Minnesota hosts Cleveland in division matchup
Minneapolis; Thursday, 8 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Division rivals Minnesota and Cleveland will play on Thursday at Target Field.
The Twins are 27-13 against AL Central opponents. Minnesota has slugged .501, good for first in in the MLB. Nelson Cruz leads the club with a .654 slugging percentage, including 51 extra-base hits and 32 home runs.
The Indians are 31-19 in division games. The Cleveland pitching staff as a whole has an ERA of 3.70. Shane Bieber leads the team with a 3.32 earned run average.
TOP PERFORMERS: Jorge Polanco leads the Twins with 133 hits and has 55 RBIs. Cruz is 13-for-30 with three doubles, six home runs and 16 RBIs over the last 10 games for Minnesota.
LAST 10 GAMES: Twins: 7-3, .266 batting average, 4.50 ERA, outscored opponents by 19 runs
Indians: 6-4, .243 batting average, 2.93 ERA, outscored opponents by 13 runs
Twins Injuries: Michael Pineda: 10-day IL (triceps), Sam Dyson: 10-day IL (bicep tendinitis), LaMonte Wade Jr: 10-day IL (thumb), Byron Buxton: 10-day IL (shoulder), Willians Astudillo: 10-day IL (oblique).
Indians Injuries: Danny Salazar: 10-day IL (groin), Jefry Rodriguez: 60-day IL (shoulder), Dan Otero: 60-day IL (shoulder), Tyler Olson: 10-day IL (undisclosed), Corey Kluber: 60-day IL (arm), Carlos Carrasco: 60-day IL (leukemia), Cody Anderson: 60-day IL (elbow), Bradley Zimmer: 60-day IL (shoulder), Jordan Luplow: 10-day IL (hamstring), Christian Arroyo: 60-day IL (forearm).