouled a ball off of his foot in the sixth inning on Friday but was able to remain in the game. But when he tried to warm up earlier this afternoon, the foot reacted angrily.

So the plan is for Kepler to have X-Rays of his foot taken to make sure there isn't something seriously wrong.

Byron Buxton was not in the ordinal lineup against Cleveland ace Corey Kluber, but he is now. Eddie Rosario, originally scheduled to start in center, has been moved back to his customary left field.

But for how long? Rosario has been slowed by the same sinus infection that has kept Miguel Sano out of the lineup. And Rosario looks even worse today than he did yesterday. The Twins were going to see how he warms up today. If he struggles, he could be a late scratch.

UPDATE: Rosario has been scratched. Chris Gimenez now playing left field. CHRIS GIMENEZ!

As for Sano, he said he feels better today, but Molitor still has him out of the starting lineup. Sano is available off the bench. 

Not good for the Twins, especially when they are facing someone of Kluber's caliber. Joe Mauer is a career .298 hitter against Kluber with two home runs. The rest of the team isn't doing as well. Brian Dozier (.150), Eduardo Escobar (.126), Rosario (.176) and Sano (.063) have not figured out this guy.

Escobar told me he stayed up late last night looking at Kluber video and thinks he has an answer. We will see.

The pitching matchups for Boston are out.

Monday: Jose Berrios vs Chris Sale
Tuesday: Hector Santiago vs. Drew Pomeranz
Wednesday: Adalberto Mejia vs Rick Porcello
Thursday: Kyle Gibson vs David Price

Pack a lunch....


Twins

Brian Dozier, 2B
Joe Mauer, 1B
Robbie Grossman, RF
Kennys Vargas, 1B
Eduardo Escobar, 3B
Jorge Polanco, SS
Chris Gimenez, LF
Jason Castro, C
Byron Buxton, CF

Kyle Gibson, RHP

Indians

Francisco Lindor, SS
Jason Kipnis, 2B
Jose Ramirez, 3B
Edwin Encarnacion, DH
Lonnie Chisenhall, RF
Carlos Santana, 1B
Yan Gomes, C
Bradley Zimmer, CF
Austin Jackson, LF

Corey Kluber, RHP

Final, 6/24 R H E
Minnesota 38-34 4 5 1
Cleveland 39-34 2 8 2