With John Lannan making a rehab start for Double-A Reading on Wednesday night, and Carlos Zambrano climbing through the Phillies' Minor League system, it's unsure on how long Tyler Cloyd will have his spot in the rotation.
But the 26-year-old right-hander is just trying to help his current team -- which has lost four in a row -- and in his last two starts, he has succeeded in doing so. Cloyd -- who will take the mound on Wednesday at Target Field -- has turned in quality starts in his last two outings, both against the Brewers, and has allowed only two earned runs in his last 13 2/3 innings.
"I don't focus on any of that," Cloyd said of keeping his rotation spot. "I'm up here, obviously, to keep these guys in the game."
Cloyd began the season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, but got a chance at the next level when Roy Halladay went on the disabled list with shoulder trouble. He's had one bad outing (six earned runs in 2 1/3 innings in Boston on May 27), but aside from that, Cloyd has a 2.00 ERA in his four other starts.
"For me, it's just go out there and compete and give the team a chance to win every time," Cloyd said. "That's been my main goal ever since I got up here. That's all I concentrate on."
Mike Pelfrey will get the start for the Twins, and the veteran right-hander is coming off of his longest outing of the season, when he tossed 6 1/3 innings of three-run ball against the Royals. It was only his third quality start in 12 outings.
Pelfrey, a long-time Met, is 7-7 with a 5.16 in his career against the Phillies.
Phillies: Adams makes appearance
Setup man Mike Adams allowed a leadoff walk, which turned into the game-winning run for the Twins on Tuesday.
It was his first appearance since last Thursday against the Brewers, and the right-hander -- who got two outs in the eighth inning before giving way to Antonio Bastardo -- said he was dealing with irritation in his right biceps the last few days.
"I was available [Sunday]. We kind of said if there was a situation, then I'd be in, if not, then we'd try to stay away with the off-day [Monday]," Adams said before Tuesday's contest. "I feel good enough."
Adams also dealt with a back strain in May and spent some time on the disabled list. He is 1-4 with a 4.22 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 24 games in his first season with the Phillies.
Twins: Gardenhire, Manuel have history
Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire and Phillies manager Charlie Manuel have more in common than just being two of the longest tenured managers in the Majors.
Gardenhire played for Manuel in 1987 for the Portland Beavers, the then-Triple-A affiliate of the Twins. Gardenhire has some fond memories of playing for Manuel, despite the Beavers' 45-96 record 26 years ago.
"He's got all the lines. He was a blast," Gardenhire said of Manuel. "That was my last year playing, and he'll tell you that might have been the worst team he's ever managed. I don't think I was the worst player on that team, but there was probably a tie for last by a bunch of us. We weren't very good, but Charlie made it bearable. He kept us all kind of rolling. As hard as losing is, Charlie was a really, really fun guy to play for."
Gardenhire has been with the Twins since 2002, and Manuel has been the Phillies' skipper since 2005. The two managers have 1,938 Major League victories between them.
• Ryan Howard has homered once since May 7, a span of 98 at-bats. The Phillies first baseman has 11 RBIs in 28 games during that span, including one in the eighth inning of Tuesday's game.
• The Phillies' 14-game team homer streak was snapped on Tuesday. It was the team's longest streak since Sept. 2008.
Stephen Pianovich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.