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Cleveland at Minnesota

Venue: Target Field
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Kevin Correia likely needs to cut down on walks to end his recent struggles.

It's an issue the Minnesota Twins hope Correia resolves as they look for a fourth straight victory when they face the visiting Cleveland Indians on Saturday night.

Correia (6-6, 4.23 ERA) has been Minnesota's most reliable starter this season, posting a team-leading nine quality starts. He's been plagued by control problems lately, however, issuing 13 walks over 22 1-3 innings of his last four starts, in which he's gone 0-2 with a 5.64 ERA.

The right-hander walked the same number of batters in 88 1-3 innings over his first 14 starts, during which he went 6-4 with a 3.87 ERA.

The Indians (51-45) might not be the ideal opponent against which to find his control, as they average a walk every 10.8 plate appearances, among the best rates in the major leagues.

Cleveland drew four walks but lost 3-2 on Friday after Joe Mauer's go-ahead single in the eighth. The All-Star catcher is 12 for 26 during a seven-game hitting streak.

"It was good that they pitched to Joe and gave him a chance," said Glen Perkins, who converted his 22nd save in 24 chances this season. "So thanks for that."

Correia allowed three runs over 5 1-3 innings of a 4-3 road loss to Tampa Bay on July 10, walking five for the first time since April 29, 2012. He also surrendered a two-run homer.

The Indians have gone 1-6 in their last seven games in Minnesota, but may have a good chance for a victory Saturday with Corey Kluber (7-5, 3.88) on the mound. Cleveland has won six of his last seven starts with the right-hander going 4-1 with a 3.15 ERA in that span.

Kluber has struck out 18 in 14 innings over his last two starts. He threw 7 2-3 innings in a 3-0 victory over Kansas City on July 12.

"He certainly stays composed," manager Terry Francona said. "For a young pitcher, that's a big compliment."

Correia gave up four runs and walked two in five innings of a 7-3 loss at Cleveland on May 4.

Kluber has gone 1-1 with a 4.67 ERA in five career starts against Minnesota, both decisions coming this season as he allowed three runs in 5 2-3 innings in both outings.

Michael Bourn continued to hit Minnesota hard Friday, going 2 for 4 and driving in both of Cleveland's runs to make him 10 for 17 in four games against the Twins this year.

Jason Kipnis had been 12 of 24 with 12 RBIs in six games versus Minnesota this season before going 0 for 3 on Friday.

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Probable Starters

Corey Kluber, RHP
2013 stats
95.0 Innings Pitched 110.2
7-5 Wins-Losses 6-6
3.88 Earned Run Average 4.23
22 Walks 26
94 Strikeouts 62
96 Pitches Per Start 97
Career vs. opponent
27.0 Innings Pitched 10.2
1-1 Wins-Losses 0-2
4.67 Earned Run Average 4.22

Kevin Correia, RHP
Weather
weather image  Isolated tstorms late. Partly sunny. Mild.
Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
79°F66°F7mph/NE47%54%
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Cleveland3rd AL Central6361.5086 ½ 6-4 W 1
Minnesota5th AL Central5569.44414 ½ 4-6 L 3
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Kevin Correia
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Aviles330001.000
Kipnis32100.667
Santana52110.400
Raburn52001.400
Reynolds47143318.298
 
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Corey Kluber
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Florimon54011.800
Plouffe83201.375
Morneau114102.364
Carroll93000.333
Thomas31002.333
 

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Injuries
Cleveland
PlayerInjury
J. GiambiKnee
N. MorganKnee
D. MurphyAbdominal
R. RaburnWrist
N. SwisherKnee
Minnesota
PlayerInjury
M. PelfreyGroin
 
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Apr 4CLECLE 7-2Outman Pelfrey 
Apr 5CLEMIN 7-3Gibson Carrasco 
Apr 6CLEMIN 10-7Swarzak Wood 
May 5CLEMIN 1-0Thielbar Axford 
May 6CLECLE 4-2Tomlin Deduno 
May 7CLECLE 4-3Axford Fien 
May 8CLECLE 9-4Masterson Correia 
Jul 21MINMIN 4-3Fien Shaw 
Jul 22MINCLE 8-2Salazar Pino 
Jul 23MINMIN 3-1Swarzak Bauer 
Aug 19MINCLE 7-5Crockett Duensing 
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Aug 21MIN 1:10 PM EDT  
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Sep 10CLE 7:05 PM EDT  
Sep 11CLE12:05 PM EDT  
Sep 19MIN 8:10 PM EDT  
Sep 20MIN 7:10 PM EDT  
Sep 21MIN 2:10 PM EDT