Mays, who leads the Twins with eight victories, was roughed up in Monday’s 10-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. The right-hander lasted just 2 1-3 innings, giving up eight runs—seven earned—and six hits. He walked two and struck out two in his shortest outing since Aug. 21, 2002, when he went two innings against the White Sox.
Mays has given up at least three earned runs in six of his last nine starts, but manager Ron Gardenhire has no plans to remove him from the rotation.
“He is one of our starting pitchers,” Gardenhire said. “He’s been very good here for a few years. We’ll have to wait and talk about it, we’ll see.
“Hopefully, we can iron some things out and figure out what went wrong.”
Mays is 0-5 with a 6.23 ERA in 12 career appearances, including nine starts, against the Indians.
The Twins’ struggling rotation got a lift Friday as Rick Reed allowed one run and six hits over seven innings in a 9-2 victory. Minnesota starters had won just three of their previous 19 starts.
“That was vintage,” Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson said.
“We’re trying to have some fun out there,” Gardenhire said. “We’ve been talking about it enough. Tonight we finally saw it on the field.”
The Indians lost for only the second time in six games.
Jody Gerut drove in both runs for Cleveland, and is batting .324 (11-for-34) during a nine-game hitting streak with two homers, four doubles and eight RBIs.
STANDINGS: Indians - 4th place, 11 1/2 GB, AL Central. Twins - 2nd place, 2 1/2 GB, AL Central.
INDIANS PROBABLE STARTER: Brian Anderson (5-6, 4.27 ERA). Anderson is 3-1 with a 3.23 ERA over his last six starts, including an 8-5 victory at Kansas City on Monday. The left-hander allowed five earned runs and eight hits over six innings. In three career starts against Minnesota, Anderson is 0-0 with an 8.76 ERA. He is 3-3 with a 3.80 ERA on the road this season.
TWINS PROBABLE STARTER: Mays (8-5, 6.30 ERA). Mays is 5-2 over his last nine starts.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Indians - Milton Bradley, .335 avg., 44 runs and 13 SBs.; Matt Lawton, 12 HRs and 42 RBIs. Twins - Koskie, .304 avg., 13 HRs and 43 runs; Koskie and Torii Hunter, 53 RBIs; Cristian Guzman, 7 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Tied, 1-1.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Indians - OF Coco Crisp has reached base leading off the last seven games. … The Indians are expected to call up LHP Jason Stanford to start Sunday. He is 8-2 with a 3.18 ERA for Triple-A Buffalo. … SS Omar Vizquel, who remains on the disabled list following arthroscopic knee surgery June 12, is expected back after the All-Star break. Twins - RHP Reed’s victory Friday was the first by a Twins starter other than LHP Kenny Rogers since June 19. … SS Cristian Guzman had two doubles Friday after getting only two extra-base hits in his previous 24 games. … CF Hunter has eight RBIs in his last 10 games.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Indians - 17-28 on the road; Twins - 22-21 at home.
INJURIES: Indians - INF John McDonald (back), 15-day DL; SS Vizquel (knee), 15-day DL; OF Ellis Burks (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Jason Bere (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Dave Elder (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Bob Wickman (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Mark Wohlers (elbow), 60-day DL. Twins - OF Jacque Jones (groin), day-to-day; INF Chris Gomez (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Mike Fetters (hamstring), 60-day DL; LHP Eric Milton (knee), 60-day DL.