Twins get off to good start to tough stretch by beating Cleveland, 3-1

MINNEAPOLIS — The defending AL Central champions on Friday began their toughest stretch of the season, with the first of three games against Cleveland followed by a week in Chicago before series against the White Sox and Cubs — with all four teams with at least 26 victories on the season. The opposing pitcher on Friday was the 7-0 Shane Bieber, the Cy Young favorite who shut them out for eight innings on July 30 and has gone on to dominate.And the challenge was accepted as the Twins won, 3-1, while shrugging off a benches-clearing incident along the way.The Twins battled the elements early as …

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