Samuel Deduno #21 of the Minnesota Twins delivers a pitch against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning of the game on June 27, 2013 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
(Sports Network) - The Cleveland Indians seem to be fading from the postseason
picture. They'll try to right the ship on Tuesday when they continue a three-
game series versus the Minnesota Twins at Target Field.
Minnesota added to the Tribe's recent woes in Monday's opener, as Andrew
Albers threw his first career shutout in just his second big league start to
power the Twins to a 3-0 triumph.
Albers (2-0), who pitched 8 1/3 shutout innings in his debut on Aug. 6, gave
up a pair of hits and struck out two without issuing a walk. Albers became the
first Twins pitcher to start a career with 17 1/3 scoreless frames.
"I'm not a guy that goes out there and lights up a radar gun or throws
devastating secondary stuff. But I can pitch a little bit and so far I've been
having a little bit of success," said Albers.
Trevor Plouffe hit a two-run homer and Brian Dozier added a solo shot for
Minnesota, winners in four of its last five games.
Danny Salazar (1-1) gave up three hits, including both homers, and struck out
five over four innings to absorb the loss for the Indians, who have lost seven
of nine and now sit seven games back of the Detroit Tigers in the American
League Central and are 4 1/2 behind in the wild card chase.
Trying to reverse their fortunes on Tuesday will be right-hander Zach
McAllister, who was awful his last time out. McAllister couldn't get out of
the third inning on Thursday against Detroit, as he surrendered six runs (5
earned) and four hits and walked four batters in just 2 1/3 innings.
It was his fourth straight losing decision and McAllister is 4-7 on the year
with a 3.90 ERA.
"I just got out of sync," McAllister said. "I felt good, felt like the ball
was coming out the way I wanted it to. I just wasn't able to command it.
"I wasn't able to make the adjustment that I needed to get back into it and
get outs when I needed to."
McAllister's struggles could continue, as he has lost all three starts to the
Twins and has pitched to an 8.00 ERA in those outings.
Minnesota, meanwhile, will counter with righty Samuel Deduno, who is 7-5 with
a 3.38 ERA. Deduno lost to Kansas City on Wednesday, as he allowed four runs
and 12 hits in just 5 2/3 innings.
Deduno lost to the Indians the last time he faced them, but is 2-1 in four
starts against them with a 4.13 ERA in four starts.
The Indians have split 10 matchups with Minnesota this season.
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