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Cleveland0 0 0 1 4 0 5 1 1 12141
Minnesota0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 332
  W: C. Quantrill (6-3)   L: G. Jax (3-4)
4:40 PM PT5:40 PM MT6:40 PM CT7:40 PM ET19:40 ET23:40 GMT7:40 4:40 PM MST6:40 PM EST7:10 PM VEN3:40 UAE (+1)5:40 PM CT, September 15, 2021
Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota  Attendance: 14,222

Twins, Indians set for rubber match after splitting DH

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Cleveland Indians at Minnesota Twins

  1. Minnesota has won 10 of the 16 meetings with Cleveland this season, including four of six at Target Field. It marks the Twins' most wins over Cleveland since 2015, when they went 12-7; the Twins have not won 13+ games against the Indians since 1963 (13-5).
  2. Cleveland went 1-6 on their most recent homestand, dropping three of four to the Twins before getting swept by the Brewers, who outscored the Tribe 24-4 over the three-game set. It is the second time this season that the Indians have been outscored by 20+ runs in a home three-game series (also 27-6 vs. Oakland, August 10-12) -- it had happened just once in the last 18 years (May 16-18, 2014 -- 30-6 vs. Oakland).
  3. Myles Straw had two walks and three stolen bases in Friday's loss to Milwaukee and has 23 walks and 10 stolen bases in 40 games with Cleveland, becoming the first player with 20+ walks and 10+ steals in his first 40 games with the club since Roberto Alomar (28 walks, 10 steals in 1999).
  4. Triston McKenzie is slated to start for Cleveland on Tuesday, which would mark his 30th career appearance (27th start). His .174 career opponent average is on pace to be the lowest in the AL through 30 career games since the stat was first tracked in 1921 -- the Yankees' Al Downing currently holds the record with a .184 mark in his first 30 games (min. 500 batters faced).
  5. Minnesota took a 5-0 lead into the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium on Monday but lost 6-5 in 10 innings. It marked the 44th loss this season in which the Twins had held a lead, second most in MLB behind the Orioles (45).
  6. Jorge Polanco hit his 30th home run of the season in Monday's loss, becoming the second Twins middle infielder (third instance) to hit 30+ home runs in a season. Brian Dozier did so in 2016 (42 HR) and 2017 (34 HR).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/14/2021 thru 9/15/2021

Behind a homer, a double and four RBIs by catcher Ryan Jeffers, the Minnesota Twins rallied from an early three-run deficit to earn a split of their doubleheader with the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night in Minneapolis.

The 6-3 win allowed the Twins to snap a three-game losing streak, but the biggest victory for manager Rocco Baldelli and company may have occurred before Game 2 in the X-ray room.

Promising right-handed starter Joe Ryan, who tossed seven scoreless innings in his second major league start at Cleveland last week and has compiled a glossy 2.12 ERA in three big league starts, sustained only a right wrist contusion after getting hitting hit by a comebacker. The 92.7 mph drive came off the bat of Myles Straw leading off the sixth in Cleveland's 3-1 victory in the opener.

The Twins will hope to ride the positive vibes regarding Ryan's status into the rubber game of the three-game series Wednesday night.

Ryan's injury looked ominous at the time.

The 25-year-old San Francisco native, who became only the ninth pitcher in the modern era (since 1901) to throw at least five innings and allow no more than three hits in each of his first three career appearances, didn't even wait for trainers to come to the mound after getting struck. Instead, he walked briskly straight into the dugout, where he hurled his glove in frustration.

However, after getting the X-ray results, Ryan took time to chat with the media between games.

"I'm fine," he said. "I don't know, I should have handled that a little better. I got hit in the wrist and was definitely a little shocked. I went to go pick (the ball) up with my right hand and it didn't go as smoothly as I wanted it to, so I was kind of like, 'All right, probably not going to pitch anymore today, so I should probably go inside.'"

Ryan allowed just a run on three hits, including a long solo homer by Bradley Zimmer, and a walk in five-plus innings. He struck out five.

"Obviously annoying to come out like that," he said. "Yeah, I'm feeling good. It's fine. I'm not worried about it. (Head trainer Michael) Salazar got me set in there right away. Scanned it. Checked it out. Things are good. Did a bunch of treatment on it already. Got it all wrapped up in this fancy stuff."

Baldelli said of his thoughts when the injury occurred, "Those are tough moments. You do hold your breath."

Cleveland (70-73) got another strong performance from right-hander Triston McKenzie while winning the opener. McKenzie (5-6) allowed one run on three hits over six innings and a walk while striking out seven, including Byron Buxton three times. He has allowed one run or none in each of his past five starts while going at least six innings in each outing.

"Triston, he was outstanding," interim Indians manager DeMarlo Hale said. "Twenty first-pitch strikes out of 21 batters he faced. ... He just continues to pitch the ball well."

Indians right-hander Cal Quantrill (5-3, 3.04 ERA), who went 7 2/3 innings and allowed just one run on four hits to pick up the win in his last start on Thursday against Minnesota, will start Wednesday. Overall this season vs. the Twins (64-82), he is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA in five games, including three starts. In his career against Minnesota, he is 1-0 with a 5.14 ERA in six games (three starts).

Rookie right-hander Griffin Jax (3-3, 6.72 ERA), who got his first major league win against the Indians on June 25 at Target Field, will start for Minnesota. He beat Cleveland by throwing 4 1/3 innings of three-run ball out of the bullpen. Jax started against the Indians on Aug. 16, and yielded four runs (two earned) on seven hits in six innings of a no-decision.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 15, 2021

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