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Cleveland Indians at Minnesota Twins, September 10, 2012: Fan Preview

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The Cleveland Indians blew a 4-0 lead on Sunday, September 9 and will be tied for the worst record in the American League if they fall to the Minnesota Twins on Monday, September 10. For a team that led the AL Central in late June and was in contention for a playoff spot in July, the pain caused by this disappointing season is amplified.

Unlike the NBA or NFL, a last place finish does not mean the opportunity to draft a franchise-changing player that will immediately make a difference next season. A fresh out of high school/college pitcher or big bat in the draft will rarely make a difference early. Young superstars like Bryce Harper are not abundant. Many draftees will take at least a few seasons in the minors to be ready to compete at the major league level.

In an effort to avoid further embarrassment this season, Justin Masterson will take the mound for the Tribe hoping to prevent enough runs from scoring while the offense tries to get runs on the board. Masterson is 1-2 with a 6.27 ERA against Minnesota this season.

The matchup:

The Cleveland Indians will take on the Minnesota Twins at Target Field located in Minneapolis, Minn. on Monday, September 10, 2012 at 8:10 p.m. EDT.

Justin Masterson (11-12, 4.84 ERA) will take the mound for the Indians facing off against the Twins' Samuel Deduno (5-3, 3.66 ERA).

The standings:

Cleveland enters the game with a 59-81 record and in fourth place in the American League Central. They are 27-44 when playing on the road and have won four of their last 10 games.

Minnesota comes into the matchup with a 58-82 record and in fifth place in the American League Central. They are 27-41 when playing at home and have won five of their last 10 games.

The series:

The season series is currently stands at 9-5 in favor of the Twins.

Where to watch or listen:

In Cleveland: Television- STO, Radio- WTAM, Indians Radio Network.

Nationwide: Television and Radio via MLB.TV (Television blackouts apply in Cleveland market).

The batting statistic leaders:

Cleveland: Michael Brantley- .285 batting average, Shin-Soo Choo- 15 home runs, Jason Kipnis- 65 runs batted in.

Minnesota: Joe Mauer- .317 batting average, Josh Willingham- 33 home runs, Josh Willingham- 102 runs batted in.

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Sources:

All statistics provided by MLB.com

Paul Rados is an avid Cleveland Indians fan and a Featured Contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. Follow him on Twitter @PSRados or leave him a message on Facebook.

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