THREE-GAME SERIES AT PROGRESSIVE FIELD
Friday, 6:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM
RHP Mike Pelfrey (5-7, 3.65 ERA) vs. RHP Cody Anderson (2-3, 3.38)
Saturday, 6:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM
RHP Ervin Santana (2-2, 3.89) vs. RHP Trevor Bauer (8-8, 3.98)
Sunday, 12:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM
RHP Phil Hughes (10-7, 4.14) vs. RHP Corey Kluber (6-12, 3.60)
They are 5-14 since the All-Star break, having lost five straight and 10 of their past 12. … They are 20-32 on the road and have lost eight of their past nine. … They are 4-2 against Cleveland this season, having taken two of three in each city. This is the first of 13 remaining games with the Indians, who are five games behind the Twins. … After winning the season series with Cleveland seven times in nine years from 2002-10, they have lost it in three of the past four seasons. They are 74-104 all-time at Progressive Field. … Hughes is 5-2 with a 3.41 ERA in nine career starts against Cleveland. But Santana is 3-9 with a 4.09 ERA in 17 starts. … Glen Perkins has saved 14 games against Cleveland, more than any team except Chicago. Perkins has allowed six hits, three of them home runs, in 11 at-bats against Cleveland first baseman Carlos Santana. … OF Torii Hunter is 6-for-12 with two homers against Trevor Bauer, but 2B Brian Dozier is 1-for-14.
They are 7-12 since the All-Star break and have lost four of their past five. They have scored only 16 runs in their past seven games and have fallen into last place in the AL Central. … They are 20-32 at home but have lost eight of their past nine in Cleveland. … They are without All-Star 2B Jason Kipnis (shoulder inflammation), LHP Nick Hagadone (knee) and RHP Gavin Floyd (elbow). OF/1B Nick Swisher (knee) is on a rehab assignment at Class AAA Columbus. … They are 15-28 against their fellow AL Central teams, 5-16 at home. … They rank ninth in runs allowed (448) but 13th in the AL in runs scored (408). … Kluber, the reigning AL Cy Young winner, allowed three hits and two runs over eight innings in his only start against the Twins this year. He is 4-2 with a 3.80 ERA in 11 career starts against the Twins. … Former Twins reliever Jeff Manship has held batters to a .122 average in 16 games and owns a 1.13 ERA. … Former Twins minor leaguer RHP Deolis Guerra was claimed off waivers from Pittsburgh on Thursday.