Preview Indians and Clevinger Look to St

Preview Indians and Clevinger Look to St

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CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Indians play the Minnesota Twins in game three of a four game series tonight at Progre sive Field. The Indians fell short to the Twins last night by a final score 3-2. The Indians come into todays game with a record of 62-50. They are currently nine games ahead of the Twins for first place. The Twins are in second place with a record of 53-59. The Indians magic number Randy Johnson Jersey to clinch the division and a postseason birth is 42 games.Pitchers: Indians RHP Mike Clevinger (7-7, 3.48 ERA) vs Twins RHP Jake Odorizzi (4-7, 4.60 ERA)TV Babe Ruth Jersey : STORadio: WTAM 1100 AM, WMMS 100.7 FM Here are three keys for tonights ballgame:1. Clevinger could use a win RHP Mike Clevinger will be on the mound tonight for the Indians. Clevinger hasnt had a win since July 1st against the Oakland Athletics. In his most previous start was August 3rd against the Los Angeles of Bernie Williams Jersey Anaheim Angels. He went six innings pitched. Giving up 3 earned runs on five hits, one hit batter, two home runs, and six strikeouts. Scroll to Continue2. Indians could use the bats early This has been a weird year for the Indians offense. Theyve had some really good games. Then theres the bad. Sometimes you just get shut down. One thing has been evident for the Indians this season. When they score early, the pre sure for the opposing team becomes insurmountable. The Indians starting rotation has been one of the best teams in baseball Giancarlo Stanton Jersey . When offense gives the starters an early lead, the odds are heavily stacked in the tribes favor.3. Get to the bullpen Ever since the Indians acquired LHP Brad Hand and RHP Adam Cimber from the San Diego Padres the Indians bullpen has returned to its dominant form. Probably the biggest acquisition could be LHP Andrew Miller back from the DL. Millers return to the bullpen has given Indians manager Terry Francona all the weapons he needs in the late innings. Francona has been bouncing back and forth with Hand and RHP Cody Allen as the closers. This is something Mariano Rivera Jersey to keep an eye on moving forward. At some point, Francona will have to make a decision one way or another on who will close the games.