Indians-Twins rained out in advance; makeup date is June 17

Gwen Vasquez
April 20, 2017

Entering this week's series in Minnesota, Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona said his team hadn't matched hitting and pitching.

OUR PICK: The Indians have won eight of their last nine games against the Twins and are 5-1 in their last six games in Minnesota. Jason Castro had three hits for Minnesota, which lost for the fourth time in five games.

"I think the amount of mistakes was limited", Tomlin said. "You come home and are playing teams in your division". Carlos Santana, Michael Brantley, Edwin Encarnacion and the rest will be expected to be great as well, but the two young infielders will be expected to be elite if the team is going to have a chance to win a World Series title. "He's a good player".

The Twins' postponed game Wednesday means they will pitch their ace Thursday afternoon in the series finale against Cleveland while missing the Indians' best starting pitcher. In 14 1/3 innings, he's allowed four home runs.

Helping out at the plate, Cleveland has some noteworthy hitters.

Bauer (0-2, 8.44 ERA this season) was scheduled to pitch Wednesday but instead will face the Santana on Thursday. Encarnacion added an RBI groundout for the Indians after entering the game with one homer and two RBIs this season.

"Hopefully, sometimes when guys take one swing, things click", Francona said.

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"It was good because I really haven't been in a game long enough to get in a rhythm in the past couple starts", Tomlin said.

Encarnacion said he never anxious about the slow start or put more pressure on himself.

"If I start to think about that kind of stuff, it can lead to stress", he said through an interpreter. "I have to find a way to regroup and get us in the dugout".

Mejia will try to counter the Indians' offense. But the right-hander gave up 13 runs in just 6 1/3 innings in his first two starts of the season.

"They told me to focus much on the game, more strikes", Mejia said. Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey was a popular person pregame as he reconnected with many of his former coworkers with the Indians, with whom he spent the previous nine seasons. "Each team was pretty even with hits and stuff like that, but we played a pretty good game, or we probably don't win". "We have some people that know how to handle that fairly well. It's going to take a little bit of time, but we're taking the right steps in the positive direction". He settled in after he got through those first couple of innings with minimal damage.

"We'll get a little feel on the bounce-back of this club in the short term", manager Paul Molitor said.

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