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Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins Pick & Prediction SEP 15TH 2021

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972Twins Minnesota
OP
9
-115
CU
9o -110
-1.5 +170
ML
ML: 101
ML: -111
Partials
7
0 0 0 1 4 0 5 1 1 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
Score
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Behind a homer, a double and four RBIs by catcher Ryan Jeffers, the Minnesota Twins rallied from an early three-run deficit to earn a split of their doubleheader with the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night in Minneapolis.

The 6-3 win allowed the Twins to snap a three-game losing streak, but the biggest victory for manager Rocco Baldelli and company may have occurred before Game 2 in the X-ray room.

Promising right-handed starter Joe Ryan, who tossed seven scoreless innings in his second major league start at Cleveland last week and has compiled a glossy 2.12 ERA in three big league starts, sustained only a right wrist contusion after getting hitting hit by a comebacker. The 92.7 mph drive came off the bat of Myles Straw leading off the sixth in Cleveland's 3-1 victory in the opener.

The Twins will hope to ride the positive vibes regarding Ryan's status into the rubber game of the three-game series Wednesday night.

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Ryan's injury looked ominous at the time.

The 25-year-old San Francisco native, who became only the ninth pitcher in the modern era (since 1901) to throw at least five innings and allow no more than three hits in each of his first three career appearances, didn't even wait for trainers to come to the mound after getting struck. Instead, he walked briskly straight into the dugout, where he hurled his glove in frustration.

However, after getting the X-ray results, Ryan took time to chat with the media between games.

"I'm fine," he said. "I don't know, I should have handled that a little better. I got hit in the wrist and was definitely a little shocked. I went to go pick (the ball) up with my right hand and it didn't go as smoothly as I wanted it to, so I was kind of like, 'All right, probably not going to pitch anymore today, so I should probably go inside.'"

Ryan allowed just a run on three hits, including a long solo homer by Bradley Zimmer, and a walk in five-plus innings. He struck out five.

"Obviously annoying to come out like that," he said. "Yeah, I'm feeling good. It's fine. I'm not worried about it. (Head trainer Michael) Salazar got me set in there right away. Scanned it. Checked it out. Things are good. Did a bunch of treatment on it already. Got it all wrapped up in this fancy stuff."

Baldelli said of his thoughts when the injury occurred, "Those are tough moments. You do hold your breath."

Cleveland (70-73) got another strong performance from right-hander Triston McKenzie while winning the opener. McKenzie (5-6) allowed one run on three hits over six innings and a walk while striking out seven, including Byron Buxton three times. He has allowed one run or none in each of his past five starts while going at least six innings in each outing.

"Triston, he was outstanding," interim Indians manager DeMarlo Hale said. "Twenty first-pitch strikes out of 21 batters he faced. ... He just continues to pitch the ball well."

Indians right-hander Cal Quantrill (5-3, 3.04 ERA), who went 7 2/3 innings and allowed just one run on four hits to pick up the win in his last start on Thursday against Minnesota, will start Wednesday. Overall this season vs. the Twins (64-82), he is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA in five games, including three starts. In his career against Minnesota, he is 1-0 with a 5.14 ERA in six games (three starts).

Rookie right-hander Griffin Jax (3-3, 6.72 ERA), who got his first major league win against the Indians on June 25 at Target Field, will start for Minnesota. He beat Cleveland by throwing 4 1/3 innings of three-run ball out of the bullpen. Jax started against the Indians on Aug. 16, and yielded four runs (two earned) on seven hits in six innings of a no-decision.

--Field Level Media

Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins Recap SEP 15TH 2021

Bradley Zimmer homered and scored two runs and Triston McKenzie allowed one run over six innings to lead the Cleveland Indians to a 3-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins in the first game of a doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon in Minneapolis.

Harold Ramirez went 2-for-3 with a run scored for Cleveland (70-72) which snapped a three-game losing streak and won for the second time in the last eight games.

McKenzie (5-6) allowed three hits and a walk while striking out seven to pick up his fourth win in his last five starts. Emmanuel Clase pitched a 1-2-3 seventh to notch his 23rd save.

Andrelton Simmons had an RBI double for Minnesota (63-82), which lost its third consecutive game. Danny Coulombe (3-2) suffered the loss.

Twins starter Joe Ryan, who pitched 6 1/3 perfect innings in his previous start against the Indians, gave up one run on three hits over five innings, but he left the game after taking a 92.7 mph comebacker by Myles Straw off the back of his right wrist to open the sixth. Ryan, who walked one and struck out five, immediately walked off the mound and into the locker room while flexing his hand. Twins manager Rocco Baldelli called the injury a wrist contusion after X-rays were negative.

Minnesota took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Ben Rortvedt singled and came around to score on a double by Simmons to left that sliced past a sliding Harold Ramirez and rolled off the wall. Rortvedt barely beat the relay throw with a head-first slide. The Indians challenged the safe call at the plate, but the call was upheld after a review.

Cleveland tied it 1-1 in the fifth on Zimmer's seventh home run of the season, a 451-foot blast off the back wall of the second deck in right.

The Twins had a chance to regain the lead in the sixth when pinch-hitter Josh Donaldson led off with a line-drive double off the top of the fence in left-center. But McKenzie rebounded to get Luis Arraez to line out to center, strike out Byron Buxton for the third time in the game and get Jorge Polanco to fly out to center to end the threat.

The Indians then took a 3-1 lead in the seventh when four straight batters reached base against Coulombe. Harold Ramirez started the rally with a single to center and Zimmer followed with a walk. Hedges drilled a double off the bottom of the left-field wall to drive in Ramirez with the go-ahead run. Pinch-hitter Yu Chang then drove in Zimmer with a hard grounder that handcuffed Arraez for an error.

--Field Level Media

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