Three-game series at Progressive Field
Friday, 6:10 p.m. • FSN, 830-AM: RHP Kyle Gibson (1-4, 3.45) vs. RHP Corey Kluber (10-2, 1.99)
Saturday, 3:10 p.m. • FSN, 830-AM: RHP Fernando Romero (3-2, 3.92) vs. RHP Carlos Carrasco (8-4, 3.90)
Sunday, 12:10 p.m. • FSN, 830-AM: RHP Jake Odorizzi (3-3, 4.19) vs. RHP Adam Plutko (3-1, 5.09)
The Twins are 12-19 away from Target Field, but have not won a road series since May 7-8 in St. Louis. … They are 4-2 against the Indians this season, 1-1 in Puerto Rico and 3-1 at Target Field. They went 6-3 in Cleveland last year, and have not lost the season series in Progressive Field since 2014. … RF Max Kepler has hit six home runs in 16 career games at Progressive Field, more than any other road stadium. … Closer Fernando Rodney has converted 12 consecutive save opportunities, and has allowed only one run in that stretch. … RHP Matt Belisle was a member of the Indians organization until Tuesday, when he opted out of his contract and signed with the Twins. … 1B Joe Mauer, a lifetime .323 hitter in Cleveland, will rejoin the team this weekend after missing a month because of a cervical strain.
The Indians closed May with six consecutive victories, but are only 6-6 since then after beating Chicago 5-2 on Thursday. But they still lead the AL Central by 4½ games, the largest lead of any first-place team. … They are 20-11 at home, and have won seven in a row at Progressive Field. … They no longer have the worst bullpen in the AL, but that’s mostly because Kansas City’s pen has collapsed. Their 5.60 bullpen ERA is second worst in the majors. … Corey Kluber has not allowed more than three runs in a start since July 29, a streak of 26 consecutive starts. … Jose Ramirez is sixth in the AL in on-base percentage (.387), fourth in OPS (. 994), third in home runs (19) and eighth in RBI (44). … SS Francisco Lindor is fourth in the league in hits (80). … LHP Andrew Miller, who has allowed one run to the Twins in his past 22⅓ innings against them, is on the disabled list because of a knee inflammation.