Three-game series at Target Field
Thursday, 3:10 p.m. • FSN, 830-AM: RHP Corey Kluber (20-7, 2.89 ERA last season) vs. RHP Jose Berrios (12-11, 3.84)
Saturday, 1:10 p.m. • FSN, 830-AM: RHP Trevor Bauer (12-6, 2.21) vs. RHP Jake Odorizzi (7-10, 4.49)
Sunday, 1:10 p.m. • FSN, 830-AM: RHP Carlos Carrasco (17-10, 3.38) vs. RHP Michael Pineda (did not pitch)
Cleveland opens the season without two former All-Stars, SS Francisco Lindor and 2B Jason Kipnis. Both have right calf injuries, and Lindor also has a sprained left ankle. … 3B Jose Ramirez fouled a ball off his left knee Sunday and is probable. … 1B Carlos Santana hit .397 (26-for-63) in spring training and led the team with four home runs. … Kluber was third and Bauer sixth in American League Cy Young voting after last season. … DH Hanley Ramirez, 35, joins the team as a free agent after being released by Boston last May. … Cleveland lost lineup regulars Edwin Encarnacion, Yandy Diaz, Michael Brantley, Yonder Alonso and Melky Cabrera in the offseason.
The Twins are without 3B Miguel Sano (heel laceration) until May. Free-agent signee Marwin Gonzalez opens the season at third. … RHP Addison Reed (thumb) also starts on the injured list. … CF Byron Buxton led Twins regulars with a .410 spring training average (16-for-39) and 15 RBI. LF Eddie Rosario had four HR and 14 RBI. … Starter Kyle Gibson, recovering from E. coli, will have his first start delayed until next week. … RHP Ryne Harper, who turned 30 Wednesday, earned a spot on the team with 11 scoreless spring innings and will make his major league debut when he pitches. He was called up in 2017 by Seattle for three days but did not pitch. … SS Jorge Polanco (arm soreness) should be OK, but IF Ronald Torreyes came north with the team just in case.