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American League Preview from The Sports Network



Tuesday, August 19 (All times Eastern)

Cleveland Indians (62-61) at Minnesota Twins (55-68), 8:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Cleveland - Trevor Bauer (4-7, 4.35) Minnesota - Kyle Gibson (11-9, 3.96)

(SportsNetwork.com) - There have been few things to get excited about this season for the Minnesota Twins. Right-hander Kyle Gibson, though, is one of them and on Tuesday he goes after his fourth win in five starts when the Twins open a three-game series versus the Cleveland Indians at Target Field.

Gibson was again terrific in Houston on Wednesday, as he allowed just a run and six hits in 7 2/3 innings to run his record to 11-9 on the year to go along with a 3.96 ERA.

"He was in command," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said after the team's 3-1 victory. "Didn't overthrow too much. He had a good moving fastball. His slider was good. His changeup was decent. He kept pouring it in there and didn't let them breathe much."

In five starts since the All-Star break, Gibson is 3-2 with a 4.09 ERA and has held opponents to a .228 batting average.

Gibson beat the Indians earlier in the year and has pitched to a 2.08 ERA in three starts against them.

Minnesota dropped three of four to the American League Central-leading Kansas City Royals over the weekend, falling 6-4 in Monday's finale.

Trevor Plouffe hit a three-run home run in the ninth, while Oswaldo Arcia hit a solo home for the Twins, who have lost four of six. Trevor May (0-2) allowed three runs on seven hits over 4 2/3 innings to take the loss.

"They got a couple of first-pitch hits there in the fifth," said May. "Maybe it just wasn't the best locations for those pitches right then and there."

Cleveland, meanwhile, was denied a series sweep on Sunday against Baltimore, as it dropped a 4-1 decision. Danny Salazar (4-6) yielded two runs on four hits and a walk in five-plus innings for the Indians, who finished 3-2 on a rain-shortened homestand.

Despite the loss Salazar extended Cleveland's streak of starters allowing two runs or fewer to seven games. Hoping to push that run even further tonight will be righty Trevor Bauer, who is winless since beating Detroit back on July 18. Bauer did not get a decision on Wednesday against Arizona, but pitched well, allowing just two runs, while striking out nine over eight innings of his team's 3-2 win.

He is 4-7 on the year with a 4.35 ERA.

Bauer lost to the Twins on July 23, allowing three runs in six innings and striking out seven.

Cleveland has split 10 matchups with the Twins this season.

08/19 10:39:16 ET

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