Kluber hopes to bounce back versus Padres
(SportsNetwork.com) - Alabama-born right-hander Corey Kluber can make his birthday week a winning one on Monday night when the Cleveland Indians host the San Diego Padres to begin a three-game interleague series at Progressive Field.
Kluber will turn 28 years old on Thursday.
He was an 11-game winner in his initial full season with the Indians in 2013 and finished the season unbeaten in his last 12 starts before opening 2014 with a 6-1 loss at Oakland on Wednesday.
Kluber was touched for five runs on eight hits and walked three batters in just 3 1/3 innings of work against the Athletics, throwing 77 pitches before manager Terry Francona pulled the plug.
In 42 big-league appearances, he has never faced the Padres.
San Diego counters with lefty Robbie Erlin, who'll make his initial start of 2014.
The 23-year-old was penciled in for Tuesday's start, but moved up a day to enable manager Bud Black to split the rotation's two left-handers - Erlin and Eric Stults - and to provide Tyson Ross with an extra day off.
Erlin has never faced the Indians.
He made nine starts in 11 appearances last season and was 3-3 with a 4.12 ERA. His initial performance of 2014 was also in relief, when he pitched two-thirds of an inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday and allowed no baserunners.
On Sunday in Miami, Alexi Amarista hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the seventh inning to help the Padres overtake the Marlins, 4-2, and avoid a sweep of the three-game series.
Yonder Alonso picked up an RBI despite not recording a hit in four plate appearances. Amarista had the only extra base hit for the Padres, who snapped a four-game skid.
Ian Kennedy (1-1) picked up his first win of the season, yielding one run on three hits through six innings of work while recording five strikeouts. Huston Street earned his second save of the season after retiring the Marlins in order in the ninth.
In Cleveland, Chris Colabello continued his torrid start to the season by knocking in four more runs to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 10-7 victory over the Indians.
His three-run double off Blake Wood (0-1) in the top of the sixth inning snapped a 6-6 tie and propelled the Twins to a second straight win to close out the three-game series.
The Indians pounded out 15 hits, including four from David Murphy and three by Michael Brantley, but received a subpar start out of Justin Masterson and an even worse outing from Wood in relief.
Minnesota roughed up Masterson for six runs -- five earned -- on seven hits in just 3 2/3 innings of work, with Wood surrendering three runs in the sixth while recording just two outs.
Jason Kipnis ended 2-for-5 with a three-run double and Yan Gomes belted a two- run homer for Cleveland, which stranded 12 runners.
Cleveland took two of three from the Padres the last time these teams met back in 2008.
04/07 10:14:06 ET