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MLB BASEBALL

Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins

Divisional bragging rights will be on the line on Sunday when the Cleveland Indians and the Minnesota Twins meet at Target Field.

The Indians will trot Justin Masterson out to the mound in this one. Righthander Masterson has a 10-7 record and a 3.72 ERA this season.

Starting this game for the Twins will be Scott Diamond. The lefthander has a 5.32 ERA to go along with a 5-8 record this season.

Last time out for Cleveland, they were a 3-2 loser as they battled the Twins on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Twins at +119 were rewarded, while the 5 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Current streak:
Cleveland has lost 2 straight games.
Minnesota has won 4 straight games.

Team records:
Cleveland: 51-46 SU
Minnesota: 41-53 SU

Cleveland most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 3-7
Before playing Seattle are 6-4
After playing Minnesota are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4

Minnesota most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 1-9
Before playing LA Angels are 4-6
After playing Cleveland are 4-6
After a win are 5-5

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland's last 6 games when playing Minnesota
Cleveland is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Cleveland is 7-16 SU in its last 23 games when playing Minnesota
Minnesota is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Cleveland
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Minnesota's last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 6 games when playing Cleveland
Minnesota is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

Next up:
Cleveland at Seattle, Monday, July 22
Minnesota at LA Angels, Monday, July 22