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Cleveland Indians week in review: Struggling offense plagues Tribe on the road

The start of the Cleveland Indians’ second road trip looked like déjà vu from the disappointing 2009 season.

Cleveland managed a 2-4 record in the first six games of the trip, including an 8-1 win at the Minnesota Twins, which was the first win for the Indians at the Twins’ new Target Field.

None of the six games was decided by fewer than five runs, including two shutout losses, one to Minnesota and the other to the Oakland Athletics.

Studs: Fausto Carmona and Mitch Talbot. Carmona is 3-0 with a 2.96 ERA in four starts, and Talbot has been a huge surprise, going 2-1 in three starts with an ERA of 2.25.

Duds: The offense. As it stands, the Indians’ offense has the second-fewest runs in the American League with 60, ahead of only the Baltimore Orioles. Thirteen of Cleveland’s 60 runs have been RBIs from outfielder Shin-Soo Choo.

Up Next: The Indians finish up the road trip with three games against the Los Angeles Angels beginning today, followed by a weekend series against the American League Central Division-leading Twins.

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