The Twins won in Cleveland again on Sunday afternoon, the first time they'd swept a three-game series in that city in more than a quarter-century.
A sinus infection and sore throat forced Eddie Rosario out of the starting lineup on Saturday. But on Sunday he felt much better. And it showed.
Behind-the-scenes work is paying off, the team's baseball boss says.
Sparked by a 23-9 road record, the Twins are in first place 73 games into the season.
The righthander helped the Twins complete a sweep of Cleveland to move into first place in the AL Central.
The Twins won in Cleveland 4-0 on Sunday, completing their first three-game sweep there since 1991.
After getting flattened in four games vs. the Indians June 16-18 at Target Field, the Twins looked like a completely different team in three games at Cleveland this past weekend:
Ervin Santana has a 0.47 ERA against the Indians in three starts this season:
Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario went 3-for-4 with a home run and three runs scored a day after not starting because of illness.
The Twins have won five of their past six games and are 11-8 against lefthanded starting pitchers.
One-on-one with the former major league player.
Ervin Santana needs to rediscover his slider if he to tame a Cleveland lineup that should be angry after going 0-for-15 with runners in scoring position during the first two games of this series.
Two of meager five hits are clutch late-inning homers.
The key player and stats from Saturday's game:
That left the team with a corner outfield tandem of Robbie Grossman and Chris Gimenez.
The righthander discovered early on that he didn't have his curveball and struggled against Cleveland.
The Twins have a chance to sweep the Indians in this three-game series after beating the Indians on Saturday.
Twinbills today are regarded by managers as a scourge on pitching staffs and an impediment to daily routines in a sport that thrives on them.
The Twins enter today's game with essentially one bench player after Eddie Rosario and Max Kepler unable to play on Saturday
Highlighting the Twins' 5-0 victory on Friday in Cleveland.