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Game CVIII: Twins at Indians

The Twins look to keep their winning streak alive in the series finale in Cleveland.

"Sorry, Mr Francona, but there's no rule against the Twins scoring that many runs."
"Sorry, Mr Francona, but there's no rule against the Twins scoring that many runs."
Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

First Pitch: 11:10 pm CT
Radio: Go 96.3 FM, TIBN
Know Thine Enemy: Let's Go Tribe
Weather: Mostly Sunny, Humid, 84°F

The Twins (43-64) have taken three games this series and hope to take the fourth and gain another game on their division rivals, the Cleveland Indians (60-45). The Twins have won their last four and are a mere 18 games back in this tight race for the AL Central title.

Hector "Tio" Santiago (LHP, 10-4, 4.25 ERA) makes his debut (day-byoo, I looked it up) for the Twins today.* The good thing about Hector is he likes throwing strikes and striking batters out. When he's not doing that though, he walks a lot of batters and gives up home runs too, so there's that. Hector also used to throw a screwball, he stopped throwing it this year because he was afraid of screwing up his arm. This guy says that's "bullroar," (he didn't actually use that word, I just like it) so who knows if we'll ever see it.

A couple more things about Hector; first, he's an autograph hound and as such, he likes to sign them too. He is said to have signed more autographs than anybody else in the MLB. And finally, he's a frustrated batter. He likes hitting so much, he wants to build a batting cage with a pitching machine in his house. Santiago: "I'll be hitting all day, especially one of those automatic feeders where I don't have to worry about it. I'll just be out there all night. Honestly, if I had a cage in my house right now, I would've hit for three hours."

Twins will be facing rookie Mike Clevinger (RHP, 0-1, 7.71 ERA). Clevinger was called back up from AAA after Danny Salazar was put on the DL. Terry Francona also decided to push Josh Tomlin's start back so he can pitch against the hated yanquis. Clevinger was 11-1 with a 3.00 ERA in Columbus.


So while I like jokes about the decaying ruins of America's industrial heartland that was once the envy of the world as much as the next guy, I wanted to post a blurb on something good about Cleveland. I'm sure there are things to write about, like Cuyahoga National Park, and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (A museum seems like the antithesis of rock 'n roll to me, but what do I know?) but I settled on the local hot dog scene again, owing to my lack of originality.

Many Clevelanders can't wait to sink their teeth into a tasty Polish Boy during a game, which is a sandwich, I'm relieved to report.

Polish Boy stu_spivack/wikicommons

The Polish Boy

The Polish Boy is a grilled (finally someone gets it right) kielbasa, stuffed into an over-sized bun, covered with freshly cooked french fries, slathered in barbecue sauce, and topped with coleslaw. It's usually eaten with a knife and fork and wrapped in tin foil to contain the mess. The french fries remind me of the time Burger King tried to rip off my fries-in-a-burger creation I came up with when I was about eight years old (I'll see you in court, Burger King, if you try to steal my every-flavor-of-pop cocktail). The "Memphis-style" kielbasa dog part sounds intriguing though.

Today's Lineups

Brian Dozier - 2B Rajai Davis - CF
Joe Mauer - DH Jason Kipnis - 2B
Max Kepler - RF Francisco Lindor - SS
Miguel Sano - 3B Mike Napoli - DH
Kennys Vargas - 1B Carlos Santana - 1B
Eduardo Escobar - SS Jose Ramirez - 3B
Robbie Grossman - LF Brandon Guyer - LF
Kurt Suzuki - C Abraham Almonte - RF
Byron Buxton - CF Roberto Perez - C
Hector Santiago - LHP Mike Clevinger - RHP

*I wrote this part about Santiago before Bryz posted this article so please excuse the superfluous redundancy. I thought about changing it, but I think there's enough differences to justify being lazy not doing that. Plus there's like two people who'll read this and one of you just scrolled down too far from the lineups anyway.