Cleveland Indians defeat Minnesota Twins, 7-3

After lasting just 1 2/3 innings in his last outing Tuesday, Twins righthander Nick Blackburn knew there had to be an adjustment he wasn't making.

So he studied video with pitching coach Rick Anderson. The two concluded Blackburn hasn't been using his legs like he did during the beginning of the season.

"I think that definitely was the issue,'' Blackburn said. ''Nothing was coming out like it was early in the season. Nothing had late or sharp movement.''


Righthander Anthony Swarzak might lose his spot in the Twins rotation after his third consecutive poor outing Saturday. But he didn't hide his desire to prove to the coaching staff that he wants the ball again.

"Absolutely,'' he said. "I'm not running with my tail between my legs. I think I can pitch at this level.''

His stance on the subject is admirable. Too bad there's so much on the line right now.

The Twins are trying to find that elusive hot streak that migh...