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RF Oswaldo Arcia (1-for-2) has at least one hit in nine of his 11 games since being recalled Aug. 2. In those 11 games he is hitting .296 (13-for-44) with four home runs, two doubles, a triple and five RBIs. Arcia had struck out 12 of 14 times before he was sent down July 12.
2B Brian Dozier (1-for-4) hit his second career leadoff homer to put the Twins on the board in the first inning. His other leadoff homer came just six days ago on August 6 at Kansas City off James Shields. It was his 12th home run of the season, a mark that is tied for third most home runs by a Twins second basemen in franchise history, trailing only Tim Teufel (14 in 1984) and Chuck Knoblauch (13 in 1996).
LHP Andrew Albers tossed his first career complete game and shutout Monday. It was the Twins' first complete game and shutout since Scott Diamond did so July 27, 2012, vs. Cleveland. With the nine scoreless innings, Albers extended his career scoreless inning streak to 17 1/3 innings, the longest by a Twins starter to begin a career in team history (previous: Anthony Swarzak 11 innings pitched in 2009). Albers is the 19th Twins rookie (21st time) to toss a complete game shutout. He becomes the fourth Twins rookie to throw a complete game shutout with two hits allowed or fewer. It was the fewest hits for a Twin in a complete game shutout since Francisco Liriano's no-hitter May 3, 2011.
OF Wilkin Ramirez was recalled from his rehab assignment and reinstated him from the 15-day disabled list. Ramirez appeared in 14 combined rehab games for Double-A New Britain, Single-A Ft. Myers and the Gulf Coast League Twins. He went a combined 9-for-49 (.184). Originally placed on the 15-day disabled list May 26 with a concussion, Ramirez missed the Twins' last 69 games.
3B Trevor Plouffe (2-for-3) hit his 11th home run of the season with a two-run shot in the second inning off Danny Salazar. It was his first home run since July 13 at the New York Yankees, a span of 71 at-bats between homers. He has 34 home runs since the start of 2012, the second most among all Twins behind Josh Willingham's 46. With the home run Plouffe drove in two runs, matching his RBI total from his last 18 games.
RHP Samuel Deduno, who went at least six innings in each of his previous nine starts, saw that streak end against the Royals on Aug. 7. He went 5 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on a season-high 12 hits, but didn't walk a batter for the first time this year. Deduno is 2-1 with a 4.13 ERA against the Indians, and he has 21 strike outs in 24 innings pitched.