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GameThread: Twins @ Indians, Game 32

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The Twins look to earn at least a split and the chance at a series victory in Cleveland with a win tonight.

Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

First Pitch: 6:05 PM CST
TV: FSN
Radio: 96.3 KTWIN, TIBN
Know Thine Enemy: Let's Go Tribe
The Twins battled to a 1-0 victory in 10 innings on Monday night, but they still looked lethargic last night in a 4-2 loss. An immediately interesting thing to note: Eduardo Escobar is getting the start in left field tonight. I suppose the alternative is Chris Herrmann, who at least has played outfield in his career, but Escobar has the hotter bat right now and I suppose Gardy wants to help out his offense as much as possible.
Ricky Nolasco starts for the Twins and he's had a poor start to this season thus far. He's not missing a lot of bats and that has meant an increase in home runs and batting average allowed, but with this being his second start of May, we're hoping that he can build off his last start. Last Friday, Nolasco did get charged with the loss but pitched a complete game against the Orioles, allowing three runs.
Opposing him is young phenom Danny Salazar, who also has been struggling this year. However, whereas Nolasco is allowing a ton of contact, Salazar has been striking out over a quarter of the batters he's faced. That still hasn't been enough though, as he's allowed batters to hit over .300 against him and he's also been giving up quite a few home runs. If the Twins want to succeed tonight against him, they'll need to avoid the strikeouts.


Twins

  1. Brian Dozier, 2B
  2. Sam Fuld, CF
  3. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
  4. Chris Colabello, 1B
  5. Jason Kubel, RF
  6. Kurt Suzuki, C
  7. Josmil Pinto, DH
  8. Eduardo Escobar, LF
  9. Pedro Florimon, SS

SP Ricky Nolasco


Indians

  1. Nyjer Morgan, CF
  2. Nick Swisher, 1B
  3. Michael Brantley, LF
  4. Carlos Santana, 3B
  5. David Murphy, RF
  6. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
  7. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B
  8. Yan Gomes, C
  9. Mike Aviles, 2B

SP Danny Salazar