Tribe at Twins: Pretend Like It’s 2004.


The Twins have lost five straight and 10 of their past 11 games and have outscored the Indians, 40-36 this year. Within that span, Tsuyoshi Nishioka is hitting .438 (7-for-16) and Joe Mauer .435 (10-for-23) against the Tribe. Matt Capps is 2-0 with two saves against the Indians.

The Tribe entered has a  2-5 record on this 10-game trip after last nights drubbing by the Rangers. Asdrubal Cabrera is hitting .302 (13-for-43) with three homers and 10 RBI against the Twins this year. Masterson has a 1.54 ERA (four earned runs in 231/3 innings) in three no-decisions against Minnesota this year.

Pitching Matchups:

RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (9-11, 4.61 ERA) vs. RHP Kevin Slowey (0-5, 6.07) tonight at 8:10

RHP Jeanmar Gomez (3-2, 3.95) vs. RHP Anthony Swarzak (3-6, 3.89) Saturday at 1:10 p.m.

RHP Justin Masterson (11-10, 3.20) vs. LHP Scott Diamond (1-4, 3.94) Sunday at 2:10 p.m.


Indians — RHP Josh Tomlin (right elbow), OF Michael Brantley (right hand) and RHP Carlos Carrasco (right elbow) are on the disabled list. 3B Jack Hannahan (left calf) is day to day. Twins — RHP Scott Baker (right elbow), RHP Nick Blackburn (right forearm), 2B Alexi Casilla (right hamstring), LHP Brian Duensing (right oblique), LHP Francisco Liriano (left shoulder) and LF Denard Span (migraines) are on the disabled list. 1B Justin Morneau (concussion-like symptoms) and SS Tsuyoshi Nishioka (right oblique) are day to day.

Mike Melaragno

About Mike Melaragno

A 2010 graduate of Lee University, Mike loves writes about the game he loves most-- baseball. From an early age, he learned to live and die with the Tribe-- mostly die. Died a little when they lost the 1997 World Series in extra innings; died a lot when they were one game away from advancing to the fall classic in 2007 but fell to the Red Sox in game seven of the ALCS. He currently resides in Northeast Ohio.