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Cleveland Indians continue cycle of failure, lose to Twins

Indians can't solve journeyman Mike Pelfrey, can't retire Torii Hunter, can't win series opener again

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota 9 - Cleveland 3

Torii Hunter's big night leads the Minnesota Twins over the Cleveland Indians - Let's Go Tribe - Trevor Bauer gave up five runs over just five innings, as the Cleveland Indians fell Friday evening to the Minnesota Twins 9-3. The Twins' Torii Hunter finished 4-4 with 4 RBI.

Indians done in by nemesis Hunter | indians.com - In Cleveland's 9-3 loss at Progressive Field, the seemingly ageless outfielder embraced the role of villain once again, churning out four hits, including three for extra bases, and collecting four RBIs in the latest discouraging defeat for the struggling Tribe.

Torii Hunter, Minnesota Twins keep Cleveland Indians reeling after 9-3 defeat | cleveland.com - The Tribe dropped to 10-18 after yet another lackluster showing, and are 1-9 in series openers this season.

Indians can't pick up Bauer against Twins | indians.com - The 39-year-old Hunter went 4-for-4, launched his fourth home run of the season, pounded out a pair of doubles and collected four RBIs to lead Minnesota, which has won eight of its past nine games to run its record to 17-13. That offensive showing, which left Hunter a triple short of the cycle, was more than sufficient in helping support a strong seven-inning effort from starter Mike Pelfrey (3-0).

More Tribe News

Aviles out due to family medical emergency | indians.com - Tribe manager Terry Francona said Aviles will be allowed to take as long as he needs to attend to an undisclosed personal matter that came to light on Thursday.

Baseball: Clippers pitching coach Carl Willis leaving for Red Sox | The Columbus Dispatch - Clippers pitching coach Carl Willis told the team after Friday night's 7-0 over Pawtucket that he was leaving to join the Boston Red Sox as their new pitching coach.

Tribe's Perez always has mom in his heart | indians.com - A tattoo of her name on his right wrist ensures that Perez and his mother are never separated in spirit.

Does MLB need more designated hitters and fielders? Hey, Hoynsie! | cleveland.com Hey Hoynsie! rides again! This time, inquiriing minds want to know whether MLB is ready for not only more designated hitter, but designated fielders as well.

Cody Anderson looks to rebound for RubberDucks: Cleveland Indians Class AA Report | cleveland.com - Cody Anderson had his last start shortened by rain and suffered a loss because of it. He looks to get back on track this weekend.

Captains pitcher J.P. Feyereisen has yet to allow a run: Cleveland Indians Class A Insider | cleveland.com - Feyereisen, a 16th-round draft pick last year, has yet to allow a run since turning pro. In 10 innings through Thursday with the Lake County Captains, and 17 innings last year at Mahoning Valley, he has a 0.00 ERA, a 4-0 record and 10 saves.

Indians threaten to cancel SI subscription after negative story - CBSSports.com - Team expresses unhappiness over story about Indians historically poor defense. Magazine dares them to act on it.

The Thomenator makes national lists of extreme ballpark foods | cleveland.com - Why waste your time in two separate lines when you can have the concession stand pile pierogis on top of your hot dog for you?

Around the Horn

Hank Aaron says Willie Mays is still better than A-Rod. | SportsonEarth.com : Terence Moore Article - "I played against Willie [Mays] for many years, and I know what kind of ballplayer he was, and there is absolutely no comparison between what he did, and what A-Rod did," Hank Aaron told Sports on Earth. "I mean, history will tell what's what, really."

A Visual Look at Defensive Metrics | FanGraphs Baseball - UZR correlated with DRS

David Price stepped on a bat and hurt his hamstring on Friday | HardballTalk - David Price stepped on a bat and hurt his hamstring in Friday's start against the Royals.

Blue Jays hitting coach Brook Jacoby unapologetic after 14-game suspension was upheld | HardballTalk - Blue Jays hitting coach LGFT Brook Jacoby didn't apologize for an altercation with umpires, resulting in a 14-game suspension.

2-year-old's recovery, 1st pitch 'incredible' | MLB.com - Jameson Axford (son of LGFT John Axford) chose to throw out the first pitch right-handed. He's been throwing from both sides, and Axford thought Jameson was looking like a lefty, but he threw 'just like daddy' when he took the field Friday.

And Finally

Manny Ramirez spiked the 2004 Red Sox’ drinks with Viagra | HardballTalk - Manny being Manny.