Kipnis homers twice in leadoff spot, Indians beat Twins 8-3

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Ervin Santana has a simple explanation for his early season success.

Miguel Sano's first-inning home run provided the only offense Minnesota needed.

Today's pitching matchup has Trevor Bauer (2-4, 7.36 ERA) on the mound for the Indians to face Hector Santiago (4-1, 2.76) of the Twins.

"He'll start the third game against Colorado (on Thursday)", Molitor said. "He did have to battle tonight, but he kept the hit total down". Sure, the home plate umpire was CB Bucknor, but you can't blame all of the walks on him; at some point, you have to find the strike zone, and Clevinger struggled all game to do so. Minnesota won the series opener 1-0 Friday night.

Taylor Rogers got the first out of the eighth, Matt Belisle finished the inning and Brandon Kintzler pitched a ideal ninth to complete the three-hitter and earn his ninth save in 10 chances.

Offensive slumps within a baseball season can be infuriating for teams.

Cleveland's 4-5-6 hitters combined to go 0-for-9 on the day.

Berrios pitched 7 2/3 strong innings, combining with two relievers to give up three hits, and Max Kepler homered as the Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 4-1 on Saturday at Progressive Field.

"I had a giant opportunity to hit a fastball away - and I did it", Sano said. "When you're confident and stay positive, you can do anything".

The Cleveland Indians could use a win after losing five of their last eight games.

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This was the Jose Berrios that Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor was hoping to see. "I think he's just kind of navigating his way through the order".

Cleveland broke a 17-inning scoreless stretch on Berrios' wild pitch in the third.

Michael Brantley, in the Cleveland lineup after missing three games because of a sprained right ankle, singled in the first and again with one out in the eighth.

The whole ordeal did not sit well with Twins pitcher Jose Berrios, who threw his arms into the air while huffing and puffing.

Matt Szczur also homered on the first pitch of only the 10th game ever between the teams. "He's still taking his walks, which is good", Francona said. A lot of that's on me.

"We got to keep the head up, keep working hard and keep trying to do the best we can do", said Edwin Encarnacion after going 0-for-4. "An early mistake cost us the game".

This was just the latest thing to go right for the Twins a year after everything went so terribly wrong in a 103-loss season. Falvey was Cleveland's assistant general manager while Gimenez played in 67 games.

That turned out to be the only run of the game, as Tomlin cruised through the eighth inning without giving up another run. Encarcion and was safe at first base. He has been throwing off flat ground and running.

The right-hander was 3-0 and led the International League with a 1.13 ERA in six starts at Rochester.

Indians: RHP Carlos Carrasco seeks his first home victory of the season Monday against Tampa Bay.

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