Indians Vs. Twins: Cleveland Drops 3rd Straight Series With Sunday Loss To Minnesota

An ice cold Cleveland Indians team was bested by Minnesota at Progressive Field on Sunday, 6-3.

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Indians Vs. Twins Final Score: Cleveland Drops Third Consecutive Series With 6-3 Loss

Things are starting to get a little bit complicated for the Cleveland Indians, as the team suffered yet another loss on Sunday in their series finale with the lowly Minnesota Twins.

Cleveland starter Justin Masterson was touched up for a quick run in his first inning, and proceeded to give up two more over his next three frames. Masterson managed to slide through six innings with only three earned runs on the board however, and righted the ship well enough to leave the game with his team trailing by just one run heading into the seventh. Still, the loss dropped the 6-foot-6 hurler to a disappointing 2-5 on the year.

Sharp for much of the 2012 campaign, Cleveland reliever Nick Hagadone took the ball from Masterson and quickly gave up a pair of runs on RBI hits from Minnesota's Josh Willingham and Ryan Doumit that ended up putting the game away. Aside from three unearned runs due to a trio of errors from Minnesota fielders, the Indians literally had no answer for 25-year-old Twins lefty Scott Diamond.

With a nine-game road trip about to kick off on Tuesday in Detroit, the Indians will need to re-focus quickly if they plan to avoid dropping further off the AL Central pace. With the Tigers also in a precarious position at the moment, Tuesday's series opener with starter Ubaldo Jimenez on the hill could prove pivotal for both teams.

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Indians Vs. Twins Final Score: Skidding Indians Beaten Again In 7-4 Loss

The Cleveland Indians were defeated for the sixth time in their last eight games on Saturday evening, as Minnesota batters woke up in a big way to power the Twins to a 7-4 win at Progressive Field.

After being pounded for four runs in his very first inning, Indians starter Josh Tomlin did manage to settle down and pitch five innings of one-run ball to keep his team in the game. Tomlin wound up taking the loss after surrendering a solo home run to Trevor Plouffe in the sixth, as reliever Tony Sipp extended the deficit further by allowing a two-run homer to Minnesota's Joe Mauer the next inning.

Only a pair of Cleveland starters, Casey Kotchman and Johnny Damon, finished the game without a hit, on a night where pitching seemed to be the Indians' lone Achilles' heel. With its offense obviously not the issue at the moment, the Tribe will send their hot-and-cold righthander Justin Masterson to the mound for Sunday's series finale.

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Indians Vs. Twins Final Score: Cleveland Drops Minnesota In Opener, 7-1

Powered by 14 hits, the Cleveland Indians abruptly halted the Minnesota Twins' brief three-game win streak on Friday with a thorough 7-1 win.

Indians starter Derek Lowe tossed 6.2 strong innings and yielded just one run to pick up his seventh victory of the season. The 7-3 Lowe, who now sports a 3.06 ERA, bounced back in a big way from a May 26 start against the White Sox where he gave up eight earned runs and was knocked out of the game after just 2.1 innings.

Offensively, Cleveland saw another big performance from rising star second baseman Jason Kipnis. Likely headed to the All-Star game next month, Kipnis hit a grand slam off Minnesota starter Carl Pavano in the fourth inning to break the game wide open. The blast signified Kipnis' ninth home run of the year and increased his RBI total to 34.

With first place in the AL Central still well within reach, the Indians will send Josh Tomlin to the hill for game two to face Minnesota's P.J. Walters. Stay with SB Nation Cleveland's StoryStream for full coverage throughout the series.

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Carlos Santana Injury: Indians Catcher Rehabbing, Expected Back In Lineup 'Next Week'

Making progress after suffering a concussion last week, Cleveland Indians catcher Carlos Santana is already taking batting practice and is expected in the lineup next week by manager Manny Acta according to the Associated Press' Tom Withers:

The third-year catcher is hitting .245 with five home runs and 24 RBI over 43 games this year with the Indians, and remains one of of the sport's brightest young stars behind the plate. Aside from a noticeable dip in his slugging percentage (currently at .387 after posting a .457 last season), Santana continues to develop into the middle-of-the-order power threat that many thought he would become after entering league to heavy fanfare in 2010.

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