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Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota Attendance: 18,905
Cleveland Indians at Minnesota Twins
- Minnesota has won 10 of the 16 meetings with Cleveland this season, including four of six at Target Field. It marks the Twins' most wins over Cleveland since 2015, when they went 12-7; the Twins have not won 13+ games against the Indians since 1963 (13-5).
- Cleveland went 1-6 on their most recent homestand, dropping three of four to the Twins before getting swept by the Brewers, who outscored the Tribe 24-4 over the three-game set. It is the second time this season that the Indians have been outscored by 20+ runs in a home three-game series (also 27-6 vs. Oakland, August 10-12) -- it had happened just once in the last 18 years (May 16-18, 2014 -- 30-6 vs. Oakland).
- Myles Straw had two walks and three stolen bases in Friday's loss to Milwaukee and has 23 walks and 10 stolen bases in 40 games with Cleveland, becoming the first player with 20+ walks and 10+ steals in his first 40 games with the club since Roberto Alomar (28 walks, 10 steals in 1999).
- Triston McKenzie is slated to start for Cleveland on Tuesday, which would mark his 30th career appearance (27th start). His .174 career opponent average is on pace to be the lowest in the AL through 30 career games since the stat was first tracked in 1921 -- the Yankees' Al Downing currently holds the record with a .184 mark in his first 30 games (min. 500 batters faced).
- Minnesota took a 5-0 lead into the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium on Monday but lost 6-5 in 10 innings. It marked the 44th loss this season in which the Twins had held a lead, second most in MLB behind the Orioles (45).
- Jorge Polanco hit his 30th home run of the season in Monday's loss, becoming the second Twins middle infielder (third instance) to hit 30+ home runs in a season. Brian Dozier did so in 2016 (42 HR) and 2017 (34 HR).
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After Cleveland was no-hit for 15 consecutive innings and garnered just seven total hits while getting swept by the Milwaukee Brewers in a three-game series, one would think the Indians would welcome a trip to Minneapolis to face the American League Central cellar-dwelling Minnesota Twins.
One problem. Starting Game 1 of a doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon for the Twins, who were mathematically eliminated from the AL Central race with a 6-5 loss to the Yankees in New York on Monday afternoon, is rookie Joe Ryan.
The right-hander, obtained from the Tampa Bay Rays on July 22 as part of the Nelson Cruz trade and a key starter on the United States' silver-medal winning Olympic squad, will be making just his third major league start. No. 2 was in Cleveland on Wednesday, when he retired the first 19 batters he faced before yielding a clean single to Amed Rosario to end his perfect-game quest with one out in the seventh.
Ryan (1-1, 2.25 ERA) left after pitching seven one-hit innings, having struck out four without issuing a walk.
Relievers Caleb Thielbar and Tyler Duffey each followed with a perfect inning to finish the 3-0 victory, only the second time in team history that the Twins allowed just one baserunner in a nine-inning game. The other was on Aug. 26, 1962, when Jack Kralick allowed a walk while tossing a no-hitter.
Right-hander Triston McKenzie (4-6, 4.44 ERA), who took the loss against Ryan in that contest and threw 7 2/3 perfect innings of his own in a 11-0 win at Detroit on Aug. 15, will oppose Ryan in Tuesday's opener.
Left-handers Logan Allen (1-6, 6.86 ERA) and Charlie Barnes (0-3, 6.59), who will be recalled by the Twins from Triple-A Saint Paul to serve as the 29th man for the doubleheader, are scheduled to start Game 2.
Indians catcher Ryan Lavarnway hit a one-out single in the sixth inning Sunday to break up Eric Lauer's bid for back-to-back no-hitters by Milwaukee and also snap the 15-inning hitless drought for Cleveland (69-72). Corbin Burnes and Josh Hader combined to no-hit the Indians on Saturday night.
"It's such a cliche, but it's a cliche because it's true," Lavarnway said. "All the innings that we went without hits, they don't count in the inning we're in, so you just have to find a way to stay present and attack what we're doing in the present."
The Indians will find an angry Minnesota team waiting for them after the Twins blew an early 5-0 lead and lost 6-5, in 10 innings at Yankee Stadium on Monday. Gary Sanchez delivered a walk-off RBI single just two innings after Aaron Judge hit a two-out, three-run homer to tie it.
Judge's home run came off Alex Colome after Twins manager Rocco Baldelli had been ejected for arguing balls and strikes after Brett Gardner earned a walk off Duffey.
"I think there are a lot of people that are pretty (ticked) off after this one," Baldelli said.
Two of the balls to Gardner appeared to catch the edge of the strike-zone box, including ball four.
"The way it played out at the end there is tough to swallow," Baldelli said. "We're battling our (rears) off out there. Things got tight and we felt that inning should have been over.
"I'm sure there's some emotional guys in the clubhouse right now. But what we'll do is we will wrap it up, get ourselves together and get ready to get home for a doubleheader, and get right back at it."
It was the 21st loss in the past 23 games at Yankee Stadium for the Twins (63-81), who are 10-6 against Cleveland this season.
--Field Level Media
Updated September 14, 2021