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CLE@OAK: Masterson shuts out the A's over seven

A pair of Opening Day starters searching for their first wins of the season will square off on Sunday, when Indians right-hander Justin Masterson goes up against Twins right-hander Ricky Nolasco in the series finale between the two clubs at Progressive Field.

The Twins are also looking for their first series win of the year after getting manager Ron Gardenhire career victory No. 1,000 with a 7-3 victory over the Indians on Saturday.

Masterson, who pitched in the season opener for Cleveland on Monday, was sharp in his first start of the year, as he scattered just three hits over seven scoreless innings.

But he was saddled with a no-decision, as the Indians didn't score until he was out of the game in a 2-0 win over the A's in Oakland. So while Masterson, who is in the last year of his contract, didn't pick up the win, he was still satisfied with the result.

"It was a nice tone," Masterson said. "I think that's as good a tone as you can set."

Nolasco, meanwhile, didn't fare as well in his Twins debut after joining the club on a four-year, $49 million deal this offseason.

Nolasco went six innings, giving up five runs on 10 hits and two walks in a 5-3 loss to the White Sox. Nolasco was particularly hurt by a pair of homers allowed to Alejandro De Aza, who was his teammate for two seasons when they played with the Marlins.

But Nolasco thought his stuff was just fine in his first start of the year and believes he can build on it despite his overall line.

"I felt great," Nolasco said. "I thought I made a lot of good pitches, but I thought the difference in the game was throwing a couple of bad pitches."

Twins: Arcia sits Saturday with sore right wrist
Outfielder Oswaldo Arcia was held out of Saturday's lineup with a sore right wrist and saw a wrist specialist as a precautionary measure. Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said Arcia saw Dr. Thomas Graham of the Cleveland Clinic, and the injury wasn't deemed serious, but he'll rest for a few days.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Arcia originally injured his wrist while taking swings in the cage before a game at U.S. Cellular Field earlier in the week. Arcia has started out the season slow offensively, going just 2-for-18 with a triple in four games.

"He says he's fine to play through it," Gardenhire said. "He just has a little something in his hand. It's not worth it. The cold temperatures aren't helping right now."

Indians: Giambi likely to go on rehab assignment
Considering that Jason Giambi has gone a month without appearing in a game with a fractured rib on his right side, Indians manager Terry Francona said he's leaning toward having the veteran complete a brief Minor League rehab assignment before rejoining the active roster.

"I talked to G a little bit," Francona said. "What will happen is, before he's coming back off the DL, we'll get him out to DH, [then have a day] off, and probably DH [again]. Just a couple games to make sure he sees some pitches and gets his legs going. That'll be close-by, whoever is home -- [Triple-A] Columbus, [Double-A] Akron. I think that'll be good enough."

Worth Noting
• Twins manager Ron Gardenhire became the 60th manager to reach the 1,000-win milestone.

• Indians center fielder Michael Bourn (on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring injury) played in the first game of a doubleheader with Triple-A Columbus on Saturday as part of a rehab assignment. He went 1-for-3. Bourn could be activated by Cleveland within the next few days.

• Saturday marked the 10-year anniversary of Twins first baseman Joe Mauer's big league debut. Comments