Albers throws another gem as Twins win 8 of their last 11 13 Aug 13

CLEVELAND INDIANS (63-56) AT MINNESOTA TWINS (53-63)

MONDAY, AUGUST 12, 2013 – TARGET FIELD – MINNEAPOLIS, MN


                                                                 

FINAL

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Cleveland Indians

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Minnesota Twins

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WINNING PITCHER:  Albers (2-0, 0.00)

LOSING PITCHER:  Salazar (1-1, 4.08)

SAVE:  None

 

 

FIRST PITCH:  7:11 pm                          GAME TIME TEMP:  77 degrees, wind from NNW at 18 mph                        TIME OF GAME 2:21                            ATTENDANCE:  30,922

 

HOME RUNS:     Dozier (12, 1st inning off Salazar, none on, no outs, 0-1 pitch, 399 feet to left center field)

                                 Plouffe (11, 2nd inning off Salazar, one on, no outs, 2-1 pitch, 388 feet to left field)

 

PITCHING LINES:

CLEVELAND INDIANS

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Danny Salazar (L)

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Marc Rzepczynski

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Bryan Shaw

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Cody Allen

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MINNESOTA TWINS

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Andrew Albers (W)

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INDIANS NOTES:

  • ·    The Indians lost tonight against the Twins, 3-0, suffering their seventh shutout of the season, the last on August 2 at Miami…the offense has had two hits or less in three games this season, the last being May 31 vs. Tampa Bay…Cleveland is 12-12 since the All-Star Break and have lost seven of their last eight games…the Indians are 5-5 against the Twins this season and 1-3 at Target Field…Cleveland is 27-25 against the AL Central this season.
  • ·    Danny Salazar allowed three runs on three hits, three walks and two home runs while striking out five in 4.0 innings…it was the shortest outing in his three career starts…the three walks were the most in any starts and the five strikeouts the fewest…he has allowed four home runs in his last two starts (11.2 IP)…tonight marked his first career road start.
  • ·    Jason Kipnis (1-for-3) has a hit in eight of his 10 games against the Twins this season, batting .447 (17-for-38) with three doubles, three triples and three home runs with 17 RBI in those 10 games…over his four games at Target Field this season is hitting .357 (5-for-14) with two home runs and five RBI.
  • ·    Michael Brantley (0-for-3) snapped his current seven-game hit-streak tonight…over the seven games he hit .357 (10-for-28) with three doubles, a home run and two RBI.

 

TWINS NOTES: ­

  • ·    The Twins beat the Indians tonight for their fourth win in their last five games…the Twins have won four of the last five games against the Indians and evened the season series at 5-5…Minnesota is now 23-28 against AL Central opponents…the Twins shutout an opponent for the seventh time this season…Minnesota allowed just two hits in the game tonight, the fewest allowed this season and fewest since also allowing just two hits on August 29, 2012 vs. Seattle.
  • ·    Tonight’s game lasted just 2 hours and 21 minutes, the shortest game of the season for the Twins.
  • ·    Andrew Albers tossed his first career complete game and shutout tonight…it was the first complete game and shutout since Scott Diamond did so on July 27, 2012 vs. Cleveland…with the 9.0 scoreless innings tonight he extended his career scoreless inning streak to 17.1 innings, the longest by a Twins starter to begin a career in Twins history (previous: Swarzak 11.0 IP in 2009)…he’s the 19th Twins rookie (21st time) to toss a complete game shutout, the last being Scott Diamond’s start above…he becomes the fourth Twins rookie to throw a complete game shutout with two hits allowed-or-fewer, the others being Tom Hall on April 18, 1969 against California (2 hits), Gary Serum on August 19, 1978 against Toronto (2 hits) and Gerry Arrigo on June 26, 1964 against Chicago-AL (1 hit)…it was the fewest hits for a Twin in a complete game shutout since Francisco Liriano’s no-hitter on May 3, 2011 at Chicago-AL.
  • ·    Brian Dozier (1-for-4) hit his second career leadoff homer to put the Twins on the board in the first inning…his other coming just six days ago August 6 at Kansas City off James Shields…it was his 12th home run of the season, a mark that is tied for third most home runs by a Twins second basemen in franchise history, trailing only Tim Teufel (14 in 1984) and Chuck Knoblauch (13 in 1996)…14 of his last 19 hits are for extra bases (8 doubles, 2 triples, 4 home runs)…the homer in the first extended his current hit-streak to seven games, over which he is batting .379 (11-for-29) with three home runs and eight RBI.
  • ·    Trevor Plouffe (2-for-3) hit his 11th home run of the season with a two-run shot in the second inning off Salazar…it was his first home run since July 13 at New York-AL, a span of 71 at-bats between homers…he has 34 home runs since the start of 2012, the second most among all Twins behind Willingham’s 46…with the home run he drove in two runs, matching his RBI total from his last 18 games.
  • ·    Oswaldo Arcia (1-for-2) has at least one hit in nine of his 11 games since being recalled August 2…in those 11 games he is hitting .296 (13-for-44) with four home runs, two doubles, a triple and five RBI.