Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

Minnesota leads 1-0 (as of 8/12)

Game 1: Monday, August 12
Cleveland0Final
Minnesota3
Game 2: Tuesday, August 13
Cleveland5Final
Minnesota2
Game 3: Wednesday, August 14
Cleveland9Final
in 12
Minnesota8

Indians 0

(63-56, 25-31 away)

Twins 3

(53-63, 27-27 home)

8:10 PM ET, August 12, 2013

Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota 

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CLE 000000000 0 2 0
MIN 12000000 - 3 4 0

W: A. Albers (2-0)

L: D. Salazar (1-1)

Indians-Twins Preview

STATS LLC

After snapping one of their longest losing streaks of the season, the Cleveland Indians will next try to end their recent woes in Minnesota.

The Indians have lost eight of their last 10 road games against the Twins, who will seek to match their longest home win streak of the season Monday night.

Cleveland (63-55) had dropped six in a row -- its worst slide of the year besides an eight-game skid June 2-10 -- before rallying for a 6-5 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday. Nick Swisher, Mike Aviles and Carlos Santana homered to erase a five-run deficit, and Michael Bourn singled in the go-ahead run in the seventh.

The Indians avoided an 0-7 homestand and remained within four games of the AL's last wild-card berth, a spot they owned before the losing streak.

"It didn't matter how we got it," Swisher said. "That's a much-needed win, not only for us but for our fans. It's crazy how this game works."

Cleveland now face a Twins team that has won seven of 10 overall and three straight at home, one shy of a season high. Minnesota (52-63) completed a winning seven-game road trip with a 5-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.

Joe Mauer and Brian Dozier homered and combined to drive in all five runs in the fifth inning. Minnesota got 23 of its 28 runs on the trip off home runs and went 7 for 62 (.113) with runners in scoring position.

"We'll take the home runs if that's the way we have to score runs right now, as long as we're winning ballgames," manager Ron Gardenhire said.

The Twins won two of three over Cleveland from July 19-21 in the teams' most recent series and their only one this season at Target Field. The Indians have lost three straight series there, batting .181 in those 10 games as Asdrubal Cabrera has gone 2 for 29.

Andrew Albers (1-0, 0.00 ERA) will try to lead Minnesota to another victory over the Indians following a sterling major league debut. The left-hander came within two outs of recording a shutout and gave up four hits in a 7-0 victory in Kansas City on Tuesday.

"It's hard to put into words, but it was special to go out and have that kind of performance in your debut," he said. "Unfortunately, it's probably not going to get much better from there."

Cleveland's Danny Salazar (1-0, 3.29) will also seek his second career win Monday. The rookie right-hander recorded that victory in his big-league debut July 11 against Toronto before being sent back down to the minors.

He was recalled before Wednesday's home game against Detroit and did not get a decision in a 6-5 loss, allowing four runs over 7 2/3 innings. Salazar struck out 10, giving him 17 in his first two starts.

"Besides a couple mistakes, I thought he was tremendous," manager Terry Francona said. "He had poise, competitiveness. I wish I could sit here on a win, but it doesn't change the fact of how he pitched or how we feel about him. That was pretty awesome."

Cleveland has lost 16 of 24 to Minnesota but leads this season's series 5-4.

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Gameday Matchup

 ClevelandMinnesota
W-L92-7066-96
Night59-5036-62
Grass89-6765-90
Current StreakW10L6
Last 1010-01-9

Pitching Matchup

ClevelandMinnesota
D. Salazar
2-3, 3.12 ERA

Last Game:
9/25 vs CHW
5.1 IP, 2 ER
Dec = Win
A. Albers
2-5, 4.05 ERA

Last Game:
9/26 vs CLE
5.2 IP, 3 ER
Dec = Loss

Gameday Lineups

NO.ClevelandMinnesota
1. M. Bourn, CF B. Dozier, 2B
2. N. Swisher, 1B J. Mauer, DH
3. J. Kipnis, 2B J. Morneau, 1B
4. A. Cabrera, SS J. Willingham, LF
5. C. Santana, DH O. Arcia, RF
6. Y. Gomes, C T. Plouffe, 3B
7. M. Brantley, LF C. Herrmann, C
8. M. Aviles, 3B C. Thomas, CF
9. D. Stubbs, RF P. Florimon, SS

Research Notes

Twins have scored all 3 of their runs so far tonight via HR. Over their last 5 games, including tonight's game in progress, Minnesota's last 22 runs scored have come via HR.
Andrew Albers: 1st pitcher to throw a shutout within the first 2 games of his career since: Clay Buchholz, 2007 Red Sox (no-hitter vs Orioles)

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