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Indians Look to Follow Up Win Over the Twins as They Welcome in the Tigers

Sunday the Indians won their first game of the second half, as they sweated out a 4-3 win over the first-place Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field.

The team built a 3-0 lead with the help of Shane Bieber, but a couple questionable calls by the replay officials in New York allowed the Twins to score three times in the seventh to tie the game.

Carlos Santana
bailed the Tribe out, hitting his 21st homer of the season with two outs in the 7th to win the game. Brad Hand earned the save, and Adam Cimber got the win.

The win knocked the Twins lead back down to 6.5, and now the 10-game homestand continues with the arrival of the Detroit Tigers.

Tonight it’s the first of four, as Adam Plutko (3-1, 4.95) goes for Cleveland against Daniel Norris (2-8, 4.96) for the Tigers.

The Tribe has won six straight over the Tigers, and overall are 8-1 against them this season.

Here’s tonight’s Indians lineup:

Francisco Lindor(S) SS
Oscar Mercado(R) CF
Carlos Santana(S) 1B
Jordan Luplow(R) LF
Jose Ramirez(S) 3B
Bobby Bradley(L) DH
Roberto Perez(R) C
Mike Freeman(L) 2B
Tyler Naquin(L) RF

And here’s the Tigers Nine:

Victor Reyes(S) CF
Harold Castro(L) 2B
Miguel Cabrera(R) DH
Nicholas Castellanos(R) RF
Jeimer Candelario(S) 3B
Christin Stewart(L) LF
Niko Goodrum(S) 1B
John Hicks(R) C
Jordy Mercer(R) SS

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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