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Game 8: Cleveland at Twins

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With only two losses under their belt, the Twins look to keep an early roll going.

Cleveland Indians v Minnesota Twins Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

It’s been a solid start for Minnesota, whose only two losses have come either on national television, or at the hands of the White Sox.

With the Cleveland series now even at a game apiece, the Twins will run out Kenta Maeda as they attempt to extend their half-game division lead. Last time out, Maeda made his Minnesota debut, and chucked five strong innings in an abbreviated performance, characteristic of the “ease-back-in” approach Rocco Baldelli has taken with his starting staff.

Despite never matching up with Cleveland, it doesn’t appear as though the lineup should be giving Maeda much trouble; in fact, the visitors have only put up three runs in two days.

On the other side of the coin that is the pitching rubber comes Carlos “Cookie” Carrasco, a lifelong Cleveland baseballer who spent last year battling his way back from a leukemia diagnosis, all while putting in enough community development work to become his team’s nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award.

Last time out, Carrasco struck out ten through six innings against the Royals. He’s always been a big swing-and-miss guy, and with the home-run approach of most of the Bomba Squad, he might get a couple more this evening.

There’s rain in the forecast, and, of course, the ever-present threat of a league-wide outbreak, but this game is as yet still on as we trudge our way through the 2020 “regular” season.

Today's Lineups

Cesar Hernandez - 2B Max Kepler - RF
Jose Ramirez - 3B Jorge Polanco - SS
Francisco Lindor - SS Nelson Cruz - DH
Carlos Santana - 1B Eddie Rosario - LF
Franmil Reyes - DH Mitch Garver - C
Bradley Zimmer - CF Luis Arraez - 2B
Domingo Santana - RF Miguel Sano - 1B
Sandy Leon - C Marwin Gonzalez - 3B
Daniel Johnson - LF Byron Buxton - CF
Carlos Carrasco - RHP Kenta Maeda - RHP

That rain, by the way, is coming without the assistance of Josh Donaldson, who remains day-to-day after experiencing calf tightness last night. And Byron Buxton is back into the lineup, after coming off the bench yesterday.