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Twins Vs. Indians: Brian Duensing To Step In For Francisco Liriano As Minnesota Goes For Sweep

The Twins have won the first two games of this AL Central clash and would've had a solid chance to complete the sweep, but that was before Minnesota sent Sunday's scheduled starter, Francisco Liriano, to the Chicago White Sox.

Instead, lefty Brian Duensing (1-6, 4.86 ERA) will get the spot start in Liriano's place. Duensing actually has been decent in 33 relief appearances this season, but he's posted a 10.13 ERA in 13 innings as a starter after giving up six runs in just two innings in his last start July 15.

Third baseman Danny Valencia is back with the Twins for the first time since being sent down to Triple-A Rochester May 9. He hit just .250 at Rochester, but Trevor Plouffe's injury necessitated his recall to Minnesota.

Cleveland, meanwhile, is fading fast in the AL Central race after losing seven of their past 10 games. They're five games back, and with Detroit and Chicago's upgrades to their starting rotations, Cleveland might have to shift their focus to the Wild Card chase.

Ubaldo Jimenez (8-9, 4.97 ERA), who made perhaps his best start since coming to Cleveland at last season's Trade Deadline, goes for the Indians.

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