The Indians arrived home for their weekend series against the Twins as one of baseball’s hottest offenses. Cleveland was churning out runs at a high rate and used that high-octane approach to chase down Minnesota to reclaim first place in the American League Central.
Indians manager Terry Francona weighs multiple factors when decided whether to sit rookie Bradley Zimmer against a left-handed starter. Francona will consider the style of the lefty, while also examining the opposing team’s bullpen, trying to determine if Zimmer could be a weapon off the bench.
Twins ace Ervin Santana and Indians right-hander Josh Tomlin will square off in the series finale between the two ballclubs on Sunday at Progressive Field.
Jason Kipnis stared at Indians first baseman Carlos Santana for a moment from across the diamond. One pitch into Saturday’s game, the second baseman gloved a grounder off the bat of Brian Dozier and fired the ball to Santana, who jumped off the bag to make the catch.
Despite a dominant start by Indians ace Corey Kluber, Brian Dozier’s go-ahead solo home run in the eighth inning off Cody Allen proved to be the difference in the Twins’ 4-2 victory over the Indians on Saturday at Progressive Field.
By the time Jose Ramirez grabbed a bat and found his way to the batter’s box on Friday night, it was too late for the Indians. He came off the bench, rolled over a pitch for a game-ending groundout and that was that. The only fireworks that followed were of the planned postgame variety.
The Indians returned home as the American League Central leaders, but the Twins still plan on having a say in the race this summer. On Friday night, Minnesota lefty Adalberto Mejia quieted Cleveland’s recently scorching lineup, guiding the Twins to a 5-0 win at Progressive Field.
A pair of right-handers will face off in the middle of a three-game set between two American League Central foes, as Twins starter Kyle Gibson and Indians ace Corey Kluber will take the mound on Saturday at Progressive Field.
For the first time this season, the Indians are starting to look like the team to beat in the AL, writes Mike Lupica, even though the Astros were the first to 50 wins.
The Indians’ bullpen returned to order on Friday, when closer Cody Allen was reinstated from Major League Baseball’s paternity list.
Indians outfielder Brandon Guyer returned to Cleveland on Thursday after a four-game rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus hoping he would be able to rejoin the Tribe, but after an evaluation by the training staff, Guyer will be playing at least one more game with Columbus on Friday.
The Twins will start an 11-game road trip on Friday with a chance at redemption during a three-game set in Cleveland. The Indians swept the four-game series between the division foes last weekend to surpass the Twins atop the American League Central.