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Indians Vs. Twins Preview: Liam Hendriks Looks For First Career Win

Liam Hendriks looks for his first career big league victory on Friday night as the Twins face the Indians.

August 22, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Liam Hendriks (62) pitches against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at O.co Coliseum.  Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-US PRESSWIRE
August 22, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Liam Hendriks (62) pitches against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-US PRESSWIRE

Returning from a rare off day late in the season, the Minnesota Twins will open a four-game series against the Cleveland Indians on Friday night. Liam Hendriks is making the start for Minnesota as he looks for his first ever victory at the MLB level.

Hendriks, 23, has made 11 starts with Minnesota this season, but he's never won a game in the big leagues. Over 15 career MLB starts, he's 0-9 with a 6.11 ERA, the kind of numbers that would typically get any pitcher sent down to the minor leagues.

As bad as Hendriks has been, though, he's flashed some potential in his short big league career. The most obvious example is his gem of a start from July 27: a complete-game, three-hit, one-run outing against the Seattle Mariners. Unfortunately, Felix Hernandez threw a shutout in that game, a 1-0 victory for the Mariners.

The Twins have played extremely well against the Indians over the past few months, winning seven of the past nine games between the two teams.

Game Date & Time: Friday, Sept. 7, 8:10 p.m. ET

TV: FS-N

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Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.