Minnesota (26-19) at Cleveland (21-24)

Light Snow/Windy Currently: Cleveland, OH
Temp: 18° F
  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Thu May 26, 2005
  • TV: FSNO, FSOH
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It took a while, but Brad Radke finally knows how to pitch against the Cleveland Indians.

Radke will try to continue his recent dominance of the Indians when the Minnesota Twins finish up their four-game series at Jacobs Field.

Radke has lost more games to Cleveland than to any other team during his 11-year career, going 9-15 with a 4.95 ERA in 31 starts.

However, Radke has turned things around since 2003, going 3-0 with a 0.97 ERA in his last five starts against Cleveland, including a complete-game 9-0 win on May 5.

The Indians will counter with ace C.C. Sabathia. The burly left-hander is 4-4 with a 4.16 ERA against Minnesota and sports a 3.48 ERA overall this season.

Cleveland has won two of the first three games of this series, which has featured two games decided by one run and back-to-back extra-inning contests.

Travis Hafner’s bloop single scored pinch-runner Ronnie Belliard from second with two outs in the 10th inning to give the Indians a 3-2 come-from-behind victory on Wednesday.

Hafner was batting just .167 against left-handers before hitting a flare off lefty J.C. Romero that just cleared leaping shortstop Juan Castro’s glove.

Cleveland caught a bad break Wednesday when starter Kevin Millwood removed himself in the fifth inning after injuring his groin.

“Hopefully, it’s not too bad,” said Millwood, who is 1-4 with a 3.20 ERA. “I’m really not as concerned as I am frustrated. It’s been a frustrating year so far.”

Millwood will have an MRI on Thursday. Manager Eric Wedge deemed Millwood’s injury as “considerable” and said there’s a possibility the right-hander could go on the 15-day disabled list.

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Starting Pitchers

B. Radke MIN vs. C. Sabathia NYY
9-12 Record 15-10
4.04 ERA 4.03
117 K 161
23 BB 62
1.18 WHIP 1.26