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MIN@KC: De Vries solid over 6 2/3 for win No. 4

The road has been particularly unkind to the Indians this season.

Even with a 3-1 start on their current trip, the Tribe has amassed an American League-worst 27-42 mark away from home. A recent 1-18 stretch certainly did much of that damage.

Now, Cleveland is fighting its way through an 11-day, 10-game swing through Detroit, Minnesota and Texas.

"I think it takes a bit of a toll, so many days on the road," said Tribe manager Manny Acta. "But those kind of things, you can't control. It's not a secret -- just about every team plays better at home. If you're going to be on the road for that long, it's not as beneficial at times. But we can't control that. I think everybody's doing it so you have to deal with it. I think everybody has kind of the same schedule. So just deal with it."

When the Indians and Twins reconvene at Target Field on Saturday, a pair of rookie hurlers will take the hill. Cleveland's Zach McAllister (5-6, 4.26 ERA) and Minnesota's Cole De Vries (4-5, 4.41 ERA) have posted similar numbers this season in an effort to prove they belong in their respective clubs' rotations next season.

De Vries has notched victories in each of his last two outings, allowing just two earned runs over 11 2/3 innings. Last Saturday, he held Kansas City to one run in 6 2/3 frames.

"I think it's always positive when your starting pitchers are going deep into the game," De Vries said. "I try to do that every time. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. This time it did."

McAllister, on the other hand, has been scuffling. In his last two starts, the 24-year-old has surrendered 12 runs on 20 hits in 9 1/3 innings. He served up three homers to the Rangers in a span of seven pitches in the fifth inning of his outing on Sunday.

"He was just throwing the ball at times right where those guys have their hot spot," Acta said. "Those long balls kind of showed that."

Indians: Chisenhall inching toward return
• Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall has been shelved since June 29 after a fastball from Orioles reliever Troy Patton fractured a bone in his right forearm.

At last, Chisenhall is nearing a return to the Indians. He has been on a rehab assignment with Double-A Akron. When he rejoins the Tribe though, he likely won't play every day.

• Acta said Carlos Carrasco threw in the "mid-to-high 90s" in his first rehab outing since undergoing Tommy John surgery last September. Carrasco tossed one perfect inning for Double-A Akron on Wednesday.

Twins: Pavano open to remaining with Twins
• Carl Pavano plans to continue his career next season, and he wouldn't mind if he did so in a Twins uniform. Pavano, 36, is set to become a free agent after the season. The right-hander is out for the year with a bruise on his right humorous bone. He last pitched on June 1 before being shut down with right rotator cuff weakness.

• Reliever Matt Capps and center fielder Denard Span both took steps on Friday to move closer to returns from the disabled list. Capps, recovering from right rotator cuff irritation, threw from 120 feet. Span, who suffered a sprained SC joint in his right shoulder, took swings in the batting cage.

Worth noting:
• Indians first baseman/outfielder Russ Canzler belted his first career home run in Friday's 7-6 win.

• Twins slugger Josh Willingham recorded three RBIs on Friday to give him a career-high 101. He had 98 last year with Oakland.

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