Zach McAllister has been sharp in his last two starts, and he hopes to get the Indians back on track after Friday's 5-1 loss to the Twins.
McAllister allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits in six innings while striking out seven in a winning decision against Minnesota on August 13. On Monday, he gave up one run in 6 1/3 innings against the Angels.
"I felt like I was able to make some pitches when I needed to," McAllister said after his last start. "Early in the game, I felt really good. I just felt like, after that, I didn't have the command of the fastball the way I would've liked."
Meanwhile, Liam Hendriks, who was called up from the Minors after Friday's game, will be making his fourth start of the season for the Twins on Saturday. Hendriks pitched the second game of a doubleheader on August 9, allowing two runs on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision.
"I was throwing the ball well and getting ahead of guys," Hendriks said. "It was fun to pitch, and hopefully I can bring that up here and keep the roll going."
Hendriks has a 1-11 record in his career, with his lone win coming against the Indians at Progressive Field last year. In two outings in Cleveland, he's 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA across 12 innings.
"It's always a place that I like to play at," Hendriks said. "The good thing is, we play here a lot. So hopefully in the future there will be a lot more starts here. Tomorrow, I'll just go out there and attack the hitters and see how it goes."
Twins: Doctors happy with Mauer's progress
Joe Mauer was examined by a doctor in Detroit on Thursday and was approved to fly back to Minnesota to meet with more doctors at the Mayo Clinic on Friday, who were also pleased with his recovery.
Mauer was placed on the 7-day disabled list with a concussion on Tuesday after feeling dizzy during batting practice. He had a minor bruise on his forehead after taking a foul tip to the face mask on Monday.
"The doctors today didn't see anything abnormal," Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said Friday. "I think every player [with a concussion] you're just relying upon what they tell you, how they feel."
Mauer is expected to go to Target Field on Saturday to undergo tests in accordance to Major League Baseball protocol with concussions.
Indians: Kazmir given an extra day of rest
The Indians announced Friday that Scott Kazmir and McAllister are switching spots in the rotation. Kazmir will now take the mound on Sunday with six days of rest.
"With Kaz, we're trying to space it out where we keep Kaz all year pitching at a level where we can win," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "So any time we can buy him a day or two, we're trying to do that. It just makes sense."
Over the past two years, Kazmir only logged 103 2/3 innings combined between the Major, Minors, Independent League and winter ball. This season, he's pitched 119 innings, and has gone 1-2 with a 6.63 ERA over his past four starts.
• Josh Tomlin allowed three runs on seven hits in five innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Columbus on Thursday. Francona called the outing "encouraging" and noted Tomlin will likely make two more rehab starts before the Minor League season ends.
• Josh Willingham has dominated against McAllister, going 5-for-7 with three home runs and six RBIs in his career. It's the most homers Willingham has against any pitcher he's faced.
• Justin Morneau has 105 RBIs in 144 career games versus the Indians, which ranks fourth among active players.
Bobby Nightengale is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.