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Venue: Target Field
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The Minnesota Twins' Kyle Gibson will finally get to start at home again for the first time in a month after winning three of four outings on the road.

He usually saves his best efforts for division rivals - something the Cleveland Indians have experienced first-hand.

The Twins have won both starts by Gibson against the Indians this year heading into Tuesday night's opener of a three-game series at Target Field.

Gibson (11-9, 3.96 ERA) has been a major bright spot for last-place Minnesota, going 3-1 with a 3.04 ERA in four outings since his last home start July 18. He would be tied with the Angels' Matt Shoemaker for the second-most victories among rookie pitchers if not for the fact that he went just above the rookie limit of 50 innings last year with 51.

The Twins (55-68) have won eight of 10 career starts by the right-hander against AL Central teams, including six of seven this year. Gibson is 5-1 with a 2.40 ERA against division foes in 2014, going 1-0 with a 0.75 ERA in two versus Cleveland.

The Indians' top RBI leaders - Michael Brantley and Carlos Santana - are a combined 2 for 13 against him.

Gibson, who has surrendered 12 runs over 8 1-3 innings in his most recent two home starts, continued his recent surge by allowing one run over 7 2-3 innings in Wednesday's 3-1 win at Houston.

"He was in command," manager Ron Gardenhire told MLB's official website. "He had a good moving fastball. His slider was good. His changeup was decent."

Gardenhire could use that kind of effort since his starting rotation has posted a 6.98 ERA since in losing three of four to first-place Kansas City to open this 11-game homestand. The manager was ejected from a 6-4 loss Monday.

The Indians (62-61) will see several new faces from when they last faced the Twins from July 21-23. Rookie Kennys Vargas is hitting .313 while starting all 16 games since Aug. 1 while Jordan Schafer is batting .281 in 11 contests since being picked up off waivers two days later from Atlanta.

Cleveland is searching for offense, averaging a major league-low 2.7 runs since Aug. 5 in 11 games. The Indians have totaled 19 runs in a 5-2 stretch capped by Sunday's 4-1 loss to Baltimore.

"We've played a lot of low-scoring games," manager Terry Francona said.

Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer (4-7, 4.35) is 0-3 with a 5.59 ERA in his last five outings although he was effective Wednesday in yielding two runs over a career-high eight innings in a 3-2 win over Arizona in the first game of a doubleheader.

The right-hander's winless stretch began in his lone career start against the Twins when he gave up three runs over six innings in a 3-1 road loss July 23.

These teams have split 10 meetings.

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Probable Starters

T. Bauer
Cleveland Last 3 Starts Minnesota
0-1 Wins-Losses 2-1
18.2 Innings Pitched 19.2
3.86 Earned Run Average 4.12
10 Walks 7
16 Strikeouts 13
1.34 WHIP 1.22

K. Gibson
Probable Pitchers
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Cleveland5th AL Central4554.455163-7 L 6
Minnesota2nd AL Central5247.52593-7 L 3
 
 

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