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Twins option Boshers to Class AAA, recall Turley for Game 2

    UPDATE: Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez, hit by a pitch on the elbow in Game 1, is not in the lineup for the second game, but x-rays were negative and he could be available to pinch-hit.

    Here are the lineups for Game 2:

INDIANS

 

Kipnis 2B

Lindor SS

Bruce RF

Encarnacion DH

Santana 1B

Jackson LF

Almonte CF

Perez C

Urshela 3B

 

Merritt LHP

 

TWINS

 

Dozier 2B

Mauer 1B

Sano DH

Escobar 3B

Rosario LF

Grossman RF

Buxton CF

Gimenez C

Adrianza SS

 

Slegers RHP

 

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   Buddy Boshers’ latest stint with the Twins has been undone by a clogged schedule, and the Cleveland Indians.

    The left-handed reliever was optioned to Class AAA Rochester after Thursday’s first game, in which he faced four batters and allowed two runs. Boshers’ spot in the bullpen will be inherited by lefthander Nik Turley, who started three games for the Twins earlier this season.

    Righthanded hitters were batting .319 against Boshers this season, and the Indians capitalized by scoring five runs in Boshers’ two appearances in the series, totaling three outs. With seven games scheduled over five days, the Twins chose to add a fresh arm, and Boshers’ roster spot was the one they chose. Boshers has a 5.16 ERA in 27 appearances this season.

    Turley, who posted a 16.39 ERA in three June starts, is at Target Field, and will be in uniform for the day’s second game. Aaron Slegers, added to the roster as the designated 26th man as allowed during doubleheaders, will make his major league debut as the Twins’ starter.

Twins need innings from Gibson in doubleheader opener vs. Cleveland

    At the very moment the Twins need seven starting pitchers over the next five days, they lost another member of their current rotation. Yeah, it’s been that kind of year.

    Dietrich Enns, whose second career start kept getting pushed back while the Twins tried to sort out their pitching needs, now will wait at least another week. Enns reported some soreness in his pitching shoulder after his two innings in relief of Bartolo Colon on Tuesday. Given his history of shoulder problems, the Twins chose to be cautious, and placed him on the 10-day disabled list this morning.

    While the move allowed them to activate Glen Perkins — who expects to pitch in a Twins game today for the first time in 493 days — and increase their bullpen to nine members for the moment, it just exacerbates the need for starting pitching. And manager Paul Molitor said there is virtually no chance that Adalberto Mejia might be back from his own injury by next week, leaving them with few options for Monday’s doubleheader in Chicago. One might be Dillon Gee, who could be used today in a short stint and then return in time to start on Monday, but that removes the Twins’ long reliever from availability this weekend against Arizona. So it’s difficult to plan with any certainty.

    For now, the Twins will go with Kyle Gibson this afternoon, and rookie righthander Aaron Slegers tonight, finishing off what was billed as a big series in anticlimactic fashion. It’s the second time this season that there’s been some buildup to the Indians’ arrival in town, only to have rainy weather give it a get-it-over-with feel. But a sweep — by either team — could significantly change the Twins’ outlook about the postseason.

    Gibson has had only two quality starts among his last eight outings, but the Twins will be looking for more innings than they’ve gotten from him this month, in order to minimize the need for bullpen help — especially with a rookie on the mound tonight.

    Here are the lineups for Game 1, with a second game set for 6:10 p.m.:

INDIANS

 

Lindor SS

Kipnis 2B

Ramirez 3B

Encarnacion DH

Bruce RF

Santana 1B

Guyer LF

Zimmer CF

Gomes C

 

Carrasco RHP

 

TWINS

 

Dozier 2B

Kepler RF

Mauer 1B

Sano 3B

Rosario LF

Escobar DH

Buxton CF

Polanco SS

Castro C

 

Gibson RHP

Final, 8/17 R H E
Cleveland 66-52 9 14 0
Minnesota 59-59 3 10 1