Tyler Duffey (8-10, 6.24 ERA) and Danny Salazar (11-6, 3.78 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Minnesota Twins (52-88) and the Cleveland Indians (81-58) at Target Field. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Sep. 9 and can be seen on STOh and FSN.
Duffey pitched 3.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering six runs, striking out two and walking one in a 9-4 defeat to the Tigers. Brian Dozier (.278, 94 Rs, 39 HRs, 92 RBIs, 14 SBs) went 1 for 5 Wednesday with one run and one stolen base. Salazar went 5.2 innings, surrendering one run, striking out 11 and walking two in a 6-5 win over the Marlins in his most recent start. Carlos Santana (.244, 75 Rs, 30 HRs, 71 RBIs, 5 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs.
The Indians sit at 36-17 against the division, while the Twins are 18-42
The Minnesota batters brought in a solid 12 hits last game. Cleveland has a record of 5-19 when their opponents get that many hits or more.
When they are outhit, the Twins are 9-71. The Indians have a 12-41 record when opponents outhit them.
Minnesota and Cleveland both rank in the top half of the league in home runs. Minnesota sits at 13th with 174 home runs this season and Cleveland ranks 15th with 170.
Minnesota and Cleveland both rank in the top half of the league in walks. Minnesota sits at 14th with 436 this season and Cleveland ranks 12th with 443.
When the Twins hit at least one home run, they are 43-50. When the Indians hit at least one homer, they have a 57-37 record.