On Saturday, the Minnesota Twins visit the Cleveland Indians for the second game of three-game weekend series against their American League Central rivals.
Minnesota was beaten by the Detroit Tigers on Thursday 3-1 for their second straight loss. Minnesota pitching gave up all three runs in the seventh inning in the loss after leading 1-0 entering the seventh.
Cleveland salvaged a split in its four-game series with the White Sox thanks to a 5-2 win on Thursday. The Indians Jose Ramirez and Francisco Lindor each homered while starter Mike Clevinger had 11 strikeouts across seven innings.
Eddie Rosario leads the Twins with a batting average of .310 and team highs in hits with 80, home runs with 14 and RBIs with 43. Minnesota has a team batting average of .238 while opposing hitters are averaging .248 at the plate against Twins pitching. On Saturday, the Twins will send Fernando Romero to the mound. The right-hander this season is 3-2 with an ERA of 3.92, 39 Ks and 16 BBs.
Michael Brantley leads the Indians with a batting average of .322. Jose Ramirez leads the team in home runs with 20 and RBIs with 46. Cleveland has a team batting average of .252 while opposing hitters are averaging .239 at the plate against Indians pitching. On Saturday, the Indians will send Carlos Carrasco to the mound. The right-hander on the season is 8-4 with an ERA of 3.90, 94 Ks and 21 BBs.