Minnesota (60-98) at Cleveland (80-78)

  • Game info: 1:05 pm EDT Sun Sep 25, 2011
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The Cleveland Indians may be sorry to see the Minnesota Twins leave Progressive Field for the last time in 2011.

Cleveland looks to win its ninth straight over Minnesota in the finale of the season series on Sunday.

The Indians swept a day-night doubleheader from the last-place Twins on Saturday. After cruising 8-2 in the opener, Cleveland erased a six-run deficit to take the nightcap 7-6.

Shelley Duncan(notes) went 3 for 7 with six RBIs in the twinbill, continuing to take advantage of extended playing time in the outfield after season-ending injuries to Shin-Soo Choo(notes) and Grady Sizemore(notes).

“Getting more playing time has helped,” said Duncan, who leads the Indians (80-78) with six homers and 20 RBIs in September. “Now, if I don’t get a hit I can say, ‘Well, there’s always tomorrow.’ Before, it was ‘There’s always maybe next week.’ I’ve always believed I can play well up here.”

The Twins (60-98), who have had to deal with injuries to Joe Mauer(notes), Justin Morneau(notes) and Denard Span(notes) among others for much of the season, have dropped 19 of 21 and appear headed to their first 100-loss season since 1982.

“It’s been a terrible year. It hasn’t been a whole lot of fun,” said reliever Matt Capps(notes), 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA and a blown save in his last four matchups with the Indians.

A bright spot for Minnesota in Saturday’s doubleheader was Ben Revere(notes), who went 5 for 9 with three doubles and an RBI. He’s batting .426 (23 for 54) during a 12-game hitting streak.

Revere, who has taken over for Span in center field, leads all rookies with 34 stolen bases - three shy of the franchise rookie record set in 1906, by Dave Altizer of the Washington Senators.

Minnesota’s losing streak to the Indians is its longest since dropping nine straight in 1959. Cleveland’s Fausto Carmona(notes) (7-15, 5.23 ERA), who’s in search of back-to-back wins for the first time since April 28 and May 3, will try to extend the Twins’ misery for one more game.

The right-hander picked up his first win in seven starts Tuesday, beating the Chicago White Sox 4-3 in the opener of a doubleheader by surrendering three runs in six innings.

Carmona is 1-1 with a 6.55 ERA in two starts against the Twins this season, both in Minnesota. He’s 2-4 with a 4.70 ERA in nine games - eight starts - when facing them in Cleveland.

Liam Hendriks(notes) (0-2, 6.23) will make his third major league start for Minnesota and first appearance versus the Indians.

The 22-year-old Australian right-hander has given up 12 runs and 22 hits in 17 1-3 innings. He didn’t get a decision in Tuesday’s 5-4 loss to Seattle after surrendering four runs and 10 hits in 5 1-3 innings.

The rookie gave up a career-worst five runs in his only road start, a 7-3 loss to Kansas City on Sept. 14.

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6 BB 60
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