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Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins Free Pick - 8/23/13

Minnesota Twins (56-70) at Cleveland Indians (69-58)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 23, 2013 at 7:05 pm (Progressive Field)

Samuel Deduno (R) (7-7) (3.818) vs. Ubaldo Jimenez (R) (9-7) (3.997)

The Line: Cleveland Indians -157 / Minnesota Twins +147 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-North, SportsTime Ohio

The Minnesota Twins visit Progressive Field to square off with the Cleveland Indians.

Minnesota has been eliminated from contention in the American League Central, but that didn't stop them from taking two of three from the division-leading Tigers. The Twins knocked off Justin Verlander and Detroit 7-6 on Thursday, which proved there is no such thing as a sure winner in baseball, with Detroit coming in as a massive favorite at home. The Twins pulled starter Andrew Albers a bit late, but managed to still survive, despite five runs allowed by the rookie on nine hits in 5.2 frames. The offense came to the rescue on an eleven hit, four walk attack that saw an unexpected six runs plated off of Verlander. Ryan Doumit paced the bats with a three run jack, while Chris Herrmann smacked two run-scoring doubles. Samuel Deduno gets the call to the mound Friday versus Cleveland. Deduno has had a bout of biceps tendinitis. which might have hurt him in a three game skid where he has given up 13 runs on 25 hits over 16.2 innings.

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Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins Free Pick - 8/23/13

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Cleveland has accumulated a solid record, yet they still need more if they hope to some how make the postseason. A hot streak to end the season might do the trick, but the Tribe is trying to unseat Detroit in the American League Central or wiggle their way in to the Wild Card and neither looks easy. The Indians are hot after a 3-1 victory over the Angels on Wednesday was number seven in ten behind a strong effort on the mound by Justin Masterson, who allowed the lone run on five hits and five BB, while whiffing seven through 6.2 frames. The bats mustered eight hits and walked twice with Nick Swisher leading the way with a two-run homer. The Indians send Ubaldo Jimenez to the bump on Friday to open the series with Minnesota. Jimenez is still wild at times and was in a 7-1 win at Oakland, where he allowed one run on one hit and five walks in 5.1 frames.

Minnesota proved they are dangerous still and cannot be overlooked, while Cleveland can't afford to look past anybody with the postseason on the line. I am backing the Tribe. but the higher chalk has me cautious...

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