Twins: Jake Odorizzi will return to pitch at Cleveland

Jake Odorizzi will come off the injured list this weekend and pitch against the Indians in Cleveland.

Odorizzi, an all-star starter before developing a blister on his right middle finger, will start Saturday in the second game of a big series for the Twins right out of the four-day all-star break. He is 10-4 with a 3.15 earned-run average in 17 starts this season.

Kyle Gibson will pitch Friday’s opener and Jose Berrios, an all-star who pitched a scoreless inning for the American League in their victory Tuesday at Progressive Field, is scheduled to pitch Sunday.

Gibson pitched the first inning of a 4-1, extra-inning loss to Texas last Sunday at Target Field.

The Twins lead the American League Central by 5 ½ games over Cleveland, which has won six straight games and shaved six games off the Twins’ lead. Since June 1, the Indians have gone 21-9. The Twins, beset by injuries that sent eight players to the injured list starting June 18, are 9-9 since then.


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