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Preview: Indians (54-43) at Twins (44-52)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 1
Venue: Hiram Bithorn Stadium
Date: April 17, 2018 7:10 PM EDT
  

The Minnesota Twins finally found a way to beat the elements and get back to playing baseball.

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All it took was a flight to Puerto Rico.

The Twins lost four games to weather last week, including the last three games of what was supposed to have been a four-game weekend series with the Chicago White Sox after blizzard dumped nearly a foot of snow on the Twin Cities.

Now, after sitting idle for four days, they'll finally get back to work Tuesday when they "host" the Cleveland Indians for a quick two-game set at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan.

"Just your average April All-Star break," quipped Twins right-hander Jake Odorizzi, who will start Tuesday for the Twins.

It will be Odorizzi's first action in six days and his fourth appearance of the season for the Twins, who acquired him in a trade with Tampa Bay early in spring training. He picked up his first victory as a Twin his last time out, getting past some early-inning command issues to go six innings while holding the Housto Astros to a run, five hits and five walks while striking out four.

"It's an ugly one," he said. "But an ugly win's better than a good loss any day of the week."

He's expecting a raucous atmosphere in San Juan, where Major League Baseball is playing games for the first time since 2010 in an effort to restore some normalcy after the island was devastated by hurricanes last season.

Odorizzi knows the games will be a big deal for the fans, but also for the Puerto Rican natives on the Twins' roster who will get a chance to play before their family, friends and countrymen.

But they're also important from a strictly baseball standpoint, too. The Twins are hoping to challenge Cleveland in the American League Central this year so it will be business as usual -- as much as possible -- when the game begins.

"These are important games," Odorizzi said. "We're playing against the team that won the division last year, and this is our first time facing them (this season). It's a big two-game series. For us to do what we want to do this year, we have to be able to beat them. This will be a good test of where we're at."

Cleveland has had its share of weather woes this season, too, and had the last two games of a weekend series against the Toronto Blue Jays washed out by rain. Right-hander Corey Kluber was originally slated to start Saturday and will be on eight days' rest when he faces the Twins on Tuesday.

Kluber, 8-5 with a 3.31 ERA in 19 career starts against the Twins, has gotten off to a quick start this season. Through three starts, he's 1-1 with a 1.20 ERA and has struck out 27 while walking just four in 23 innings.

"It's exciting," Cleveland manager Terry Francona said of Kluber's work so far. "We've all seen that when he gets on a roll, he can maintain it for, sometimes, shoot, as long as you can play. And that's a really good feeling, because he'll be in here tomorrow working his tail off, doing his routine. That's why I think he's able to be so consistent."

Cleveland won the season series over Minnesota a year ago, taking 12 of the 19 meetings between the teams and cruised to the AL Central title with a 17-game cushion over the second-place Twins.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Indians at Twins
Tue, Apr 17 Final 6 to 1
 Boxscores  •  Recaps
GAME 2
Indians at Twins
Wed, Apr 18 Final 1 to 2
 Boxscores  •  Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 CLE  -195   -120   8 
 MIN  +175   +100   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 CLE  -190   -125   7.5 
 MIN  +165   +105   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 CLE  70%   63%   37% 
 MIN  30%   37%   63% 
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BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Sep 28, 2017  Score  ATS Results 
 MIN 2 Under: 7 
 CLE « 5 Cover: +100 
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 Sep 27, 2017  Score  ATS Results 
 MIN 2 Under: 6 
 CLE « 4 Cover: +100 
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 Sep 26, 2017  Score  ATS Results 
 MIN « 8 Cover: +170 
 CLE 6 Over: 14 
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 Aug 17, 2017  Score  ATS Results 
 CLE 2 Under: 6 
 MIN « 4 Cover: +100 
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 Aug 17, 2017  Score  ATS Results 
 CLE « 9 Cover: +100 
 MIN 3 Over: 12 
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 Aug 16, 2017  Score  ATS Results 
 CLE 0 Under: 0 
 MIN « 0 Cover: +151 
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 Aug 15, 2017  Score  ATS Results 
 CLE « 8 Cover: +100 
 MIN 1 Under: 9 
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 Jun 25, 2017  Score  ATS Results 
 MIN « 4 Cover: +150 
 CLE 0 Under: 4 
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 Jun 24, 2017  Score  ATS Results 
 MIN « 4 Cover: +240 
 CLE 2 Under: 6 
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 Jun 23, 2017  Score  ATS Results 
 MIN « 5 Cover: +155 
 CLE 0 Under: 5 
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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Tuesday, Apr 17
 
  •  Royals at Blue Jays
3:05 PM EDT
  •  Marlins at Yankees
6:35 PM EDT
  •  Orioles at Tigers
6:40 PM EDT
  •  Rockies at Pirates
7:05 PM EDT
  •  Indians at Twins
7:10 PM EDT
  •  Nationals at Mets
7:10 PM EDT
  •  Rangers at Rays
7:10 PM EDT
  •  Phillies at Braves
7:35 PM EDT
  •  Reds at Brewers
7:40 PM EDT
  •  Cardinals at Cubs
8:05 PM EDT
  •  Giants at Diamondbacks
9:40 PM EDT
  •  Red Sox at Angels
10:05 PM EDT
  •  White Sox at Athletics
10:05 PM EDT
  •  Astros at Mariners
10:10 PM EDT
  •  Dodgers at Padres
10:10 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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