Updated: 08/19/2014 3:00 PM
Created: 08/19/2014 12:48 PM KSTP.com
By: Jordan Kruger
The Minnesota Twins (55-68) take on the Cleveland Indians (62-61) Tuesday night at Target Field, after dropping three of four games to the division co-leader, Kansas City Royals.
Kyle Gibson (11-9, 3.96 ERA) will be the first starter for the Twins in the three-game series, finally getting a start at home after winning three of his last four on the road. Gibson is coming off of a win against the Houston Astros, going 7.2 innings only giving up one earned run.
Gibson is undefeated against the Indians this year, giving up three runs in two combined starts having a 0.75 ERA. In the most recent start against the Indians, which the Twins won 1-0, Gibson pitched seven scoreless innings giving up only two hits. Gibson has been fairly successful against AL Central, with a record of 5-1 and a 2.40 ERA.
Trevor Bauer (4-7, 4.35 ERA) will pitch for Cleveland, losing his only appearance against the Twins 3-1. Bauer gave up six hits while striking out seven against the Twins on July 23rd.
In Gibson’s two starts against Cleveland, RBI leader Marcus Brantley, is batting .250 with zero RBI’s and a run scored. Brantley is struggling as of late, going 1-11 from the plate with two RBIs on a home run.
The Indians are attempting to make up ground in the AL Central division race, currently four and a half games behind Detroit and Kansas City.