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Indians Vs. Twins: Cleveland Tries To Halt Streak, Avoid Standings Freefall

There are any number of stats that attest to how bad things have gotten for the Cleveland Indians. But one that shouldn't get lost: The Indians could finish their three-game set with the Minnesota Twins tied for fourth place in the AL Central.

The Twins are now just two games behind Cleveland, which has dropped 10 straight after Monday night's 14-3 drubbing at the hands of Minnesota. The two teams play Tuesday and Wednesday, by which point -- if Cleveland doesn't right the ship -- they could both be 50-61.

While so much has gone awry during the Tribe's collapse, starting pitching has been as big a culprit as any. Cleveland's starters are 0-8 during the 10-game losing streak with an 11.66 ERA.

So it's not the most comforting of news that the Indians will send Corey Kluber to the hill Tuesday. In his season debut last week, Kluber, 0-1 with a 12.46 ERA, was shelled by the Kansas City Royals, giving up six runs in 4.1 innings.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 Eastern.

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