Twins, Guardians enter 4-game set after series wins

The two teams that struggle offensively could be heating up at the right time when the defending American League Central champion cleveland patron Open a four-game series against the AL Central-leading minnesota twins thursday night in minneapolis

Cleveland, which ranks last in the majors with 33 home runs and is tied with Oakland for the fewest runs allowed (200), enjoyed a rare batting explosion on Wednesday. the guardians Collected a season-high 17 hits, including eight for extra bases, while matching a season-best run total in a 12–8 comeback victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

the guardians Took two games out of three for their second consecutive series win after losing three consecutive series in Baltimore

Josh Naylor hit a two-run shot in the fourth inning to break a streak of 264 plate appearances between home runs for Cleveland, and Josh Bell and Gabriel Arias also went deep to score. the guardians, Naylor finished with a career-high four hits and drove in six runs, while Andres Jimenez tied a career best with four hits.

“Hopefully it keeps them going because they’ve been frustrated,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said of his team’s hitters after the club’s first three-homer game of the season. “But I’m happy for them today.”

the guardians On Thursday, Tanner will start BB (1-1, 2.88 ERA) and face the 24-year-old right-hander Twins for the first time in his seventh career start

Bibi will face right-hander Pablo Lopez (3-3, 4.11), who made his debut against Cleveland. That was in 2019 as a member of the Miami Marlins, when López allowed just two hits, two walks and one unearned run while striking out six over 6 1/3 innings in a 3–1 victory.

BB makes an impressive no decision in Cleveland’s 2–1, 10-inning loss against St. Louis. St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday. He allowed two hits, including a solo homer to Brendan Donovan in the first inning, walking one and striking out a career-high nine in six innings. He touched 97.5 mph with his fastball and kept the Cardinals unbalanced with his changeup.

Francona said, “I thought we saw his best transformation tonight, at least since he’s been here.” “He has the ability to get back there and reach more with his fastball, which is good. … He was really good.”

It could be a make-it-or-break-it start for BB with Aaron Sivale, sidelined since April 8 with a left oblique strain, returning to start Friday’s game and Tristan McKenzie, sidelined since spring training with a shoulder injury, was potentially making a comeback. As soon as it is Sunday BB is vying with left-hander Logan Allen (2-2, 2.72 ERA) for a spot in the rotation.

Minnesota comes after winning two of three road games against the defending World Series champion Houston Astros, including an 8-2 victory on Wednesday. Rookie Louie Verland pitched seven shutout innings in the series finale.

Donovan Solano led an 11-hit attack for Minnesota with two hits and four RBI, while Ryan Jeffers added two hits and two RBI.

is probably more effective for Twins The fact that he went 2-for-3 with the bases loaded. Solano’s two-run single in the third ended an 0-for-15 drought for Minnesota with the bases loaded on May 13, and Jeffers added a two-run double in the fifth with the bases loaded. Minnesota went just 5-for-46 in the contest with the bases loaded, which was last in the majors.

“The (Astros) are a good team, and I’m happy with the way we went into these games,” Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli said, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “They’re a very good team, goes without saying. But we are too, and that’s what we want to do regardless of what we’re playing.”

– Field Level Media

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