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Hernandez, Twins look to stay hot, face Indians

Jul 4, 2008 - 1:20 PM CLEVELAND (37-48) at MINNESOTA (47-38), 7:10 pm EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- The surging Minnesota Twins hope to get Livan Hernandez back on track.

Hernandez and the Twins aim for their fourth win in five games when they open a three-game series with the slumping Cleveland Indians on Friday.

Minnesota won for the 13th time in 15 games Wednesday, rolling to a 7-0 victory over Detroit.

Hernandez (8-5, 5.22 ERA) has been struggling, losing three of his last five starts. The burly righthander allowed five runs and seven hits over seven innings in a 5-1 loss to Milwaukee last Saturday.

The 33-year-old Cuban did not fare well against the Indians in his only career start against them. Hernandez was tagged for seven runs and 12 hits - two home runs - in just three-plus innings in a 12-2 defeat to Cleveland on June 12.

The Indians, losers of five straight, counter with Paul Byrd (3-9, 5.26), who has lost his last four starts.

The 37-year-old righthander most recently gave up four runs and six hits in six innings of a 5-0 loss to Cincinnati last Saturday. However, Byrd does have a 10-4 career record in 18 starts against the Twins.

Cleveland and Minnesota have split their six games this season, with the Twins winning two of three at home April 18-20.








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CLEVELAND 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 8 0
    MINNESOTA 1 1 3 0 0 1 2 4 x 12 15 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: CLE - PAUL BYRD, JENSEN LEWIS (6TH), BRIAN SLOCUM (7TH), EDWARD
    MUJICA (8TH) AND KELLY SHOPPACH
    MIN - LIVAN HERNANDEZ, BRIAN BASS (7TH), MATT GUERRIER
    (8TH), JESSE

    Jul 4 10:13 PM


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    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY JUSTIN MORNEAU SCORED NICK PUNTO.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, J MAUER ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 3
    MINNESOTA 12 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J KUBEL (.267, 2-FOR-4)

    Indians 3, Twins 12  Bot 8, 0 OutsJul 4 9:52 PM


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    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY NICK PUNTO SCORED BRENDAN HARRIS, DENARD SPAN AND
    CARLOS GOMEZ.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, N PUNTO ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 3
    MINNESOTA 11 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J MAUER (.321, 0-FOR-4)

    Indians 3, Twins 11  Bot 8, 0 OutsJul 4 9:48 PM


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    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DELMON YOUNG SCORED JUSTIN MORNEAU.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, D YOUNG ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 3
    MINNESOTA 8 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: B BUSCHER (.344, 1-FOR-2, BB, RBI)

    Indians 3, Twins 8  Bot 7, 0 OutsJul 4 9:28 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JUSTIN MORNEAU SCORED NICK PUNTO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J MORNEAU ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 3
    MINNESOTA 7 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J KUBEL (.268, 2-FOR-3)

    Indians 3, Twins 7  Bot 7, 0 OutsJul 4 9:25 PM


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    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BRENDAN HARRIS SCORED DELMON YOUNG.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B HARRIS ON FIRST, B BUSCHER ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 3
    MINNESOTA 6 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: D SPAN (.286, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Indians 3, Twins 6  Bot 6, 0 OutsJul 4 8:58 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY BEN FRANCISCO (7) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 6TH OFF LIVAN HERNANDEZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 3, MINNESOTA 5
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: J PERALTA (.252, 0-FOR-2)

    Indians 3, Twins 5  Top 6, 0 OutsJul 4 8:35 PM


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    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY DELMON YOUNG (3) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 3RD OFF PAUL BYRD SCORED JUSTIN MORNEAU AND JASON KUBEL.
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 2, MINNESOTA 5
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: B BUSCHER (.349, 1-FOR-1, RBI)

    Indians 2, Twins 5  Bot 3, 0 OutsJul 4 8:01 PM


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    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY KELLY SHOPPACH (7) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT
    IN THE 3RD OFF LIVAN HERNANDEZ SCORED RYAN GARKO.
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 2, MINNESOTA 2
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: G SIZEMORE (.266, 0-FOR-1)

    Indians 2, Twins 2  Top 3, 0 OutsJul 4 7:46 PM


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    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY BRIAN BUSCHER SCORED DELMON YOUNG.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B BUSCHER ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 0
    MINNESOTA 2 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: B HARRIS (.245, 4 HR, 22 RBI)

    Indians 0, Twins 2  Bot 2, 0 OutsJul 4 7:37 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY NICK PUNTO (1) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 1ST OFF PAUL BYRD.
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 0, MINNESOTA 1
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J MAUER (.326, 3 HR, 36 RBI)

    Indians 0, Twins 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsJul 4 7:19 PM