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Thursday, August 21 (All times Eastern)

Cleveland Indians (64-61) at Minnesota Twins (55-70), 1:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Cleveland - Corey Kluber (13-6, 2.41) Minnesota - Phil Hughes (13-8, 3.76)

(SportsNetwork.com) - Corey Kluber goes after his seventh straight winning decision on Thursday when the Cleveland Indians try to complete a three-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins at Target Field.

Kluber was again on point Friday against Baltimore, as he surrendered just one run and struck out 10 batters over 7 2/3 innings. However, he did not get a decision in his team's 2-1 win.

Over his last eight starts, though, Kluber has posted a 6-0 mark with a 1.31 ERA. He's 13-6 on the season with a 2.41 ERA.

"I think it's just kind of getting on a roll and continuing to do what I've been doing the previous starts," Kluber said. "I'm not trying to go out there and do too much or change anything. I'm just kind of trying to stay the course."

Kluber has faced the Twins seven times and is 2-1 with a 4.82 ERA.

Minnesota, meanwhile, will counter with righty Phil Hughes, who has won his last three starts. Hughes was terrific in a win over red-hot Kansas City on Saturday, as he held the Royals to a run and seven hits over 7 1/3 innings. He also struck out six without walking a batter and improved to 13-8 to go along with a 3.76 ERA.

"I feel pretty good right now," said Hughes, who has pitched to a 1.33 ERA over his last three starts. "I've been in a pretty good stretch."

Hughes is 3-1 in five starts versus the Indians with a 2.61 ERA.

Cleveland won for the fourth time in five games on Wednesday, as T.J. House combined with four other pitchers in a six-hit shutout in the Indians 5-0 triumph.

House (2-3) allowed four hits and three walks while striking out five over 5 1/3 innings. C.C. Lee, Scott Atchison, Nick Hagadone and Bryan Shaw polished off the shutout.

Mike Aviles went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and two RBI while Zach Walters also hit a solo home run for the Indians, who have won six of their last eight and are 4 1/2 games back of the second wild card spot in the American League.

Ricky Nolasco (5-9) was touched for four runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings for the Twins, who have lost their past four games.

"I made a lot of good pitches," said Nolasco. "I would like to have a couple pitches back but overall I threw well."

Cleveland has won seven of its 12 matchups with the Twins this season.

08/21 10:20:47 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 10
NOS 28
Final
ORL 98
WAS 105
Final
MIN 97
DET 91
Final
CLE 90
NYK 95
Final
DAL 120
UTA 102
Final
LAC 93
OKC 90
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IND
MEM
 
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CHI
CLE
 
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MIL
PHI
 
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SAC
POR
 
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PHO
SAN
 
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LAL
LAC
 
Final
LOU 31
FSU 42
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GASO 42
TROY 10
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TULA
CIN
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MEM
TULSA
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BUF 2
BOS 3
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PIT 3
LOS 0
Final
NJD 2
WIN 1
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FLA 2
ARI 1
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OTT 4
CHI 5
Final
TAM 4
PHI 3
Final
STL 2
ANA 0
Final
MIN 4
SJS 3
Final
COL 5
NYI 0
Final
VAN 3
MON 2
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CLB
TOR
 
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DET
LOS
 
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DAL
ANA
 
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CAL
NAS
 
Final
CAR 10
NOS 28