Twins-Indians Preview


A return home couldn't help the Cleveland Indians end their woes. They may not have better luck when facing the Minnesota Twins' Samuel Deduno.

The rookie right-hander will seek his fourth win in as many starts Tuesday night against the Indians, who will try to avoid matching one of the longest skids in franchise history.

Cleveland general manager Chris Antonetti said before Monday's series opener that he was maintaining his support for manager Manny Acta and the Indians' coaching staff following an 0-9 road trip, the first in franchise history.

"(Changing coaches is) not where we're focused right now,'' Antonetti said. "We're focused on how do we get the guys here to perform better."

The Indians, though, endured another miserable performance in their return to Progressive Field, giving up 10 runs in the second inning en route to a 14-3 loss.

That defeat put them on the brink of matching the second-longest skid in franchise history. Cleveland (50-59) has dropped 11 straight on four occasions, most recently Sept. 13-24, 2009. The team's longest losing streak was 12 games from May 7-21, 1931.

"I asked one of my coaches to pinch me tonight because I couldn't believe it was happening again," Acta said. "It continues to be rough and disappointing the way we're giving up runs. I don't think I've ever seen anything like it and I don't think I'll see anything like it again."

Justin Morneau hit a pair of homers for Minnesota (48-61) during the rout, including the 200th of his career, and Ben Revere extended his hit streak to 20 games by going 4 for 5. Josh Willingham also matched a career high with his 29th homer in the Twins' sixth straight win over the Indians.

Cleveland has been outscored 88-31 during the 10-game skid and that doesn't bode well for Tuesday's game against Deduno (3-0, 2.48 ERA), who has allowed a combined two runs over his last three outings.

The right-hander gave up two hits over six innings in a 5-0 win in Boston on Thursday. That start followed a 12-5 victory over Cleveland on July 28 in which he yielded one run and two hits in a career-high seven innings.

"This is the most fun. This is the dream to play in the big leagues and to stay not just for one month or two months," Deduno said.

The Twins, meanwhile, will face another rookie right-hander, Corey Kluber, who didn't have as much success in his first major league start. Kluber (0-0, 12.46) was tagged for six runs in the first inning and didn't make it past the fifth during a 7-6 loss in Kansas City on Thursday.

"The kid had a rough first inning," Acta said. "He didn't throw his good slider. Then he settled down after that. I like what I saw. He can compete. I liked the way he competed."

Revere, hitting .388 (33 for 85) during his streak, is batting .385 (25 for 65) in his last 14 contests against the Indians.