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Indians vs. Twins Game Thread (Thursday): Masterson on the mound for series finale

The Indians take on the Twins in the final game of this four-game series and will look to Justin Masterson for the series-clinching victory.

Justin Masterson takes on the Twins this afternoon
Justin Masterson takes on the Twins this afternoon
Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins

Thursday, May 8, 2014, 12:05 p.m. ET



Series Preview

Today's Lineups


Brian Dozier - 2B

Michael Bourn - CF

Eduardo Escobar - LF

Nick Swisher - 1B

Trevor Plouffe - 3B

Michael Brantley - LF

Chris Colabello - 1B

Carlos Santana - C

Jason Kubel - RF

David Murphy - RF

Kurt Suzuki - DH

Asdrubal Cabrera - SS

Josmil Pinto - C

Ryan Raburn - DH

Sam Fuld - CF

Lonnie Chisenhall - 3B

Danny Santana - SS

Mike Aviles - 2B

Kevin Correia - RHP

Justin Masterson - RHP


Justin Masterson is on the mound today and is coming off the back of a near-vintage Masterson performance on May 3rd against the White Sox, when he earned his first win of the season. Against Chicago, Justin lasted 7.1 innings, giving up 4 hits and 0 runs with 6 strikeouts and just 1 walk. It was arguably his best start of the season so far and he'll be looking for something similar today. He'll face off against the Twins' Kevin Correia, who currently sits with a 6.09 ERA but picked up his first win of the season in his last start against Baltimore.

Lonnie Chisenhall gets the start at third base with Carlos Santana behind the plate. Santana made three beautiful plays at third last night, so let's hope Lonnie can be equally impressive this afternoon.

Michael Bourn returns from a minor left hamstring injury that has kept him sidelined for the past few days. He slots straight into center field and will be looking to regain momentum: he's sitting on a 4-game hitting streak and has a hit in 11 of his last 12 games.


Today's other AL Central games

Astros (Dallas Keuchel) @ Tigers (Drew Smyly), 1:08 ET

Cubs (Jake Arrieta) @ White Sox (Scott Carroll), 8:10 ET

Royals (Danny Duffy) @ Mariners (Hisashi Iwakuma), 10:10 ET


Today's minor-league affiliate games

Triple-A: Columbus Clippers (Trevor Bauer) vs. Rochester, 6:35 ET

Double-A: Akron RubberDucks (Gabriel Arias) vs. Altoona, 6:35 ET

High-A: Carolina Mudcats (Shawn Morimando) @ Salem, 7:05 ET

Single-A: Lake County Captains (Adam Plutko) vs. Bowling Green, 6:30 ET