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Updated: September 8th, 2012 9:49pm
Cole De Vries continues to pitch well, holds Indians scoreless in win

Cole De Vries continues to pitch well, holds Indians scoreless in win

by Phil Mackey
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Cole De Vries delivered another solid start on Saturday night, helping the Minnesota Twins to a 3-0 win over the Cleveland Indians.

The skinny

De Vries doesn't have lights-out stuff, but he continues to pitch well nonetheless.

The right-hander held the Indians scoreless over six innings, allowing only four hits and a walk while striking out two. Saturday marked the fourth consecutive start in which De Vries has allowed two runs or fewer.

De Vries' start almost came to an end early due to soreness from a line drive Cabrera hit back up the middle in the third inning. De Vries trapped the ball between his glove and ribs for the final out of the inning, and he winced as he walked back to the dugout.

"Warming up for the sixth, we went out there, it was looking like he was barking a little bit," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "I said, 'Son, are you hurting?' He said, 'I feel it, but let's do this.' So there you have it. We did it one more inning and then we got him out of there."

De Vries' ERA on the season dropped to 4.11 in 87 2/3 innings.

The Twins scored twice in the third inning against Cleveland starter Zach McAllister, courtesy of an RBI single by Joe Mauer and a sac fly by Josh Willingham. Justin Morneau drew a bases-loaded walk in the fifth off lefty Scott Maine after lefty Chris Seddon filled them up.

Turning point

De Vries appeared headed for a possible crooked number in the first inning when Shin-Soo Choo and Jason Kipnis reached on a single and a walk, respectively, with nobody out.

But De Vries battled back to strike out Asdrubal Cabrera swinging, and he then got Carlos Santana to hit into an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play.

"I was... Frustrated is a little bit of an understatement for what happened with those first two batters, because I just had no idea where my fastball was going," De Vries said. "So I tried to really bear down on Cabrera. ... And I knew that if I could execute one or two good pitches to Santana, I knew he was pretty aggressive and I knew I could maybe get an out or a double play, so that was kind of my real goal of that at-bat, and it worked out for me."

Numbers game

11: Saves for Glen Perkins, who pitched a clean ninth inning.

10: A number no Twins player or coach will wear ever again after Tom Kelly's jersey was retired on Saturday.

5: The number of career ejections for Kelly, including one by Saturday night's home plate umpire Dale Scott.

6: The Twins announced that Field 6 outside Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers -- where the Twins practice infield drills every morning during spring training -- has been renamed Tom Kelly Field.

Health report

OF Denard Span (collarbone) took batting practice before the game. He's eligible to come off the disabled list on Wednesday, although it's unknown if he'll be able to do so.


"What it probably was is we were doing PFPs, and Tom Kelly was on the other field. And all of the sudden you hear, 'Hold on, hold on!' And he comes walking over, stops everything, takes about 20 minutes to explain to you, or to the first baseman, whatever, that he wasn't stepping on the base correctly. I think that was probably one of my first Tom Kelly experiences. And we're all sitting there on the mound like, 'Is this actually happening?' One or two guys who had no idea were like, 'Who is this old guy over here taking all this time?' And me or one of the other guys was like, 'It's Tom Kelly. He's got two World Series rings.'"
-- De Vries, on his first encounter with Kelly

On deck

Sunday: vs. Indians, 1:10 p.m. RHP Esmerling Vasquez (0-1, 7.94) vs. RHP Corey Kluber (1-3, 4.79)
Monday: vs. Indians, 7:10 p.m. RHP Samuel Deduno (5-3, 3.66) vs. RHP Justin Masterson (11-12, 4.84)

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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