Aug 02, 2020
Maeda, Sano power Twins past Indians 3-0
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Miguel Sanó hit a pair of homers and Kenta Maeda pitched six scoreless innings in his home debut for Minnesota as the Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 3-1 on Saturday.© Provided by Associated Press Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Kenta Maeda throws to the Cleveland Indians in the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug 1, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)
Eddie Rosario added a solo homer for Minnesota, which got another strong start from a veteran newcomer to its starting rotation. Maeda (2-0) retired 13 of the first 14 batters he faced and didn’t allow a hit until Bradley Zimmer beat out a weak ground ball to second base in the fifth inning.© Provided by Associated Press Minnesota Twins' Miguel Sano celebrates his solo home run against the Cleveland Indians in the third inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)
Carlos Carrasco (1-1) gave up six hits in six innings for Cleveland and was done in by three solo home runs from the Twins.
Maeda, acquired in an offseason trade from the Dodgers that sent prospect Brusdar Graterol to Los Angeles, was one of three key additions to strengthen Minnesota’s rotation along with Rich Hill and Homer Bailey.
The focus on pitching came after the Twins were second in the majors in runs scored last season and set a single-season record for home runs. Maeda, Hill and Bailey have combined for 21 innings in four starts this season, surrendering just four runs with 18 strikeouts.© Provided by Associated Press Minnesota Twins' Miguel Sano hits a solo home run against the Cleveland Indians during the fifth inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, in Minneapolis, his second solo homer of the night. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)
Maeda has allowed just two runs in 11 innings in his two starts. The Zimmer infield single was the only hit he allowed on Saturday. His softer mix of changeups and sliders had the Indians batters off-balance, while he could be heard grunting from the mound with no fans in the stands for his home debut.© Provided by Associated Press Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco throws to a Minnesota Twins batter during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)
Trevor May, Cody Stashak and Taylor Rogers finished off the second shutout for Minnesota this season, with Rogers securing his third save.
Sanó entered the game with one hit in 17 at-bats, a slow start after recovering from COVID-19 during summer camp. He connected on a line drive homer that reached the back of the bullpens in center field during the third and added his second of the game in the fifth, hooking another line drive just inside the left-field foul pole.
Cleveland announced that it has traded RHP James Hoyt to the Miami Marlins in exchange for cash. Hoyt was designated for assignment on July 28.
Indians: OF Tyler Naquin (hairline fracture of right big toe) ran the bases at the team’s alternate training site and is scheduled to participate in simulation games as early as Monday. C Roberto Pérez (right shoulder strain) has increased the strengthening exercises for his shoulder and manager Terry Francona said Pérez is “about three or four days away from throwing.”© Provided by Associated Press Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Kenta Maeda throws to a Cleveland Indians batter during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)
Twins: 3B Josh Donaldson was out of the lineup after leaving Friday’s game with right calf tightness. Manager Rocco Baldelli said Donaldson is still considered day to day and is undergoing treatment, but the team would hold him out until “he’s back and ready to go 100 percent.” . RHP Zack Littell was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left hamstring strain. Baldelli termed it a “minor incident.” Littell has allowed four runs in three innings over two appearances this season. The move is retroactive to July 31 and RHP Jorge Alcalá was recalled from the team’s alternate training site.© Provided by Associated Press Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco throws to a Minnesota Twins during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)
UP NEXT© Provided by Associated Press Cleveland Indians center fielder Bradley Zimmer makes a catch of a fly ball hit by Minnesota Twins' Luis Arraez in the fourth inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)
RHP Homer Bailey (1-0, 3.60 ERA) will start Sunday’s series finale for Minnesota as Cleveland counters with RHP Aaron Civale (1-0, 3.00). Bailey started the current homestand with five innings and two runs allowed against St. Louis. Civale gave up two runs in six innings and struck out nine batters in beating the White Sox in his first start of the season.
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Twins make pitching move; stick with 16 pitchers
The Twins shifted Sean Poppen to their taxi squad on Sunday after the righty threw more than 50 pitches a day earlier — and 15 the day before that.
In doing so, the Twins selected the contract of Cory Gearrin and maintained their balance of 16 pitchers on the 28-man roster, leaving them with a three-man bench.
That’s a shift from even earlier in the season when the Twins began the year with 15 pitchers on their 30-man roster. But the extra pitchers have proven necessary with a rash of pitcher injuries throughout the game.
“There are times you want to let your starters go, there are times you want to get your relievers up and get them in games and pitch them three of four, but we also know that taking care of them both near-term, immediate-term and long-term, it would probably be better to act the way we’re acting and to just be proactive and take care of them,” manager Rocco Baldelli said. “So, because of that, you end up having to carry an extra guy or two to make sure that you can function on a daily basis.”
Though it leaves the bench thin, it’s a necessity while starters aren’t fully stretched out to 100 pitches and relievers are having to come in and cover more innings themselves as a result.
“Sometimes we look at each other and we’re talking, ‘Remember what it was like to play with a 25-man roster?’ We kind of ask that question,” Baldelli said. “And now we’re sitting here with a 28-man roster and there are days where it’s tough to make it work, so we’ll get by and we’ll maneuver any way we have to but we are going to continue to take care of those arms.”
Gearrin, who was traveling with the team on the taxi squad and has been training at the Twins’ alternate site in St. Paul, is an eight-year MLB veteran who pitched for both the Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees last season, compiling a 4.07 earned-run average in 55 1/3 innings pitched.
“Obviously, I’m really excited to be here,” he said. “…Being able to be with the team is definitely helpful. Definitely, being here versus being over at the alternate site, you get in the flow of the everyday rhythm, seeing the pace.”
For years, Marwin Gonzalez had resisted his father’s calls to change his stance from the left side of the plate. But after a year in which he said he missed a lot of fastballs, Gonzalez relented.
“I was either fouling them off or hitting fly balls because I couldn’t get to it. Nowdays everybody is throwing the rising fastball,” Gonzalez said. “I made a little, a little change in my bat path that will help a little bit. Seems all season I was like that, and it didn’t feel really physical at the beginning, but I’m still getting used to it.”
Gonzalez has moved his hands up and his legs are more bent, as opposed to the more straight-up stance he had been using from the left side.
Coming into Sunday, Gonzalez was hitting .296 with a .387 on-base percentage and .519 slugging percentage as a left-handed batter against righties. Both of his home runs and all four of his RBIs had come from the left side of the plate.Related Articles
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“I had my stance for eight years and it was kind of 100 percent turnaround from the way that I used to hit or I used to stand,” he said. “ It’s kind of hard. Obviously, it’s gonna come with the work that you put in every day and just work every day and watching videos and talking to the hitting coaches; that’s what I’ve been doing every day.
The Twins have pushed Kenta Maeda back a day to give him extra rest. He will throw Wednesday against the Brewers. … They have not announced a starter for Tuesday, but Baldelli said he expects that they are “going to throw a number of guys on Tuesday in one way, shape or form.”
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