(Sports Network) - The Cleveland Indians have struggled of late, but they'lllook to get back on track Monday night when they open a three-game set withthe Minnesota Twins at Target Field.
Cleveland went 7-0 on its previous homestand, but the team went 1-6 in itslatest one.
"This team has been pretty streaky," outfielder Ryan Raburn said. "We'll getin those losing streaks and then we'll get in a good winning streak. We got acouple more big winning streaks ahead of us."
The sole victory came in Sunday's series finale with the Angels, 6-5.Cleveland put up four runs in the sixth inning and two more in the seventh toget starter Justin Masterson off the hook. Nick Swisher, Carlos Santana andMike Aviles all homered in the win for the Indians, who will now begin a nine-game road trip.
"It didn't matter how we got it," Swisher said. "That's a much-needed win, notonly for us but for our fans. It's crazy how this game works."
Meanwhile, the Twins are looking to build on this weekend's solid showing inChicago, where they took three of four from the White Sox. On Sunday, BrianDozier and Joe Mauer each homered in the fifth inning off Jose Quintana tohelp pave the way to a 5-2 victory. Kevin Correia pitched seven shutoutinnings to pick up his eighth win.
Andrew Albers gets the start on Monday. The left-hander made his big leaguedebut against Kansas City on Tuesday and held the Royals to just four hitsover 8 1/3 shutout innings. Manager Ron Gardenhire said he is anxious toseeing how the youngster follows up his encore performance.
"It's hard to put into words, but it was special to go out and have that kindof performance in your debut," Albers said of his debut. "Unfortunately, it'sprobably not going to get much better from there."
"I'm anxious to see how he'll back it up," Gardenhire said. "He'll be facing agood team, a really good team. They can swing it. So it'll be interesting tosee how he does against those guys, too. A few more veterans over there, soit'll be interesting."
For Cleveland, rookie Danny Salazar is coming off an impressive showingagainst Detroit on Wednesday in his second career start. Salazar struck out 10batters in 7 2/3 innings and exited after allowing a two-run homer in theeighth.
He'll hope for a litter more offensive production than what the team hasdelivered of late. Before plating six runs on Sunday, the Tribe had scoredonly 21 runs over their previous nine games.
The Indians have won five of nine against Minnesota this season.