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11:10 AM PT12:10 PM MT1:10 PM CT2:10 PM ET14:10 ET18:10 GMT2:10 11:10 AM MST1:10 PM EST1:40 PM VEN22:10 UAE12:10 PM CT, May 15, 2022
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Andres Gimenez, Guardians take on struggling Twins

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Cleveland Guardians at Minnesota Twins

  1. Minnesota was 18-11 in its previous two seasons against the Guardians with an 11-8 record in the matchup in 2021. Prior to that, the Twins hadn't had a winning record in consecutive seasons against Cleveland since a three-season run that ended in 2010.
  2. The Guardians are exactly .500 through 30 games of a season for the 10th time as a franchise. In each of the previous four instances, the team has finished the season with a losing record while it finished above .500 in each of the first five such seasons.
  3. Aaron Civale is the first Cleveland pitcher to ever start a season with five consecutive starts allowing four or more runs while pitching less than 6.0 innings in each one.
  4. The Twins were shut out twice in their three-game series with the Astros, getting swept while only scoring three runs total. The last time Minnesota had scored three or fewer runs in a three-game span in a single series was in April 2016 against the White Sox.
  5. Gilberto Celestino is hitting .440 (11-for-25) for the month of May after hitting .211 (4-for-19) in April. Entering this month, Celestino had 12 hits and a batting average of .154 in 35 career games.
  6. Franmil Reyes has struck out 48 times in his 26 games this season. The last MLB player with that many strikeouts through his first 26 games of a season was Jerry Koosman of the Mets who had 49 at this point in 1968.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/13/2022 thru 5/15/2022

Andres Gimenez has provided a welcome spark for the Cleveland Guardians, who will face the Minnesota Twins in the finale of a three-game series on Sunday in Minneapolis.

Cleveland has been looking for other hitters to step up since slugger Josh Naylor landed on the COVID-19 injured list on Friday, and Gimenez has been up to the task.

The 23-year-old middle infielder doubled in the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th inning of Saturday's 3-2 win to help the Guardians even the series.

"Andres has come up with big hits, clutch hits," Cleveland acting manager Carl Willis said. "He's done it a few times this road trip. That's what it takes to keep us going."

Gimenez is batting .352 (19-for-54) with eight extra-base hits and 14 RBIs over his past 14 games for Cleveland, which has won four of its past six games.

The Guardians also received a boost from outfielder Myles Straw, who snapped an 0-for-21 streak with a run-scoring single in the 10th inning.

Minnesota went 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position on Saturday and lost for the fourth time in its past five games.

One bright spot has been reliever Jhoan Duran, who retired the Guardians in order in the ninth and recorded the fastest pitch in franchise history at 103.3 mph.

Twins third baseman Gio Urshela began his career with Cleveland and clearly enjoys facing his former team. He is 8-for-24 (.333) with three home runs and six RBIs in his past six games against the Guardians.

Minnesota starter Joe Ryan (3-2, 2.56 ERA) will look to bounce back on Sunday after allowing four runs over four innings in a 5-0 loss to the Houston Astros on Tuesday. He issued a career-high five walks and threw 90 pitches.

"I didn't really have a feel for the slider warming up and didn't really (in the game)," Ryan said. "I got it a couple times, but I didn't feel comfortable. It's fine. I got it when I needed it several times, but I didn't really feel like I had the command to execute the pitches I needed to execute."

Ryan, a 25-year-old right-hander, is 1-0 with an ERA of 0.75 in two career starts (12 innings) against Cleveland.

Cleveland will counter with right-hander Triston McKenzie (2-2, 2.76), who has won his past two starts.

McKenzie, 24, struck out six over six innings while allowing two runs in a 8-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on May 7. He overcame a shaky start and finished with four hitless innings.

"After the first inning it was really just settling down and figuring it out," said McKenzie, who is is 1-3 with a 5.95 ERA in four career starts vs. Minnesota.

The Twins made a roster move Saturday by calling up starting pitcher Devin Smeltzer and sending outfielder Alex Kirilloff to Triple-A St. Paul.

Kirilloff, 24, has struggled to regain his form since having season-ending surgery on his right wrist last July.

"I don't think the best thing for him is to be in a rotation right now," Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli said. "He's healthy. He's in a good spot physically. But hitting, just getting to the plate and figuring that out, that's going to happen with at-bats."

--Field Level Media

Updated May 15, 2022

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