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Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota  Attendance: 17,339

Twins-Indians wrap up series shortened by rain

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Cleveland Indians at Minnesota Twins

  1. The Indians captured six of their last seven meetings with Minnesota last year to take the series, 10-9. And just one game separates the two Central Division rivals since the turn of the century (2000), with the Twins holding a 156-155 advantage.
  2. After sweeping three games at Texas to begin the season, the Indians have dropped each of their last three series while going 2-7. Cleveland's 3-4 hitters have combined for a .207 batting average in 2017, the second lowest in MLB, while their 31 strikeouts are the second most.
  3. The Twins are 3-5 since opening the season with four straight wins. Now 7-5 overall, all their games to date have come against the American League Central. Minnesota didn't reach seven victories against the AL Central last season until July 16 (7-22).
  4. Danny Salazar didn't complete five innings in any of three starts against the Twins last year, going 0-1 with a 10.13 ERA. He issued eight walks and allowed 14 hits, including five home runs, over 10.2 innings versus Minnesota.
  5. After going hitless in his first two games of 2017, Francisco Lindor has reeled off a 10-game hitting streak, which is tied for the longest active mark in MLB (three other players). Lindor is batting .415 with four home runs, seven RBI and 11 runs scored during his spree.
  6. Kyle Gibson is winless in four career starts against the Indians at Target Field, where he's 0-2 with an 8.38 ERA and a .365 average allowed. He's surrendered a .421 batting average at home versus Cleveland with runners in scoring position, as well as a .500 average at home when facing right-handed hitters.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/17/2017 thru 4/20/2017

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians square off in the finale of a rain-shortened series at Target Field on Thursday thanks to Mother Nature washing out the third of a scheduled four-game set.

Wednesday's postponed game was rescheduled for Saturday, June 17, as the nightcap of a day/night doubleheader. The teams already were scheduled to play at 1:10 p.m. that afternoon.

Cleveland right-hander Trevor Bauer (0-2, 8.44 ERA), who was scheduled to face Minnesota left-hander Adalberto Mejia (0-1, 4.05) on Wednesday, will be pushed back a day to go head-to-head with Twins' ace Ervin Santana (3-0, 0.41 ERA).

Cleveland's No. 1 starter Corey Kluber (1-1), who has a 6.38 ERA with six walks and 18 strikeouts, will make his next start on Friday night against the White Sox in Chicago.

Although Mejia is only a rookie, the rainout allows Cleveland to avoid facing its seventh left-handed starter of the season. Lefties have been particularly troublesome for the Indians, who are hitting only .219 and slugging .303 against them.

In contrast, Cleveland is batting .272 and slugging at a .468 clip when facing right-handers.

After winning six of nine games to start the season, Minnesota dropped four of five to begin its homestand. The Indians, meanwhile, have won three of their last four, including the first two games of series in Minnesota.

Despite a rough outing by starter Phil Hughes and three relievers on Tuesday, the Twins' 2.98 staff ERA is third in the major leagues and it opponents' batting average of .211 is tied for first with Cincinnati.

"It's been a stretch where our pitching has not been a problem, from the way our starters have thrown for the most part, to the fact that everybody that I've called upon in almost every situation has been able to do the job," Twins manager Paul Molitor said.

"It's nice to have the depth. It's nice to have the flexibility. A team like Cleveland that can do a lot of things with switch-hitters and their bench, it's good to have as many weapons as you can, especially if they're all throwing the ball well. Hopefully, it continues."

Bauer, despite his lofty ERA through two starts, has recorded 13 strikeouts with only two walks in 10 2/3 innings.

Minnesota first baseman Joe Mauer (10-for-28, .358, six RBIs) and outfielder Eddie Rosario (8-for-18, .444, five RBIs) have proven to be Bauer's toughest outs in the Twins' lineup.

But Mauer (.216) and Rosario (.217) are off to slow starts in 2017.

Sluggers Brian Dozier (3-for-26) and Miguel Sano (1-for-17), on the other hand, have not fared well historically against the Cleveland righty.

Santana, who is 5-11 with a 4.35 ERA all-time versus the Tribe, has allowed a total of only one run over 22 innings in his three 2017 starts.

With only five hits allowed so far, Santana is limiting opposing batters to a major-league low .071 average.

Santana was 7-11 with a 3.38 ERA last season, but went 4-4 and posted an impressive 2.65 ERA after the All-Star break.

The 12-year veteran is coming off of a one-hit shutout over the White Sox on Saturday, in which he walked only one and struck out eight.

Santana retired the final 18 batters to record his second career one-hitter.

Only Jose Ramirez (9-for-13, .692, three home runs, seven RBIs) and Edwin Encarnacion (7-for-25, .280, seven RBIs) are batting higher than the team average of .246 versus Santana among Cleveland batters with at least 13 at-bats against the Twins' No. 1 starter.

Ramirez is 14-for-24 with seven runs, three home runs and 10 RBIs in his last six games, including 4-for-9 with a home run, two RBIs and two runs in the series.

After Tuesday's win, Cleveland manager Terry Francona referred to Ramirez, who hit .312 with 76 RBIs in 2016, as a blessing.

"He's continuing to get better and he's a force," Francona said. "He may not look like it in stature, but he's a force. He's a good player."

Updated April 19, 2017

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