Oh, those rascally Twins! With Friday’s 5-4 victory at Target Field, the Tribe finally tipped the scales to a winning record, 9-8, against Minnesota this season. An achievement that seems a bit underwhelming since the Twins still have the worst record in the Majors (52-89, a .369 winning percentage).
The Indians will try to sustain their new upper hand on Saturday, sending rookie Mike Clevinger (2-2, 5.30 ERA) to the mound for his seventh start of the season. The Twins will start Hector Santiago (11-8, 4.91 ERA), who came to Minnesota recently from the Angels. Santiago notched his first win for the Twins in his last start, defeating the White Sox.
The Tribe also looks to build on their six game lead over the Tigers, who again battle the Orioles in Detroit. The Tigers and Orioles have identical records at 76-64 and are currently in a dead heat for the second Wild Card spot.
Hopefully, the Indians can continue their winning ways against the Twins while the Tigers tangle with a tougher foe. The Tribe has seven games remaining against the Tigers for the regular season, including four in Detroit during the last week of September.