Twins 12, Indians 5

Young right-hander Samuel Deduno shut down Cleveland’s lineup

through seven innings on Saturday night.

It was just the sort of performance Minnesota hadn’t been

getting from its veterans in the rotation. And shortly after

celebrating the second victory of Deduno’s budding major league

career, the Twins parted ways with one of those starters, sending

Francisco Liriano to the Chicago White Sox for two prospects.

Despite Deduno’s career-high six strikeouts and the Twins’

impressive 12-5 win over the Cleveland Indians, general manager

Terry Ryan knows he has to look toward the future for the club.

”I’m not thrilled about trading him within the division, but

you guys know where we are in the standings,” Twins general

manager Terry Ryan said.

Minnesota received infielder Eduardo Escobar and left-hander

Pedro Hernandez in return, and both players will be assigned to

Triple-A Rochester.

Saturday’s win pulled the Twins out of a last-place tie with

Kansas City. Liriano was set to become a free agent after this

season.

”We didn’t want to be left with nothing,” Ryan said.

An All-Star in 2006 before undergoing Tommy John surgery that

same year, Liriano was 3-10 this season with a 5.31 ERA. He had

been scheduled to pitch Sunday’s finale against the Indians. Brian

Duensing will take his place.

Rotation regulars Liriano, Carl Pavano and Nick Blackburn were a

combined 9-21 in 43 starts this season. Meanwhile, Deduno and

fellow youngsters Scott Diamond and Cole DeVries are 13-6 in 27

starts.

”Oh it’s awesome with the young kids coming up,” pitching

coach Rick Anderson said. ”I always tell them, `You’re in Triple-A

and you get here for a reason, because you’re confident,’ … The

more they throw, the more success that they have, the more

confidence they have.”

Both Anderson and Ron Gardenhire said Deduno needs to work on

controlling his fastball.

”Some will cut, some will sink,” catcher Joe Mauer said. ”But

if it’s not easy to catch, it’s probably tougher to hit, too.”

The Indians agreed.

”He was throwing a lot of backdoor curveballs, getting ahead,”

Jack Hannahan said. ”A little deceiving, too.”

Deduno (2-0) allowed only two hits, and Josh Willingham hit his

27th homer of the season.

Alexi Casilla drove in four runs for the Twins, who routed the

Indians for the second consecutive night after being swept three

games in Chicago.

Cleveland starter Justin Masterson (7-9) allowed 10 runs – eight

earned – over 5 2-3 innings. The Indians are 6-10 since the

All-Star break and fell to 50-51.

”We’ve had highs and lows and they always seem to come back,”

Indians manager Manny Acta said. ”We have fallen under .500

before. We just take it one day at a time. We’ve been there

before.”

Denard Span, Ben Revere and Willingham each drove in two runs

for Minnesota, which has outscored Cleveland 23-5 in the first two

games of the weekend series.

Deduno opened the game by giving up a single to Shin-Soo Choo,

who scored to give the Indians the lead. But Deduno shut down

Cleveland’s lineup after the first, retiring 17 of the next 21

batters he faced.

Willingham’s two-run homer in the fourth gave Minnesota a 2-1

lead. The next inning, Casilla hit a two-run triple. Casilla drove

in two more with a double in the sixth, when Minnesota scored five

runs to put the game out of reach.

”He had good stuff,” Willingham said of Masterson.

”Especially early and he had a good sinker going, we couldn’t even

get the ball out of the infield. I don’t know what happened, but he

started leaving a few balls to hit and we were able to

capitalize.”

Danny Valencia, recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Friday, hit

an RBI double in the seventh to make it 11-1 and snap an 0-for-28

skid in the major leagues.

Carlos Santana hit a two-run homer in the eighth off reliever

Tyler Robertson. The Indians added two more in the ninth after

Valencia made a throwing error and Luis Perdomo walked Jason Kipnis

with the bases loaded. Casey Rien struck out Santana for the final

out.

NOTES: Valencia started at third base in place of the injured

Trevor Plouffe. ”I told him, `Relax, have fun, just like you did

before, just go play. Play the game.’ That’s what he’s going to

do,” Gardenhire said before the game. … Through 101 games,

Indians starting pitchers are 36-44 with a 4.85 ERA. Before the

game, Acta admitted he expected more from his rotation. ”My

expectations have always been to win, and if you’re expecting to

win you can’t be expecting to be bottom five in pitching. … SS

Brent Lillibridge made his first start for Cleveland since being

acquired from Boston last week. … The teams wrap up their

three-game series on Sunday when Ubaldo Jimenez (8-9) faces

Duensing (1-6) in place of Liriano.