It appears as if the Cleveland Indians have emerged from their horrible meltdown picking up their share of wins here and there. While it is too-little too-late, fans that have remained loyal to the team are enjoying aspects of the late season the "fair weathers" often take for granted.
Take Russ Canzler for example, the right-handed hitting, 1B/LF playing September call-up who in just five games is batting 8-20 (.400 BA), with a double, home run, and three RBIs. Could he be a viable option to fill many of the holes the team will have to fill next season, or will he fizzle like Shelley Duncan this season after a hot-streak last September?
With the Tribe unlikely to see any postseason action, fans can take solace in witnessing the start of what will hopefully become productive MLB careers with all of their call-ups. With Canzler already 26-years-old he is unlikely to become a superstar, however he still has plenty of productive seasons ahead of him.
The Cleveland Indians will take on the Minnesota Twins at Target Field located in Minneapolis, Minn. on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 7:10 p.m. EDT.
Zach McAllister (5-6, 4.26 ERA) will take the mound for the Indians facing off against the Twins' Cole De Vries (4-5, 4.41 ERA).
Cleveland enters the game with a 59-79 record and in fourth place in the American League Central. They are 27-42 when playing on the road and have won four of their last 10 games.
Minnesota comes into the matchup with a 56-82 record and in fifth place in the American League Central. They are 25-41 when playing at home and have won four of their last 10 games.
The season series is currently stands at 7-5 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- .287 batting average, Shin-Soo Choo- 15 home runs, Jason Kipnis- 65 runs batted in.
Minnesota: Joe Mauer- .315 batting average, Josh Willingham- 33 home runs, Josh Willingham- 101 runs batted in.
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