Ryan Raburn clubbed a two-run homer and Zach McAllister tossed six effective innings to win for the first time since late May, as Cleveland claimed a 5-2 win over Minnesota in the second edition of a three-game set. Michael Bourn, Michael Brantley and Jason Kipnis knocked in the other runs for the Indians, who won for just the second time in their last nine and avenged a 3-0 loss in Monday’s opener. Josh Willingham homered for the Twins, who lost for the second time in their last six. Samuel Deduno (7-6) also lasted six innings, but was touched in defeat for five runs — four earned — on five hits.
Twins/Indians Rubber Match
The Twins and Indians will finish off their three game series this afternoon at Target Field with a hump-day matinee. Kyle Gibson takes the mound for the Twins as he takes on Carlos Carrasco with a 12:10 p.m. first pitch. Coverage begins at 12:30pm on 860 AM KNUJ. The Twins, despite yesterday’s loss, have still won four of six and are 4-1 in their last five at home. Cleveland is 13-12 since the All Star Break and has won just two of their last nine. However, the Indians lead the season series over the Twins having won six of the first 11.
Twins Place Morneau On Waivers
The Minnesota Twins placed veteran slugger Justin Morneau on revocable waivers Monday, according to multiple reports. If Morneau is claimed before Wednesday’s deadline, the teams would have 48 hours to work out a trade. The Twins could also let him go without compensation or pull him back off waivers all together. If he clears waivers, the Twins could trade him to any team. Morneau is hitting .262 with 14 homers and 67 RBI in 111 games this season.