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Three-game series at Progressive Field

Monday, 5:10 p.m. • BSN, 830-AM: RHP Jose Berrios (2-2, 3.00 ERA) vs. RHP Zach Plesac (1-3, 6.75)

Tuesday, 5:10 p.m. • BSN, 830-AM: RHP Kenta Maeda (1-1, 6.11) vs. RHP Aaron Civale (3-0, 2.42)

Wednesday, 12:10 p.m. • YouTube, 830-AM: LHP J.A. Happ (1-0, 1.69) vs. LHP Logan Allen (1-3, 6.28)

Twins update

The Twins (7-13) fell 6-2 to Pittsburgh on Sunday, losing two of three in the series. They have lost 11 of their past 13 games. … The team is batting .256 through the first six innings of games this year, but that average drops to .203 past that point. … DH Nelson Cruz is still the team’s biggest threat at the plate, with his seven home runs, 15 RBI and .323 batting average. … SS Andrelton Simmons could return from the COVID-19 injury list sometime during the Cleveland series, marking his first appearance since April 13. … RF Max Kepler, who also tested positive for COVID-19, likely won’t come back for this series. 1B Miguel Sano remains on the injured list because of a right hamstring strain. … The Twins brought RHP Cody Stashak up Sunday from the alternate training site in St. Paul after the team optioned LHP Devin Smeltzer back to St. Paul. … The taxi squad for this trip: RHP Derek Law, LHP Brandon Waddell, infielder Rob Refsnyder and catcher Ben Rortvedt.

Cleveland update

Cleveland (9-11) is coming off a tough series against the Yankees, in which the team won just the final outing of the four-game series 7-3 on Sunday. … The team has the third-worst batting average in the league at .206. But Cleveland is also among the best in the league at limiting opponents’ production, as its defense holds other teams to a .209 batting average, which ranks fifth best in MLB. … DH Franmil Reyes has collected 20 hits in 70 at-bats this season, including five home runs, two triples and four doubles. He has 14 RBI. … In Civale’s four starts and 26 innings, he’s struck out 22 and given up seven earned runs on 14 hits for a team-best ERA of 2.42. … This three-game series will finish out was to be a nine-game homestand, though rain postponed the April 21 game against the White Sox.

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