MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 15: Jason Marquis #21 of the Minnesota Twins reacts as Asdrubal Cabrera #13 of the Cleveland Indians rounds the bases following a solo home run during the fifth inning on May 15, 2012 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Twins Vs. Indians: Minnesota Struggles Again Against Cleveland

The Minnesota Twins struggled again on Tuesday afternoon to drop the second part of a two-game series against the Cleveland Indians. Jason Marquis was lit up with three home runs in the fifth inning to seal the Twins' fate.

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Twins Vs. Indians: Minnesota Falls To Tribe, 5-0

Coming off of a heartbreaking effort on Monday night, many hoped that the Minnesota Twins could build off their failed comeback attempt to pull out a series split on Tuesday afternoon against the American League Central Division's best team, the Cleveland Indians.

Unfortunately, all the Twins did was fail.

The team was completely dominated by the Tribe's starting pitcher, Derek Lowe who pitched a complete game shutout without striking out a single batter. He allowed only six hits and walked four.

The wheels officially fell off in the fifth inning when the Indians managed to hit three homeruns in the frame, including back-to-back homeruns by Asdrubal Cabrera and Carlos Santana, which brought the score to 5-0. That's where it ultimately remaining as the final score proved to be the same.

Twins starting pitcher Jason Marquis pitched five innings and was tagged with five earned runs on nine hits. His record now falls to 2-3 on the season.

Minnesota will open another two-game set against a Central Division rival on Wednesday as they travel to Detroit to take on the Tigers.

For more on the Minnesota Twins, check out Twinkie Town. For more on the Cleveland Indians, head over to Let's Go Tribe. For more news and analysis on Major League Baseball, head over to Baseball Nation.

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Twins Vs. Indians: Projected Starting Lineups For Tuesday Afternoon

On Tuesday afternoon, the Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians will conclude a two-game set at Target Field. After falling to the Indians in the ninth on Monday night, the Twins will look to bounce back and split the series.

Here are the projected starting lineups:

Minnesota

1. Darin Mastroianni, Center Field

2. Joe Mauer, Catcher

3. Josh Willingham, Left Field

4. Ryan Doumit, Designated Hitter

5. Brian Dozier, Short Stop

6. Chris Parmelee, First Base

7. Erik Komatsu, Right Field

8. Alexei Casilla, Second Base

9. Jamey Carroll, Third Base

Starting Pitcher: Jason Marquis; 2-2, 6.26 ERA

Cleveland

1. Shin-Soo Choo, Right Field

2. Jason Kipnis, Second Base

3. Asdrubal Cabrera, Short Stop

4. Carlos Santana, Designated Hitter

5. Michael Brantley, Center Field

6. Jose Lopez, Third Base

7. Johnny Damon, Left Field

8. Casey Kotchman, First Base

9. Lou Marson, Catcher

Starting Pitcher: Derek Lowe; 5-1, 2.47 ERA

For more on the Minnesota Twins, check out Twinkie Town. For more on the Cleveland Indians, head over to Let's Go Tribe. For more news and analysis on Major League Baseball, head over to Baseball Nation.

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Twins Vs. Indians: Jason Marquis, Minnesota Look To Even Series

Losing a heartbreaker at least means it was close. That's a step in the right direction.

The Minnesota Twins fell 5-4 Monday night to the Cleveland Indians. The Twins scored three runs in the eighth to knot the game at four, but it wasn't meant to be as Shin-Soo Choo knocked home the winning run in the top of the ninth.

The excitement was a welcome respite from a spell of blowouts: Six of Minnesota's nine losses this month have come by four runs or more.

The Twins will send Jason Marquis to the hill Tuesday. Marquis, 2-2, lugs a 6.26 ERA into the game, having given up 19 earned runs through five starts. Last time out he pitched 4.0 innings and surrendered seven hits, three walks and five earned runs.

Marquis will go up against Derek Lowe, who has been pitching like an ace all season. Lowe has a 2.47 ERA and is 5-1. He hasn't lost since April 18 and have given up just five earned runs in his last four starts.

The last-place Twins are now a season-high 4.5 games back of the second-to-last-place Kansas City Royals in the AL Central.

First pitch Tuesday is slated for 12:10 Central.

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Twins Vs. Indians: Minnesota Comes Back But Falls In Ninth, 5-4

The Minnesota Twins came back from a 4-1 deficit in the eighth inning to tie it, but Shin-Soo Choo's RBI single off Matt Capps in the ninth helped the Cleveland Indians end their three-game losing streak, 5-4.

The Twins only managed one unearned run off Indians starter Jeanmar Gomez, but they scored thrice in the bottom of the eighth against the Tribe's bullpen, thanks to an RBI double by Josh Willingham and a two-run shot off the bat of Ryan Doumit.

Unfortunately for the Twins, Matt Capps gave up a one-out single to Casey Kotchman in the ninth, allowed him to get to second on a wild pitch and then gave up the game-winning hit to Choo, who was in the lead off spot of the Indians' lineup for the first time this season.

Capps took the loss, Joe Smith stole a win for the Indians and Chris Perez picked up his 12th save of the season.

Francisco Liriano struck out three in two scoreless innings of relief, his first relief appearance of the season since getting demoted from the rotation last week.

This quick, two-game series finishes up tomorrow at 1:10 p.m. CT.

For more on the Minnesota Twins, check out Twinkie Town. For more on the Cleveland Indians, head over to Let's Go Tribe. For more news and analysis on Major League Baseball, head over to Baseball Nation.

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Twins Vs. Indians Score Update: Josh Willingham, Ryan Doumit Bring Minnesota Back In Eighth

Down 4-1 in the home half of the eighth inning, the Minnesota Twins dropped a three-spot on the Cleveland Indians Monday night, tying the game going into the ninth, 4-4.

After Francisco Liriano escaped a bases loaded jam in the top half, Denard Span started Minnesota's own walk party by drawing four balls to lead off the bottom. Vinnie Pestano got Brian Dozier to fly out and Joe Mauer on strikes, but Josh Willingham doubled in Span and chased Pestano from the game with the score 4-2 in favor of the Indians.

Nick Hagadone relieved Pestano, but he promptly fell behind 2-0 and then gave up a two-run bomb to Ryan Doumit, tying the game at 4-4. Trevor Plouffe followed up Doumit's fifth home run of the season by working a walk, putting the go-ahead run aboard, but Joe Smith was summoned from the bullpen and got the final out of the inning.

Matt Capps will relieve Liriano in the ninth with the game tied.

For more on the Minnesota Twins, check out Twinkie Town. For more on the Cleveland Indians, head over to Let's Go Tribe. For more news and analysis on Major League Baseball, head over to Baseball Nation.

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Twins Vs. Indians: Francisco Liriano Makes Relatively Successful First Relief Appearance

Minnesota Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano was moved to the bullpen last week after starting the season with just under a 10 earned run average in 26-plus innings as a the "ace" of the team. Tonight against the Cleveland Indians, Liriano made his first appearance in his new role in the seventh inning, relieving starter Carl Pavano and going on to toss two scoreless innings.

Liriano worked a 1-2-3 first inning of relief, getting Jose Lopez and Casey Kotchman to ground out before striking out Shelley Duncan. He followed that up by working a scoreless eighth, but after retiring the first two batters, he got himself into the same kind of trouble that ultimately cost him his spot in the rotation, walking the bases loaded. He left the free passes stranded, though, as he struck out Michael Brantley for his third K in the outing.

Liriano was touching 95 mph and needed 42 pitches to get through the two innings, most coming during the three base on balls in his second inning of work.

For more on the Minnesota Twins, check out Twinkie Town. For more on the Cleveland Indians, head over to Let's Go Tribe. For more news and analysis on Major League Baseball, head over to Baseball Nation.

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Twins Vs. Indians: Starting Lineups For Monday Night

On Monday night, the Minnesota Twins will host the Cleveland Indians in the first game of a two-game set. The series will feature two Central Division rivals, with the Indians (18-16) currently in first place in the division and the Twins (10-24) in last.

The Twins will come into the matchup on the back of a series split with the Toronto Blue Jays, which saw the last three games being decided by a single run. Cleveland will be coming into the series 1-5 in their last six games and have been outscored 16-2 in their last two.

Here are the projected starting lineups for Monday:

Cleveland

1. Shin-Soo Choo, Right Field

2. Jason Kipnis, Second Base

3. Asdrubal Cabrera, Short Stop

4. Travis Hafner, Designated Hitter

5. Carlos Santana, Catcher

6. Michael Brantley, Center Field

7. Jose Lopez, Third Base

8. Casey Kotchman, First Base

9. Shelley Duncan, Left Field

Starting Pitcher: Jeanmar Gomez; 2-2, 4.66 ERA

Minnesota

1. Denard Span, Center Field

2. Brian Dozier, Short Stop

3. Joe Mauer, First Base

4. Josh Willingham, Left Field

5. Ryan Doumit, Designated Hitter

6. Trevor Plouffe, Third Base

7. Darin Mastroianni, Right Field

8. Drew Butera, Catcher

9. Jamey Carroll, Second Base

Starting Pitcher: Carl Pavano; 2-3, 5.02 ERA

For more on the Minnesota Twins, check out Twinkie Town. For more on the Cleveland Indians, head over to Let's Go Tribe. For more news and analysis on Major League Baseball, head over to Baseball Nation.

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Twins Vs. Indians: Minnesota Starts Two Game Home Series

The Minnesota Twins will kick off a short two game series against the Cleveland Indians at home on Monday.

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