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Updated: August 14th, 2011 3:48pm
Twins Daily: Kevin Slowey's return washed out by rain in Cleveland

Twins Daily: Kevin Slowey's return washed out by rain in Cleveland

by Phil Mackey
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As it turns out, Kevin Slowey still technically hasn't made an appearance for the Minnesota Twins since late-May.

The right-hander allowed one earned run in two innings to the Cleveland Indians in Sunday's series finale before rain halted play in the top of the third inning.

The Indians led 1-0 at the time of the delay, but because the action was postponed prior to the game being official, stats will not count, and the game will be made up as part of a doubleheader when the Twins return to Cleveland Sept. 23-25.

Indians starter David Huff retired all four Twins batters he faced, striking out four.

Numbers game

3: The number of pitches it took the Indians to score a run off Slowey in the first inning -- a lead-off double by Ezequiel Carrera and a first-pitch single up the middle by Shin-Soo Choo.

26: Pitches thrown by Slowey in the first inning.

Health report

• 2B Alexi Casilla was placed on the disabled Saturday night after re-aggravating his hamstring, and manager Ron Gardenhire told 1500 ESPN Sunday that Casilla will likely miss 2-3 weeks "at least." Gardenhire added, "He actually came in yesterday and wanted to give it a day ... But he was pretty sore. We did the two-week thing and he thought he was feeling great."

• OF Denard Span told Gardenhire he needed a day off Sunday, and the manager obliged. Span is 3-for-35 (.057) with three walks since returning from the disabled list after missing two months with a concussion, and he told the Pioneer Press his head still hasn't cleared completely.

On deck

The Twins open a three-game series in Detroit against the AL Central-leading Tigers on Monday (6:05 p.m., 1500 ESPN) when left-hander Francisco Liriano (7-9, 5.00) takes on right-hander Rick Porcello (11-7, 4.93).

Of the 117 pitchers who have thrown at least 110 innings this season, Liriano has issued by far the most walks per nine innings (5.1), ahead of J.A. Happ (4.75) and Jake Arrieta (4.45). That number was bloated when Liriano walked a career-high seven in his last outing against the Red Sox last week. Liriano has faced the Tigers twice this season, allowing eight earned runs in only 5 1/3 innings while failing to record more than nine outs in either outing.

Porcello is also coming off a rough outing in his last start -- 3 2/3 innings against the Indians in which the right-hander surrendered eight earned runs on 11 hits. Prior to that, Porcello had allowed three earned runs or fewer in six consecutive starts. In four outings against the Twins this season, Porcello has given up five earned runs in 17 2/3 innings (2.55 ERA), striking out nine while walking seven.

Coming up

• Tuesday: @ Tigers, 6:05 p.m. RHP Nick Blackburn (7-9, 4.36) vs. RHP Justin Verlander (17-5, 2.35)
• Wednesday: @ Tigers, 6:05 p.m. RHP Carl Pavano (6-9, 4.55) vs. RHP Brad Penny (8-9, 4.99)
• Thursday: vs. Yankees, 7:10 p.m. LHP Brian Duensing (8-11, 4.53) vs. LHP C.C. Sabathia (16-7, 2.93)

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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