CLEVELAND (AP) —
Samuel Deduno got into a nice groove in his first start of the season.
Unfortunately, the damage already had been done.
allowed four runs and five hits over the first two innings Tuesday,
giving Cleveland all the offense it needed in a 4-2 win over the
Deduno (0-2) gave up two runs in the first and
two more in the second, but held the Indians off the board for the
remainder of his five-inning outing. He allowed six hits, two walks, and
three earned runs in his return to the rotation.
misfiring a little bit early because he was overthrowing," Twins manager
Ron Gardenhire said. "But once he calmed down, he was pretty good and
kept his pitch count right where we wanted it (77). He was excited to
start again, and I thought he settled in nicely."
The best news of
the day for Minnesota occurred after the game, when first baseman Joe
Mauer said he plans on resuming light baseball activities Wednesday. The
six-time All-Star missed the first two games of the series with lower
back spasms and will not play in the third.
"The last couple of
days have been pretty brutal, but I could put my shoes on this morning,
so that's a bonus," said Mauer, who was injured Sunday in a 5-2 win over
Baltimore. "I'll see how I feel when I wake up, but it's definitely
getting better. I'd like to get a bat and ball in my hand before I go
out there and play a game, so hopefully I can do a little of that
tomorrow and go from there."
Chris Colabello — filling in for
Mauer at first base — hit a solo home run in the seventh to cut
Cleveland's lead to 4-1. It was the only run Minnesota scored off
Indians right-hander Josh Tomlin (1-0), who went 6 2-3 innings in his
first big league start since July 27, 2012.
The Twins pulled even
closer with two outs in the ninth when Kurt Suzuki reached on an error,
then scored on a double by Eduardo Escobar. Pinch hitter Josmil Pinto
represented the potential tying run, but popped out meekly against
Indians reliever Bryan Shaw.
"It was a bad start for us all
around, but again, we were right there at the end of the game," said
Gardenhire, whose team had won three straight entering Tuesday. "We had
our chances, and that's all you can ask for."
Darnell made his major league debut in relief of Deduno, tossing three
perfect innings with one strikeout. The left-hander was recalled from
Triple-A Rochester on Friday.
"Either the radar gun is juiced here
or I had a little adrenaline because I've never hit 95 (mph) before in
my life," Darnell said.
The Indians were held hitless over the final five innings.
committed an error in the first, allowing a grounder by David Murphy to
bounce directly through his legs for Cleveland's second run. In the
second, Deduno was called for a balk after accidentally knocking the
ball out of his hand by brushing his pants.
Tomlin had Tommy John
surgery on Aug. 22, 2012 and missed most of last season. Called up from
Triple-A Columbus before the game, he admitted to feeling some nerves as
he took the mound.
"I definitely had some anxiety going before
the game, but a good anxiety," Tomlin said. "It was the same anxiety
I've gotten in years past."
NOTES: Mauer is a career .342 hitter
with nine homers and 60 RBIs against the Indians. ... Twins SS Danny
Santana made his first big league start. ... OF Josh Willingham (left
wrist contusion), OF Aaron Hicks (concussion), and RHP Mike Pelfrey
(groin strain) worked out, as scheduled, in Minneapolis earlier in the
day. All three are on the 15-day disabled list. ... Twins right-hander
Ricky Nolasco (2-2) faces Indians righty Danny Salazar (1-3) in the
third game of the four-game series Wednesday at 7:05 p.m.