Minnesota Twins sweep Cleveland Indians to take first place in AL Central

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Brian Dozier's home run leading off the eighth inning broke a tie, and Chris Gimenez added a solo shot in the ninth as the Minnesota Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 4-2 on Saturday at Progressive Field. In the three-game series the Indians were 1-for-23 with runners in scoring position. Ramirez is 9-for-19 with seven RBIs versus Santana, who is 6-11 with a 4.00 ERA in 23 starts against Cleveland.

Slot value for the No. 37 overall pick was $1.846 million, which makes Leach, a University of Texas commitment, the third Twins draft pick in the first seven rounds to sign for under slot.

Heading into Friday night's game, Minnesota trailed Cleveland by 2.5 games in the American League Central division.

Twins: RHP Kyle Gibson allowed three runs in six innings in a 5-2 loss to Cleveland on June 18. "We had the chance to kind of take a step forward and spread (the division lead) out a little bit and we didn't take advantage of it at all".

Yep, after all that's happened the road warrior Twins will have Ervin Santana on the mound tomorrow with the opportunity to not only sweep Cleveland, but also move back into first place.

"We got to come out tomorrow and get after it", said Francona. "And the guys should enjoy this, they played their butts off, we pitched really well".

"Adalberto probably had the most stressful five-inning, two-hit shutout that I've seen in some time", Twins manager Paul Molitor said.

Though the team has underachieved for the majority of the still-young 2017 season, it appears the Cleveland Indians are hitting their stride at the right time.

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"For not a lot of hits, we had baserunners it seemed like the first five innings", Indians manager Terry Francona said. A poor defensive play that went down as a Jorge Polanco error resulted in Cleveland scoring the game-tying run. "You know they can swing the bats, and what we witnessed last weekend". Second baseman Brian Dozier knocked down Jackson's one-out ground ball and Lonnie Chisenhall, who doubled, moved to third.

"You could tell he was dragging", Francona said. Not all these games have come against pitchers as good as Santana, so it won't be an easy task. Throw strikes. If they get a hit, good for them.

The Twins used their regular lineup Sunday.

Before you could even settle into the game, the Twins were up 2-0.

Rosario, who wasn't in Saturday's starting lineup because of an illness, homered to right on a 1-1 pitch. He is scheduled to run the bases Monday. Bradley Zimmer flied out for the first out, but Austin Jackson singled to left, moving Gomes to second.

Twins: RHP Phil Hughes (sore arm) threw a scoreless inning Saturday for Triple-A Rochester on a minor league rehab assignment.

Perhaps the most impressive fact about Cleveland's offensive explosion is that it is happening despite both the absence of Michael Brantley - one of the team's best hitters - and the recent slump from Francisco Lindor; after returning from paternity leave, Brantley was immediately placed on the 10-day DL to give his injured ankle time to heal.

Indians: RHP Josh Tomlin is 1-1 against the Twins this season and 5-5 versus Minnesota in 16 career appearances. He worked a career-high eight innings in a win over the White Sox on Wednesday. He struck out a season-high 10 in beating Baltimore in his last start.

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