Bounce back outing
Manager Torey Lovullo wanted to mix up the right-handers and left-handers in his rotation, and Patrick Corbin earned the second spot. Regardless of how he got that role, his first start against the San Francisco Giants last Tuesday was unacceptable.
The 2014 National League all-star bounced back and then some on Sunday. Corbin set the tone, pitching six scoreless innings and giving up four hits. He struck out three and walked two.
Corbin was tested in the fifth. The Twins had men on the corners with one out, but Indians leadoff man Carlos Santana grounded into a double play.
Corbin struggled last season because he could not command his four-seam fastball. On Sunday, he threw 38 of 51 four-seamers (74.5 percent) for strikes.
Corbin mixed in an effective slider, throwing 30 of them. He also threw 10 two-seamers and two changeups. Greinke and Corbin threw back-to-back quality starts.