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Mike Clevinger takes shot at Twins player’s previous PED suspension after big home run

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Cleveland Indians pitcher Mike Clevinger seemed a little peeved after losing to the Minnesota Twins Saturday on account of a two-run home run by Jorge Polanco.

Clevinger seemed to take a shot at Polanco when asked about the home run after the game. Polanco hit a changeup out over the plate for a two-run home run that proved the difference in the key divisional game. Clevinger was asked if he was surprised that pitch was hit out of the ballpark, and his response was telling.

The reference to “what happened last year” is Polanco getting an 80-game PED suspension for a failed drug test before the start of the 2018 season. The implication, of course, is that the Minnesota infielder is still a little stronger than he should be.

There is no evidence Polanco has done anything wrong since that ban. If anything, it significantly spices up the AL Central race as the Indians try to catch up down the stretch. And hey, Cleveland pitchers have had their struggles against Minnesota this year, though one ex-Indian seemed to take it a little better.

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