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Aug 8, 2010 - 4:30 AM By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer

Minnesota (61-49) at Cleveland (47-63), 1:05 p.m. EDT

A near-perfect road trip late last month gave the Minnesota Twins' division title hopes a key boost. Their current trek could end up being even more rewarding.

Before starting a pivotal AL Central showdown, Minnesota will try to earn its fourth series victory in five tries Sunday against the Cleveland Indians.

The Twins (62-49) were tied for second with Detroit and 3 1/2 games back of Chicago in the Central on July 20, but got within a game of the White Sox after going a combined 6-1 at Baltimore and Kansas City.

Minnesota trimmed a half-game off that deficit while sweeping Seattle at home but lost twice to Tampa Bay to begin its current 10-game trip. The Twins recovered to win the final two games of that four-game set and bounced back from a series-opening loss to the Indians with a 7-2 victory Saturday night.

The Twins are 1 1/2 games behind the White Sox and head to Chicago for a three-game set starting Tuesday.

Joe Mauer went 4 for 5 and drove in a run Saturday, giving him a .553 average and 16 RBIs over his last 10 games, and Jason Kubel homered during his fifth two-hit performance in seven games. Trevor Plouffe broke an 0-for-18 slump by hitting his first major league homer as he came off the bench to replace Alexi Casilla, who left with an injured ankle.

"(Casilla will) get an MRI in the morning," said manager Ron Gardenhire, whose team is also playing without former AL MVP Justin Morneau. "He got it X-rayed. That showed a bone spur. Now, we've got to see if there's a fracture."

Casilla had been starting at second base in place of Orlando Hudson, who will come off the disabled list Sunday. However, Hudson hasn't played since July 23 because of a strained right oblique and is not guaranteed to be in the lineup.

"We're activating Hudson for sure," Gardenhire said. "The other move (to get Hudson on the roster), we'll see."

Hudson has hit .481 with six RBIs in his last six games versus Cleveland and he homered earlier this season against David Huff (2-10, 5.97), who starts for the Indians.

Huff will be opposed by Brian Duensing (4-1, 2.10 ERA), who is 1-0 with a 3.18 ERA since joining Minnesota's rotation July 23. He gave up three runs and four hits over six innings in Tuesday's 6-4 loss at Tampa Bay.

This will be Duensing's first start versus the Indians, but he's thrown one hitless inning of relief in each of his three appearances against them this season.

Huff hasn't had nearly the same kind of success this year versus the Twins, losing both of his starts against them while posting a 6.55 ERA. He's 2-4 with a 6.06 ERA in six career matchups.

The left-hander was recalled from Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday and lost at Boston, giving up three runs and seven hits over 5 1-3 innings in a 3-1 defeat.

"A lot of pitches (104) for 5 1-3 innings, but I'll take this outing out of him and going forward," manager Manny Acta told the team's official website after Huff lost his fourth straight start for Cleveland.

The Indians (47-64) have lost six of eight at home.






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  • Indians 4, Twins 5 - FINAL
    MINNESOTA ab r h rbi bb so lob avg
    J Repko cf-rf 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 .314
    O Hudson 2b 3 1 1 2 0 0 0 .285
    J Mauer c 3 0 1 0 1 1 1 .322
    D Young lf 4 0 0 1 0 0 3 .321
    J Kubel rf 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .266
    D Span cf 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .269
    M Cuddyer

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    Twins 5, Indians 4  Bot 7, 0 OutsAug 8 3:08 PM


  • AL
    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    FORCE OUT BY DELMON YOUNG SCORED ORLANDO HUDSON
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, D YOUNG ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 5
    CLEVELAND 4 TOP,5TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J KUBEL (.267, 0-FOR-2)

    Twins 5, Indians 4  Top 5, 0 OutsAug 8 2:29 PM


  • AL
    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY ORLANDO HUDSON SCORED JASON REPKO AND J.J. HARDY
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, O HUDSON ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 4
    CLEVELAND 4 TOP,5TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J MAUER (.322, 1-FOR-2)

    Twins 4, Indians 4  Top 5, 0 OutsAug 8 2:22 PM


  • AL
    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY JIM THOME (14) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH 0
    OUT IN THE 5TH OFF DAVID HUFF SCORED MICHAEL CUDDYER.
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 2, CLEVELAND 4
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: D VALENCIA (.341, 0-FOR-1)

    Twins 2, Indians 4  Top 5, 0 OutsAug 8 2:15 PM


  • AL
    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND DP BY LOU MARSON SCORED TREVOR CROWE
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 0
    CLEVELAND 4 BOTTOM,2ND
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: M BRANTLEY (.171, 1-FOR-1)

    Twins 0, Indians 4  Bot 2, 0 OutsAug 8 1:43 PM


  • AL
    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY MATT LAPORTA (7) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 1ST OFF BRIAN DUENSING SCORED SHIN-SOO CHOO.
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 0, CLEVELAND 3
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: A MARTE (.204, 4 HR, 15 RBI)

    Twins 0, Indians 3  Bot 1, 0 OutsAug 8 1:25 PM


  • AL
    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY SHIN-SOO CHOO SCORED MICHAEL BRANTLEY
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, S CHOO ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 0
    CLEVELAND 1 BOTTOM,1ST
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: S DUNCAN (.271, 6 HR, 22 RBI)

    Twins 0, Indians 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsAug 8 1:21 PM