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The Cleveland Indians will visit the Minnesota Twins in the first game of a three game series tonight at Target Field. The Twins have not started their season well and are just 10-24 and in need of help. Tonight they will send Carl Pavano to the mound. Pavano is 2-3 on the season with an ERA of 5.02. He has lost velocity on his fastball as it has been only clocked at 86 mph. He has had an MRI to check on his condition, but there is nothing more than some inflammation in his shoulder.

The Twins have the worst team ERA of the major leagues at 6.31. Pavano has played against the Indians on nine occasions and has a career record of 2-3 with an ERA of 3.08. Asdrubal Cabrera is the team leader for Cleveland at the plate with an average of .315 but is just 1 for 26 when facing Pavano.

The Cleveland Indians will send Jeanmar Gomez to the mound. Gomez is 2-2 on the season with an ERA of 4.66. The right-hander against the Twins is 1-1 with an ERA of 5.60. The Indians lost three of four over the weekend to the Boston Red Sox. They won the first game of the series but have lost their last three straight.

Last season the Indians were 8-1 in their last nine games against the Twins. That was the first season they had won the head to head series against Minnesota since 2007. Minnesota split with the Toronto Blue Jays in a four game set over the weekend.

The current line has the Indians as the favorite at -120 and the Twins at +110. The run total is 8.5. With the ERA of both pitchers not the best and the fastball of Pavano not hitting the velocity he wants, look for a high scoring game. Take the OVER on this with the Twins winning.

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Monday, May 14th, 2012 2012, Baseball

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