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being swept in a three-game series by the last-place Kansas City Royals when the two teams meet on Sunday afternoon in Kauffman Stadium.After splitting a tense and competitive four-game series with the Red Sox in Boston on the first leg of a seven-game road trip Brad Boxberger Jersey , the Indians have looked flat in dropping the first two games in Kansas City by a combined score of 12-5, including the Royals beating Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber 7-1 Saturday night.Cleveland has lost four in a row, matching its longest losing streak of the year.Article continues below ...“We’ve got to figure out a way to play better,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “We look a little tired. We’ve got to show up (Sunday) and grind and find a way to win.”The Indians go into Sunday’s series finale with their two most important hitters, both MVP candidates, in slumps. In the first six games of the road trip Francisco Lindor is hitting .154 (4-for-26) with no RBIs, and Jose Ramirez is hitting .143 (3-for-21) with no RBIs.“They’re having a tough time,” Francona said. “We lean on them so much, and we will continue to. But (Royals pitchers) have done a real good job on those guys the last couple of nights.”In their 7-1 loss Saturday night the Indians were out-hit by the Royals 14-5. Cleveland’s only run came on a balk.Sunday’s pitching matchup will be a pair of right-handers, Cleveland’s Shane Bieber vs. Kansas City’s Jorge Lopez.Bieber (7-2, 4.36) is coming off one of his most impressive starts of the season, a 6-3 win over Boston on Aug. 21 in which he held the Red Sox’ potent offense scoreless on two hits through the first six innings. Bieber’s final line was 6 1/3 innings, three runs Daniel Descalso Jersey , five hits, with five strikeouts and no walks.Bieber is a rookie, and like many rookies he’s been very streaky. In four August starts he is 2-0 with a 3.13 ERA. In his four starts prior to that he was 1-2 with a 7.71 ERA. In his four starts prior to that he was 4-0 with a 2.19 ERA.Sunday will be Bieber’s second career appearance vs. Kansas City. His only other appearance against the Royals was a start on July 3 in which he got the win in a 6-4 Cleveland victory. He pitched six innings, allowing four runs and nine hits, with two strikeouts and one walk.Lopez (0-3, 3.99) was acquired by Kansas City from Milwaukee as part of a trade in which the Royals sent Mike Moustakas to the Brewers. Lopez was used as a reliever in Milwaukee, but the Royals are using him as a starter.In 10 relief appearances with the Brewers Lopez was 0-1 with a 2.75 ERA. In two starts with the Royals he is 0-2 with a 6.52 ERA. Lopez also appeared in a combined 26 games (two starts) at the Triple-A level for the Brewers and Royals and was 4-3 with a 5.26 ERA.Lopez’s last major league start for Kansas City was a 1-0 loss to Tampa Bay on Aug. 20, in which he pitched five innings, allowing one run and five hits, with three strikeouts and three walks.Lopez has one career appearance vs. Cleveland, a relief effort for Milwaukee on May 9. He pitched two innings, giving up two runs and two hits, with one strikeout and no walks.For his career overall at the major league level Ketel Marte Jersey , Lopez is 1-3 with a 5.95 ERA in four career starts. In 11 career relief appearances he is 0-1 with a 2.91 ERA. WE’RE GETTING THE BAND BACK TOGETHER!!!"Former Minnesota Twin Pat Dean announced on his instagram yesterday that he will be returning to the Minnesota Twins organization.Dean is a left-handed reliever who spent the last two seasons pitching in the Korean Baseball Organization. Before that he worked his way up the Minnesota Twins system, debuting in the big leagues in 2016. In his one season of MLB experience, he pitched 67 innings for the Twins, with a 6.28 ERA, and a 5.20 FIP. Those numbers aren’t great, but they still represent a small sample size.Dean did, however, spend three seasons pitching for triple-A Rochester, where he is likely to begin the 2019 season. In those three seasons, He pitched over 300 innings with a 3.50 ERA. If he can do that again, he will likely see some more time with the Twins, and will be an asset to the team if he can bring those numbers to the big leagues, especially because the depth chart for left-handed relievers is still a bit on the thin side.In case you were wondering http://www.diamondbacksfanproshop.com/authentic-zack-greinke-jersey , he pitched fairly well in the last two seasons in Korea. His ERA was 4.07, and he notched around 100 innings per season on average.The best part about this signing, of course, is that it brings back one of the greatest spoonerisms of all time to the Twins. There is also no word on what number Dean will be wearing, as his old number, 64, now belongs to Willians Astudillo.Further contract details are not available at this time, but will be updated when available.Welcome back, Pat!